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Christmas markets in Berlin: The ultimate guide

Winter is here - and that means Xmas market season is upon us. There's snow on the ground, so get some mulled wine and roasted almonds and enjoy a Berlin tradition.

Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz. Photo: IMAGO / Sabine Gudath

Sometimes, it feels like Berlin has a Christmas market for every niche imaginable. Can’t decide if you’d rather visit a Swedish, Finnish, or Japanese Christmas market? No problem, this city’s got them all. Want a sustainable Christmas market, or a medieval one? You’ve got both. We’re going to keep adding to this list as new venues open, so keep checking back for more markets!

Heissa Holz-Markt

Photo: Daniel Koppelmann

The Holz-Markt is back with a different take on the classic Christmas Market – it’s Heissa Holz-Markt! Enjoy some mulled wine in a winter wonderland on the banks of the Spree. Make sure you check out the Brazilian samba takeover and a Christmas drag show from Duct Tape. Kids will have plenty to do, with fairytale readings, an indoor bouncy castle and a 3D printer recycling workshop.

  • Holzmarktstr. 25, Friedrichshain, details.
  • 23.11 – 23.12, free admission (tickets for individual shows must be purchased).

Medieval Christmas Market at the RAW Compound

Photo: Carnica

The RAW grounds are known for clubs, art and cultural events, but this winter, torches, fireplaces and food stalls will light up the night. Settle down with some hearty food and mulled wine and enjoy performances by jugglers and acrobats. For children, there is a hand-operated wooden carousel, a giant wooden Ferris wheel and a troll forest.

  • Revaler Str. 99, RAW-Gelände, Friedrichshain, details.
  • 16.11 – 22.12, free admission Mon-Tues, €3 Wed-Sun.

Christmas Market in Old Town Spandau

Photo: IMAGO / Agefotostock / Rainer Elsen

Old Town Spandau is picturesque at all times of the year, but Christmas time takes the cake. There is a magnificently decorated tree, a host of huts and stalls gathered in the pedestrian area, and a nativity scene with real live animals.

  • Marktstr. 10, Spandau, details.
  • 27.11 – 23.12, free admission.

Lucia Christmas Market at Kulturbrauerei

Photo: IMAGO / Ina Peek

Set against the backdrop of a 19th-century brewery lies the Lucia Christmas Market. There are several attractions for children ranging from a vintage swing carousel to a massive bungee trampoline. After browsing the arts and crafts stalls and picking up some spiked hot chocolate, you can huddle around the bonfire to stay cosy.

  • Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, details.
  • 27.11 – 22.12, free admission.

Christmas Avenue

Photo: @christmas.avenue

Christmas Avenue is one of Germany’s largest LGBTQI+ Christmas markets. It features first-class vendors, a stage programme with popular drag artists, cocktails, drag bingo and much more.

  • Nollendorfplatz, Schöneberg, details.
  • 27.11 – 23.12, free admission.

Christmas Market on Wilmersdorfer Straße

Photo: IMAGO / Stefan Zeitz

Dancing trees and singing bears welcome visitors at the Christmas Market on Wilmersdorfer Straße. Whether it’s pony rides, the toboggan run or a carousel ride – the Charlottenburg Christmas Mile is fun for young and old. Don’t miss Santa’s daily visit at 5pm. 

  • Wilmersdorfer Str. 118, Charlottenburg details.
  • 23.11 – 23.12, free admission.

Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace

Photo: IMAGO / Sabine Gudath

Stroll through the magnificent palace grounds illuminated by light installations while shopping for some seriously cute Christmas crafts. Kids can enjoy the carousel rides free of charge, and the heated tents offer a selection of comfort food options.

  • Spandauer Damm 20, Charlottenburg, details.
  • 27.11 – 31.12 (closed 24.12), free admission.

Christmas Market on Alexanderplatz

Photo: IMAGO / Sabine Gudath

The Christmas market on Alexanderplatz is the former East Berlin’s counterpart to the Christmas market at the Gedächtniskirche. There are over 100 stalls, where artisans like blacksmiths, glassblowers and potters sell their work, and a wide range of mulled wine and food. There is also an ice skating rink and an enormous Christmas light pyramid. 

