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Top 11 Tips For Christmas in Berlin

Merry Christmas

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Brandenburg Gate in winter © Getty Images, Foto: querbeet

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

Christmas tree
Christmas tree © Getty Images, Foto: Jasmin Awad / EyeEm

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 2: Cristmas Concerts

Conductor at Konzerthaus Berlin
Conductor at Konzerthaus Berlin © Marco Borggreve

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.

More information about Christmas concerts in Berlin

Tip 3: Eating out on the holidays

Weihnachtliche Snacks
© Getty Images, Foto Helena Wahlman

Weihnachtliche Snacks

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.

More information about restaurants in Berlin

Tip 4: Christmas Eve at Cinema International

Christmas decoration
Christmas decoration © Getty Images, Foto: The Real Tokyo Life

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

More  Information about CHristmas Eve at cinema International

Tip 5: Film event: Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel

Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin
Friedrichstadt-Palast © Friedrichstadt-Palast, Foto: Soenne

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

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Tip 6: Festive Organ Concert

Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin
Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt © Gutschera + Osthoff
NUR zur redaktionellen Berichterstattung oder der Bewerbung des Konzerthaus Berlin verwenden! Das Konzerthaus steht als zentrales Gebäude auf dem Gendarmenmarkt im Berliner Ortsteil Mitte. Das klassizistische Bauwerk ist eines der Hauptwerke des Architekten Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

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

More information about the concert

Tip 7: Christmas Shows

VIVID Grand Show im Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin
VIVID Grand Show im Friedrichstadt-Palast © Friedrichstadt-Palast, Foto: Nady El-Tounsy

VIVID ist eine Liebeserklärung an das Leben. Mit über 100 wundervollen Künstler*innen auf der größten Theaterbühne der Welt. Zwölf Millionen Euro Produktionsbudget schaffen fantastische Kostüm- und Bühnenbilder in beispiellosen Dimensionen. Körperliche Perfektion, künstlerisch-artistische Höchstleistungen, oft zum Weinen schön. Ab 27. September 2018 im Friedrichstadt-Palast

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.

More information about shows in Berlin

Tip 8: Idil N. Baydar aka Jilet Ayse: Gehst Du Heilige Nacht!

Bar jeder Vernunft Berlin in a marquee
Bar jeder Vernunft Berlin © Die Bar jeder Vernunft, Foto: XAMAX (Max Schroeder)

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

Mehr Information about the show

Tip 9: Concert: Vladimir Korneev & Band: WINTÉЯ

view of the Tipi am Kanzleramt near Tiergarten
Tipi am Kanzleramt © Michael Haddenhorst

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

More information about the concert

Tip 10: Concierge Tips for Christmas in Berlin

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 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.

More about the concierge tips

Tip 11: Christmas Markets

Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg

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  

More Information about Christmas markets

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

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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