It isn’t the ox and donkey that are the animal highlights of this Christmas market, but an elephant – a cycling and talking elephant named Jochen. But why? You can find out for yourself at Weihnachten in Westend on the 4th weekend of Advent.
The charming Advent festival "Weihnachten in Westend" is one of the small, family markets in Berlin where the neighbourhood comes together to celebrate Advent.
Animal attractions and fairy tales
In addition to Jochen, the trunked animal, mascot and children's favourite, the market also has a nativity scene with live animals and ponies for riding. Another highlight at the Christmas market is the falconry show with free-flying birds of prey showing off their skills.
The stories of the storyteller Rumpumpe in the heated tent also form part of the entertainment, especially for the children.
By the way: Jochen comes from Weimar and is actually a "noble elephant". The choir of the Hasenschule school and the "Voice Changers" of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (German Opera in Berlin) also contribute to the entertainment with their Christmas songs.
Arts & crafts mile at the Christmas market
Artists and craftsmen present their works of art and products on the arts & crafts mile. At the numerous stands they display paintings, ceramics, jewellery, Christmas decorations, handmade toys, cards made from pressed plants, bags and self-made clothing. At the alpaca stand you can not only buy your own spun wool and warm clothes, but also stroke one of the lovely animals.
Craftsmen such as blacksmiths, wood turners and belt makers show their craftsmanship directly on site and let visitors watch them while they work. You are sure to find what you are looking for here in your search for an original gift.
You can keep up your strength with delicious Christmas specialities – both sweet and savoury – and warm up with a mulled wine.
Highlights of Weihnachten in Westend
- The cycling and talking elephant Jochen
- Falconry show
- Nativity with live animals
Our tips for your visit to Weihnachten in Westend
The nearby Reichsstraße is a cosy shopping street with nice shops and restaurants – perfect for a stroll in the neighbourhood. In the evening, a visit to the long-established cabaret theatre "Die Wühlmäuse" is a good idea, whose witty shows always delight the audience. In the former studio house of the artist Georg Kolbe you will find exciting exhibitions of classical modern and contemporary art as well as the beautifully designed residential building in the style of New Objectivity.
The Olympiastadion is home to Hertha BSC, the venue for many major sporting events and concerts. You can learn more about the history of the stadium and the Olympic site during a guided tour. You have a wide view over the whole area and the Grunewald from the bell tower. Or you can visit the Funkturm, radio tower on the exhibition grounds, which also boasts a fantastic panoramic view of the West of Berlin.
Opening hours and entrance fees
- Date: December 17 and 18, 2022
- Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 20 h
- Admission: free
By car: Drivers use the parking spaces in the nearby streets.
By public transport:
- U-Bahn (underground train): U2 Neu-Westend
- Bus 104 / 349 U Neu-Westend or Hessenallee