  • Alexanderplatz, Mitte, details.
  • 27.11 – 26.12, free admission.

Winterzauber Christmas Fair on Frankfurter Allee

Photo: tipBerlin/Levkic

Winterzauber (Winter Magic) on Frankfurter Allee is the successor to the popular Wintertraum (Winter Dream) on Alexanderplatz. This fair offers exciting carnival rides for young and old.

  • Frankfurter Allee 196, Friedrichshain, details.
  • 03.11 – 30.12 (closed 26.11 and 25.12), free admission (tickets for individual rides must be purchased).

Christmas Market at Spandau City Hall

Photo: IMAGO / Müller-Stauffenberg

This year, the market in front of the Spandau town hall celebrates its 51st anniversary. Visitors feeling adventurous can try the roller coaster known as the “The Crazy Worm”, and those looking for more of a relaxing experience can ride the Ferris wheel. As always, there are various food stalls and arts and crafts.

  • Carl-Schurz-Str. 2-6, Spandau, details.
  • 27.11 – 23.12, free admission (tickets for individual rides must be purchased).

Berliner Weihnachtszeit

Photo: IMAGO / Christian Spicker

Just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of Alexanderplatz, the Neptune Fountain, the Rotes Rathaus and the Marienkirche make for a dramatic backdrop for market-goers. The highlight of the market? A unique 600-square-metre ice rink which encircles the Neptune Fountain. There is also a Ferris wheel with incredible views, a train that runs through a fairytale forest, and several carousels.

  • Rathausstr. 1, Mitte, details.
  • 27.11.23 – 07.01.24, free admission.

Christmas Market on Gendarmenmarkt

Photo: IMAGO / Emmanuele Contini

Despite its name, from 2022 to 2024, this market is actually taking place on Bebelplatz due to construction work. But don’t worry, it’s easy to find and still has all the festive charm of the original fair on Gendarmenmarkt. You can listen to the Christmas stage programme, admire a wide variety of handicrafts and feast on delicious food from star chefs in the heated tents. 

  • Bebelplatz, Mitte, details.
  • 27.11 – 31.12, free admission Mon-Fri (12-2pm, except on 25-26.12), €2 Sat-Sun.

Christmas Market and Winter World at Potsdamer Platz

Photo: IMAGO / STP

It might not be the cutest or cosiest of Berlin’s many Christmas fairs, but it definitely beats the rest when it comes to adrenaline-pumping activities. The highlight is undoubtedly the toboggan run (it’s the longest in Europe!). A ride costs €2.50, and real toboggan lovers can rent a four-person (for €5) or even a ten-person sled (for €10). If you’re not in the mood for all that physical activity, you can still find plenty of Christmas snacks and hot drinks.

  • Potsdamer Platz Mitte
  • 28.10.23 – 01.01.24, free admission (tickets for the toboggan run must be purchased), details.

Christmas Market on Breitscheidplatz

Photo: IMAGO / Sabine Gudath

The Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Breitscheidplatz offers an experience for the whole family: Kids can get some energy out of their systems on the mini carousels, while the grownups can drink mulled wine or homemade eggnog and browse for handmade Christmas decorations.

  • Breitscheidplatz, Charlottenburg, details
  • 27.11.23 – 07.01.24, free admission.

All-inclusive Christmas market at Spreespeicher

Photo: Spreespeicher Events GmbH

Why all-inclusive? Because the admission price (which ranges from €25 to €40 depending on what time of day you visit) includes food and drink. And it’s seriously good! Expect everything from roasted mushrooms and goulash to the whole range of Christmas sweet treats. 

  • Stralauer Allee 2, Friedrichshain, details.
  • 20.11 – 23.12.23, €40 (from 5pm), €34 (from 6:30pm), €25 (from 8pm).

Christmas in Westend

Photo: Family & Friends e.V.

This family-friendly market stands out with its exciting falconry demonstration featuring birds of prey. Along with the arts and crafts stalls. you can enjoy the all-Santa jazz band, so expect “Jingle Bells”, “White Christmas” and all the other Christmas classics.

