Der Kölner Advent-Frühstücksmarkt, © WE ARE CITY

The Cra­zi­est, Most Unique Christ­mas Events in NRW

I figured we'd mix it up a bit this Christ­mas!

Find­ing a new Christ­mas mar­ket to vis­it each and every day of the week won’t be hard, but I figured we’d mix it up a bit this Christ­mas.

Tis’ the season for the wonderful and traditional Christmas markets to open up around the entire country and fill your hearts and bellies with delicious food and hot Glühwein. Finding a new Christmas market to visit each and every day of the week won’t be hard, but I figured we’d mix it up a bit this Christmas.

How about checking out some of the craziest and most unique Christmas events in NRW?

Here are just a few to add to your calendar next month:


December 2nd - 3rd: Das Vintage Weihnachts-Wochenende in Herten

Christmas isn’t all about ‘out with the old, in with the new’, why not give the gift of second-hand and vintage style this year? At the Vintage Christmas Weekend in Herten, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a hall full of vintage fashion and second-hand items (including toys, books, jewelry, furniture, lamps, records and more).

Where? Pinchet’s Vintage Halle, Hohewardstr. 352, 45699 Herten


December 2nd - 3rd: Schlittenhunde Wagenrennen in Cologne

Despite the fact that we live in the urban region of North Rhine-Westphalia, the area of Cologne-Hürth will be hosting the Cologne Media Cup, a dog sledding tournament in search of the fastest dog sled runner. There will be European and international champions in attendance, and they might just give you that Christmas spirit you’ve been looking for.

Where? Strandbad Otto-Maigler-See, 50354 Hürth


December 3rd: Der Kölner Advent-Frühstücksmarkt in Cologne

The team over at WE ARE CITY are hosting Cologne’s first Advent Breakfast Market. Here, you can enjoy a festive breakfast feast filled with culinary delights and local products. Be sure to try out the bubble waffles, local coffees, and sweets!

Where? Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Bartholomäus-Schink-Strasse 47, 50825 Cologne


December 9th: HOMEMADE - Winterbazar in Cologne

While there’s certainly no lack of cute little holiday trinkets at the Christmas markets, the Homemade Winter Bazaar in Cologne specializes in local and handmade designs and gifts that you can buy for your loved ones. There will also be a wide range of delicious food stalls.

Where? Pattenhalle Ehrenfeld, Christianstrasse 82, 50825 Cologne


December 9th: Der Vegane Weihnachtsbasar in Krefeld

Christmas Bazaars in NRW just got a little bit wilder as Krefeld introduces their second Vegan Christmas Bazaar. That’s right, a Christmas Bazaar just for vegans! You’ll find sustainable and regional vegan products that you can’t take your eyes off of. There will be food trucks, snacks and Christmas goodies too.

Where? Kulturpunkt Friedenskirche, Luisenplatz 1, 47799 Krefeld


December 10th: DogXmas, der Hundeweihnachtsmarkt in Mülheim an der Ruhr

A Christmas market just for dogs?! How much more crazy uniqueness do you need in NRW?! This amazing Christmas market is run by volunteer organizations around the region. You’ll find all the Christmas treats and toys you need for your pup. 50% of all proceeds will be donated to animal protection services.

Where? Alte Dreherei - Haus der Vereine (Halle 2), Am Schloss Broich 50, 45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr


December 16th: Der Super Weihnachtsmarkt 2017 in Cologne

What’s so super about the Super Christmas Market in Cologne? Well, you’ll be welcomed to a hall filled with all the things you love about the traditional Christmas Markets, plus the newest labels in fashion, the yummiest street food and a mix up of DJ’s throughout the day.

Where? Barthonia Showroom, Vogelsanger Strasse 66, 50823 Cologne

December 22nd: KD-Christmas-Partyschiff

Once the pre-holiday shopping is over and the gifts are wrapped, hop on board the KD Christmas Party Boat. Two days before Christmas, KD Cruises will be celebrating the holiday season with top charts and delicious cocktails. Prepare to enter a winter wonderland (on water)!

Where? Frankenwerft, 50667 Cologne

December 23rd: Loss mer Weihnachtsleeder singe 2017 in Cologne

Watch the Cologne RheinEnergie Stadium transform into the world’s largest living room as you surround yourself with the sounds of Christmas carols. Join thousands of people in singing new songs and Christmas classics and enjoy the beautiful youth choir of St. Stephan’s.

Where? RheinEnergieSTADION, Aachener Str. 999, 50933 Cologne


Every Friday at 17:00: Eis Disco / Ice Clubbing in Düsseldorf

Why go clubbing in the bars this winter, when you can join other party goers on the ice, skating and dancing to the latest tracks? Every Friday from December until March, you will have the opportunity to go Ice Clubbing at the Eishalle in Benrath, Düsseldorf.

Where? Eishalle Benrath, Paulsmühlenstr. 6, 40597 Düsseldorf

Between the amazing traditional Christmas Markets around the region and the wild and unique events I’ve shared with you above, you’re bound to have a jam-packed and festive holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

Written by Jenna Davis | Life in Düsseldorf

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Cologne's Breakfast Market, © WE ARE CITY
A Festive Breakfast, © WE ARE CITY
Homemade Winter Bazaar, © 0049 Events
Homemade Christmas Items, © 0049 Events