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These Christmas markets open first - 11 tips

A chronological countdown to the official Advent season

Heissa Wintermarkt

In Berlin, the winter fun starts at the end of October. The first festively decorated stalls with fragrant waffles and hot punch are already beckoning on the cooler autumn evenings. For the time being, they are still called winter markets, as the Christmas market season is not officially allowed to start before the Sunday of the Dead, which falls on 26 November this year. Nevertheless, there are numerous winter markets that already invite you to enjoy a cosy get-together and set the mood for the winter and Christmas season with festive lights.

We have compiled a chronological list of the markets which open first.

Christmas market start 1: On 28 October opens ...

The winter world & Christmas market at Potsdamer Platz

Winter World and Christmas market at Potsdamer Platz
Winter World and Christmas market at Potsdamer Platz © PPMG Potsdamer Platz Management GmbH

The toboggan run has been open since the end of October. So you can slide into winter fun from a height of twelve metres in the middle of Berlin, even without snow. In addition to the toboggan run, numerous stalls, sausage roasters and mulled wine stands await you.

When: 28 October 2023 to 1 January 2024
Where: Potsdamer Platz, Mitte

Winter Wonderland at Potsdamer Platz

Christmas market start 2: On 3 November begins ...

The Winterzauber & Weihnachtsrummel on Landsberger Allee

Christmas market  Wintertraum am Alexa
Christmas market Wintertraum am Alexa © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

With its many carousels and rides, the Winterzauber on Landsberger Allee makes children's hearts beat faster. Although not the official name, this colourful market has become known among Berliners as the Weihnachtsrummel. You will also find cosy seating areas and fire pits. And, of course, Father Christmas also drops by.

When: 3 November to 30 December 2023
Where: Landsberger Allee 300, Lichtenberg

Winterzauber & Weihnachtsrummel

Christmas market start 3: On 4 November begins...

The Berliner Glühwald

Glühwein from the clay cup
© GettyImages, Bild: Fabian Krause / EyeEm

Just opposite the East Side Gallery, the Glühwald is a cosy place to get together with hot drinks. A nice meeting place when it gets dark outside earlier. If the curling lanes are full or it gets too cold, you can have a quiet game at the Bowling World right next door.

When: from 4 November
Where: Mercedes Platz 1, centre


Christmas market start 4: On 10 November open ...

The LGBTQIA* Winterdays & Christmas Avenue

Gay Pärchen auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt
© GettyImages, Bild: gilaxia

The queer community in Berlin traditionally invites people to get together on Nollendorfplatz from 10 November with the LGBTQIA* Winterdays. Until 25 November, the party hut will also be reserved for initiatives from the queer scene. Drop by, exchange ideas and support the community.

When: 10 November to 23 December 2023
Where: Nollendorfplatz, Schöneberg

LGBTQIA* Winterdays & Christmas Avenue

Christmas market start 5: Opening on 15 November ...

The Queere Winterwonderland

Adventskrankz im Kunstschnee
© Getty Images, Foto: Santje09

The queer winter wonderland, which will take place for the first time at Gestrandet an der Jannowitzbrücke in 2023, will kick off with a big opening party. It starts at 4 pm. On the other days, you can discover art and shop for unusual gifts. All items are from queer producers. In addition to mulled wine and punch, there will also be other creative winter cocktail creations.

When: 15 November to 23 December
Where: Rolandufer 4 at the Jannowitzbrücke, Friedrichshain.

Queere Winterwonderland

Christmas at the Tierpark

Weihnachten im Tierpark, Friedrichsfelde
© visitberlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Twinkling lights cover the zoo in the run-up to Christmas. The illuminated path does not take you past the enclosures - to protect the animals - but a few animal light installations do await you. The tour is around two kilometres long. In between, there are stands with cocoa, punch and treats.

When: 15 November 2023 to 14 January 2024
Where: Am Tierpark 125, Lichtenberg

Christmas at theTierpark

Winterworld Grünau

Brother and Sister Skating Together
© Getty Images, Foto: FatCamera

Attention ice skating fans. For the winter season, the Grünau lido is transformed into a glittering winter wonderland with ice skating, ice disco, decorated stalls and campfire romance.

When: Date: From 15 November 2023 to 25 February 2024 (closed on 24 December)
Where: Sportpromenade 5, Grünau

Winte World Grünau

Christmas market start 6: Opens on 16 November ...

