Advent Lichter Genuss in the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände is an atmospheric Christmas market with art, light installations and arts and crafts. On the first weekend of Advent you can stroll through the enchanted grounds of the cosy market and let the magical illuminations work their magic on you. Enjoy the convivial market life, the romantic lights and the enchanted park.
And don’t forget: Please bring candles in glasses!
Light installations in the nature park
The Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände is a park on the grounds of a former railway yard. Here wild nature grows on the relics from the past times of steam locomotives, while works of art decorate the park.
On this weekend the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände will be bathed in a magical light and shine in enchanting splendour. Candles and a light installation create a romantic light art effect. Right at the entrance you will see a garden of lights made of countless candles on the meadow in front of the yellow wall. Add your candle and become part of the illumination.
Right behind it, a light artist has transformed the tunnel into an light installation with surprising effects.
In the park you will find further light installations at the points of interest as well as works of art with fascinating light effects and reflections by artist Felicitas Butt, which she designed especially for the Advent market. The striking water tower, the landmark of the nature park, also shines in colourful light.
Art market and handicrafts
The Christmas market takes place at the water tower, in the Giardino Segreto (secret garden), in front of the locomotive hall and the bridge master’s workshop on the grounds of the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände.
You are sure to find the perfect Christmas present at the market. The exhibitors offer beautiful items, homemade gifts, handicrafts and artworks. Or you can design your gift yourself: for a small fee, you can make Advent decorations and Christmas decorations from natural materials such as pine wood, pine cones, other tree pieces and recycled materials with the help of a florist.
Another original gift idea: a group of Gotland sheep graze on the meadow. The shepherd sells wool, sheepskin and tasty products from the Gotland sheep.
And there is no lack of culinary delights on offer. You can satisfy your hunger with hearty dishes such as bratwurst, homemade gnocchi, tarte flambée, stuffed dumplings, Mexican dishes, köfte and Christmas delicacies. For young and old with a sweet tooth there are crêpes and waffles, almonds and chestnuts. Coffee, mulled wine, fruit wines and seasonal punch are also served at the stands by the water tower.
Highlights at the Advent Lichter Genuss in the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände
- Romantic light installations
- Special location on the grounds of the enchanted park
- Works of art with illuminations
- Gotland sheep on the meadow
- Make your own Christmas decorations
Entertainment for young and old
Storyteller Birgit Hägele captivates the audience with her entertaining stories and fairy tales, while Fräulein Brehm gives short and exciting talks. On Saturday the Shining Angel visits the Advent market, and on Sunday the Snow Queen comes to visit.
Our tips for your visit to the Advent Lichter Genuss
After visiting the Christmas market, take a walk through the festive wintry nature park and enjoy the enchanted landscape. And if there is snow, you can go tobogganing on the nearby toboggan run on the Insulaner hill. Look up into the sky at the Wilhelm Foerster Observatory.
Opening hours and admission (expected)
- Date: 1st Advent weekend (26 and 27 November 2022).
- Opening hours: Saturday from 3 - 8 p.m., Sunday from 12 - 6 p.m.
- Park admission: €1.00 (from 14 years) - Annual Pass holders have free admission.
- S-Bahn station Priesterweg S2, S25
- BUS M76, X76, 170, 246 Priesterweg stop
- At the Priesterweg S-Bahn station there is also a park and ride car park.