There are more than 60 markets that open towards the end of November and, in some cases, don’t close until the end of December. There are small markets for the local communities in the city, trendy designer markets and ‘alternative’ markets. Below you will find Best Christmas Markets in Berlin.
1. Christmas market at the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
At the Gendarmenmarkt there is again this year a Christmas mixture of fine arts, culinary delights, old craftsmanship. As well as shows and animation on the stage and on the square. In the cozy warmth of the large artisan tent you can watch wood carvers, belt makers, tailors, comb makers.
In addition, graphic designers, photographers, wood sculptors, stone cutters and painters exhibit their work.
Atmosphere: Embedded in the historical backdrop of the Gendarmenmarkt with the French Cathedral, German Cathedral and Konzerthaus Berlin. Exquisite charisma.
Attraction: large artisan tent, high-quality stage program.
Barrier-free: Entrances to the gastro tents are partially provided with a step or ramps. Transportable ramps are available if necessary.
Some cable bridges and defenders have to be considered.
There is a public, handicapped accessible toilet on the Gendarmenmarkt.
2. Christmas market Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin
You feel like royalty at the Christmas market, which is set up at Christmas time in front of the Charlottenburg Palace. The large-scale palace park is a popular destination for Berliners at any time of the year. The palace built for the Prussian Queen Sophie Charlotte is one of the most famous sights in Berlin. At Christmas time, the palace complex is transformed into a romantic winter village with its wooden huts, white pagoda tents and the large wooden pavilion with Christmas pyramid. Charlottenburg Palace and the park are bathed in colorful light.
3. Christmas market at Alexanderplatz
During the Christmas season, Berlin’s most popular dating meeting place – the world clock on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz – faces strong competition from the Christmas pyramid. Europe’s largest pyramid of the Ore Mountains will then find its way into the Christmas market at Alexanderplatz . With over 5,000 lights, it outshines the festive goings-on in the colorful winter and Christmas world.
On the ground floor of the huge Christmas pyramid, visitors enjoy mulled wine or an original Thuringian bratwurst, while on the first floor the “Pyramiden Treff” offers a wonderful panoramic view of the fairground. One floor up, tower blowers create a Christmas atmosphere on the weekends. Up high, the figures of the Erzgebirge pyramid tirelessly make their rounds.
4. Christmas market at the Rotes Rathaus
The Berlin Christmas market is located around the Neptune Fountain on the west side of Alexanderplatz and creates a connection between the Marienkirche and the Rotes Rathaus. This pre-Christmas market event can be seen from afar with its landmark, the panoramic ferris wheel.
Atmosphere: Fair, partly medieval, old Berlin facades of the Marienviertel and city hall backdrop
For children: historical children’s rides, over 100 year old carousel, chain carousel, the flying Santa Claus comes three times a day
Attraction: 600m² ice rink, 50m high Ferris wheel with panorama gondolas, large pyramid – original production from the Erzgebirge, life-size nativity scene, Berlin originals such as the corner stand Nante and the organ grinder, medieval show bakery and hot mead from clay jugs
Companies / groups: The Ferris wheel has a VIP gondola that can accommodate up to 10 people. This can be booked for company celebrations, people who have just fallen in love and everyone who wants to treat themselves to something special, including service. Champagne and canapes are served in the gondola.
Barrier-free : barrier-free toilet available.
5. The great Berlin Christmas market
The 100th Big Berlin Christmas Market is characterized by rides that are especially fun for young people. The Great Berlin Christmas Market, with its creation at the Berlin Cathedral in the twenties, is the oldest hype Christmas market in the eastern part of the city.
Even back then, it stood out for its rides and trains, as well as many colorful stalls with roasted almonds, hot punch and a wide variety of delicacies. Over the years, the thrill of Christmas moved to many places in the city. Stops included the Schlossplatz, Alexanderplatz, the Planetarium and the United Nations Square. The tradition continues on Landsberger Allee on a huge one around the Ikea furniture store.
