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Weekend tips 6 - 8 / 12 / 19

Santa Claus, fairytale worlds and Sunday open for sale

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

The whole of Berlin is in the Christmas spirit. The Christmas markets are open and the Christmas lights in the streets and shops create a cosy atmosphere. Our tips for the weekend will tell you where to find beautiful and unusual Christmas presents and what else awaits you on this 2nd Advent in Berlin.

Tip 1: Fairy tales at the Berlin Christmas markets

Fairytale Christmas Market at Grunewald Hunting Lodge in Berlin
Märchenhafter Weihnachtsmarkt at the Jagdschloss Grunewald © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Märchenhafter Weihnachtsmarkt am Jagdschloss Grunewald

Storytellers, fairy tale characters in fabulous surroundings can be found at some Christmas markets this weekend, for example at the Christmas market at Grunewald Jagdschloss. Around the hunting lodge you will also find handicraft and traditional delicacies - perhaps you will take the opportunity to visit Berlin's oldest castle - the guided tour is included in the entrance fee. The rather small Christmas market at Schlachtensee offers craftsmanship, mulled wine and punch directly from the winegrower in a cosy atmosphere.

A wonderful Nordic Christmas market awaits you at Schloss Britz. The 300-year-old estate offers the historical backdrop for a very special market: typical Nordic and medieval Advent delicacies as well as an exciting stage programme for the whole family. Dive into the world of trolls and elves. Take part in pewter casting, crossbow shooting, archery and knife throwing. Climb the impressive Viking boat. And what is actually a dragon hammer?

Where: Christmas market at Jagdschloss Grunewald, Hüttenweg 100, Charlottenburg
When: 7 and 8 December

Where: Christmas market at Schlachtensee, Matterhornstraße 52, Zehlendorf
When: 7 December

Where? Nordic Christmas Market at Britz Castle, Alt-Britz 73, Neukölln
When on all Advent weekends

More information about Christmas in Berlin

Tip 2: Christmas markets on the 2nd of Advent

Holy.Shit.Shopping.
© Team de Luxe

Berlin is full of Christmas markets during the Advent season. The following markets are only open for you this weekend. The Christmas Market at St. George's Church - a very British Christmas awaits you on Saturday with English delicacies, typical English music and a with torches romantically illuminated church. The Rixdorf Christmas Market is certainly the most romantic one in the capital.

Around the old village smithy on Richardplatz, only charitable and non-profit organisations invite you to a nostalgic stroll on the Christmas market, illuminated by numerous petroleum lamps. Holy Shit Shopping is completely different: here, designers present fashion, jewellery and all kinds of sustainable products. Shop for beautiful things and designs in the special atmosphere of the Arena Berlin.

Where: Christmas market at St. Georg Church, Preußenallee 17-19, Charlottenburg
When: 7 December

Where: Rixdorf Christmas Market at Richardplatz 1, Neukölln
When: 6 to 8 December

Where: Holy Shit, Arena Berlin, Eichenstraße 4, Treptow
When: 7 and 8 December

More information about Christmas markets in Berlin

Tip 3: Musicals for Families

Children in the theatre
Children in the theatre © Getty Images, Foto: Image Studios

The St. Nicholas weekend is of course the weekend for children and families: on St. Nicholas Day the Admiralspalast is the right address for fans of the Little Dragon Coconut. The musical for children from the age of 4 takes you into a world full of magical venues and fantastic characters.

In the Urania, the KinderMusicalTheater in Berlin e.V. will once again give you an unforgettable theatrical experience "Berlin is cool" - a children's musical about friendship, courage and solidarity, performed by 120 children from 10 nations. On Saturday Hänsel and Gretel (fairytale) will be performed in the ufaFabrik as a musical for children aged 4 to 12 years (and on Sunday Siegfried and Joy will enchant you with their charming magic at the same place).

Where: Admiralspalast, Friedrichstraße 101, Mitte
When: 6 December

Where: Urania, An der Urania 17, Charlottenburg
When: from 7 December

Where: ufaFabrik, Viktoriastraße 10-18, Tempelhof
When: 7 and 8 December

More information about children's theatre in Berlin

Tip 4: Santa Claus Market and more for children and families

Children bake for Christmas
© GettyImages, Bild: visualspace

Christmas markets especially for children: At the Pinke-Panke children's farm and in the FEZ in Wuhlheide you can make gifts, play games, sit around the campfire, bake and enjoy the Christmassy atmosphere. The workshop Vierfelderhof offers even more handicrafts on Saturday - making candles, building gingerbread houses, folding stars: You can finish your first presents in a cosy festive atmosphere.

And in the Zeiss-Großplanetarium (planetarium) the bright colours of the rainbow shimmer for the whole family to relax on weekends when the rainbow fish starts a new adventure with its friends.

