Unconventional Christmas Markets in Berlin

If you are slightly done with the usual candied almonds, glühwein and Lebkuchen, I have a few alternate Christmas markets to suggest.

1. Advent Eco Market at Kollwitzplatz

At the Christmas version of the Eco Market in Prenzlauer Berg, you can buy gifts with a clear conscience. More than 60 different exhibitors (organic farms, butcher shops, bakeries and natural food shops in Berlin and Brandenburg) sell items such as high-quality toys, textiles, handicrafts, delicacies from all over the world and many other products that meet ecological and social standards. Here your culinary instincts will be indulged with organic sausages and steak, fragrant Christmas cookies, organic gingerbread, Viennese apple strudel and other delicacies.

  • Address: Kollwitzplatz, Kollwitzstraße 1, 10405 Berlin
  • Dates: 01/12, 08/12, 15/12, 22/12/2019 
  • Opening hours: 12 pm – 7 pm 
  • Admission is free

2. Artisan Christmas market at Mexikoplatz

The artisan Christmas market takes place at Mexikoplatz every year, where arts and crafts are the main focus. Handcrafted designer jewellery, paintings, porcelain and decorations are offered by over 90 selected cottage industries and artist workshops. They make them from wood, ceramics, metal, fabric or various gemstones. In addition, you can enjoy homemade mulled wine, Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) and probably the best waffles in Berlin.

  • Address: Mexikoplatz, 14163 Berlin
  • Dates: on the four Sundays in Advent 1, 8, 15 and 22 December 
  • Opening hours: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm 
  • Admission is free of charge

3. Berliner Hundeweihnachtsmarkt “Sirius“

The Berlin Christmas market scene now has something to offer for dogs. On the first Advent weekend, Berlin’s Sirius Christmas market for dogs will take place at the Forsthaus Paulsborn in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf for all dog lovers from near and far. Exhibitors will be offering all kinds of dog food, clothing and accessories for your four-legged friends, as well as toys and advice at their stands.

  • Address: Forsthaus Paulsborn, Hüttenweg 90, 14193 Berlin
  • Date: 30 November to 1 December 2019 
  • Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm 
  • Admission: €2.50 (80 cents will be given as a food donation to the Tiertafel Berlin animal food bank)

4. Christmas market at Klunkerkranich

The Kulturgarten invites you to probably the highest Christmas market in the capital, where the roof terrace offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Berlin. At their stands, exhibitors sell lovingly homemade accessories, handicrafts, self-tailored fashion items and other treasures. For refreshment, there is mulled wine and apple punch while the canteen Zum Fetten Finken serves various sweet and hearty delicacies.

  • Address: Klunkerkranich, Karl-Marx-Straße 66, 12043 Berlin
  • Dates: 01/12, 08/12, 15/12, 22/12/2019 
  • Opening hours: 12 pm – 7 pm 
  • Admission is free

5. Christmas market by the Dorfkirche Marienfelde

The Christmas market is organised with historical flair by the Protestant parish of Marienfelde and other organisers. The Dorfkirche Marienfelde dates from the 12th century and is therefore one of the oldest village churches in Berlin. From quality artisan goods to Christmas presents, barbecued meats, pastries and of course mulled wine, you will find everything required for a cosy Christmas market. The many well-preserved buildings in the old village centre also radiate a historical flair.

  • Address: Alt-Marienfelde, 12277 Berlin
  • Dates: 6-8/12 and 13-15/12/2019 
  • Opening hours: Friday 2 pm – 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm 
  • Admission is free

6. Environment-Friendly Christmas Market on Sophienstraße

On the four Advent weekends, Sophienstraße, right next to the Hackesche Höfe, is transformed into an environment-friendly Christmas village where you can buy unique designer and artist goods. Over 80 selected fair trade retailers and start-ups from Berlin will be offering unusual Christmas gifts, trendy and hip Berlin design, natural products, organic and fair trade delicacies and other fair trade products for sale at their stands. There are no rides or excessive neon lights to conserve energy, and most exhibitors support charity projects in Berlin and abroad with proceeds from sales.

