Berlin Christmas Market Guide 2023

Top 5 Best Berlin Christmas Markets You Should Visit 👇

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 many Christmas markets. A visit is an absolute must in order to enjoy the Advent season in the capital. We have compiled a few tips for you: 

The Ultimate guide!

#1 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 visited during Advent. 

You can browse the stalls close to Alexanderplatz between November 27 and December 30. 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 gigantic 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. 

Opening hours:

  November 27, 2023 to December 30, 2023
Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 10 pm | Saturdays & Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm
25th and 26th of December from 11 am to 9 pm | Christmas Eve closed
Admission free, ice skates rental 4 EUR 
Berlin Christmas market at the Red City Hall

#2 Berlin Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei 

Another Berlin’s Christmas market highlight awaits at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg.

This Christmas market is open from November 27 to December 22 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 you, along with hand-crafted wares.

Best of all are the seven Swedish log stoves and the warming room with sauna oven that helps ensure a cosy atmosphere in even the coldest of weather. 

Opening hours:

From November 27 to December 22, 2023
Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 10 pm | Saturdays & Sundays from 1pm noon to 10 pm
Admission free

#3 Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

The Weihnachts Zauber Gendarmenmarkt is the most popular Christmas market in Berlin. And it’s also the most visited one (it gets crowded during peak hours).

The market is on a charming square framed by the impressive buildings of the Concert Hall, the German and French Churches. It is also the nearest Weihnachtsmarkt to Checkpoint Charlie. Besides the location, there is a gigantic Christmas tree and a stage with live choir performances. It is magical at night when everything is festively lit up.

Opening hours:

From November 27 to December 31, 2023
Sunday to Thursday from 12 noon to 10 pm | Friday & Saturday from 12 noon to 11 pm
Christmas Eve from 12 noon to 6 pm
25 and 26 December from 12 noon to 10 pm
New Year’s Eve from 12 noon to 1 am

Address: Gendarmenmarkt, 10115 Berlin
Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

#4 Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace

Located in the shadow of a gorgeous 18th-century Baroque palace. Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace is a real fairy tale!

The spectacular backdrop of the palace is lit up with changing colored lights. This creates a truly romantic atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cup of warm Glühwein with your loved one. In addition, you’ll find a winter open-air restaurant, a petting zoo and free nostalgia carousels.

Opening hours:

From November 27 to December 31, 2023
Monday to Thursday from 2 pm to 10 pm | Friday to Sunday from 12 noon to 10 pm
December 25 & 26 from 12 noon to 8 pm, closed on December 24

Address: Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059 Berlin

#5 Berlin Christmas market at Lehmann’s Farm

Located slightly out of the city center, they held a Christmas market 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 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 Advent weekends (8nd to 10 of December and 15 to 17 of December 2023).

Opening hours:

December 8 – 10 2023 and December 15 – 17 2023
Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm | Saturdays & Sundays from 12 noon to 8 pm

Admission is free
Berlin Christmas market at Lehmann’s Farm

Where to stay in Berlin for Christmas markets

The best location to stay during Advent time in Berlin is the southern part of the Mitte district. And to be more precise, the areas around Alexanderplatz or Mitte.

Both areas are very well-connected to the rest of the city. You’ll get in no time even to the distant Weihnachtsmärkte (using the S-Bahn and U-Bahn). In addition, most of the main Weihnachtsmärkte are within this area. You’ll be at walking distance to at least a few of them.

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