Feeling Festive at Berlin’s Christmas Markets
Prepare to say "Frohe Weihnachten" in the German capital with our guide to the best Christmas markets in Berlin
While, for many, Berlin is synonymous with graffiti and wild night clubs, come Christmastime the city's all about glühwein, markets and festive cheer. Here, we're sharing a list of wonderful Berlin Christmas markets for you to visit, as well as a few of our favourite places to stay during your trip. Here at Plum Guide we've gone above and beyond to create the ultimate Christmas guide just for you, using our expert knowledge to guarantee you the festive trip of a lifetime, so read on.
Explore the Weihnachtszauber am Gendarmenmarkt
Impressive scenery, exceptional stalls and traditional craftsmanship make the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt one of the most popular in the city. Tucked between the neoclassical buildings of the French Cathedral, German Cathedral and Berlin’s concert hall, the scene here is not only impressive, but utterly idyllic. Whether you’re just browsing, treating yourself to some Glühwein, or actively doing your Christmas shopping, you’ll find an eclectic mix of fine art, culinary delights, and a little bit of showmanship here. Open from 25 November to 31 December, this market should surely feature on any winter Berlin itinerary.
Enjoy the Advent market at the Domäne Dahlem
Although it’s located on the outskirts of the city, the Domäne Dahlem Advent market offers a unique experience worth travelling for, and is definitely one of the top Berlin Christmas markets. The Domäne Dahlem is a country estate and museum, a quiet place in the otherwise busy capital. The site, on which land has been cultivated for over 800 years, has a working farm and museum with exciting exhibitions and hands-on learning opportunities. For each weekend of advent this rural setting is turned into a fun-filled Christmas market. Here you’ll find regionally grown, organic produce, along with a varied event programme, including horse-drawn carriage rides and craft stations for children.
Take a trip to the Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei
In the midst of the vibrant capital, comfortably nestled into the romantic backdrop of a nineteenth-century brewery, sits the Lucia Christmas market. Open from 25 November to 22 December, this Nordic-inspired market attracts visitors from all over with its cosy atmosphere and daily cultural programme. Celebrating Saint Lucia, the Nordic goddess of light, the market features traditional Scandinavian handicrafts, food and drinks, along with log fires and the intriguing innovation dubbed the "open-air coat heater".
Wonder around the Merry Markthalle
Every Friday and Saturday, starting 29 November until 21 December, the weekly farmers market at Markthalle IX is turned into a haven of yuletide cheer, packed with tempting treats and handmade gifts. Set amongst the beautiful iron-beamed ceiling of a 19th-century covered market, Merry Markthalle is both delightful and curious, all at the same time. This is the place for foodies - wander along rows of festive delicacies from all over the world, then treat yourself to a glass of natural or mulled wine.
Get festive at the Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace
We couldn't possibly speak about Berlin Christmas markets without mentioning Charlottenburg. Owing to its romantic backdrop and magnificent illuminations, the Christmas market at Schloss Charlottenburg is a draw for Berliners and tourists alike. The late seventeenth-century rococo palace has been charming visitors of the market for decades, and we think there's a good chance it will charm you too. More than 250 exhibitors from all over the world offer a wide and varied range of goods; in addition to the Christmas market classics, such as nativity figures, tree ornaments, or scarves and hats, there are also art pieces and an array of sweet delights, such as stollen, biscuits and marzipan bread.
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