If you missed the Festival of Light in October and you’ve wandered as many Christmas Markets as you can take, maybe its time for some real Christmas magic with a visit to the Christmas Garden Berlin at the Botanic Gardens in Dahlem.
As the sun sets, the gates open and twilight fades; the garden is transformed on even the coldest nights into a magical luminescent wonderland. Beams of light play across the gardens and create wondrous fairy tale like forests and picturesque scenes.
The light show follows a 1.5 kilometre trail through the gardens where millions of points of light are placed. Adults and children alike can truly experience some Christmas magic as they stroll through the gardens admiring the illuminations. Enjoy a stroll through the starry wood and the firefly garden then see if you can recognise Rudolph and his friends. There is further reward at the end of the trail too with plenty of hot regional foods, roaring fire pits to warm your hands by and best of all an ice skating rink under the stars.
The Christmas Garden Berlin is open every night from 5pm until 11pm until 1st January 2017. Last admission is at 10 pm and it is recommended to buy tickets in advance online. The Botanic Gardens are in Dahlem about 13 kilometres south of the hotel. Ask the concierge for directions to the Botanischer Garden S Bahn station and it’s then a short walk from the station to the entrance.