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Christmas Markets

Gelsenkirchen Christmas Market

18th November to 23rd December 2016

The scent of Lebkuchen (gingerbread), arts and crafts, sparkling lights - Christmas has come again in Gelsenkirchen. And to not one, but seven different Christmas Markets, each with its own individual character. There are two large markets in the city and in Buer, plus other smaller markets run by various associations and initiatives.

CentrO Christmas Markets

17th November to 23rd December 2016

Look forward to magical moments at the CentrO Christmas Markets, with new Christmas light show on the Promenade in the evenings. Find out more about the various markets at the CentrO mall in Oberhausen: the Wichtelmarkt (Goblin Market), Santa's Village or the Bergweihnachtsmarkt (Mountain Christmas Market).

Kite Festival

3rd to 5th June 2017

Every Whitsun, the CONSOL cultural district becomes a popular meeting point for kite fans from around the world. A colourful multitude of kites can be flown on the large field, or you can simply enjoy watching. With kite-making workshops for children, family cultural programme, crafts and activities and (nocturnal) kite-watching. Live acoustic music in the evening. All items in the programme depend on the wind and weather. Entry and participation are free!

Extra Shift

24th June 2017

Ever since the first ExtraSchicht (Extra Shift) event in the 2001, "Industrial Culture Night" has been held at current and former industrial sites and, for one night, brings the magic of the stage to these "decommissioned" facilities. A fabulous selection of different genres awaits: the cultural schedule is packed with street theatre, music from classical to hip-hop, light art, readings, guided tours, projections, performances and other productions.

Cranger Kirmes Funfair

4th to 13th August 2017

The Cranger Kirmes Funfair in the city of Herne is one of the biggest and most important funfairs in the whole of Germany, with about four million visitors. Enjoy a bratwurst sausage, battered fish or a fancy ice cream, ride on the Big Wheel, the Big Dipper or the carousel, visit the shooting gallery, the Bavarian Marquee or one of the many bars - the Cranger Kirmes Funfair is a family fair that has something for everyone.

Olé auf Schalke

7th October 2017

October sees the finale of the Olé Party Tour: Germany's biggest party, in the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.