While Christmas is sort of universal, most regions add something extra to their festivities to mark it as their own. And the special thing about Berlin is that it is truly cosmopolitan, so much so that there are Christmas markets from around the world, in addition to their own.
A very British Christmas – Weihnachtsmarkt an der St. George’s Church
Enjoy traditional English Christmas customs at St. George’s Church. On the church grounds, romantically lit with torches, the Ghost of Christmas Past comes to life when the carol singers sing English Christmas carols in their historical dress. At the stands you can taste homemade cakes, mulled wine, biscuits, jams, traditional pies and pudding. There are bread puddings and fig puddings with brandy whipped cream, Copperfield stew as well as homemade scotch eggs. And of course there are the colourful Christmas crackers that are part of every English Christmas dinner while the Berlin Children’s Choir sings Christmas carols and bagpipers play traditional melodies.
- Address: Preußenallee 17-19, 14052 Berlin
- Date: 7 December (2nd Advent weekend)
- Opening hours: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Admission is free of charge.
Danish Christmas market
The Danish community of the Christianskirk create a Scandinavian Christmas with more than 100 volunteers, Danish food, textiles, toys and design articles. Here you will be treated to Nordic culinary delights such as Smørrebrød sandwiches, Æbleskiver (Danish mini-doughnuts) and Lakrids liquorice. Heat yourself up with Julebryg, the Danish Christmas beer, the caraway schnapps Akvavit or the Scandinavian mulled wine Glögg.The Jazz band Blue Closet provides musical accompaniment to the Scandinavian Christmas spirit.
- Address: Christianskirche der Dänischen Gemeinde, Brienner Straße 12, 10713 Berlin
- Date: 30 November 2019 – 1 December 2019 (first Advent weekend)
- Opening hours: Saturday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Free admission
On the first weekend of December, Irish expats invite you to the Irish Christmas market at Finnegan’s Irish Pub in Steglitz. In addition to Irish Christmas traditions, there are all kinds of delicacies and products to discover – pies, lamb with colcannon or stews and of course hot whiskey, Irish coffee and mulled wine.
- Address: Bergstraße 8, 12169 Berlin
- Date: 1 December 2019
- Opening hours: 1 pm to 6 p.m.
- Free admission
Lucia Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei
Lucia Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei is particularly cosy and festive. It’s wholly dedicated to Nordic folklore, and hence it is one of the most popular Christmas markets among many Berliners. Stroll around the cosy market and browse the wooden stalls. If it gets too cold for you, simply warm up in the open-air jacket heater. You can wrap up in snug fur coats there, which are preheated in a nostalgic wood stove. The winter artwork provides space for five frozen visitors. Other ways to warm up are the mobile sauna and the hiking yurt.
In the pretty wooden cottages, which are predominantly red and white, you can browse traditional handicrafts and try classic Christmas market snacks as well as typical Scandinavian delicacies such as moose goulash, reindeer salami, elk meatballs, salmon potato soup and Finnish waffles, and a wide range of mulled wines – from Swedish Glögg to Finnish Glögi and Icelandic Jolaglögg.
There is also a special parade on 13th December to celebrate Saint Lucy, where a girl assumes the role of the bride of light. Decorated with a wreath of lights on her head, she leads her entourage of star carriers and candle holders, gnomes and gingerbread men.
- Address: Kulturbrauerei (Innenhof), Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin
- Date: 25 November to 22 December 2019
- Opening hours: Monday – Friday 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Admission is free of charge
Norwegian Christmas Market
At the indoor Norwegian Christmas Market, there is a broad offering from the far north in the large space in the parish hall of the Jesus Christ Church in Kreuzberg. You have the unique opportunity to try sweet and hearty traditional Norwegian dishes such as reindeer ragout, fish soup, fish rissoles, Smørbrød open sandwiches with prawns, warm waffles and other Norwegian specialities. You can either enjoy the homemade delicacies in the warmth or take them home with you.