  • Preußenallee, Westend, details.
  • 16 – 17.12.23, free admission.

Rudow Christmas Mile

Photo: IMAGO / Hanke

Stalls offer mulled wine, roasted almonds, cotton candy and all your other favourite festive treats. There will also be a selection of arts and crafts to browse through, as well as a magic show, handicrafts and rides for children. You can also expect some live musical performances.

  • Krokusstr. 93, Rudow, details.
  • 16 – 17.12.23, free admission.

Orankelichter at Orankesee Lido

Photo: Christoph Mangler

Set on the banks of the Orankesee in the north of the city, this Christmas market has more of a beachy vibe than your typical Berlin Christmas fair. With a programme full of live music, theatre performances and magic shows, and of course plenty of cosy fire spits to huddle around, the Orankesee Lido Christmas Market is not one to miss.

  • Gertrudstr. 7, Weissensee, details.
  • 02 – 03.12, 9 – 10.12 & 16 – 17.12.23, from €3.50.

Nordic Fairytale Christmas at Gutshof Britz

© visitBerlin. Photo: Wolfgang Schlovien

This market immerses visitors in a Nordic fairytale (there’s even a Snow Queen accompanied by merry trolls!). You can climb on a Viking ship, dogsled or try your hand at shooting a crossbow. There’s delicious food, acrobats, jugglers, traditional handicrafts and even a giant music box. This place is truly magical.

  • Alt-Britz 81-89, Britz, details.
  • 01 – 03.12, 08 – 10.12 & 15 – 17.12.23, €3 for adults, €2 for children.

Advent Market at Domäne Dahlem

Photo: K. Wendtlandt

This Christmas market is set up at a restored 16th century farmhouse and visiting it feels like stepping back in time into a little rural countryside marketplace. There is live music around lunchtime as well as traditional food and drinks available.

  • Königin-Luise-Str. 49, Dahlem, details.
  • 01 – 03.12, 08 – 10.12 & 15 – 17.12.23, €3.50.

Sustainable Christmas Market on Sophienstraße

Photo: Umwelt- und Weihnachtsmarkt in der Sophienstraße

This isn’t your traditional Christmas market: The focus is on sustainability and environmental awareness in production, and the wares on sale are truly unique. In keeping with the market’s energy-conscious approach, there are no rides, and you’ll be able to tuck into some satisfyingly healthy food.

  • Sophienstr., Mitte, details.
  • 2 – 3.12, 9 – 10.12 & 16 – 17.12.23, free admission.

Arts and Crafts Christmas Market on Mexikoplatz

Photo: IMAGO / Pond5 Images

Around 100 exhibitors specialising in art, design and handicrafts sell their handmade goods here. If you’re looking for that perfectly unique gift, look no further!

  • Mexikoplatz 4, Zehlendorf, details.
  • 03, 10 & 17.12.23, free admission.

Weddingmarkt – Christmas Edition

Photo: Weddingmarkt

The diverse Wedding Art Market is going Christmassy! On every Sunday during Advent, local artists sell their wares on the cheerfully-decorated Leopoldplatz in front of the old Nazareth Church. Around 70 street food stalls do their best to serve everyone that passes through.

  • Leopoldplatz, Wedding, details.
  • 03, 10 & 17.12.23, free admission.

Christmas Market in Natur-Park Südgelände

Photo: © Frank Sperling

Had enough of the hustle and bustle of Berlin’s busy Christmas markets? Escape to the Natur-Park Südgelände for a magical evening of sound installations, candle-lit labyrinths and more. The park features a Christmas light garden with fairytale-inspired installations. Traditional food and drink will also be on sale.

  • Natur-Park Südgelände, Prellerweg 47-49, Schöneberg, details.
  • 02 – 03 & 09 – 10.12.23, €1.

Weihnachtsrodeo Design Market

Photo: Christmas Rodeo

This is the place to go for really unusual gifts. You can browse at length across the venue’s multiple floors and find interesting tree decorations, home decor and fashion items. 

  • Colosseum Event Berlin, Schönhauser Allee 123, Prenzlauer Berg, details.
  • 9 – 10 & 16 – 17.12.23, €7 (€5 reduced).

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