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Top 11 Tips For Christmas in Berlin

Merry Christmas

Weihnachtszeit am Brandenburger Tor
© visitBerlin, Foto: Enrico Verworner

What could be better than going on fantastic journeys together on long winter evenings? Fairy tales, stories and time spent together make the pre-Christmas season that little bit more magical. We have put together some of the most beautiful Christmas events for the whole family. We wish you a wonderful Christmas season!

Tip 1: Take a Christmas Tour with a Historic Steam Engine

Güterdampflok ELSE der Dampflokfreunde Berlin im Bahnbetriebswerk Schöneweide
Güterdampflok ELSE der Dampflokfreunde Berlin © Foto: DLFB/Bajohra

With lots of steam and loud whistles, a historic locomotive will once again be rattling through Berlin as a Christmas train this year. From the Advent round trip from Schöneweide to the excursion to the Christmas market in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, the Dampflokfreunde Berlin will take you on a unique train trip reminiscent of the good old days. This creates wonderful Christmas memories for the whole family. And, of course, Father Christmas will be along for the ride.

When: Various trips until 17 December
Where: Departure from Schöneweide S-Bahn station, Michael-Brückner-Straße 1, Schöneweide

Tip 2: Let the Stars in Concert – Christmas-Special take you into a Winter Wonderland

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Stars in Concert mit Marilyn Monroe © Stars in Concert

At Stars in Concert things glitter and shine a little more at Christmas. The stage is transformed into a magical winter wonderland as the superstars perform their greatest hits as well as the most beautiful American Christmas songs. Look forward to a Christmas special with Elvis, Madonna, Cher, Luis Armstrong and many more show stars.

When: 24 November to 26 December
Where: Sonnenallee 225, Neukölln

Tip 3: Be Amazed by the Acrobats at the Roncalli Christmas-Circus

Zirkusmanege ©

Every year the Tempodrom is transformed into a backdrop for magical Christmas moments. For the Roncalli Christmas Circus, the Tempodrom is festively decorated while acrobats twirl and snowflakes dance in the crowd. Look forward to a breathtaking circus performance with Christmas poetry and let yourself be enchanted.

When: 17 December to 2 January
Where: Tempodrom, Möckernstraße 10, Kreuzberg

Tip 4: Help Gerda to rescue her friend from the Snow Queen

Deutsche Oper
Deutsche Oper © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

As musical theatre, the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale becomes a road movie. Together with three singers and five musicians, you accompany the girl Gerda on her adventurous search for her friend Kay. Travel through the eerily beautiful synthesizer world of the Snow Queen and experience how Gerda finally frees her Kay from the icy Snow Queen.

Another tip for fairy tale fans: the Deutsche Oper is showing the classical ballet Sleeping Beauty from 29 November to 3 January. 

When: 4 December to 26 January
Where: Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Richard-Wagner-Straße, Charlottenburg

Tip 5: Let yourself be enchanted at the Traumtheater Salome (Salome Dream Theatre)

Schnee und Lichter in der Stadt
Schnee und Lichter © Getty Images, Foto: Katrin Ray Shumakov

When it gets cold and grey outside, it's time to take your imagination on a journey. You can see beautiful images of this at the Salome Dream Theatre. For 40 years now, acrobatics, dance and juggling have been used to create dreamlike scenes in which the impossible suddenly seems possible and gravity is suspended.

When: 8 December to 3 January
Where: Hotel Berlin, Berlin, Lützowplatz 17, Schöneberg

Tip 6: Get in the mood for christmas at the Open House with Winterfest

Laughing young family shopping for candy and Christmas presents
Familie auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt © GettyImages, Bild: RgStudio

Small but wonderful, the Open House with Winter Festival at Silent Green in Wedding offers a varied programme for the whole family. Fairy tale readings and craft workshops, films, concerts and DJ sets: There is something for every age group. In addition, there will be beautiful and handmade items at the market, historical guided tours and all kinds of treats.

Tip: Check out our Christmas market page for lots more great markets for the whole family.

