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11 Tips for Christmas, New Year's Eve and the Advent season

Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt
© visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Hooray December is here! And with it the reflective Advent and Christmas season in the capital. In addition to the festive highlights, there are countless possibilities in Berlin to find a suitable Christmas present, the tastiest mulled wine or the most beautiful Christmas market. Our tips for December - and of course also for New Year's Eve.

December at a glance

Berlin Events December 2019
Events in Berlin in December 2019 © visitBerlin


Tip 1: Christmas Markets

Christmas market at Richardplatz, Berlin
Christmas market at Richardplatz © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Find your favorite Christmas market yet? Admittedly not that easy with over 70 Christmas markets. From traditional and nostalgic to English and Scandinavian to urban and ecological - Berlin has a multitude of different markets to discover. There are creative crafts, design products, confectionery and culinary specialities on offer. In addition to Christmas stage shows, you can also look forward to carriage rides and ice rinks. Find out here which Christmas market suits you best.

When: All December
Where: Everywhere in the city

More information about Berlin's Christmas markets

Tip 2: New Year's Eve

Fireworks at New Years Eve at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
New Years Eve at Brandenburg Gate ©, Foto: Franckreporter

The biggest party of the year rises at the Brandenburg Gate, when over a million people greet the New Year together with a colourful fireworks display. If you'd rather celebrate New Year's Eve indoors, you can choose between cool parties in Berlin's clubs or the Kulturbrauerei, elegant parties and balls or a candlenight dinner in the restaurant. Happy New Year to everyone.

When: 31 December
Where: Everywhere in the city

More information about New Year's Eve in Berlin

Tip 3:  Christmas Services

Christmas tree
© GettyImages, Bild: Hoxton Tom Merton

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 4: Open Stores on Sundays in Advent

Christmas shopping on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin
Christmas shopping on Kurfürstendamm © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

No matter how stressful Christmas shopping can sometimes be, it is somehow a part of it. And Berlin offers the perfect selection of great shopping opportunities: On two Sundays - 8 and 22 December - the doors to many shopping centres and shops in Berlin are open for business. So nothing stands in the way of a gift hunt. In addition to shopping, you can also stroll along the wonderfully illuminated streets of Berlin and forget the stress of shopping.

When: 8 and 22 December
Where: In shops, department stores and shopping centres

More information about Christmas Shopping in Berlin

Tip 5: Advent Concerts

Konzerthaus Berlin - Großer Saal
© Uwe Arens

Reflection and contemplation: With atmospheric concerts you can sweeten your Advent season. With jazzy melodies Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra get you in the mood for Christmas. Christmas oratorios can be heard in the Konzerthaus, the Berlin Cathedral, the Gedächtniskirche and many other churches.

More information about concerts in the Advent season

Tip 6: 16. Original Roncalli Circus

Tempodrom - concerts and congresses in Berlin
Tempodrom © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

A visit to the Roncalli Christmas Circus is one of the most beloved Christmas traditions of Berliners. In the festively decorated Tempodrom, the Roncalli Christmas Circus enchants the whole family with its poetry. Artists and clowns will take you on a magical journey to Winterwunderland. 

When: 19 December - 4 January
Where: Tempodrom, Möckernstraße 10, Kreuzberg


Tip 7: Louis Lewandowski Festival 2019


Synagoge Rykestraße in famous Kollwitzkiez in Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg
Synagoge Rykestraße interior view © Bezirksamt Pankow
Die Synagoge Rykestraße befindet sich in der Rykestraße 53 im Berliner Ortsteil Prenzlauer Berg im sogenannten Kollwitzkiez. Seit ihrer Wiedereinweihung 1953 ist sie mit dem 2000 Plätze fassenden Betraum die größte Synagoge Deutschlands.

The Louis Lewandowski Festival shows you Israeli choral music in its various facets and all its richness. This year's focus on "Southern Stars" is dedicated to the synagogal music of composers from Southern Germany. At the Louis'Lab on 21 December in the Reinbeckhallen you will have the opportunity to sing together with the festival choirs. The festival ends with a big closing concert in the synagogue Rykestraße, with well-known choirs and soloists from the festival.

When: 20 - 23 December
Where: Various venues


Tip 9: Raffael in Berlin

Gemäldegalerie at Kulturforum in Berlin
Inside the Gemäldegalerie © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

To mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death on 6 April 2020, the Gemäldegalerie offers the unique opportunity to see five Madonna paintings together. In addition to the paintings from Berlin, the exhibition shows Raphael's Madonna with the Carnations from the National Gallery in London.

When: 13 December - 26 April
Where: Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz 4, Mitte


Tip 10: Last chance: nineties berlin

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Only until December 29 do you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the attitude towards life of the 1990s. In the multimedia exhibition nineties berlin, contemporary witnesses recall the turbulent period after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Berlin became a city of freedom and a club metropolis.

When: until 29 December
Where: Alte Münze Berlin, Molkenmarkt 2, Friedrichshain

More information about nineties berlin

Tip 11: Christmas Garden  

Christmas Garden at Botanischen Garten
Christmas Garden at Botanischen Garten © visitBerlin, Foto: Sarah Lindemann

The Christmas Garden transforms the Botanical Garden into an enchanted place after dusk. Light installations conjure up a magical atmosphere, illuminations and sparkling stagings in all colours create a true winter wonderland.

When: until January 5, 2020
Where: Botanical Garden, Unter den Eichen 5-10 or Königin-Luise-Platz, Zehlendorf

For even more information about what’s on in December, you can always check our day-by-day tips on Berlin’s biggest event 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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