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The best Christmas Markets to visit in Berlin this year

Christmas is very loved in Berlin, and so are the Christmas Markets. Most of them open at the end of November and go up to Christmas, in a wide variety of locations (city squares, old castles, woods, on rooftops), each offering something unique. There are more than 60 markets through the city, and it’s quite impossible to see everything. Here is a list I’ve made of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Berlin in 2017, with opening times and location, for you, the Christmas seeker, to have the best Christmas experience in Berlin ever. Let your steps be guided by the twinkle lights and the gingerbread smell into a wintery fairytale world!

Best Christmas Markets in Berlin to get you into the festive spirit

© Weinachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt

WeihnachtsZauber at the Gendarmenmarkt

27 November – 31 December 2017

The Christmas Market at the Gendarmenmarkt is one of the best Christmas markets in Berlin; some people even say it’s the most beautiful Christmas market here. What I especially like at WeinachtsZauber at the Gendarmenmarkt is its location – the market is framed by three amazing buildings, Französischer Dom, the Konzerthaus and the Deutscher Dom. Festive tents will welcome the traveler with Christmas Lights, Christmas decoration, jewelry, origami crafts, delicious foods, and drinks. There are also thematic shows every day.

Location: Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin
Opening Times: 
Daily: 11:00 – 22:00
24 Dec (Christmas Eve): 11:00 – 18:00
31 Dec (New Year’s Eve Party): 19:00 – 01:00, € 12
Entrance: € 1 | free for children under 12
Nearest underground: U-Gendarmenmarkt
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Charlottenburg Palace Christmas Market

27 November – 26 December 2017

In front of the beautiful baroque Charlottenburg Palace, every year takes place a Christmas Market that both the locals and tourists love. The Palace is a charming spot all year round, but on Christmas, it’s even more stunning. There are over 250 stalls with Christmas presents, decorations and seasonal treats, and some say here you’ll find things not available in other Christmas Markets in Berlin. Once there, don’t miss visiting the Palace Gardens!

Location: Schloss Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059 Berlin
Opening Times:
Mon-Thu: 14:00 – 22:00
Fri-Sun: 12:00 – 22:00
Christmas Eve: closed
Christmas: 12:00 – 20:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: U-Richard-Wagner-Platz
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Lucia Weinachtsmarkt

27 November – 23 December 2017

Lucia Weinachtsmarkt is one of my favorite Christmas Markets in Berlin. It’s a Nordic Christmas Market that celebrates Lucia, the Nordic goddess of light. The market is located inside the historical Kulturbrauerei, in Prenzlauer Berg and it has a special Scandinavian atmosphere. Nordic delights, Icelandic mulled wine, Swedish Glögg, fire logs, a chain carousel and even a mobile sauna and an “open-air jacket heater” are waiting to be discovered.

Location: Kulturbrauerei, Schonhauser Alee 36, 10435 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri: 15:00 – 22:00
Sat+Sun: 13:00 – 22:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: U-Eberswalder Strasse
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Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz

27 November – 26 December 2017

Right in the middle of Berlin, in Alexanderplatz, takes place one of the most famous and busiest Christmas Markets of Berlin. Crowded, but still, with its own charm, the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz is worth a visit, to drink a glass of mulled wine, and eat a Bratwurst. There’s also an ice-skating ring, and you can rent skates for 4 euro. A special market attraction is the Christmas Pyramid, the tallest in Europe, decorated with more than 5000 lights.

Location: Alexanderplatz 10178 Berlin (Mitte)
Dates: 27 November – 26 December 2017
Opening Times:
Daily: 10:00 – 22:00
24 Dec (Christmas Eve): 10:00 – 14:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: U-Alexanderplatz
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Wintertraum at Alexa

27 November – 23 December 2017

Near Alexanderplatz Christmas Market, you can find Wintertraum am Alexa (Winter Dream at Alexa). Along with the traditional stalls and Christmas fare, here there’s also an amusement park, with a giant Ferris wheel, a haunted train, merry-go-rounds, and rollercoasters.

Location: Alexanderplatz / Janowitzbrucke
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri: 14:00 – 22:00
Sat+Sun: 12:00 – 22:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: U-Alexanderplatz
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Spandau Christmas Market

27 November – 23 December 2017

Old and authentic, with more than 400 Christmas stalls, Spandau Christmas Market it’s the biggest Christmas Market in Berlin. Around St. Nikolai Church, the market turns into a winter fairytale that enchants more and more visitors every year. Even though the market lies in Spandau, it’s easy to reach by public transport, only 20 minutes from the city center.

