The countdown to Christmas begins - discover Berlin’s most exciting and atmospheric Christmas markets with these handy tips for your visit. Berlin’s Christmas markets. open from early November to spread festive cheer throughout the city. There is a wide variety of markets, with a range of themes, goods and entertainment. Find out which market in Berlin suits you best! The following 10 should cater well to all tastes:
Tip: Plan your Christmas evening programme now
Give yourself and your family another very special moment of anticipation for Christmas in Berlin with a glittering Christmas show or a festive concert. We have the most beautiful Christmas events for you. Plan an extraordinary evening after your visit to the Christmas market.
Christmas Events in Berlin
1) The Elegant: Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt
Due to a construction site on the Gendarmenmarkt, this year the nearby Bebelplatz shines in the festive glow of Christmas lights. Over a thousand shining Christmas baubles will create a festive atmosphere between the State Opera House, the Law Faculty of Humboldt University and the Hotel de Rome. Musicians, fire artists and acrobats will provide spectacular performances and international handicraft artists such as comb makers and wood carvers will present their works of art. Culinary delights include exceptional snacks and entire gourmet menus, which can also be eaten under the shelter of the specially erected gastro tents. In the arts and crafts tent you will find fine handicrafts and beautiful gifts.
2) The Majestic: Charlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace, festively illuminated for the Christmas season, sits grandly overlooking this market. Vendors sell a variety of craft items, while the smell of mulled wine and freshly-baked German treats such as stollen and marzipan adds to the charming atmosphere. There are even classic children's fairground rides, such as a big wheel and merry-go-round.
3) The Traditional: Spandau
During the Christmas season, Spandau’s old town transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with a towering tree. This historic market is set up around the St. Nikolai church and with up to 400 stalls, it's a feast for the senses. The entertainment programme, including sing-alongs with Santa, makes this a great market for families.
4) The historic one: Spandau Christmas Market
Once in Spandau, it's also worth visiting the Citadel. In keeping with the ambience of this Renaissance fortress, you can look forward to nostalgic stalls and historical attractions. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride across the grounds of Spandau Citadel, visit the Christmas cot with live animals and listen to the medieval-dressed tower brass players belting out well-known Christmas carols from the balconies and galleries.
5) The Scandinavian: The Kulturbrauerei
Dedicated to the Nordic goddess of light, Lucia, this Christmas market focuses on all things Scandinavian. Located at a former 19th-century brewery, it boasts traditional Scandinavian food, handicrafts and entertainment. Log fires keep visitors warm, while little ones can enjoy a trampoline, carousel and knight's castle.
6) The Idyllic: Christmas Market at Jagdschloss Grunewald
Taking place in front of the oldest surviving palace in Berlin, this market is a magical festive experience. In a romantic courtyard, local craftspeople offer handmade products, while traditional fairytale characters, such as Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella's stepmother, keep visitors entertained.
7) Der Multikulturelle: Weihnachtsmarkt in Karlshorst
On the second weekend of December, Karlshorst comes alive with mulled wine, gingerbread and handicrafts. As suggested by its motto, „Die Welt zu Hause in Karlshorst” (“The World at Home in Karlshorst”), this market provides visitors with a fascinating insight into the Christmas traditions of other cultures.
8) The Adventurous: Nordic Christmas Market at Britz Castle
Gather around the flickering fireplaces while food and drinks at the rustic stalls are steaming and sizzling. The showmen seem to have stepped out of a bygone era. Find traditional handicrafts as well as costumes for the little ones. With many details and handcrafted figures and installations, the Cocolorus Budenzauber transforms the historical setting of the 300-year-old manor house into a Christmas adventure world with Nordic flair every year.
9) The Eco-friendly Christmas Market: Kollwitzplatz
Everything for sale at the Adventsökomarkt (Advent Eco Market) at Kollwitzplatz is eco-friendly and produced under fair social conditions. Items include Christmas trees, textiles and toys, while the organic food is provided by local farmers, making this an ideal market for the socially-conscious.
10) The Crafty: Advent at Karl-August-Platz
If you are still looking for a special gift, you should definitely stop by the Kunsthandwerklicher Advent on Karl-August-Platz. Here you will find genuine originals, high-quality handicrafts, jewellery, ceramics and art prints.Centrally located between the Wilmersdofer Straße underground station, Bismarckstraße and the Deutsche Oper, the Kunsthandwerklicher Advent am Karl-August-Platz is easy to reach; at the same time, however, you can stroll to KaDeWe or the Christmas market around the Gedächtniskirche in around 20 minutes.