Berlin Christmas Market Guide 2021

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 22 and January 2. 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 22, 2021 to January 02, 2022 
Monday to Friday from 12 to 22pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 10pm, 1st and 2nd Christmas holiday from 11am to 9 pm, Christmas Eve closed, New Year’s Eve closed 
1st and 2nd Christmas holiday: from 11am to 9pm, 
Closing day: 02.01.2022: from 11am to 9pm 
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 22 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 22 to December 22, 2021
Monday to Friday from 3pm to 10pm, Saturday & Sunday from 12pm to 10pm
Location
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 22 to December 31
Daily from 11am to 10pm
December 24 – from 11am to 6pm
December 31 – from 11am to 1am
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. It’s 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 22 to December 26
Monday to Thursday – from 2pm to 10pm
Friday to Sunday – from 12pm to 10pm
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 weekends in Advent.

Opening hours:

December 3 – 5 2021 and December 10 – 12 2021
Hours: Friday 2pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 8pm
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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