During the holiday season, Berlin lights up everywhere and takes your breath away. There are Christmas markets all over town, some bigger than others. Being a first timer in Berlin at Christmas, of course, I had to visit all of them and see for myself if they are worth it.
5. Christmas Market in Alexanderplatz
Location: U Alexanderplatz
When: 21 November 2016 – 26 December 2016
Opening Times: 10:00 – 22:00 (Alexanderplatz)
What to do: Buy carved figures, drink Glühwein,buy glass or wooden ornaments and toys
There is nothing better than going to the heart of the city and spend some time in this Christmas Market. Definitely one of the busiest markets in Berlin. What makes it special is that it is in the centre of Berlin, giving you many choices regarding sights, food, shopping. Get on the second or third floor of Saturn for a view of the whole market. On the 24th of December, the market will be open from 10:00 – 14:00.
4. The Big Berlin Christmas Market at Alexa
Location: U Alexanderplatz
When: 21 November 2016 – 23 December 2016
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 13:00 – 22:00 / Sat-Sun 11:00 – 22:00
What to do: Get on the rides, buy lottery tickets, drink Glühwein, eat a lot
The Alexa market has a fun fair, filled with a lot of attractions to enjoy. It is for sure a great place to spend your day, especially for a family day out. You get in the holiday spirit and have fun at the same time.
3. Winterworld at Postdamer Platz
Location: S Postdamer Platz Bahnhof
When: 04 November 2016 – 01 January 2017
Opening Times: 10:00 – 22:00
What to do: Go skating, buy textile products, buy all kinds of crafts and sweets
Truly a beautiful market on a very busy street of Berlin. Even though the market might seem small at first, it is not. If you start walking, you will find out that is way bigger, going all the way to Arkaden mall and Sony Center. Everything is decorated, even the trees on the street. The malls are beautifully decorated. On Christmas Eve, the market closes at 14:00.
2. Weihnachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt
Location: Am Gendarmenmarkt 2, 10117 Berlin Mitte
When: 21 November 2016 – 31 December 2016
Opening Times: 11:00 – 22:00
Entrance: 1€ / free for children under 12
What to do: Try high-class dishes, see performances from renowned artists, find all the unique merchandisers, find the origami master
By far the most popular Christmas market in Berlin. It is surrounded by grand and amazing landmarks and it gives its visitors a feeling of warmth and elegance. There are so many unique merchandisers around the market, that specialise in a variety of crafts, such as an ivory carver, an embroiderer and a milliner among others, who provide high-quality goods. There is also an origami master, who you must definitely visit since his work is amazing.
Looking for something to eat? What better than a Michelin-star chef? What about more than one Michelin-star chefs? They prepare gourmet dishes for everyone and I recommend you try at least a dish from them.
1. 33rd Christmas Market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Location: Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Berlin Charlottenburg
When: 21 November 2016 – 01 January 2017
Opening Times: Sun-Thu 11:00 – 21:00
Fri-Sat 11:00 – 22:00
What to do: Buy Christmas ornaments, buy winter clothes, eat caramelised nuts and homemade eggnog
Located between Kurfürstendamm and the Zoologischer Garten, this market is simply beautiful and so inviting. There are carousels for all children to have fun and all sorts of sausages for grownups. Walking outside the market, you will see some amazing decorations all around.
Special Opening Hours:
24th December (Christmas eve): 11a.m. – 2p.m.
25th & 26th December (Christmas): 1p.m. – 9p.m.
31st December (New Year’s eve): 11a.m. – 2a.m.
1st January (New Year): 1p.m. – 9p.m.