This year everything is a little different, including Christmas with all its beloved traditions. But the spirit of Christmas, the message of love and hope, is especially important this year. We have compiled for you 11 tips from Berlin for a beautiful celebration with suggestions for digital services and concerts, ideas for the little ones and also something for all Christmas grumpy.
We wish you a Merry Christmas.
Tip 1: Watch digital church services from the Berlin Cathedral
The bells never ring sweeter ... In all the city's churches, they ring out for services on the holidays.
Numerous Berlin churches offer their Christmas gatherings, nativity plays and services as livestreams or broadcast on television. So you can be there from home.
The Christmas Eve vespers at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Berlin Cathedral are broadcast live at www.berlinerdom.de/live and on BibelTV. At www.berlinerdom.de/live you can also take part in the Christmas Eve service at 11 p.m. and the services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (both at 6 p.m.).
Tip 2: Watch the Ecumenical Christmas Eve TV Service
On December 24 at 3 pm, RBB will broadcast the Ecumenical TV Service from the Memorial Church on Breitscheidplatz, which will be held under the guiding theme "Because we need hope". The service aims to send a message of encouragement and solidarity.
Tip 3: Participate in worship from the sofa
St. Ludwig Catholic Church on Ludwigkirchplatz is posting a recorded service on its website on Christmas Eve, so you can watch the service from your couch.
Tip 4: Enjoy classical music on Christmas Eve
If you're sitting at home with potato salad, blue carp or roast goose, or you just want to listen to beautiful music, rbb Kultur has the right program. Starting at 7:30 pm, the radio station will broadcast a classical concert with pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and other great composers.
And earlier, at 3 p.m., Baroque Christmas with the RIAS Chamber Choir will be on the air.
Tip 5: Experience a Classical Concert with the Digital Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
The Digital Concert of the Berlin Philharmonic offers you a rich selection of their concerts. With a monthly subscription, you can enjoy live streams and recordings of Philharmonic concerts with Kirill Petrenko and his great predecessors, and browse the huge archive. You're sure to find the perfect concert for a contemplative Christmas.
Tip 6: Check out the Christmas Film Festival Specials 2020
The digital special edition of the Christmas Film Festival also spreads Christmas spirit with short films from past festival editions. Fun Shorts for Christmas are twelve short films from all over the world on the theme of Christmas. The Playlist of Presents is suitable for a contemplative evening program when you're cozy on the couch. The films in the Horror Shorts Advent Calendar, on the other hand, are more spooky.
When: until December 26
Tip 7: Join Mabuso and the Christmas Ball
"Log on and join in!" is the motto when the popular torchlight concert band Rumpelstil invites you to their Christmas show "Mambuso and the Christmas Ball". At the show, everyone, big and small, can sing along and will even get the chance to be digitally transported on stage - along with Santa Claus. Two of the live events will take place on December 26 and 27, starting at 2:30 p.m. each day with a behind-the-scenes "Meet & Greet" before the turbulent Christmas show with Mambuso the Dalmatian Bear begins at 3 p.m.
Tip 8: Watch The Little King December
Waiting for Santa Claus takes forever again? Sweeten the time for you and your little brothers and sisters with Little King December. You can watch the play with the family couch ticket on the website of the Deutsches Theater until January 1 and ask yourself whether he really exists - the Little King December. (in German language)
Tip 9: Eat delicious roast goose
Goose to go: At many Berlin restaurants you can order whole geese as a festive menu and then put them back in the oven at home. But you can also order crispy goose legs and thighs for the small group on site, have them conveniently delivered or pick them up at the restaurant around the corner. Not only will you have less work, but you'll also be supporting your favorite restaurant.
Tip 10: Order a vegan or vegetarian Christmas menu
Roast goose is not to your taste? Then we have put together some delicious alternatives for you. Check out our tips for restaurants that can put together an entire menu for you - completely vegetarian or vegan, with fresh ingredients and in keeping with the season.
Tip 11: Watch a Berlin movie
For some, "Three Wishes for Cinderella," "Isn't Life Beautiful?" or "Little Lord Fauntleroy" are part of the fixed Christmas ritual, while others prefer to watch "Die Hard" or "The long kiss goodnight". And others have no desire at all for tinsel or straw stars.
So why not watch something completely different this year and watch a typical Berlin movie? Let our tips for current films on the streaming portals inspire you and immerse yourself in exciting stories from the capital.
You can find even more tips for events on the holidays in our calendar.
We wish you happy holidays and a wonderful christmas.