- Address: Wartenburgstraße 7, 10963 Berlin
- Date: 7 and 8 December 2019
- Opening hours: 2 pm – 8 pm
- Free admission
Swedish Christmas bazaar
At the Christmas market in the parish hall and in the courtyard, members of the Swedish community sell traditional specialities such as Glögg (mulled wine), cinnamon buns and delicious elk sausages, as well as traditional handicrafts and Christmas decorations. The Swedish Queen of Lights Lucia visits the Christmas market on both days at 4:00 pm and Jultomte, the Christmas elf with beard and red pointed cap, can also be found here. Traditional Christmas tree decorations made of wood, window candelabras and candlesticks made of painted wood are for sale. And of course it is not Christmas without hanging or setting up the Julbock, the Yule goat made of straw and red ribbons. The specialities on offer include crisp bread and delicious Swedish cheese, Christmas ham, elk meat, salmon cream and homemade biscuits. In the courtyard you can also try elk meat, crab rolls and fresh waffles. The café offers a selection of fine cakes and tarts, including the green princess cake with marzipan and the delicious Swedish cinnamon buns (Kanelbullar).
- Address: Landhausstraße 26-28, 10717 Berlin
- Date: 30 November and 1 December, 2019
- Opening hours: Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Admission: €1
The Japanese Christmas market at the Malzfabrik
With kimonos, sake and sushi at the market stalls, a special kind of Christmas market awaits you in Schöneberg. Over an entire weekend, visitors can experience Japan up close at workshops, as well as dance and sumo performances. The exhibitors present paintings, ceramics, kimonos and many other Japanese treasures at their stands. The culinary specialities at the Christmas market are also typically Japanese. Here you can try sushi, sake and sweets.
- Address: Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2-14, 12103 Berlin
- Date: 7 and 8 December 2019
- Opening hours: 12 noon – 9 pm
- Entrance fees: €5 for adults, two children under 12 years free of charge when accompanied by an adult.
Traditioneller Weihnachtsbasar im Finnland-Zentrum
Have you ever tried Loimulohi, Lohikeitto and Poromakkaraa? If not, then make sure not to miss the traditional Christmas bazaar in the Finland Center. Various exhibitors offer Nordic handicrafts and handmade gift ideas such as homemade socks, gloves and hats as well as Finnish food for sale at their stands.
- Address: Finnlandzentrum Berlin – Suomi Keskus e.V, Schleiermacherstr. 24A, 10961 Berlin
- Date: 23 & 24 November 2019
- Opening hours: 12-18:00 both days
- Admission is free
Nordische Märchenweihnacht at Schloss Britz
This year the Nordische Märchenweihnacht (Nordic Fairy Tale Christmas) will once again be taking place at Schloss Britz on the third and fourth Advent weekend.
The historical Christmas market takes you on a Christmas journey back in time to the knights and Vikings of the past. More than 50 different exhibitors offer various treasures and gift ideas for sale at their stands at the 300-year-old Schloss Britz and the adjoining estate of the historic manor of the former village of Britz during the Christmas season. There are culinary delights too, such as roasted almonds, gingerbread, apple fritters and crêpes as well as hearty delicacies such as lángos fried bread, garlic bread, flat cakes, spicy barbecued meat and soups. You can warm yourself up with mulled wine, medieval spiced wine, hot cherry wine, hot quince mead and the Scandinavian mulled punch Glögi, while hot elder juice is offered for children.
As part of the entertainment program, the snow queen with her trolls, Frau Holle, winter spirits and other wondrous creatures join the party and the Cocolorus Budenzauber travelling theatre performs its fairy tale plays especially for children. Live Christmas music, light and shadow theatre and an impressive fire show round off the medieval Christmas spectacle. In addition, children can also indulge in bow and crossbow shooting, axe and knife throwing as well as large Viking boats at the medieval adventure playground. The large hand-operated music box, a dragon hammer and a wooden water wheel are also worth seeing and trying out.
- Adress: Schloss Britz, Alt-Britz 73, 12359 Berlin
- Date: Advent weekends
- Opening hours: Friday 2 pm – 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 9 pm
- Admission: €3, concessions €2, free admission for children under 6 years of age
Weihnachtsbasar im Lichthof des Auswärtigen Amts
Christmas market by Förderkreis Eine Welt im Auswärtigen Amt e.V. features fancy, exotic, new, old, trivial, kitschy, beautiful and unusual souvenirs from all over the world that you won’t find anywhere else in Berlin. You can keep up your strength with mulled wine, children’s punch and stollen fruit bread and listen to the children’s choir of the Federal Foreign Office’s nursery. Also, proceeds from the market go to worldwide projects for self-help in developing countries.
- Address: Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin
- Dates: 6 and 7 December 2019
- Opening hours: Friday 3 pm – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 5 pm
- Free admission