Christmas the Scandinavian way at the Lucia Christmas market: The atmospheric Lucia Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei is particularly cosy and festive. It’s wholly dedicated to Nordic folklore. It is no coincidence that it is one of the most popular Christmas markets among many Berliners.
Discover the atmospheric market and Scandinavian arts and crafts in the rustic red and white wooden stalls, try a glass of Swedish Glögg or warm up in the mobile sauna. Children can whisper their wishes into Santa’s ear and eat Kanelbullar, a sweet cinnamon pastry.
Christmas market with Scandinavian flair
Stroll around the cosy market and browse the wooden stalls. You are sure to find one or two small gifts. If it gets too cold for you, simply warm up in the open-air jacket heater. You can wrap up in snug fur coats there, which are preheated in a nostalgic wood stove. The winter artwork provides space for five frozen visitors. Other ways to warm up are also typically Nordic: The mobile sauna and the hiking yurt are also on hand.
Scandinavian specialities at the Lucia market
For many it is the most beautiful Christmas market in Berlin: The Lucia Christmas market begins every year at the end of November. The historic clinker brick buildings of the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg offer the perfect setting to bring this Nordic tradition to life in Berlin. In the pretty wooden cottages, which are predominantly red and white,
you can browse traditional handicrafts and try classic Christmas market snacks as well as typical Scandinavian delicacies such as moose goulash or reindeer salami. Of course, the Lucia Christmas market also offers traditional Christmas delicacies such as bratwurst and crêpes. But you should also try elk meatballs, salmon potato soup and Finnish waffles, because not only are they genuinely Nordic, but also simply delicious. A wide range of mulled wines are served: From Swedish Glögg to Finnish Glögi and Icelandic Jolaglögg. You can choose from over 20 different varieties here.
Saint Lucy's Day at the Kulturbrauerei
Saint Lucy is worshipped in Scandinavia as a bringer of light. The festival celebrated in her honour on 13 December has a firm place in Sweden’s pre-Christmas customs. In the traditional parade, a girl assumes the role of the bride of light. Decorated with a wreath of lights on her head, she leads her entourage of star carriers and candle holders, gnomes and gingerbread men. The Lucia choir moves across the grounds of the Kulturbrauerei and then starts singing German and Swedish Christmas carols in the Alte Kantine at the Kulturbrauerei and invites you to sing along. This concept of Allsâng, where everyone sings together, has a long tradition in Sweden.
Attractions for children
At this Christmas market there are not only beautiful old-fashioned chain carousels, but also a bungee trampoline, a knight’s castle with crossbow shooting and the popular "star ladder", a game of skill. In addition, the Christmas wish postbox awaits your letter. And for the very little ones who are not yet able to write, Santa Claus is of course here in person with an open ear. Numerous attractions are offered for children – from writing wish lists to nostalgic chain carousels and bungee trampolines. All this is accompanied by atmospheric Scandinavian music. On the weekend afternoons there are fun craft and entertainment activities on offer for children in the Alte Kantine.
The lights of the market shine warmly on dark evenings and create a tranquil ambience. The Kulturbrauerei with its red brick buildings provides the perfect setting for the nostalgic market. Beer was once brewed at this industrial monument, and since the 1990s the renovated site has housed restaurants, clubs, theatres, a cinema and a museum.
Highlights of the Lucia Christmas market
- Cosy flair in a historical setting
- Scandinavian specialities such as Glögg and elk meatballs
- Saint Lucy’s Day with lantern procession on 13 December
- Open-air jacket heater
- Handicrafts programme & attractions for children
Our tips for your visit to the Lucia Christmas market
For families, the tranquil afternoon hours are the best time to visit the Lucia Christmas market. After dark, thousands of lights lend a romantic atmosphere to the Christmas market. A great occasion, for example, for couples to saunter between the stands. You shouldn’t miss Saint Lucy’s Day on December 13th: Pure Swedish folklore for all Nordic fans.
The premises of the Kulturbrauerei are home to clubs, restaurants and a cinema, meaning that you can dive into your evening programme straight away. The museum in the Kulturbrauerei brings you closer to everyday life in the GDR with an exciting permanent exhibition and alternating special exhibitions. Admission is free of charge. A winter walk through the festively decorated quarter and across the tranquil Kollwitzplatz is also beautiful.
Opening hours and entrance fees
- Date: 25 November to 22 December 2019
- Opening hours: Monday – Friday 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Admission is free of charge
Visitors arriving by car will find an underground car park on Sredzkistraße, which is, however, always heavily frequented. It is therefore advisable to travel by public transport.
- U-Bahn (underground train) U2 Eberswalder Straße or Senefelderplatz
- Tram 12, M1 and M10 Eberswalder Straße
- S-Bahn (overground train) S8, S41, S42, S85 Schönhauser Allee
All Berlin Christmas markets at a glance