Gingerbread house stalls and lots of lights are the hallmarks of the Christmas markets in Düsseldorf. The gingerbread houses, which have different themes, are sprinkled throughout the city. The Marktplatz Christmas market is at Düsseldorf’s city hall and sits at the feet of the statue Jan Wellem, a Düsseldorf landmark. Also at Marktplatz is the almost 100-year old merry-go-round and the hand-carved life-sized manger, which is always a major attraction.

Other markets include the Flinger Straße market, whose huts are modeled after Düsseldorf’s old town houses, the family-friendly Schadowplatz market, with its huts adorned with large Santa Claus hats, merry-go-round and activities specifically for children and “Engelchenmarkt” (“Little Angel Market”) on Heinrich-Heine-Platz, which features huts that draw their inspiration from the Art Nouveau music pavilion and is decorated with floral motifs and angels.

While in Düsseldorf, take time to walk down the city’s elegant shopping street, Königsallee with its giant chestnut trees brilliantly illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights. Known as Kö, the street is noted for it numerous boutiques, shopping malls and flagship-stores.