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Weekend tips 21 – 26 / 12 / 19

Shopping, Singing, Skating

Weihnachtsbaum am Brandenburger Tor
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It's Christmas time: Wether your naughty or nice, wether you are full of joyous anticipation or just want to escape the holiday hectic, we have the right tip for you!

Tip 1: Sunday Shopping

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

Two days before Christmas Eve shops remain open on Sunday. So, go out into town, stroll around the Christmas markets and get some last presents for your loved ones. We have made a selection of shopping malls and small boutiques for you. Let us inspire you.

When: 22 December
Where: various shops and malls in Berlin


Tip 2: The little prince

Mädchen im Theater
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Shortly before Christmas, the Pfferberg Theater presents a particularly beautiful production of the classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The mixture of puppetry, film and live music enchant not only children with its wonderful message: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye".

When: daily from 21 to 26 December, changing times
Where: Pfefferberg Theatre, Schönhauser Allee 176, Mitte

Tickets for "The little Prinz"

Tip 3: The Star of Bethlehem

Christmas market LGBT, Nollendorfplatz
Christmas market LGBT © visitberlin, Foto: Thomas Mehlitz

He is said to have led the wise men from the east, the shepherds and many others to the stable, where baby Jesus was born: the star of Bethlehem. But what exactly is it about this heavenly apparition? Was this a real astronomical event? Go in search of it in the Zeiss planetarium. Follow the trail of the star of Bethlehem.

When: 21. and 26.12 at 17 o'clock
Where: Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, Prenzlauer Berg


Tip 4: Van Gogh. Stillleben (still lives)

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To discover the beauty in the imperfect and unfinished is an art. And it is these small imperfections that touch on many of Van Gogh's still lifes: a burnt match, a bent leaf, the hanging head of a wilting flower.

When: daily except 24. 12.
Where: Museum Barberini


Tip 5: Louis Lewandowski Festival

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.

Musikalische Schätze aus zwei Jahrhunderten erwarten euch beim diesjährigen Louis Lewandowski Festival. Bereits mit 12 Jahren kam Lewandowski nach Berlin und wurde Teil der jüdischen Gemeinde. Seine Karriere als Komponist begann als musikalischer Gehilfe beim Gottesdienst. Lasst euch die letzten Konzerte des diesjährigen Festivals nicht entgehen.

Wann: 22. Dezember 18.30 Uhr
Wo: Synagoge Rykestrasse, Rykestrasse 53, Prenzlauer Berg


Tip 6: Christmas caroling at the 1st FC Union Berlin

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FC Union

For 16 years now, the soccer club of 1st FC Union Berlin have been inviting you to a festive Christmas carol singing on the middle line in the stadium. Songbooks and candles are free. Vocal support comes this year from the choir of the Emmy-Noether-Gymnasium. Sing along!

When: 23 December at 7 p.m.
Where: An der Alten Försterei Stadium, An der Wuhlheide 263, Treptow-Köpenick


More about christmas caroling at the 1st FC Union

Tip 7: Dragon heart: No place for heroes

Neuköllner Oper Berlin
Neuköllner Oper Berlin © Caterina Rancho

This modern musical, which also takes place over the Christmas holidays at the Neuköllner Oper, is about fame and honour. Here, West Side Story and the Nibelung saga meet and thematize the problems young people have to struggle with today - always on the lookout for what it's worth fighting for! (in German language)

When: 21./22./26./27. 12 at 20 o'clock
Where: Neuköllner Opera, Karl-Marx-Straße 131/133, Neukölln

Tip 8: Winter sports in Berlin

Ice skating in Berlin
Ice skating © Getty Images, Foto: zsv3207

You need a break from celebrating and feasting? Then let's get out and up on the ice. In all districts there are public skating rinks where you can dance pirouettes. Or how about a trip to a climbing hall or a wellness afternoon? Be inspired by our tips.

More about Winter sports in Berlin

Tip 9: Christmas light ride

Weihnachtsmarkt Kullturbrauerei
© visitBerlin, Foto: Enrico Verworner

When it gets dark outside the Christmas lights start to sparkle. If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of shopping on Berlin's streets, then discover the festively decorated city from the comfort of a warm bus. Gingerbread and a mulled wine voucher are included in the tour of lights through Berlin.

Tickets for the Christmas light Ride

Tip 10: Winter trips in Berlin's Kieze

Winter in Berlin
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If you have a little extra time over the Christmas holidays, use it to explore Berlin. Especially during the winter season you will find some very contemplative and idyllic places in all districts. We have put together some of the most beautiful ones for you. Experience Berlin in winter.

12 winter tips for 12 neighbourhoods

Tip 11: Hallelujah! Christmas in the course of time

Christmas tree
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What is the story behind the advent wreath? Why do we get a christmas tree? And why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25th and 26th? Answers to these and other questions about Christmas can be found at the exhibition in the Zeughaus. Learn more about the diversity of Christmas traditions and the original meaning of the church and family feast.

When: Guided tours daily from 21 to 26 December at 13:00, except Christmas Eve.
Where: Zeughaus, Unter den Linden 2, centre


For even more information abouts what's on, you can always check out day-by-day tips on Berlin's biggest event calendar.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.


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