Välkommen till Svenska kyrkan i Berlin: “Welcome to the Swedish Church in Berlin” – this is what it says at the atmospheric Christmas bazaar on the grounds of the Swedish Victoria Parish in the tranquil district of Wilmersdorf.
At the cosy Christmas market in the parish hall and in the courtyard, members of the Swedish community sell traditional specialities such as Glögg (mulled wine), cinnamon buns and delicious elk sausages, as well as traditional handicrafts and Christmas decorations. The Swedish Queen of Lights Lucia visits the Christmas market on both days at 4:00 pm.
Handicrafts and Christmas decorations
Traditional Christmas tree decorations made of wood, window candelabras and candlesticks made of painted wood are for sale. A large selection of tablecloths, rugs and tea towels with traditional patterns entice you to take a closer look. The Jultomte, the Christmas elf with beard and red pointed cap, can also be found here. This decoration is present in almost every Scandinavian home during the Christmas season.
Also popular are the Dala horses, the colourfully painted wooden horses. They are not only available in traditional red, but in all colours and sizes. And of course it is not Christmas without hanging or setting up the Julbock, the Yule goat made of straw and red ribbons.
The specialities on offer include crisp bread and delicious Swedish cheese, Christmas ham, elk meat, salmon cream and homemade biscuits. You can warm up with a Glögg, the Scandinavian mulled wine. In the courtyard you can also try elk meat, crab rolls and fresh waffles. The café offers a selection of fine cakes and tarts, including the green princess cake with marzipan and the delicious Swedish cinnamon buns (Kanelbullar).
Highlights of the Swedish Christmas bazaar
- Cosy ambience in the parish hall and inner courtyard
- Typical Swedish specialities
- Handicrafts & Christmas decorations from Scandinavia
- Visit of the Queen of Lights Lucia
Our tips for your visit to the Swedish Christmas bazaar
The bazaar is not very big, but it is very popular, so it is worth coming early. Otherwise, you may have to wait at the entrance.
The Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz church is located near the parish hall. The brick building is a fascinating example of Berlin Modernism and an expression of Expressionist architecture from the early 1930s. Every Saturday at 12:00 pm the popular Noonsongs take place, which are both a concert and service at the same time.
A stroll through the tranquil Güntzelstraße with its small shops and delicatessens is also worthwhile. The Bavarian Quarter in Schöneberg is also not far away. On a walk through the old neighbourhood you will come across places of remembrance again and again. The signs bring to mind the exclusion and deprivation of rights of Jews under Nazi rule.
Opening hours and entrance fees
- Date: 1 to 3 December 2023
- Opening hours: Opening hours: Friday 4 - 8 p.m., Saturday 12 - 7 p.m., Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.
- Admission: €2, Children under 6 years free
It is better to leave your car behind since there are no parking spaces, and parking in Landhausstraße and the neighbouring streets is also subject to a charge. The U-Bahn stations Berliner Straße and Güntzelstraße are very close by.
- U-Bahn (underground train) U7, U9 Berliner Straße