Where: Children's farm Pinke-Panke, Am Bürgerpark 15-18, Pankow
When: 7 December

Where: FEZ, An der Wuhlheide 197, Köpenick
When: on all Advent weekends

Where: Vierfelderhof, Groß-Glienicker Weg 30, Spandau
When: 8 December

Where: Zeiss Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, Prenzlauer Berg
When: until 27 December

More information about children's attractions in Berlin

Tip 5: Zeughausmesse at Deutsches Historisches Museum

Deutsches-Historisches-Museum-Zeughaus
Deutsches Historisches Museum - Zeughaus © visitBerlin, Foto: Artfully Media, Sven Christian Schramm


On the search for individual and unusual Christmas presents we found what we were looking for at the Zeughaus fair in the Zeughaushof. Already for the 15th time almost 90 artists are waiting for you to present and sell their unique utility art. The artists present their Modern Craft objects in the roofed inner courtyard of the Zeughaus (in Historical Museum) in an innovative and experimental way. So nothing stands in the way of a very special Christmas present.

Where: German Historical Museum, Zeughaushof, Unter den Linden 2, Mitte
When: 5 to 8 December

More information about the Zeughausmesse

Tip 6: Sunday open for sale

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

If you are not one of those who buys Christmas presents last-minute, then use this Sunday to buy the first (maybe even all) presents. Get into the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle and let yourself be captured by the shopping malls, which are full of atmosphere. Browse through the festively decorated shops and the many Christmas markets that are ideal for getting presents!

More information about shopping in Berlin

Tip 7: Christmas jungle

Christmas tree with ball
© GettyImages, Bild: Bloomberg Creative Photos

And for all you who celebrate Christmas in Berlin – not at least we all need a Christmas tree - why not buy one sustainably? In the “Weihnachtsurwald”, replantable trees are offered for rent or sale. The trees don't end up on the garbage at the end of the holidays, but can either be planted in your own garden or simply and easily be returned.

If you take part in this Urban Gardening project, you can put a tree in your room - maybe a little crooked, but certainly a very special one. And in the historic market hall you can expect many delicious surprises with Merry Markthalle.

Where: in front of market hall IX, Eisenbahnstraße, Friedrichshain
When: 7, 14 and 21 December

Where: on the "Grünen Brücke", S-Bahn station Greifswalder Straße, Prenzlauer Berg
When: 8, 15 and 22 December

More information about Merry Markthalle


And here are a few tips for you off the Christmas rush:

Tip 8: Christopher Williams at C/O Berlin Amerika Haus

C/O Berlin
C/O Berlin © C/O Berlin, Foto: David von Becker

The photographer and conceptual artist Christopher Williams presents photographs of the genres portrait, still life and street photography exclusively at C/O Berlin. Selected archive material, architectural elements and black-and-white photographs have been compiled to illustrate his artistic picture atlas and his understanding of an extended image and exhibition space.

Where: C/O Berlin America House, Hardenbergstrasse 22-24, Charlottenburg
When: Opening: 6 December 7pm

More information about C/O Berlin Amerika Haus

Tip 9: 25th anniversary Anne Frank Centre

Anne-Frank-Zentrum in Berlin
Anne-Frank-Zentrum in Berlin © Anne Frank Zentrum Berlin, Foto: Mandy Kloetzer

On Saturday the Anne Frank Centre invites you to its current exhibition "All about Anne". At interactive stations you will learn something about Anne Frank's life story and what her story has to do with us today. The exhibition is aimed specifically at children, young people and families and celebrates its 25th anniversary in Berlin on December 7. The entrance fee is free if you use the password "25 years Anne Frank Zentrum".

Wo: Anne-Frank-Zentrum, Rosenthaler Straße 39, Mitte
Wann: 7. Dezember

More information about the Anne Frank Zentrum in Berlin

Tip 10: Zebra Poetry Filmfestival

at the cinema in Berlin
at the cinema © Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

At this time of the year, cinema is always a good alternative to shopping or a relaxing evening: at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival you can get an insight into the broad spectrum of poetry film. With a film from Germany as the centrepiece of the festival, the festival also presents the poetry film itself from all points of views.

Where: KulturBrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg
When: 5 to 8 December

More information about cinemas in Berlin

Tip 11: RBB Hörspielkino – audience award

Planetarium Berlin
Planetarium © Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

A festive gala evening awaits you with live music and champagne reception to celebrate the audiobook of the year. Chosen by the audience from the presented audiobooks, the one that received the most votes will be awarded and performed again. Lean back, look at the star

Where: Planetarium am Insulaner/Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte, Munsterdamm 90, Steglitz
When: 7 December

More information about the award

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

Catrin

Catrin

loves to travel the city. Preferrably by bike, she discovers the most exciting and interesting side of Berlin. Across the city, across country and also off the beaten track.

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