6. Spandau Christmas Market in the old town of Spandau, Berlin
The Christmas market in the old town of Spandau is one of the most beautiful and traditional Christmas markets in Berlin. The Spandau Citadel was laid out as a square in the 16th century according to plans by the Italian fortress specialist Franziskus Chiaramella de Gandino and, with its four acute-angled bastions at the corners, is one of the largest and best-preserved Renaissance fortresses in Europe. The four bastions are named Queen, King, Crown Prince and Brandenburg. You can walk the ramparts all year round.
Atmosphere: Atmospheric Christmas market in the middle of the old town, in old streets and in beautiful squares. Medieval market near St. Nikolai
For children: Santa Claus
Attraction: large Christmas tree, Christmas crib with live animals.
Barrier-free: Temporary lines are covered with Defenders for wheelchair users. A handicapped accessible toilet is available on the market.
The closest barrier-free underground
7. Christmas market at the Memorial Church, Berlin
The Christmas market around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the heart of the pulsating City West shows itself again from its most beautiful side. The 37th Christmas market at the Gedächtnis-Kirche attracts visitors with its Christmas tree, new stalls and lavish festival lighting. There is a lot to discover at around 200 lovingly decorated stands and Christmas houses on the barrier-free Christmas market. With Christmas music, visitors can find Christmas tree decorations for the big evening – from classic fir decorations to Christmas balls in glass and bronze art.
The wooden Christmas cribs are particularly popular with tourists. Lovingly selected Christmas decorations, accessories and handicrafts from all over Germany tempt you to admire and buy. The treasures handcrafted by the goldsmith, who likes to look over his shoulder while doing his work, are suitable as Christmas gifts. The Pakistani scarves made of cashmere and silk will also make many a woman’s heart happy. This year there are two schnapps distilleries whose fine waters and tasty liqueurs could be popular with women and men as Christmas gifts.
8. Historic Christmas market on the RAW site
The RAW site in Berlin-Friedrichshain invites you to a historical Christmas spectacle with medieval charm during Advent. Access is only possible with a ticket.On the 150-year-old site of the former Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk (RAW), which is particularly popular today for clubs, art and cultural events, potters, blacksmiths and wood carvers and many more show their craft and sell their products. Hearty and sweet dishes are offered at the market stalls. Hot mead, mulled wine, mulled beer and Feuerzangenbowle warm the mind.
In the incomparable flair between the old factory buildings, jugglers and acrobats perform their fire juggling and artistic clown theater to historical music. Anyone can prove their skill at archery, crossbow shooting and troll forest. Younger visitors can look forward to the hand-operated wooden carousel, have fun on a wooden Ferris wheel and ride a pony.
9. Alt-Rixdorf Christmas market, Berlin
The traditional Alt-Rixdorf Christmas market always takes place on the second weekend of Advent in the historic Bohemian village around Richardplatz. To mark the opening of the Rixdorf Christmas market, a service will take place at 6 p.m. in the Bethlehem Church on Richardplatz
As early as 5 p.m., more than 200 charitable associations, organizations and associations will be presenting homemade little things, beautiful handicrafts and lovingly crafted items for the numerous visitors, but also culinary items such as fire meat, bratwurst, waffles, pea soup and numerous types of mulled wine, brewed according to old family recipes. Even the Lions Club Berlin Kurfürstendamm is actively involved. In addition to mulled wine, potato soup and sausages, the members also sell games and CD’s for a good cause. With the proceeds they have been supporting various Neukölln projects for years.
10. Advent market Dahlem, Berlin
In winter, Berlin families like to travel to the southwest to experience one of the most atmospheric Christmas markets in Berlin in the historic estate ambience. On all four Advent weekends, selected handicraft gift ideas are offered at the Advent market. Glassblowers, goldsmiths and silversmiths, florists, fine bag makers, potters, hat makers, weavers, silk painters, dollmakers, paper makers and many others present their products, some show how they are made. Visitors can also find the popular handicrafts from the Ore Mountains at this market.
Atmosphere: Romantic flair on the former manor, café in the manor house.
For children: Pony rides, fire show.
Attractions: Handcraft demonstrations by artisans.