Christmas markets in Berlin
Berlin has long been known as the home of the traditional Christmas. Many of the traditions we have today around the festive holiday originate in Germany and were popularised in the UK by Queen Victoria, like decorating a Christmas tree at home. Across Europe the tradition of Christmas markets has spread and often they have a German theme as we associate those little wooden huts with Christmas fair’s and villages. Berlin turns into a citywide winter wonderland around the Christmas holidays filled with a magical and lively celebration.
What to see and do at Berlin's Christmas marketsMany still see Berlin as the capital of Christmas and with over 60 Christmas markets dotted through the city it’s easy to see why the city has this reputation. Markets range from the contemplative and magical to traditional to lively and modern. The stalls at Berlin’s Christmas Markets are some of the best in Europe and you should be able to find the perfect gift from the diverse mix of stalls. Christmas markets are becoming a staple of the family celebrations and a trip to the Christmas markets in Berlin are a treat for the whole family.
Where to find Christmas markets in Berlin
The city comes alive in the winter months with over 60 different markets ranging from the small to the gigantic. There are traditional markets with all the magic we associate with the germanic Christmas to ultra modern markets. One of the largest takes place in Charlottenburg Castle where you will find over 150 stalls from Germany and across Europe. For a great craft market check out the market in Gendarmarkt square set against the backdrop of one of the cities most beautiful squares. Often seen as the center of the festivities is the Potsdamer Platz market spread across the 4000 sq meters of the Sony center which is home to the winter wonderland, ice rink and toboggan run.
When to visit Christmas markets in Berlin
The Christmas markets in Berlin run through the winter months and most of them do overlap as they tend to start and finish on different days. It’s always a good idea to check which markets in particular you want to visit and then check the dates they are running. Most of the big markets begin at the end of November and run till Christmas eve, though a few remain open till just past new years day. The city will fill up with tourists and with so many markets to visit you will need a few days to explore. Its best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
What's on offer at Christmas markets in Berlin
Berlins markets encompass everything festive and Christmassy. There are markets for traditional gifts with some great craft markets as well as fabulous winter wonderlands. Visit Potsdamer Platz to skate on the large 500 meter ice ring or slide down the toboggan run. At the Kaiser Wilhelm market you’ll be greeted by aromas of hot cocoa and mulled wine. The Spandau old town market puts on a rock concert every Friday from 6pm where you can warm up with a good dance. If you're looking for a more nostalgic Christmas visit the Nordic market Staatsoper market.
What to buy at Christmas markets in Berlin
Berlin’s markets are full of so many wonderful gifts. Many of the markets and stalls sell crafts and individual gifts perfect for when you want to get a really individual present for that special someone. As well as the ancient handicrafts the markets are full of something else Germany is legendary for, food! The Gendarmenmarkt has food prepared by some of Germany’s top cooks and along with wonderfully rich cocoa and warming mulled wine it should get you right in the spirit. Visit the Lucia market in the Prenzlauer-berg district to buy romantic gifts for the one you love.
Holiday to Christmas markets in Berlin
Visiting the Christmas markets in Berlin can take a lot longer than just one day. With over 60 to visit across Berlin you need a long weekend if not a week to experience all there is on offer. The markets have some great gift to buy for the whole family and you will want to take the time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city in the winter. Our selection of holiday homes in Berlin are great for staying close to the markets in the heart of the city.