In Berlin, there are a large number of Christmas markets.
Almost in every district in the city a Christmas market is set up during the Advent season. The market stalls offer traditional Christmas decorations, as well as handicrafts. Of course, everywhere there are the typical Christmas specialties such as gingerbread, mulled wine, cookies, roasted almonds, and much more.
The large Christmas markets in Berlin are traditionally always opened on the Monday after Totensonntag, this year on November 23. Many Advent bazaars and smaller markets only take place on Advent weekends. The first Sunday of Advent this year is November 29. Here is a small selection of Berlin Christmas markets.
1. Christmas Market on Gendarmenplatz
The Christmas Market at Gendarmenplatz is one of the most popular in Berlin. Its located in the city center, surrounded by the French Cathedral, the German Cathedral, and the Concert Hall. Many international craft artists as well as woodcarvers, girdlers, tailors, and comb makers can be seen at work in the large arts and crafts tent. Acrobats, stilt angels, music and dance groups, choirs, jugglers, and fire artists provide variety with their program on the Christmas market stage.
There is a 1 euro entrance fee, Stadtmitte subway station.
2. Charlottenburg Palace Christmas Market
Every year at Christmas time, Charlottenburg Palace is romantically illuminated and provides an impressive backdrop for the Christmas market. Glittering lights and colorful luminaries invite you to stroll through the white pagoda tents on Schlossplatz. The large wooden pavilion with the Christmas pyramid creates a special atmosphere.
Admission is free, Charlottenburg subway stop.
3. Christmas Market on Alexanderplatz
Traditionally, every year at Christmas time, Europe's largest Erzgebirge pyramid is erected in the middle of the Christmas market on Alexanderplatz. With over 5000 lights, it outshines the entire market. On the second floor, musicians perform and play Christmas music on weekends, and one floor below, the "Pyramiden Treff" offers a beautiful view over the market. The ice rink and carousels decorated for Christmas provide further variety.
Admission is free, Alexanderplatz subway station.
4. Christmas Market in the Old Town of Spandau.
This Christmas market in the west of Berlin in Spandau is one of the largest and most traditional of its kind in Berlin. Around Nikolaikirche in the old town of Spandau, the neighborhood is transformed into an atmospheric Christmas world. The large fir tree and the medieval market provide additional atmosphere. Light illuminations create a particularly Christmassy flair. Every Wednesday Santa Claus comes for the children.
Admission is free, Spandau subway station. The train ride to Spandau Old Town from City-West takes 15 minutes, from City-East 25 minutes.
5. Christmas Market at the Red City Hall
The market around the Neptune Fountain is easily recognizable from a distance by the 50-meter-high Ferris wheel. From the closed panorama gondolas you can see all the way to the Brandenburg Gate. Some people already know the Ferris wheel from Munich, where it is a feature at the Oktoberfest every year. The 600 m² ice rink is located around the Neptune Fountain. Santa Claus comes three times a day and flies over the Neptune Fountain in his sled. The train, which runs through a snow-covered fairytale forest, also makes children's hearts beat faster.
Admission is free, Alexanderplatz subway station
6. Christmas Carnival on Landsberger Allee
Not a classic Christmas market, but a combination of carnival and Christmas market awaits you here in eastern Berlin at Landsberger Allee 360. Christmas-decorated rides provide thrills. In addition, there are, of course, the classic Christmas sweets and specialties.
Admission is free, Friedrichsfelde Ost U-Bahn station