Location: Rathaus Spandau, Carl-Schurz-Straße 2/6, 13597 Berlin
Dates: 27 November – 23 December 2017
Opening Times:
Sun-Thu: 11:00 – 20:00
Fri+Sat: 11:00 – 22:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: U-Altstadt Spandau
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Nikolaiviertel Christmas Market – Magischer Winterzauber in Altberlin

17 November 2017 – 1 January 2018

Winter Magic in Altberlin takes place every year in the old Nikolaiviertel neighborhood, in front of the Nikolai Church. In the weeks before Christmas, this area becomes a pitoresque winter and Christmas market, with culinary stalls and shops with gifts, festive baked treats, glühwein and delicious regional specialties. There will also be open air movies – The movie “Die Feuerzangenbowle” will be screened three times a day.

Location: Nikolaiviertel, Nikolaikirchplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri: 12:00 – 22:00
Sat+Sun: 10:00 – 22:00
Film screenings: daily at 14:00, 17:00 and 19:30
Entrance: free
Nearest Underground: U-Klosterstraße
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Christmas Market at Gedächtniskirche

27 November – 31 December 2017

Around Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, in the West part of Berlin, takes place Christmas Market at Gedächtniskirche. One of the market attractions is the beautiful Christmas tree that lies between the Memorial Church and the new church. Mulled wine, egg punch, hot chocolate, and many German and Austrian delicacies – there are many festive treats to choose from. On the 19th December, the memorial in memory of the victims of the attack on 19.12.2016 is inaugurated, and the market will be closed all day.

Location: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche, Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Berlin
Dates: 27 November – 31 December 2017
Opening Times: Sun-Thu: 11:00 – 21:00
Fri+Sat: 11:00 – 22:00
24th December (Christmas Eve): 11:00 – 14:00
25th + 26th December (Christmas): 13:00 – 21:00
31st December (New Year’s eve): 11:00 – 01:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: U Kurfürstendamm
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Potsdam Christmas Market – Blauer Lichterglanz Weinachtsmarkt

27 November – 28 December 2017

It’s not in Berlin, but it can be easily reached by car or by public transport, in less than one hour. Blauer Lichterglanz in Potsdam is one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in and around Berlin. The Brandenburger Street and Luisenplatz will be covered in a festive blue light, turning the historic city of Potsdam in a winter fairytale. You can skate on the ice ring or listen to fairytales in Luisenplatz, every day at 5 pm.

Location: Brandenburger Straße 20, 14467 Potsdam
Dates: 27 November – 28 December 2017
Opening Times:
Sun-Wed: 11:00 – 20:00
The-Sat: 11:00 – 21:00
25./26.12: 11:00 – 19:00
28.12: 11:00 – 18:00
24.12: closed
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: S Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
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Christmas Garden Berlin

16 November 2017 – 7 January 2018

Every year in December, the Botanical Garden in Berlin is a glittering magic world, displaying 30 unique light installations in a beautiful Christmas setting. A dream forest with 1,500,000 twinkling lights will take you into a uniquely designed world of light and winter magic. After a stroll through the garden, you can skate on the ice or just relax with a cup of warm punch.

Location: Botanischer Garten, Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, 14195 Berlin
Opening Times: daily 16:30 – 22:00 (24 and 31 December closed)
Entrance: from € 17
Nearest Underground: S Botanischer Garten
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Scandinavian Christmas Market

8 December – 9 December 2017

The Scandinavian Christmas Market is a two-day outside event on 8th & 9th of December celebrated at Urban Spree in Berlin. Plenty of different local food stalls are serving favorite Christmas bites from the North such as Köttbullar, Risgrynsgröt, Lussebullar, Smørrebrød, Pepparkakor, Rød Pølse and much more topped with a good amount of Glögg. If you feel creative, you can join one of the market workshops and learn how to make a traditional Scandinavian wall hanger or how to knit your own Icelandic Pullover!

Location: Urban Spree, Revaler Str. 99 (corner Warschauer Str. x Revaler Str.), 10245 Berlin
Opening Times:
8 December: 17:00 – 22:00
9 December: 14:00 – 22:00
Entrance: free
Nearest Underground: S-Warschauer Straße
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Historical Christmas Market Berlin

24 November – 22 December 2017

Torches, fireplaces and numerous market stalls create a wonderful medieval atmosphere on the famous „RAW Gelände“, which is known for its clubs and culture events. Potters, blacksmiths and many others present and sell their self-made craft. Guests can warm up with various hot drinks, such as mulled wine, Met or Feuerzangenbowle. Children can have great fun on the wooden carousel and Ferris wheel. Young and old knights and princesses also have the unique opportunity to prove their skills in archery and crossbow shooting.

