Berlin Christmas market – Ultimate guide
During Advent, the whole of Berlin shimmers in a sea of Christmas lights, and the smell of mulled wine and cinnamon wafts from the cafés. Berlin has far more to offer during this time though, namely a great many Christmas markets. A visit is an absolute must to enjoy the Advent season in the capital. We have compiled a few tips for you:
Berlin Christmas market at the Red City Hall
The Christmas market at the Red City Hall is one of the most famous markets in Berlin, and should definitely be paid a visit during Advent. It is possible to browse the stalls here close to Alexanderplatz between 24 November and 28 December. This market has far more to offer than just the little stalls offering last-minute presents, mulled wine, roasted almonds, and all kinds of Christmas treats. There is also an ice rink around the Neptune Fountain (ice skates are available for hire), and a big Ferris wheel with closed cabins that guarantees breathtaking views over Berlin. Children will have a wonderful time visiting the animals in the petting zoo and taking pony rides.
When: November 25 to January 06, 2020
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12 to 22 o’clock, Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 22 o’clock, 1st and 2nd Christmas holiday from 11 to 21 o’clock, Christmas Eve closed, New Year’s Eve closed
1st and 2nd Christmas holiday: 11am to 9pm,
Closing day: 06.01.2020: 11-21 o’clock
Berlin Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei
Another of Berlin’s Christmas market highlights awaits at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. This Christmas market is open from 24 November to 22 December, and offers Scandinavian flair in a factory setting. Particularly visitors staying in the MEININGER Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz are just one U-Bahn station away and should be sure to pay the market a visit. Traditional Nordic food and beverages await, along with hand-crafted wares. Best of all are the seven Swedish log stoves and the warming room with sauna oven that help ensure a cosy atmosphere in even the coldest of weather.
Monday to Friday 15-22 clock, Saturday & Sunday 13-22 clock
Berlin Christmas market at Lehmann’s Farm
Located slightly out of the city centre, a Christmas market is also held at Lehmann’s Farm in Marienfelde. Mulled wine, specialities from regions around the globe, and tasty waffles provide refreshment, and it is also possible to do a little shopping. You will search in vain for tat and cheap trinkets here though; top-quality handcrafted wares are instead offered. You can even have your gifts personalised at one of the stalls run by a smith, porcelain painter or weaver. And it is naturally also possible to visit the farm animals – meaning a visit to Mariendorf is above all worthwhile for those with children. The market is open on the second and third weekends in Advent.
When: 06. to 08. December 2019 and 13. to 15. December 2019
Hours: Friday 14-20 clock, Saturday and Sunday 12-20 clock