Tip 7: Warm up at a Concert with Christmas Rock and Pop Classics

Adventskerze mit weihnachtlicher Deko
Adventskerze mit weihnachtlicher Deko © Getty Images, Bild: Alex

Advent spirit in Marzahn-Hellersdorf: If you're planning a Christmas excursion to the Gardens of the World, why not warm up afterwards at the Christmas Concert at the tourist information office right next to the Kienberg underground station. From film music and Christmas songs to brass music, you'll hear real classics here - and hot mulled wine and children's punch on top.

When: 25 November and 8 December, both at 6 p.m.
Where: Hellersdorfer Straße 159, Marzahn-Hellersdorf

Tip 8: Enjoy a oriental fairytale brunch at Madi - Zelt der Sinne

Moroccan Mint Tea
Moroccan Mint Tea © Getty Images, Foto: viennetta

On all Sundays in Advent, the velvet curtains open in the Madi - Tent of the Senses (Madi - Zelt der Sinne) for a fairytale journey into the world of stories from the Thousand and One Nights. Listen to well-known and lesser-known fairy tales and stories, framed by graceful belly dance performances - and of course the most delicious delicacies from the brunch buffet.

When: 27 November to 18 December
Where: Bernhard-Lichtenberg-Platz 1, Reinickendorf

Tip 9: Turns the adult world upside down with Pippi Longstocking

Komische Oper
Komische Oper © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

We can't promise whether it will be Christmassy when Pippi Longstocking arrives at the Komische Oper. In any case, the strongest girl in the world will transform the stage into the colourful world of her "Villa Kunterbunt". A palce where the world of adults will be turned upside down. Be cheeky, be different and don't let anyone set limits to your imagination. Franz Wittenbrink has given Astrid Lindgren's heroine a loud stage setting with jazz, pop and rock'n'roll. A children's opera that's fun! 

When: 28 November to 15 January
Where: Komische Oper, Behrenstraße 55, Mitte

Tip 10: Listen to ancient stories at the Märchenhütte (Fairytale Hut)

Märchenhütte © Fotograf: Jochen Zink

Wintertime is fairytale time: and from the end of November you can experience the age-old stories and adventures again in the unique atmosphere of the Märchenhütte (Fairytale Hut). Here, two people bring the characters to life and tell the fairy tales as closely as possible to the original. The Wednesday and Thursday morning performances are particularly suitable for children. The programme includes Bluebeard, Rumpelstiltskin and a fairy tale from today's Ukraine.

When: from 24 November until the end of the year
Where: Fairy Tale Hut, Monbijoustrasse 3B, Mitte


Tip 11: Celebrate Christmas with the little Raven Sock

atmosphärische Weihnachtsmotive
Weihnachtsgeschenke einpacken © visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

What would Christmas be without presents? But someone forgot to send the little Raven Sock's wish list to Father Christmas. And how is Santa supposed to know what the little raven wants? Help Sock and his friends to get a nice present after all and join in this magical guest performance by the Kammerpuppenspiele Bielefeld.

When: 2 to 4 December
Where: ufa-Fabrik, Viktoriastrasse 10 - 18, Tempelhof

Tip: The ufa factory hosts wonderful events for the whole family throughout December, such as Schal, the children's theatre Max & Moritz on 10 and 11 December, the children's opera Hänsel & Gretel after Humperdinck on 16 December or the Advent Circus by children for children on 18 December. On the same day you can also hear a staged reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Story".

Extra tip: The duo flagshipstore in The Playce (formerly Potsdamer Platz Arkaden) will sweeten your Christmas shopping with two very special guests. On St. Nicholas Day, Benjamin Blümchen will be on site from 2 - 5 pm. And on 17 December you can experience the new game for the TV show "Gefragt Gejagt" live at the quiz with Sebastian Klussmann.

You can find even more tips for events on the holidays in our calendar

We wish you happy holidays and a wonderful christmas.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Bevor sie in Berlin ihr Zuhause fand, berichtete sie als Korrespondentin und Trendscout aus den USA. Heute ist sie kreuz und quer in Berlins Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich mit Kultur, Musik und Zukunftsideen für ein innovatives Berlin. All posts