Winter Wonderlands: Berlin’s Christmas Markets

Weihnachtsmarkt at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Image: copyright Photo Huber

 

One of the best things about Berlin winter is the abundance of Christmas markets. With over 80 to choose from across this wonderful city, transform any spare day or winter evening into a cosy affair with gluhwein, roasted chestnuts and a happy glow with a visit to one of these great Christmas markets…

 

Christmas Market at Kaiser Wilhlem Memorial Church 

Located just a five minute stroll from the hotel and next to one of Berlin’s iconic landmarks the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, this market is well established in Berlin, this year its 31st edition! Featuring over 100 booths selling handmade crafts, Christmas decorations and more, there are also children’s carousels and Christmas lights galore at this festive event. If the delicious Thuringian bratwurst and homed mulled wine and eggnog can’t persuade you to stay late, there is always the more commercial, traditional Kurfürstendamm shopping hub right next door.

Runs 24th November until 4th January 2015

Open 11am until 9pm Friday to Saturday and 11am until 10pm Sunday.

For special opening hours and more info visit the website here.

 

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Christmas market in full swing. Image: copyright Photo Huber

 

WeihnachtsZauber at the Gendarmenmarkt

One of Berlin’s most popular markets due to its beautiful location betwixt the Französischer Dom, the Konzerthaus and the Deutscher Dom, the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt is always a splendid affair. Offering the finest artisanal gifts from a variety of stalls including glassblowers, embroiderers, jewellers, candle makers and origami masters, if you’re looking for a very special Berlin Christmas gift you’re sure to find it here. Stalls are mostly enclosed in tents, offering some refuge against the potential Berlin snow, and there is haute cuisine on offer at different food tents from Michelin starred chefs.

Runs 24th November until 31st December 2014 

Open daily 11am until 10pm besides 24th Dec & 31st Dec when it ends at 6pm.

For more info visit the website here.

Christmas angels at Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market. Image: copyright Philipp Dubrau

 

Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace

The most fairytale setting for a Berlin Christmas market has to be City West’s Charlottenburg palace. A beautiful baroque building with an accompanying perfectly manicured garden, the palace boasts a Christmas market every year complete with elaborate light installations, wooden huts and marquees. On offer are a wide range of homemade crafts but also culinary treats such as roasted chestnuts, Hungarian langos and crepes, as well as heated tents with excellent quality offerings. There is also the Winterwalld or winter forest in front of the castle with a number of magical attractions for children including a carousel, air swing and railway.

Runs 24th November until 28th December 2014. 

Open Monday to Thursday 2pm until 10pm, Friday to Sunday 12 noon until 10pm.

For more info visit the website here.

For an alternative Berlin Christmas Market experience we recommend Holy Heimat

 

Holy Heimat in Friedrichshain

For those of you wanting a more modern, edgy Berlin Christmas Market, Holy Heimat is your answer. Brought to you by the team who created Neue Heimat, a new Berlin market established this summer specialising in street food events (read more about that here), this raw urban venue will be transformed into a festive hub of performance, open air concerts and disco ice skating. Traditional this is not, but a lot of fun is guaranteed!

Runs 27th November until 21st December. 

Various times for skating and market, check the FB event for more details here.

 

With nearly 100 Christmas markets in Berlin you're spoiled for choice! Image of Gendarmenmarket market, copyright: Philipp Dubrau

 

More Markets

Enthusiastic environmentalists will appreciate the Green Christmas Market, a traditional eco-market in the district of Prenzlauer Berg, and also Berlin’s first vegan vegetarian Christmas market every Sunday at Glashaus Berlin. For a more international experience where you can ‘journey around the world in eight days’ from the comfort of Berlin visit Market of the Continents in the district of Dahlem, and for a Christmas market which feels like a more traditional, older Berlin head to the Alt-Rixdorfer Christmas Market in Neukölln. Wherever you choose we wish you happy shopping and a very merry festive period!