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Christmas in the zoo: Illuminated trees in the evening
Christmas in the zoo: Illuminated trees in the evening © Weihnachten im Tierpark

Christmas in the Tierpark

Christmas light art in the Tierpark around the historic Friedrichsfelde Palace from 21 November to 5 January.

With thousands of lights, the Tierpark Berlin is transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland at Christmas time.

The treetops glitter, the paths are lined with twinkling stars and even the lake shines with festive lights. For more than two kilometres, the sparkling path of lights winds its way through the park grounds around the palace and invites the whole family to take a Christmas stroll. Everywhere the lights sparkle and shine, transforming the otherwise rather bare landscape into an atmospheric winter wonderland.

Ice-skating fun and the scent of Christmas

Right next to the festively illuminated palace façade, arguably the most beautiful ice rink in Berlin invites you to put on your ice skates.

The smell of cinnamon biscuits and other delicacies from the decorated huts of the surrounding Christmas market hangs in the air. After your walk you can enjoy the view of the sea of lights around the palace.

Useful information for ice skaters

  • You can bring your own ice skates or hire a pair for a fee
  • Use of the ice rink is free of charge for visitors of Christmas in the Tierpark
  • The ice rink is closed during the regular Tierpark opening hours

A peaceful Christmas for the animals too

So that the animals can also enjoy a contemplative Christmas season, the sparkling winter experience takes place in a part of the Tierpark housing only a few of the animal enclosures. With the exception of the sparkling illuminated animal lights that line the path, only a few real animals can be seen in the Tierpark at Christmas. The light festival begins as soon as the gates close.

Christmas in the zoo: evening illuminations on the lake
Christmas in the zoo: evening illuminations on the lake © Weihnachten im Tierpark

Highlights of the light festival in the Tierpark

  • Two-kilometre circular trail
  • Around 30 light installations
  • 320-square-metre ice rink
  • Christmas delicacies
  • Berlin premiere: Poetic fire garden

Our tips for Christmas in the Tierpark

Since the winter evenings in Berlin can get quite cold and wet, you should dress warmly and bring waterproof clothing and footwear. Tickets cannot be returned due to bad weather. In contrast to the regular opening hours of the Tierpark, dogs are not allowed during Christmas in the Tierpark.

Christmas in the Tierpark opening hours

  • Dates: 21 November to 5 January, except 25/11 – 26/11, 2/12 – 3/12, 24/12 and 31/12
  • Opening hours: 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults from 15 euros, children from 12,50 euros, families from 42 euros, FlexTicket (single admission for any day) 22 euros
  • Admission is limited to a certain number of persons per hour

Transport

Please note that only the Bärenschaufenster entrance is open for Christmas in the Tierpark.

  • U5 Tierpark
  • Bus 296, M17 Tierpark stop
  • Tram 21, 27, 37, 67, M 17 Tierpark stop
  • S5, S75, RB24, RB1 S-Bahn station Ber