Our Top 10 of the best Christmas Markets in Berlin

Lucia WM (c) Jochen Loch
Lucia WM (c) Jochen Loch

If you are coming to Berlin in December you should definitely visit one of the many Christmas Markets.

Because Berlin has a lot of Christmas Markets to choose from, we have made a selection of some of the nicest and coziest markets in town. For further advice don´t hesitate, just come ask us at the reception!!


1. Lucia Christmas Market

The Lucia Christmas Market takes places at the courtyard of the Kulturbrauerei, a former brewery. It is really closeby the Hostel in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg.With its picturesque setting, this market offers a very charming and romantic atmosphere. Named after Lucia, the Nordic goddess of light, the market is dedicated to the Scandinavian countries.
Highlights:
* bungee trampoline, merry-go-round for children and adults
* “Coat-Open-Air-Heater“ and “Swedenfire“ artworks
* Santa visits the market daily between 5 and 6 pm
* cultural program/ show daily at 8 pm, admission free
* every Saturday and Sunday between 4 and 6 pm
Kid-Family-Program at Alte Kantine (indoor), admission free

21.11.2011 – 22.12.2011
Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstraße 97, 10435, Prenzlauer Berg
from Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 22.00
Saturday & Sanday from 13.00 to 22.00
2. Family-friendly Christmas market with daily cultural program: Christmas market at Kollwitzplatz

This small and traditional organic market offers a lot of different products, from organic handwork to organic food products. It really is a family market, where you will see the locals shopping for Christmas with their kids, there is also a carousel and a playground closeby!
28.11; 05.12; 12.12; 19.12.2011
Ökomarkt Kollwitzplatz, Kollwitzplatz
10435, Prenzlauer Berg
from 12.00 to 19.00
Organic Christmas market, Sundays only
3. Organic Christmas Market

Another organic Christmas Market is located also not very far from EastSeven Hostel. Wonderful ecologically produced, fair trade gifts are on sale in the pleasant atmosphere of the market on all four Advent weekends. Well-known environmental protection organisations present their nature-protection projects. Creature comforts are also provided: all delicacies are organic and with every cup of mulled wine consumed, a tree is planted in the tropics – which helps climate protection. Here “think global, act local“ is put into practice quite deliciously. (text: berlingoesgreen.de)
27.11; 28.11; 04.12; 05.12; 11.12; 12.12; 18.12; 19.12.2011
Sophienstraße, Mitte
Saturday from 11.00 to 21.00
Sunday from 11.00 to 19.00

 4. Christmas Market at the Opernpalais

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. On 24th December Christmas market at the Opernpalais is closed. (text: visitberlin.de)
22.11.2011 – 26.12.2011
Opernpalais, Unter den Linden 5, 10117 Berlin, Mitte
from Monday to Thursday from 12.00 to 21.30
Friday to Saturday from 11.00 to 22.30
Sunday from 11.00 to 21.30

24.12: closed
25.12; 26.12: from 11.30 to 21.00

5. Christmas Market at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche
Every year during Advent it smells of roasted almonds, hot cocoa and mulled wine around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. 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.  (text: visitberlin.de)

22.11.2011 – 30.12.2011
from Sunday to Thursday
from 11.00 to 21.00
Friday & Saturday
from 11.00 to 22.00

6. Winter World at Potsdamer Platz Christmas market:

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. (text: visitberlin.de)

22.11.2011 – 26.12.2011
daily from 10.00 to 22.00
Advent Saturdays : from 10.00 to 24.00
24.12. from 10.00 to 16.
00
Potsdamer Platz, 10785 , Tiergarten
7. Christmas Market at the Schloss Charlottenburg

This Christmas Market is Large and  very romantic.  It offers craft work, culinary delights, a music program and children’s activities in front of the illuminated castle . Perfect to combine a visit to the Schloss with visiting the Christmas Market. Best time to stop by is when it is dark!

22.11.2011 – 26.12.2011

Platz vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg, Charlottenburg

from Monday to Thursday from 14.00 to 22.00

from Friday to Sunday from 12.00 to 22.00

24.12: closed

8. Spandau Christmas market

Probably the most famous Christmas Market in Berlin, it is also Berlin´s biggest Christmas Market! Although it is a bit further away you can easily reach this market by taking the s-Bahn from Berlin Alexanderplatz to Spandau!

As a special highlight there is a crib with real animals!

24.11.2011 – 23.12.2011
Altstadt Spandau, 13597, Spandau
Friday from 11.00 to 21.00
Saturday from 11.00 to 22.00
Sunday & Monday from 11.00 to 20.00

9. Berlin Christmas Tide Market

Arts and crafts, upmarket snacks and food, traditional roundabouts for children and many more attractions!
Close to Berlins main sights, so perfect to combine a visit to this market with a day of sightseeing!

22.11.2011 – 26.12.2011
Platz vor dem Roten Rathaus (Berliner Rathaus), 10178, Mitte,
from Monday to Thursday from 11.00 to 21.00
Friday to Suturday from 11.00 to 22.00
Sunday: from 11.00 to 21.00
24.12: closed
25.12; 26.12: from 11.00 to 22.00

10. Christmas market at Winterfeldtplatz

This traditional Christmas Market is located in Schöneberg. It offers a diversified show programm. Its famous for its good arts and crafts.
28.11; 05.12; 12.12; 19.12.2011
Winterfeldtplatz, Winterfeldtplatz  10785, Schöneberg,
from 11.00 to 19.00

Enjoy wintertime in Berlin!!!

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