As I had already been living in NRW quite some time. And already explored the main Christmas Market in the region. In Winters of 2018, As a couple We had planned to visit all the main Christmas Markets of NRW State, Germany.
We had started our exploration from Dortmund then the Most Beautiful Christmas Market of Cologne, followed by Düsseldorf.
Aoon had already imagined that Essen Christmas Market will also be as huge as other Christmas Markets we had visited so far. But Essen’s Christmas Market is very different from other huge and over crowded Markets.
It’s smaller and cozier and attracts mostly locals rather than big numbers of Tourists. Even if the weather gets bad, there's plenty of space to take the shelter.
How to Reach to Essen:
Essen is located between Dortmund and Düsseldorf and highly accessible with Public Transport. The best and most effective way is to take Regional Bahn or ICE.
If you are already living in NRW, it's highly recommended to take a NRW day ticket costing € 30.50 and travel unlimited from 9:00 AM to 3:00 AM on weekdays and 6:00 AM to 3:00 AM on weekends.
You can also take a Flixbus. It's a cheaper option but takes more time than train.
Essen Christmas Market location:
As you go out from the Essen Central Station, you can see the lighting of small Christmas stalls in front of you. The Main Christmas Market in Kennedyplatz, it's a few meters away around 10 minutes walk from the Essen Central Station.
You just need to follow the sparkling lights which takes you to the main Market.
Essen Christmas market:
The Christmas Canopies and Wooden-huts are set-up every year in Kennedyplatz, Essen. All the way from Essen Central station is decorated with hanging lights and chandeliers and gives the feeling as if you are walking in a fairyland.
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The small wooden huts are selling different Christmas Souvenirs, wooden carved decors and winter specialties like wooden socks, scarfs, Shawls and caps.
There are other stalls offering Christmas traditional snacks like Mandels, Wurst, Pommes, Crepes and Glühwein.
The Market is also very famous among Kids as they also have their entertaining carousel rides.
Infront of Grilo-Theater, the lighted Reindeer were displayed and enhances the beauty of Christmas Market.
The Market also has a Medieval Themed market selling the ornament from Medieval times. It’s not as huge as compared to Famous Medieval Market in Wittelsbacher Platz, Munich. The market also has a collection from all over the World and offers a unique shopping experience to its visitors.
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The most beautiful surprise of the Essen Christmas Market is its Big Ferris wheel which offers a spectacular view of the Christmas Market from the top.
If you are looking for the Calm and less crowded Christmas Market, then Essen Christmas Market is a best place to visit.
In our opinion, if you have limited time in NRW - we would suggest visiting the Christmas Market of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Bonn and Dortmund.