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11 Top winter events in Berlin

From Christmas tradition to visions of the future

Berlin, Schloss Glienicke, Blick über den Löwenbrunnen zum Schloss.
Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

In addition to Christmas markets and New Year's Eve events, Berlin has lots in store this winter. The most exciting winter events in art, culture and sport.

Tip 1: Berlin New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Run

01.01.2018 Berliner Neujahrslauf

Those who want to push their limits at the end of the year can scale two peaks at once by taking part in the SCC's New Year's Eve Run. The highest point of the first 6.3-kilometre lap is the Teufelsberg,  while the second 3.6 kilometre loop climbs the Drachenberg. The runners are rewarded with a great view of Berlin – and real Berlin pancakes. To kick off the new year, the SCC also invites you to a relaxed running experience through the city. The 4-kilometre long route begins at the Brandenburg Gate. Donations are collected for UNICEF.

New Year's Eve Run
When: 31 December 2019, race number issue from 11 am
Where: Mommsenstadion, Waldschulallee 34, Charlottenburg

New Year's Day Run
When: 1 January, 12 pm
Where: Start at Brandenburg Gate, Mitte

Tip 2: Christmas markets

WeihnachtsZauber at Gendarmenmarkt
WeihnachtsZauber at Gendarmenmarkt visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
WeihnachtsZauber at Gendarmenmarkt

The air in the city is filled with the smell of gingerbread, fried sausages and mulled wine: More than 70 Christmas markets invite you to meet up with friends and warm your fingers during a winter Christmas stroll with delicious delicacies such as punch and chestnuts. From nostalgic Advent markets to wild fairground snacks, everything is there. Here you will find the right Christmas market for you.

More about Christmas markets in Berlin

Tip 3: New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve at the Victory Column
New Year's Eve at the Victory Column Getty Images, Foto: Yang Cao/EyeEm

Do you already have plans for Year's Eve? Berlin has much to offer at the turn of the year: Choose between classical concerts, the theatre, circus shows, festive balls or comedic reviews of the year. Of course you can also simply dance into the new year on the festival mile between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column and toast to the spectacular fireworks at midnight. We wish you a Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve in Berlin

Tip 4: Berlin Fashion Week

Fashion Week Berlin
Fashion Week Berlin visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

If you want to find out in January what will be  in vogue in the autumn and winter season of 2020/21, you simply cannot miss Berlin Fashion Week. Some 70,000 international guests visited the trade fair last autumn. In addition to the fair itself, designers also present their current highlights on the catwalk. Numerous Berlin designers and young talents also present their collections to the public. Another highlight is the Ethical Fashion Show.

When: 13 January to 17 January 2020
Where: various places

Tip 5: Zeughausmesse

abc Kunstmesse
Foto: Stefan Korte

What makes good art is always subjective. The Zeughausmesse in the German Historical Museum reveals where art creeps into our everyday lives. On display are beautiful things of everyday use that are of artistic merit. Of course you can not only look at them, but also touch them – and buy them from the exhibiting artists.

When: 5 December to 8 December 2019
Where: Zeughaushof, Unter den Linden 2, Mitte

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Tip 6: transmediale

visitBerlin, Foto: Uwe Steinert

As we know, networks can be found everywhere – and 2020 is also the theme of transmediale. Under the title "End to End", networks are discussed as the pivotal points for communication and information exchange. The central business models of Silicon Valley play a role here, as do the effects of the digital network culture on our society. But talks, workshops, screenings and performances also address the original forms of networks.

When: 28 January to 1 March 2020
Where: HKW Berlin, Volksbühne Berlin, Linienstraße 227, Mitte

Tip 7: World premier: Glanz auf dem Vulkan (Glamour on the volcano)

visitBerlin, Foto: Uwe Steinert

Berlin, the most exciting metropolis in the world. Everything shines and glitters in the Admiralspalast's new show, which will take you back to the wild Berlin of the 20s. Experience a music revue full of passion, dance, artistry, humour and frivolity. Here Berlin's bohemian celebrates the dance on the volcano as if there were no tomorrow – ecstatic and unbridled pleasure.

When: 17 December 2019 to 5 January 2020
Where: Admiralspalast, Friedrichstraße 101, Mitte

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Tip 8: Six Day (Cycling) Berlin


They race around the arena at top speed: over six days, the best cyclists around the globe will compete in a breathtaking competition at the Berlin Velodrom. An experience for the whole family. An extra children's programme with many interactive activities will be offered on the Sunday.

When: 23 January to 28 January 2020
Where: Velodrom, Paul-Heyse-Straße 26, Prenzlauer Berg

Tip 9: Winter walks

Park Schloss Charlottenburg
Credit: Germany Images David Crossland / Alamy Stock Photo

Want to escape the Christmas shopping hustle and bustle and breathe easy? Then visit one of Berlin's green districts. Discover historic districts, festively-decorated half-timbered houses, extraordinary shop concepts and winter park landscapes.

12 winter tips from 12 districts

12 winter tips from 12 districts

Tip 10: International Green Week Berlin

Internationale Grüne Woche
Thomas Machowina

Hard to believe: Way back in the golden 20s the international exhibition for food, agriculture and horticulture showcased agricultural traditions as well as innovations. In 2020, the focus will be on issues such as renewable resources, organic farming, horticulture and rural areas of the future.

When: 17 January to 26 January 2020
Where: Messe Berlin, Messedamm, Charlottenburg

Tip 11: Tanztage Berlin

Tanzende Menschen bei einem Konzert
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Known as a platform for young choreographers, many exciting new productions can be seen at the Days of Dance in the Sophiesaele. Performances always focus on the interaction between socio-political reality and artistic expression. The young choreographers come from various international dance schools and institutes. You have ten exciting days ahead of you!

When: 8 January to 18 January 2020
Where: Sophiensaele, Sophienstr. 18, Mitte

More about Tanztage Berlin


Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.