Berlin is one of the world’s most culturally-diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Therefore, it’s no surprise that its Christmas markets offer up a kaleidoscope of experiences, from traditional pop-up villages with twinkling chalets to unconventional events that reimagine the Christmas market concept.
Whether you want to rekindle the memories of a childhood Christmas or try something completely different, Berlin is a great place to be during the festive season. As vibrant and exciting as ever, the city is alive with sparkling lights and seasonal cheer.
As for the Christmas markets, Berlin has so many to choose from that you’ll probably need to think hard about which ones you visit during your stay. Here’s our selection of some of the most popular options, as well as some more eclectic ones for an alternative take on the Christmas market experience.
WeihnachtsZauber at Gendarmenmarkt
21 November to 31 December 2022
With its signature star-topped canopies, the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market is one of the biggest and most visited in Berlin. This year, because of construction work on Gendarmenmarkt, the market has been temporarily relocated to nearby Bebelplatz, between the State Opera House, the law faculty of Humboldt University and the Hotel de Rome
The market is known for its wide range of artisan offerings, from carved wood sculptures to items of clothing and accessories. The many food outlets serve up everything from roasted chestnuts and mulled wine to traditional German dishes. There’s also a large tent where some of the talented craftspeople demonstrate their skills.
21 November to 26 December 2022
The Alexanderplatz Christmas Market is not just a traditional festive market. With a Ferris wheel and fairground, an ice rink and a dance venue, it’s also a place to have fun and party. The centerpiece of the set-up is a huge walk-in pyramid decorated with more than 5,000 lights. Enjoy some mulled wine and a bratwurst on the ground floor, before climbing to the top to enjoy great views of the city.
21 November to 26 December 2022
This is one of the best Berlin Christmas markets if you’re looking for a romantic setting. It’s located in the grounds of the ornate rococo palace which was once the home of Sophie Charlotte, the first Queen Consort of Prussia. There are over 250 vendors, including craft stalls and food outlets selling candied apples, bread baked in wood-fired ovens and many more sweet and savoury festive treats. There are classic carousels for the kids to ride on and Santa Claus always makes an appearance, accompanied by real reindeer.
Christmas at the Spree
24 November to 23 December 2022
Set in a perfect location on the bank of the River Spree, this Berlin Christmas market offers an ‘all-inclusive’ experience, with an entrance fee that covers all food and drink in the outdoor area. You’ll be welcomed with a mulled wine or a non-alcoholic hot beverage and there’s a wide range of appetizing foods to choose from, including spaetzle with goulash or cheese, sautéed mushrooms and pulled pork burgers with red cabbage.
Christmas Market at the Red City Hall
21 November 2022 to 1 January 2023
The public space in front of Berlin’s famous Rotes Rathaus is home to one of the newest Christmas markets Berlin has to offer. However, it has an established feel and the Old Berlin market lane harks back to an earlier age, with facades depicting houses from around 1900. There’s also a medieval-style market around St Mary’s Church where you can enjoy freshly-baked bread and a glass of mead.
21 November to 23 December 2022
Set in the heart of Berlin’s gay and lesbian community, Christmas Avenue is a colorful festive celebration of diversity and freedom. Protected from the elements by the elevated railway above, it’s packed with stalls selling handicrafts, homewares and fashion items. You can enjoy street food and festive fare, while watching drag artists perform on the Christmas Avenue stage.
3/4, 10/11 and 17/18 December 2022
This alternative Christmas market changes location each year and in 2022 is at the Kühlhaus Berlin, a former industrial cold store covering seven stories and 6,000 square meters. The market has a really cool, hip vibe and features over 150 designers and makers of unique designer clothes, jeweler and art. DJs provide background beats and there are tree-shaded chill-out areas where you can relax and recharge.
With all kinds of Christmas markets, Berlin caters for everyone, from nostalgia fans to fun-seekers, as well as those looking for cultural diversity. There’s nowhere quite like the German capital to celebrate Christmas in style.
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