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December in Berlin

11 Tips for Christmas, New Year's Eve and the Advent season

© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Hooray December is here! And with it the reflective Advent and Christmas season in the capital. In addition to the festive highlights, there are countless possibilities in Berlin to find a suitable Christmas present, the tastiest mulled wine or the most beautiful Christmas market. Our tips for December - and of course also for New Year's Eve.

Tip 1: Christmas Markets

Christmas market at Richardplatz, Berlin
Christmas market at Richardplatz © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Find your favorite Christmas market yet? Admittedly not that easy with over 60 Christmas markets. From traditional and nostalgic to English and Scandinavian to urban and ecological - Berlin has a multitude of different markets to discover. There are creative crafts, design products, confectionery and culinary specialities on offer. In addition to Christmas stage shows, you can also look forward to carriage rides and ice rinks. Find out here which Christmas market suits you best.

When: All December
Where: Everywhere in the city

More information about Berlin's Christmas markets

Tip 2: New Year's Eve

Every year the biggest New Years Eve party in Berlin takes place at Brandenburg gate.
New Years Eve at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin ©, Foto: Franckreporter

The biggest party of the year rises at the Brandenburg Gate, when over a million people greet the New Year together with a colourful fireworks display. If you'd rather celebrate New Year's Eve indoors, you can choose between cool parties in Berlin's clubs or the Kulturbrauerei, elegant parties and balls or a candlenight dinner in the restaurant. Happy New Year.

When: 31 December
Where: Everywhere in the city

More information about New Year's Eve in Berlin

Tip 3:  Christmas Services

CHurch Trinitatiskirche in Berlin
The church Trinitatiskirche © Foto: Regina Gumz

In all churches of the city they ring the bells for church services on holidays. Nativity plays and concerts also take place in the churches, whether in small churches in the neighbourhoods or in the magnificent Berlin Cathedral. You can find an overview of the church services on the websites of the Protestant church and the Archdiocese of Berlin.

When: 24 - 26 December
Where? In the Berlin churches

More information about Christmas in Berlin

Tip 4: Open Stores on Sundays in Advent

Weihnachtlicher Kudamm am Abend
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

No matter how stressful Christmas shopping can sometimes be, it is somehow a part of it. And Berlin offers the perfect selection of great shopping opportunities: On two Sundays - 9 and 23 December - the doors to many shopping centres and shops in Berlin are open for business. So nothing stands in the way of a gift hunt. In addition to shopping, you can also stroll along the wonderfully illuminated streets of Berlin and forget the stress of shopping.

When: 9 and 23 December
Where: In shops, department stores and shopping centres

More information about Christmas Shopping in Berlin

Tip 5: Concierge Tips for Christmas and New Year's Eve

Concierge Sam Ndiaye vom Sofitel Hotel Kurfürstendamm
Concierge Sam Ndiaye vom Sofitel Hotel Kurfürstendamm © Jarek Raczek

Are you looking for a very special tip for the Christmas season and New Year's Eve in Berlin? We have asked those who need to know. The concierges of Berlin's luxury hotels will give you their tips in an exclusive interview

More tips for events in Winter

Tip 6: Advent Concerts

Conductor at Konzerthaus Berlin
Conductor at Konzerthaus Berlin © Marco Borggreve

Reflection and contemplation: With atmospheric concerts you can sweeten your Advent season. You can hear the Christmas Oratorio, for example, in the Konzerthaus, the Philharmonie, the Apostle Paul Church and many other churches.  Charlottenburg Palace also forms the festive setting for the Advent concerts of the Residence Orchestra.

More information about concerts in the Advent season

Tip 7: Max Ernst, Zeichendieb

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Maximilian Meise

Starting from the cipher graphics that Marx Ernst wrote, the exhibition Max Ernst, Zeichendieb illuminates typical elements in the work of the famous Surrealist. In his pictures and signs, he often referred to already existing models, such as art in Ancient Egypt, and gave them their own new, surreal twist, thus creating their own picture worlds.

When: 15 December 2018 - 30 April 2019
Where: Collection Scharf-Gerstenberg, Schloßstraße 70, Charlottenburg 

More Information about the exhibition

Tip 8: Louis Lewandowski Festival 2018

Synagoge Rykestraße in famous Kollwitzkiez in Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg
Synagoge Rykestraße interior view © Bezirksamt Pankow
Die Synagoge Rykestraße befindet sich in der Rykestraße 53 im Berliner Ortsteil Prenzlauer Berg im sogenannten Kollwitzkiez. Seit ihrer Wiedereinweihung 1953 ist sie mit dem 2000 Plätze fassenden Betraum die größte Synagoge Deutschlands.

The Lous Lewandowski Festival shows you Israeli choral music in its various facets and all its richness. At the Louis'Lab on 22 December in the Reinbeckhallen you will have the opportunity to sing together with the festival choirs. The festival ends with a big closing concert in the synagogue Rykestraße, with well-known choirs and soloists from Israel, Moscow and Berlin performing together.

When: 20 - 23 December
Where: Various synagogues and churches

More information about the Louis Lewandowski Festival

Tip 9: Körper

The famous choreographer Sasha Waltz with her thirteen dancers visualizes in the program "Körper" the human body, its exterior and interior. It is about the dream of beauty and the perfect body, but also about ugliness and mortality. The fascinating piece runs again on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Sasha Waltz & Guests.

When: 6 - 9 December
Where: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstrasse 34, Wilmersdorf

More information about "Körper"

Tip 10: Christmas Garden  

Christmas Garden im Botanischen Garten
Christmas Garden im Botanischen Garten © visitBerlin, Foto: Sarah Lindemann

The Christmas Garden transforms the Botanical Garden into an enchanted place after dusk. Light installations conjure up a magical atmosphere, illuminations and sparkling stagings in all colours create a true winter wonderland.

When: 15 November 2018 - 6 January 2019
Where: Botanical Garden, Unter den Eichen 5-10 or Königin-Luise-Platz, Zehlendorf

Mehr Information about Christmas Garden

Tipp 11: French Film Week

Cinema Paris at Kurfürstendamm in Berlin
Cinema Paris at Kurfürstendamm © visitBerlin, Foto: Janine Blechschmidt

The French film week offers a foretaste of the upcoming films from France. You'll see in advance which French films the cinema-goers will actually be able to look forward to later.

When: 28. 11. - 5.12.2018
Where: Cinema Paris, Kurfürstendamm 211, Charlottenburg and other cinemas

More information about the French Film week

Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter


doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.


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