We think the best part of the holiday season is that you can visit one of the many Christmas markets that you find all over Berlin. Christmas markets, originally a German tradition, certainly never fail to bring us in a festive mood.
Here are our favorite Berlin Christmas markets and some special market tips on top.
Weihnachtsmarkt am Gendarmenmarkt
No list of Berlin Christmas markets is complete without the Weihnachtsmarkt am Gendarmenmarkt. Here, you can find all the traditional Weihnachtsmarkt goodies that your heart desires, and watch entertaining shows performed by artists from all over the world. Additionally, the popular craftwork tent invites people to watch craftsmen and women at work, giving you a behind the scenes look of how some of the items for sale are made. Located in the midst of historical sites such as the Deutscher Dom, Französischer Dom, and the Berlin Concert Hall, the atmosphere is cozy and the perfect place to experience a traditional German Weihnachtsmarkt. While you need to pay a 1€ admission fee to get in, a percentage of it is donated to a good cause every year.
Where? Gendarmenmarkt 1, 10117 Berlin (U2 Hausvogteiplatz, U2 Stadtmitte, U6 Stadtmitte)
When? November 25 – December 31, 2019
Opening Hours: daily 11AM – 10PM, December 24 until 6PM
Admission Fee: 1€
Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in der Kulturbrauerei
The market is named after the Scandinavian figure that is supposed to bring warmth and security during the dark winter months. This reflects the theme of the market, which draws visitors in with its red and white Scandinavian décor, cozy atmosphere, and over 60 stalls selling food, drinks, and craftwork.
Where? Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin (U2 Eberswalderstraße, M10/M1 Eberswalderstraße)
When? November 25 – December 22, 2019
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 3PM – 10PM, Saturday and Sunday 1PM – 22PM
Over 150 associations and organizations present homemade goods and handcrafts at the yearly Rixdorfer Christmas market in Neukölln. Of course, visitors can also experience all the culinary highlights you can find on a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt, including Bratwurst, waffles, and various kinds of Glühwein, brewed using traditional family recipes. What makes this market special is that the many trees surrounding it are opulently decorated with fairy lights, and together with the various oil lamps spread throughout the market give it a cozy and romantic atmosphere. Additionally, the location of the market, the old town of Rixdorf (founded in 1360), gives it a historical ambiance and further adds to its special atmosphere.
Where? Richardplatz 1, 12055 Berlin (S 41/42/45/46/47 Berlin-Neukölln, U 7 Karl-Marx-Straße)
When? December 6 – December 8, 2019
Opening Hours: Friday, December 6: 5PM – 9PM Saturday, December 7: 2PM – 9PM, Sunday, December 8: 2PM – 8PM
Weihnachtsmarkt am Schloss Charlottenburg
With around 250 stalls, this Christmas market is one of the most popular and well-visited ones in the city. One of the highlights is the impressive illumination of the castle that turns the square into a romantic winter wonderland. Next to traditional handy work, typical Christmas market food and other tasty treats can be found here, inviting you to spend one of the advent Sundays (or any other day) strolling through the most christmassy part of Charlottenburg at this time of year.
Where? Spandauer Damm 10, 14059 Berlin (Bus 309/M45 Schloss Charlottenburg, Bus 109/M45 Luisenplatz/Schloss Charlottenburg)
When? November 25 – December 26, 2019
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 2PM – 10PM, Friday – Sunday 12PM – 10PM
Special tip: Designer Christmas Market
The popular Berlin Design Market returns like last year as a Christmas edition, presenting a mix of well-known, undiscovered, and independent designers who will be selling their works on this day. In addition to the numerous designer stalls, live-music and a cocktail bar offering festive drinks (including lots of Glühwein, of course) create the perfect atmosphere to buy unique Christmas presents, or simply stroll around and have a look. Another unique feature of this Christmas market is the fact that it takes place indoors, so perfect for those who are not too keen on spending hours walking around in the freezing cold. More information can be found on their facebook page.
When? December 8, 2019
Where? Festsaal Kreuzberg, Am Flutgraben 2, 12435 Berlin (U Schlesisches Tor, S Treptower Park)
Opening Hours: 12PM – 8PM
Admission Fee: 2€
Special tip: Japanese Christmas Market
A different kind of Christmas market, the sixth edition of the Japanese Christmas market has become a unique tradition in Berlin, perfect for everyone interested in Japanese culture. Combining German and Japanese traditions, the market presents Japanese artists and craftspeople, music, dance, antiques, art, ceramics, and of course traditional Japanese food and drinks.
When? Beginning of December
Where? Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2-14, 12103 Berlin
Opening Hours: 12PM – 9PM
Special tip: The Green Market Berlin – Winter Edition
Being the most vegan-friendly city in Europe, you can usually find a vegan market somewhere in the city. This one is not a full Christmas market, but the “Winter edition” addition promises some christmassy vibes. You will find lots of food, of course, and vendors that are selling vegan and sustainable clothing (no leather, wool, silk, etc.), cosmetics, and local arts and crafts. You can find more information on their website.
Where? Wriezener Karree 15, 10179 Berlin (S-Bahnhof Ostbahnhof)
When? November 23, November 24, 2019
Opening Hours: 11AM – 6PM