Christmas Market Dates
23rd November – 31st December 2016
Welcome to the
Berlin Christmas Market
Anyone who wants to experience the incomparable charm of “WinterMagic” has to come to Berlin! Berlin is the capital city of the German Christmas Markets. Whether you prefer a contemplative and magical Christmas Market or a lively and urban one, this year Berlin offers you a choice of sixty Christmas Markets.
Allow yourself to discover the vendor booths’ magic charm and unique Christmas gift items along the large boulevards and squares as well as on the small side streets and even in several museums.
Since 2007 the Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market in Berlin is hosting one of the most famous Christmas Markets in the German capital. For 35 days the castle and its park are immersed in a special romantic light and a unique ensemble is created with approximately 150 vendors from all over Germany as well as abroad. Alongside attractive temporary and permanent exhibitions inside the castle, the Christmas market presents carefully selected arts and crafts, ancient handicrafts, and wellchosen gastronomy inside of festively decorated cabins and exclusive glass pagodas.
An atmospheric backdrop guarantees a wonderful experience at the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market in one of the most beautiful squares in the city. Insights into old handicrafts such as flax embroidery are offered at the Gendarmenmarkt. Wood carvers and stonemasons present their work. Jugglers, acrobats, fire artists, dance groups, choirs, Berlin classical, jazz and Gospel ensembles, as well as internationally famous artists, also ensure a varied show programme. Alongside the exhibitors’ wares, culinary temptations from top cooks also promise “Christmas spirit”.
The heart of “WinterMagic” beats particularly strongly on the Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market and in the Sony Centre, where there is a Christmas Market on the Sony Centre’s 4,000 square metre event area. Lots of lights, handicrafts, music and delicacies ensure a reflective atmosphere at the Christmas Market at Potsdamer Platz. Alongside the handicrafts market along Alte Potsdamer Straße and an ice rink, the Winter World also offers fast fun on the largest mobile toboggan run in Europe, which is 12 metres high and 70 metres long. And anyone still looking for more sporting activity after the toboggans can skate on the 500 square metre open air rink. Finally, the nearly ten metre high Clock Tower from the Ore Mountains is always there too.
Every year during Advent it smells of roasted almonds, hot cocoa and mulled wine at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market, near the Kurfürstendamm. Because that’s when more than 170 craft and Christmas market stands are set up around the historical church in the centre of City West. Christmas fairy lights surround the elaborately decorated Breitscheidplatz. The right present for everyone – no empty promise here. You’ll find everything here, from Christmas decorations and ornaments to toys and delicate accessories. And refreshments are also taken care of: the range extends from cocoa, mulled wine and punch, plus glazed fruit up to grilled sausages. More than two million visitors enjoy the Christmas atmosphere around the 20 metre high Christmas tree every year.
Berlin’s largest Christmas market takes place in the Spandau Old Town, casting a spell on the historic backdrop with pre-Christmas lustre. At the Spandau Christmas Market an unmistakeable Advent landscape comes into being here every day during Advent. 250 stands during the week and 400 at weekends and the stage programme (including a Christmas rock concert on Fridays from 6 pm) ensure multi-facetted entertainment. Highlights are a Christmas crib with living animals on Reformationsplatz, the St. Nikolai Christmas Garden and crafts and design at the historic crafts market on Reformationsplatz – where a medieval plague procession also takes place every Wednesday. There is a special range for children and families around the St. Nikolai church.
For a Nordic-Scandinavian Christmas Market experience visit the Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei (Cultural Brewery). Situated in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, the Kulturbrauerei is an esemble of 20 historic buildings and 6 charming courtyards. Named after Lucia, the Nordic goddess of light, this Christmas Market is very popular with anyone looking for a romantic atmosphere.
A nostalgic Christmas market takes place between the Staatsoper and Opernpalais. Craftspeople, confectioners, almond and chestnut roasters, and candle and lantern makers offer their wares in more than 200 wooden booths. There is also a crib with real animals and a wooden horse carousel. The much loved Christmas market on the boulevard Unter den Linden twinkles and shines. The illuminated Palais and the Staatsoper Berlin provide the nostalgic Christmas market with an appropriate backdrop. A coachman also invites you to take a pre-Christmas carriage drive through Berlin’s “old centre”. You can enjoy the historical atmosphere at the market and on a carriage ride against a unique backdrop.
Of course Berlin has 54 more Christmas Markets to explore. Scattered throughout the city they all offer something unique, different and sometimes unusal.