Location: Revaler Straße 16A, 10245 Berlin
Opening Times:
Mo-Tue: 15:00 – 22:00
Fr+Sat: 12:00 – 22:00
Sun: 12:00 – 19:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: S-Warschauer Straße
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Fairy-Tale Christmas Market at Jagdschloss Grunewald

9 December – 10 December 2017

The market takes place at Jagdschloss, considered to be the oldest surviving castle in Berlin. In the middle of the forest, fairytales characters will bring you the festive Christmas atmosphere, while local artisans will sell their festive products in the romantic castle courtyard.

Location: Jagdschloss Grunewald, Hüttenweg 100, 14193 Berlin
Opening Times: 11:00 – 21:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: S-Rathaus Steglitz and X83 Bus
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Advent in Düppel

16 December – 17 December 2017

Düppel Historic Village (Museumsdorf Düppel) is an open-air museum, a reconstructed village from the Middle Ages. On the third Advent weekend, the medieval museum will be home to a beautiful Christmas Market, with medieval music and crafts, festive treats and delicious specialties.

Location: Museumsdorf Düppel, Clauertstraße 11, 14163 Berlin
Opening Times: 12:00 – 18:00
Entrance: € 3,50 /€ 2,50
Nearest Underground: S Nikolassee and 112 Bus
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Winter World at Potsdamer Platz

3 November – 31 December 2017

Weeks before Christmas, the Alte Potsdamer Straße is shining in a festive glow of light and invites you to Christmas shopping and gourmet delights. The market has an Austrian atmosphere, and on weekends there are also après-ski parties until late in the night. You can skate on the 500 square meters open-air ice rink or slide on the large toboggan.

Location: Potsdamer Platz, Linkstraße 2, 10785 Berlin
Opening Times:
Open daily 10:00 – 22:00
On Christmas Eve 10:00 – 14:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: S-Potsdamer Platz
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Klunkerkranich Christmas Market

2 December – 17 December 2017

Starting 2 December, Berlin’s highest Christmas market opens its doors at Klunkerkranich. The famous rooftop offers spectacular views over Berlin in every season, so don’t miss the chance to have a glass of apple punch in one of the city’s iconic places. There will be stalls with presents, from jewelry, clothing, accessories to handmade products and Christmas decorations.

Location: Klunkerkranich, Karl-Marx-Str. 66, 12053 Berlin
Opening Times: Sat+Sun: 14:00 – 20:00
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: U Rathaus Neukölln
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Japanischer Christmas Market

2 December – 3 December 2017

For a different type of Christmas Market, pay a visit to the Japanischer Christmas Market, a celebration of the Japanese culture in Berlin. There will be two days with delicious street food, drinks, sweets, traditional & anime manga, eating competitions, music, and karaoke.

Location: Karl-Marx-Allee 93 10243 Berlin
Opening Times: 12:00 – 22:00
Entrance: € 3
Nearest Underground: U-Weberwiese
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Merry Markthalle

1 December – 23 December 2017

The farmers market at Markthalle Neun turns into a Christmas market! With gifts and crafted products handmade by small, young manufactories and everything for your Christmas table and a festive celebration. To eat, to serve and to decorate, to wear and to give away. Things that make life more beautiful.

Location: Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, 10997 Berlin
Opening Times: 12:00 – 20:00 Fridays; 10:00 – 18:00 Saturdays
Entrance: Free
Nearest Underground: U-Görlitzer Bahnhof
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Christmas Market for Dogs – Berliner Hunde Weinachtsmarkt

9 December – 10 December 2017

On the second Advent weekend, the Christmas Market for Dogs will open its gates in the Grunewald dog run area. At the market, you can find everything your dog needs: food, accessories, clothing, toys, and also training lessons and advice from dog trainers. And for the happy owners, mulled wine and Christmas delicacies will be available.

Location: Forsthaus Paulsborn, Hüttenweg 90, 14193 Berlin
Opening Times: 10:00 – 18:00
Entrance: € 2
Nearest Underground: S-Rathaus Steglitz and X83 Bus
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