Christmas is a time of contemplation with family and loved ones. This is the time for shared experiences that will continue for a long time to come. We have put together 11 tips for a wonderful holiday in Berlin and wish you a Merry Christmas.
Tip 1: Christmas Services
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
Tip 2: Cristmas Concerts
Reflection and contemplation: With atmospheric concerts you can sweeten your Christmas. You can hear the Christmas Oratorio and other festive concerts in the Konzerthaus, the Philharmonie, the Apostle Paul Church and many other churches. Charlottenburg Palace is also the perfect setting for the concerts of the Residence Orchestra.
Tip 3: Eating out on the holidays
Goose or duck? Or maybe you'd rather discover something new and try some exotic delicacies? Many restaurants offer special menus for a festive meal on public holidays. The 1st and 2nd holidays can also be heralded with the family over a delicious Christmas brunch in the restaurant of the Mövenpick Hotel near Potsdamer Platz.
Tip 4: Christmas Eve at Cinema International
Those who do not like roast goose can celebrate Christmas Eve in the cinema. Two films will be screened internationally before the actual theatrical release: "Der Junge muss an die frische Luft" ("The boy needs to get some fresh air"), the film adaptation of Hape Kerkeling's bestseller, and the festival favourite and hot Oscar candidate "Green Book" with Viggo Mortensen.
When: 24 December, 6.30 pm
Where: Kino International, Karl-Marx-Allee, Mitte
Tip 5: Film event: Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel
InGermany the film Drei Nüsse für Aschenbrödel (Three Nuts for Cinderella) is one of the most beloved Christmas traditions. The Friedrichstadt-Palast shows the evergren classic in cinema format and with orchestral accompaniment. And so it says on the big screen: "The cheeks are soiled with ashes, but the chimney sweep is not. A little hat with feathers, a crossbow over his shoulder, but it's not a hunter. Third: A silvery dress with a train to the ball, but it is not a princess..." Who can that be?!
When: 27 December
Where: Friedrichstadt-Palast, Friedrichstraße , Mitte
Tip 6: Festive Organ Concert
With his virtuoso organ concerto Edgar Krapp gets you in the mood for Christmas Day. Pieces by Bach and Reger promise a contemplative and at the same time cheerful mixture that captures the spirit of Christmas.
When: 25 December
Where: Konzerthaus Berlin, Am Gendarmenmarkt 2, Mitte
Tip 7: Christmas Shows
Berlin's stages don't take a break at Christmas. Tim Fischer presents the most beautiful songs, the Glory Gospel Singers sing Hallelujah, the Friedrichstadt-Palast hosts the breathtaking show VIVID. And of course there are many more great shows on the holidays.
Tip 8: Idil N. Baydar aka Jilet Ayse: Gehst Du Heilige Nacht!
And for all those who prefer fun rather than festivity and contemplation, Idil N. Baydar opens the doors to the bar Jeder Vernunft and invites you to an entertaining evening full of humour and humour.
When: 24 December
Where: Bar Jeder Vernunft, Schaperstraße 24, Wilmersdorf
Tip 9: Concert: Vladimir Korneev & Band: WINTÉЯ
Vladimir Korneev performs soulful Russian songs, new German songs and French chansons during his romantic winter journey and thus reaches the hearts of his audience. You can expect a personal, atmospheric evening with a great singer and an emotional program to dream and enjoy.
When: 25 and 26 December
Where: Tipi am Kanzleramt, Große Querallee, Tiergarten
Tip 10: Concierge Tips for Christmas in Berlin
Are you looking for a very special tip for the Christmas season in Berlin? We have asked those who need to know. Concierge Sam Ndiaye from Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm gives us his personal tips for a contemplative Christmas season in an interview.
Tip 11: Christmas Markets
Some Christmas markets are still open during the holidays. Take the time for a leisurely stroll and enjoy a peaceful time with the whole family or with your dearest friends. So, have a look at our list, and then it's time for mulled wine and roasted almonds.
When: until after Christmas
Where: all over Berlin
You can find even more tips for events on the holidays in our calendar.