This weekend we light the third candle on the Advent wreath. Numerous concerts and performances get us in the mood for Christmas. But Berlin wouldn't be Berlin if there wasn't a lot going on besides the contemplative moments.
Tip 1: Christmas markets
Advent time is the time of the Christmas markets. And especially on the weekends many nice, small neighbourhood markets open their doors. Thus the KiezWeihnacht takes place on the 2nd and 3rd Advent weekend in Lichtenberg. In Köpenick, the Christmas Island from 13 to 15 December invites you to take a romantic stroll in front of Köpenicker Castle against the backdrop of Köpenicker. On the grounds of the old distillery Reinickendorf you can not only buy handicrafts at the weekends in the North Pole Winter Village, but also visit the local artists in their studios.
Where: KiezWeihnacht, Samariterstraße, Friedrichshain
When: 14 - 15 December
Where: Christmas Island, Köpenicker Schlossinsel, Köpenick
When:13 - 15 December
Where: North Pole Winter Village, 13, 14 ,15, 20, 21, 22 December
When: Provinzstraße 40-44, Reinickendorf
Tip 2: Advent concerts
The concerts and oratorios in the churches and concert halls in Advent get you in the mood for Christmas. In the Gedächtniskirche on Friday the NDR choir will sing pieces by Brahms, Britten and others at the Christmas concert "A Hymn to the Virgin". On Saturday at 3.30 pm you can hear emotional gospel at the Christmas concert with inspired! in the Gedächtniskirche. On Saturday Björn Casapietra will sing "Christmas Love Songs" in the Passionskirche and take you on a joyful Christmas journey.
Tip 3: Christmas songs in Volkspark Mariendorf
You'd rather sing yourself? Then join in the great Advent singing in the Volkspark Mariendorf. The Mariendorfer SV 06 and the Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Mariendorf-Ost invite you to join the big choir. And if you're not sure about the lyrics: everyone gets a songbook and a candle for the contemplative atmosphere. Of course there will also be something to eat: Punch, cake and tasty food from the grill.
Admission is free, only one donation is requested.
When: 15 December, 4pm
Where: Volkspark Mariendorf, Prühßstraße / Andlauer Weg, Tempelhof
Tip 4: Raphael in Berlin
Raphael's graceful Madonna paintings still enchant the observer today. And on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death, the exhibition in the Gemäldegalerie gives you the unique opportunity to see the most beautiful Madonna pictures together. The Madonna of the Pinks will also come from London to the great meeting of the Madonnas as guest of honour, leaving England for the first time since the purchase of the museum.
When: until 26.4.2020
Where: Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz 4, Mitte
Tip 5: The Nutckracker at Deutsche Oper
Just like "It's a wonderful life" or "A Christmas Carol", a visit to the ballet "The Nutcracker" has become a favourite Christmas tradition for many. The Staatsballett shows the Christmas classic after E.T. A. Hoffmann with the music of Tchaikovsky according to the traditions of the original. Enjoy the nostalgic ballet feerie with its magical charm when the nutcracker and the toy soldiers come to life.
When: 13 December
Where: Deutsche Oper, Bismarckstraße 35, Charlottenburg
Tip 6: Winterleben at Museumsdorf Düppel
The last chance to visit the museum village Düppel before the winter break. You can cook, make music and carve together. In the blacksmith's shop on the village square a fire is burning. And warm your stomach with hot soup, stick bread from the fire and mulled wine.
When: 14 and 15 December, 10am - 4pm
Where: Museumsdorf Düppel, Clauertstraße 11, Zehlendorf
Tip 7: Exhibition „Natürlich heute!“
The exhibition "Natürlich heute!" in the Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin presents the topics of environmental protection and sustainability for children and links them to the everyday life of children today. It's an exciting discovery tour through six different areas, which promote sustainable behaviour even among the little ones and inspire them for their environment.
When: 14 December - 11 April 2020
Where: Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin, Osloer Straße 12, Wedding
Tip 7: An Odyssey
"Sage mir, Muse, die Taten des vielgewanderten Mannes" - But this time it is not Homer who sings about the Odyssey, but Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson and Mikael Torfason who stage the ten-year odyssey of Odysseus anew.Odysseis himsel tells the tragic story of his long journey.
When: 14 December
Where: Volksbühne, Linienstraße 227, Mitte
Tip 8: Family concert – Merry QUIZmas
The family concert is not only about listening to music, but also about an exciting quiz between two audience teams. Of course there will also be music, by the wind instruments of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The Christmas quiz is presented by horn player Sarah Willis together with Malte Arkona.
When: 14 and 15 December
Where: Philharmonie: Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, Mitte
Tip 9: Concert "Zauberhafte Winterträume"
"The concert in the Great Orangery at Charlottenburg Palace promises a romantic evening in the pre-Christmas season. With the sounds of the Residenzorchester in the festively decorated hall, you can get in the mood for Christmas. Before Christmas you can stroll through the nostalgic Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace and perhaps find a gift or two.
When: 15 December
Where: Great Orangery Palace Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm 22, Charlottenburg
Tip 10: Original Bauhaus
The Bauhaus year is drawing to a close. The big anniversary exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie runs until the end of January, showing how important and influential the Bauhaus was for architecture and design - and still is today.
When: until 27 January
Where: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124- 128, Kreuzberg
Tip 11: Dining out
Just sit together and chat with family and friends, without hectic and stress: How about a cosy restaurant visit? The hearty Berlin cuisine in a rustic ambience is particularly suitable for winter. Combine a visit to the restaurant with a long winter walk and discover a Berlin neighborhood you don't know yet.
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