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11 Tips for the weekend before Christmas

Gingerbread from Berlin
Gingerbread © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Christmas is just around the corner. But before we celebrate the feast of love, there is still a whole weekend to reflect and get in the mood for the feast days. And even for those who are not in a holiday mood, we have enough events in Berlin for an entertaining weekend. For all of you here are our 11 tips for the 4th Advent weekend.

Tip 1: Christmas Markets

© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

What would the Advent season be without a visit to one of Berlin's Christmas markets? Even on the last weekend of Advent, countless markets open in Berlin, be it one of the big traditional markets like the one in Spandau, in front of Charlottenburg Palace or on the Gendarmenmarkt, be it one of the original and country-specific markets.

More information about Christmas Markets

Tip 2: Christmas Shopping

Potsdamer Platz Arcaden Weihnachten
Potsdamer Platz Arkaden © (c) visumate

weihnachtlich geschmückte Potsdamer Platz Arcaden

Are you still looking for a present? On the 4th Advent, 23rd December, the stores are on open on Sunday. And the doors to many shopping centres and shops in Berlin are also open until 2 p.m. on the morning of 24 December. So nothing stands in the way of a quick gift hunt. Besides shopping, you can also stroll along the wonderfully illuminated streets of Berlin and forget the stress of shopping.

When: 23 December and 24 December until 2 pm
Where: In shops, department stores and shopping centres

More information about Christmas shopping in Berlin

Tip 3: Christmas Garden Berlin

© visitBerlin, Foto: Sarah Lindemann

Enjoy the magic of Christmas time! As soon as the sun has set, you can go daily from 16:30 clock in the botanical garden on a contemplative light journey! 30 light installations, which are integrated into the plant world of the Botanical Garden, await you on an approximately two-kilometre-long circuit.

When: 15 November 2018 - 6 January 2019
Where: Botanical Garden Berlin-Dahlem, Königin-Luise-Straße 68, Zehlendorf 

More information about Christmas Garden Berlin

Tip 4: Roncalli Weihnachtscircus

Tempodrom - concerts and congresses in Berlin
Tempodrom © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Veranstaltungsort Tempodrom am Anhalter Bahnhof in Kreuzberg

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 Winterunderland. 

When: 21.12. - 6. January 2019
Where: Tempodrom, Möckernstraße 10, Kreuzberg

More information about circus Roncalli

Tip 5: Die Schöne Party – Die Schöne Weihnachtsparty

Nightlife in Berlin
Nightlife © Getty Images, Foto: Georgijevic

Not only at Christmas time a classic in Berlin: Die Schöne Party (The Beautiful Party) has been going up regularly for years. Guest DJs hang up in the Kalkscheune and get you going. Depending on your taste in music, you can dance and party on four different floors.

When: 22 December, 9pm
Where: Kalkscheune, Johannisstraße 2, Mitte

More information about Schöne Party

Tip 8: Louis Lewandowski Festival 2018

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 Lous Lewandowski Festival shows you Israeli choral music in its various facets and all its richness. At the Louis'Lab on 22 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 Israel, Moscow and Berlin performing together.

When: 20 - 23 December
Where: Various synagogues and churches

More information about the Louis Lewandowski Festival

Tip 7:  Christmas concert: Rainald Grebe & Guests

Volksbühne Berlin
Theater Volksbühne © Volksbühne

Rainald Grebe always wanted to stand on the big stage of the Volksbühne. Now he has made it and invites you to the big Christmas concert with many guests and specials. He will be supported by the Chapel of Reconciliation, the so-called Anarchist Music Industry, Thomas Quasthoff, and the accordion ensemble Stark.

When: 23 December, 7 p.m.
Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Mitte

More information about the concert


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

With their great soul voices and their rousing nature, Donna Brown on piano and the Golden Gospel Pearls have been sweeping their audiences away for years. With soulful songs like "Amazing Grace", "Mary Had A Baby", "Come and Adore Him" and your own Christmas Medleys you will get into the Christmas mood.

When: 14 - 29 December
Where: Apostel-Paulus-Kirche, Grunewaldstrasse, Schöneberg

More information about the concert

Tip 9: Sido & Guests: Sido's Christmas show

DJ Mixer
DJ Mixer © Getty Images, Foto: 123ducu

The rapper SIDO invites you to a special evening in a festive ambience. Together with his surprise guests he will get you in the mood for the party, funny, entertaining and in his very own SIDO-like way.  

When: 21 - 23 December
Where: Columbiahalle, Columbiadamm 13-21, Tempelhof

More information the concert

Tip 6: Bijoux-Bijoux! Costume Jewellery from Chanel to Dior

Museum of Decorative Arts Berlin
Museum of Decorative Arts Berlin © SMB, Foto: Achim Kleuker

You are still looking for inspiration for a great gift, then have a look at the jewellery exhibition Bijoux Bijoux! - Fashion jewellery from Chanel to Dior in the Museum of Decorative Arts. The most beautiful designs of large fashion houses and famous designers from 1930 to the present day are exhibited for the first time in Berlin and show the interaction of jewellery and fashion. One section of the exhibition is dedicated to Dior jewellery.

When: until 27 January 2019
Where: Museum of Decorative Arts, Matthäikirchplatz, Tiergarten

Tickets and information for Bijoux Bijoux!


Tip 11: Concierge tipps for the Christmas time

Concierge Thomas Munko -  The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
Concierge Thomas Munko - The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin © Ricarda Spiegel

Are you looking for a very special tip for the Christmas season and New Year's Eve in Berlin? We have asked those who need to know. The concierges of Berlin's luxury hotels will give you their tips in an exclusive interview

More tips for events in Winter

For even more event tips, you can always click through our tips for each day in Berlin's largest 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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