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Spandau Christmas market

2020 the Christmas market moves from the old town to the Spandau Citadel

Stroll through the quaint cobbled streets that form a large pedestrian zone and discover Berlin’s largest traditional Christmas market.
During the week, you will find 250 market stalls in beautiful wooden huts, where artists, artisans and exhibitors present their goods from four continents. On weekends, you can even browse some 400 stands.

2020 the Christmas market moves from the old town to the Spandau Citadel

Be entertained by the free stage programme and stroll through the atmospherically illuminated historical old town.  
For over 40 years, the Spandau Christmas market has been inspiring Berliners and visitors from all over the world time and again.

A Christmas market for the whole family

The landmark of the market is the large magnificent fir tree on the market square. Thousands of lights shine over the picturesque huts and conjure up a festive atmosphere. Every year it is festively illuminated at the start of the Christmas market.  Around the St. Nikolai church there is a historical market with artisans and handicrafts. You are sure to find the right Christmas present here. Inside the Gothic House, the Märkische  artisan market also offers particularly beautiful stands with art and crafts.  
The wind quintet and musicians on the big stage provide musical accompaniment to the market.  The Christmas rock concert is particularly popular and rings in the Advent weekend with a swing every Friday evening.
Another highlight of the Spandau Advent market is the Christmas nativity scene with live animals.  

Family day on Wednesday

Wednesday is Family Day, as Santa Claus visits the market and gladly listens to children’s wishes. On stage he sings with the little ones and makes children’s eyes sparkle.
In addition, special child-friendly offers attract visitors every Wednesday, as each stand offers a selected extra for families.

Culinary offer

Of course, culinary delicacies are not neglected either: In addition to the traditional Christmas market classics such as mulled wine, roasted almonds and bratwurst, you can also try Spandau specialities, exotic dishes and mulled beer.

Nightfall at the Spandau Christmas market
Nightfall at the Spandau Christmas market © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Highlights of the Spandau Christmas market

  • It is Berlin’s largest Christmas market
  • A free stage programme takes place daily
  • There is a Christmas nativity scene with live animals
  • The medieval market offers art and handicrafts
  • Santa Claus visits the market every Wednesday

Our tips for your visit to the Spandau Christmas market

On Wednesday, a visit for families is particularly worthwhile, because not only does Santa Claus come to visit, but there are also special offers for children and families.
Combine your visit with a stroll through the old town of Spandau and browse through the shops. The Spandau Arcaden shopping centre is also nearby for a shopping spree. Take a look at the Gothic church of St Nikolai at Reformationsplatz and search for the cannonball from the Napoleonic conquest which is embedded in the outer wall.
Of particular interest for the whole family is a visit to the Spandau citadel with its exhibitions and the Juliusturm tower.

Opening hours and entrance fees

  • Date: 23 November to 23 December 2020
  • Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11 am – 8 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm
  • Admission is free

Transport

  • U-Bahn (underground train) U7 Altstadt Spandau
  • S-Bahn (overground train) S3, S9 Berlin-Spandau

You can easily reach the Christmas market by taking the U-Bahn line U7. Get off at the Altstadt Spandau station. The long-distance, regional and S-Bahn station Berlin-Spandau is also well connected.  The journey from the S-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten in City West takes about 20 minutes.

All Berlin Christmas markets at a glance