he Best time of year in Berlin is Christmas Market season. With far fewer irritating tourists than in the summer months, and when the days get short and dark , the christmas markets’ job is to bring a little light and happiness to Berliners (the gluhwein helps as well). Starting on November 21 you can explore over 60! christmas markets, each with its own unique character. Not all markets are open every day , and this being oh so cool Berlin, there are even a few pop up markets for just a single weekend. So Here’s a list of our favourites , and what makes them special
Fancy – Charlottenburg Christmas Market
Location Location Location right? Well the site Charlottenburg Christmas market stands right in front of the magnificent baroque Charlottenburg castle, and includes over 250 stalls as well as a large children’s play area. Unlike other markets there’s live music and the Castle lighting is particularly impressive.
l over Europe as well as a children’s play area. Unlike other markets, there is live music alone and in the dark castle Bright particularly flattering way.
Why: It’s a Market in a Castle!
Opening times: 21 November to 26 December, 12: 00-22: 00
Famous – Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market
The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market is situated in the heart of Mitte the Gorgeous Gendarmenmarkt square nestled between the 2 impressive churches. It has the largest selection of attractions in Berlin and is super popular with Berliners and tourists alike. Expect fantastic fried foods, great gluhwein , beer gardens and a heated artistic arts program.
Why: It’s Berlins most famous and a must see
Opening times: 21 November to 31 December, 11: 00-22: 00
entry: one euro from 14:00 ( for charity)
Nordic – Lucia market in the KulturBrauerei
Nicknamed the Nordic market , It’s official name is the Lucia market. Situated i the Kulturbrauerei ( literally : The Culture Brewery – since it’s in a complex which formerly served as a brewery (with old school beautiful red brick buildings) , and is now home to loads of bars clubs and art galleries. It’s now dedicated to the delicacies of northern Europe. So if you’ve ever wanted to see how they celebrate Christmas in Lapland this is your chance. There are awesome warm tents serving Scandinavian drinks and the atmosphere is local and good fun.
Why: Nordic pancakes , heated benches , party atmosphere
Opening times: 21 November to 22 December, 15: 00-22: 00
Authentic – Alt Rixsdorfer market
They say that good things come in small doses, and in this case, that statement is very true. Rixsdorfer Christmas market is open for just one weekend. Three days and it’s all over ….But for these three days Richardplatz blocked surrounding streets, past the small village of Rixdorfer transforms into one of the city’s magical markets. 200 stalls, zero commercial companies, which sell handicraft to food products of domestic manufacturers. If you are lucky and we get some snow over the weekend, the experience is as good as it gets.
Why: because there it’s the most authentic
Opening times: 2-4 December, 14: 00-21: 00
Old School – Spandau Christmas Market
The Christmas market in Spandau’s historic center is one of the oldest and most loved in the city. With over 250 stalls and the backdrop of the Spandau Citadelle It’s fun and friendly. Great shopping, live performances and awesome crafts ( DIY crafts as well )
Why: For the shopping
Opening times: 23 November to 23 December, 11: 00-22: 00
Swedish Pop-Up Christmas Market
The Swedish community in Berlin have an impressive church in Kreuzberg organizes a Christmas market for two days only. Although IKEA isn’t represented, there’s great Swedish venison sausages and special local Swedish products.
Why: Who doesn’t love Sweden
Opening times: November 26-27, 12: 00-18: 00
Japanese Pop-Up Christmas Markets
Although Japan is not a Christian and Christmas markets are a European , everyone wants to participate in the celebration of Christmas. The market will take place in an enclosed space for two days, during which performances will be held and food will be served food. Japanese food of course.
Why: Not your typical Eurocentric Christmas market
Opening times: December 3-4, 12: 00-21: 00
FoodXchange Christmas Market
This is Berlin after all, so for one day only the fantastic Markthalle IX (usually a great food market) will be turn into a Great Christmas exchange for homemade food. Bring your own stuff and exchange with friendly Berliners. Not all details are out yet but you can follow the Facebook event page for details
Why: A much more special experiance than the normal commercial Berlin Christmas markets
Openings: December 7, 18: 00-20: 00
Vegan Christmas Market
This Indoor market is expected to be quite large in scope, With the main theme being “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Besides and environmentally friendly products lectures and workshops will be held..
Why: It’s Vegan
Opening times: November 26-27, 10: 00-18: 00
Entrance: from 6.5 euros
The Real Berlin Experiance – Union Berlin Chrismas Singing
Union Berlin are a special club with a special history , and the fans are amazing. In past years they’ve donated blood to save their beloved club and during the World Cup they invited people to bring their couches to the stadium to watch matches on a big screen. The most special even you’ll ever find though is the yearly singalong of Christmas carols and football songs held in the stadium on the last Friday before Christmas. 27,000 fans gather in the stadium with candles to sing. It’s special. If you’re lucky enough to be invited by an Union fan you’re in for the most memorable Christmas experience Berlin has to offer.
Why: It’s Berlins most special Christmas experience!
Opening times: December 23
Entrance: Get invited by an Union Berlin fan!