Under a glittering canopy of 45,000 lights, the 200-plus stalls of the International Christmas market in Essen are packed with fantastic gift ideas and culinary specialities from all over the world. Other must-sees are the medieval market, which takes you back in time, and the Nativity play at the cathedral. The illuminations from the Essen Festival of Lights and the avenues of conical lights are magnificent to behold.
Christmas market - opening times
20 Nov - 23 Dec 2014
Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm,
Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm
23 Nov 6pm - 10pm