The historic Christmas market on the RAW site

Weihnachtsmarkt RAW Gelände
© visitberlin, Foto: Chris Martin Scholl

Fire bowls and fantastic light and art installations make the historic Christmas market on the RAW site a wonderful pre-Christmas spectacle for the whole family. Look forward to food and drink, fire shows and other spectacles inspired by medieval customs.

When: 16 November to 22 December 2023
Where: Revaler Straße 99, Friedrichshain

Historic christmas market on the RAW site

Christmas market start 7: On 17 November start ...

The Family Wonderland

Family visiting a Berlin Christmas market
Family visiting a Christmas market © GettyImages, Bild: AleksandarNakic

With rides and colourfully illuminated carousels, the Family Wonderland in Spandau is a wonderful addition to the historic Christmas market in the old town. The little ones can let off steam here. So the time until Christmas won't be so long.

When: 17 November 2023 to 1 January 2024
Where: Klosterstraße 38, Spandau

Family Wonderland

The Christmas Garden at the Botanical Garden

Christmas Garden 2021
Christmas Garden Berlin © Christmas Garden-Michael Clemens

Every year, the Botanic Garden is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Based on the London model "Christmas at Kew" in the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Berlin Christmas Garden invites you to take a contemplative stroll, which offers many wonderful opportunities for a Christmas family photo with its fairytale light installations.

When: 17 November 2023 to 14 January 2024
Where: Königin-Luise-Straße 68, Steglitz

Christmas Garden

Christmas market start 8: Open on 20 November begins ...

The winter film festival in the Nikolai quarter

Winter Film Fest im Nikolaiviertel
© Valentin Paster/

The Winter Film Festival in the Nikolai Quarter kicks off the Christmas season with the classic German movie "Feuerzangenbowle". The classic film starring Heinz Rühmann will of course be accompanied by hot punch from the copper kettle. The programme is rounded off with nostalgic hits

When: 20 November 2023 to 01 January 2024
Where: Nikolaikirchplatz, centre

Winter Film Fest

The Christmas market on the Spree

Weihnachten an der Spree
© FARO Gruppe

The Christmas market on the Spree also starts on 20 November. For an all-inclusive price (from 24.90 euros), you can drink mulled wine, punch and hot chocolate and savour bratwurst, spaetzle and other delicacies. There are also fire barrels, seating areas and action with curling or tree nailing.

When: 20 November to 23 December 2023
Where: Stralauer Allee 2b, Friedrichshain

Christmas on the Spree

Christmas market start 9: 23 November is the start of ...

Heissa Holzmarkt

Heissa Wintermarkt

With a village of huts, fire installations and various shows, the Holzmarkt also heralds the start of the Christmas season. You will find beautiful handicrafts and the odd hip gift idea here. Of course, there will also be plenty of food and cosy seating areas with warming fireplaces.

When: 23 November to 23 December 2023
Where: Holzmarktstraße 25, Friedrichshain

Heissa Holzmarkt

The Christmas market at Wilmersdorfer Straße

Paar auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt
© GettyImages, Bild: Westend61

The pedestrian zone in Wilmersdorfer Straße will be adorned with festive lights from 23 November. Here you can get in the mood for Christmas shopping with a mulled wine and festive treats.

When: 23 November to 23 December 2023
Where: Wilmersdorfer Straße, Wilmersdorfer

Christmas market at Wilmersdorfer Straße

Christmas Market Start 10: On 25 November opens ...

The traditional Advent bazaar at the Finland Centre

Christmas decoration
© GettyImages, Bild: Gorfer

With its opening dates on the last weekend in November, the Finnish Advent Bazaar is an exception. This is because the other markets are closed on November 26. But that's not the only reason why it's worth a visit. The culinary offerings, with traditional Finnish Christmas dishes such as loimulohi (flamed salmon) and poromakkaraa (reindeer sausage), are quite unique in Berlin. The stalls sell hand-embroidered woollen gloves, hats and warm winter socks.

When: 25 and 26 November 2023
Where: Schleiermacherstr. 24A, Kreuzberg

Finnish Advent bazaar

Christmas market start 11: Advent & the official Christmas market season begins now

Christmas market in front of Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

And from December, the Advent and Christmas market season in Berlin is officially open. Find our large overview of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Berlin here.

All Christmas markets in Berlin

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


is originally from Munich and started out her career at one of Germanys largest daily news papers. Before finding her home in Berlin, she also reported as a correspondent and trend scout from the US. Today she is cruising Berlin's neighbourhoods, always on the lookout for good stories - with a focus on culture, music and ideas for the future of an innovative Berlin. All posts