  • Address: Sophienstraße, 10178 Berlin
  • Dates: 30.11/1.12, 7.12/8.12, 15.12/16.12, 21.12/22.12 
  • Opening hours: Saturdays 12 pm – 8 pm, Sundays 11 am – 7 pm 
  • Admission is free

7. Historischer Weihnachtsmarkt on the grounds of the RAW cultural centre

During the Christmas season, a medieval village is constructed at the RAW cultural centre, a place where people usually party in clubs or art and cultural events take place. From November to December, young and old medieval fans can escape the hustle and bustle of the lead-up to Christmas in the capital and go on a journey back in time. Acrobats, jugglers, fire performers and bards entertain the visitors and potters, blacksmiths, wood carvers and many other medieval artisans offer their skilfully manufactured goods for sale. Numerous torches and bonfires bathe the RAW grounds in a mystical light. There is no glitter, glamour or neon lighting at this historical Christmas market.

  • Address: RAW-Gelände, Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin
  • Dates: 21 November to 22 December 2019, closed on 24 November (Sunday in commemoration of the dead) 
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
  • Admission: Monday – Wednesday free, Thursday – Sunday €2, reduced (children from 6-16 years & those in historical costumes) €1, for children under 6 years admission is free of charge.

8. Holy Shit Shopping

This Christmas market, which apart from mulled wine has little to do with classic Christmas markets, is one of the highlights in the lead up to Christmas in the capital. Instead of Christmas music, nostalgic lighting and roasted almonds, Holy Shit Shopping brings irony, art and design to the fore. 300 selected international designers and artists offer their very creative and high-quality lifestyle products at Holy Shit Shopping over two days. If you are looking for those very special Christmas gifts, then come and live it up here. Fashion, jewellery, furniture, art, literature, photography: here you are sure to find something for you and your loved ones. While you’re here, you can enjoy seasonal street food, mulled wine, beer and schnapps in lounges and bars, and soak up the ambience of contemporary design and the industrial building that is ARENA BERLIN alongside the beats of Berlin’s DJs.

  • Address: Arena, Eichenstr. 4, 12435 Berlin
  • Date: 7 and 8 December 2019 
  • Opening hours: Saturday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
  • Admission: €5 (online or at the box office)

9. LGBT Winterdays und Christmas Avenue

In the run-up to Christmas Avenue, the gay and lesbian community on Nollendorfplatz rings in the season of goodwill with a nine-day stage programme. After Munich, Hamburg and Cologne, the colourful Christmas market concept of the LGBT community is now also coming to Berlin for the first time in 2019. Many stakeholders from politics and the community will come together to send out a message against discrimination and exclusion in an exuberant atmosphere with glittering lights. This also includes campaigns such as “Drinking mulled wine for a good cause”, which are supported by prominent Berliners. There will also be a party hut for up to 50 people to make sure that the cold December weather won’t spoil the mood. Look forward to multicoloured, sparkling Christmas lights, a lively atmosphere as well as a selection of hot cocktails and culinary delicacies.

  • Address: Nollendorfplatz, 10777 Berlin
  • Dates: 15/11 – 16/11, 18/11 – 23/11 
  • Opening hours: Friday and Saturday midday until 10 p.m., Monday to Thursday 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. 
  • Christmas Avenue starts on 25/11

10. Weihnachtsrodeo Designweihnachtsmarkt

This year, the Kühlhaus Berlin will be transformed into a modern alternative to conventional Christmas markets on the first three Advent weekends. The Kühlhaus was the largest cold store complex in Europe in 1901, with an area of over 9000 square metres. Although the Kühlhaus had survived the Second World War almost unscathed, large parts of the plant were demolished in 1979.

Since 2011, the former, listed Kühlhaus II with an area of 3500 square metres, distributed over 5 floors, has been used as a versatile venue for events. After 2017 and 2018, the Weihnachtsrodeo will be held here this year for the third time. Over 200 designers, artisans and manufactories offer creative and high-quality products for sale.

You can also get creative at the DIY workshops. In addition to practical sewing tricks, you can make your own Christmas decorations, learn rare printing techniques and much more. Exhibitions and live painting sessions by various artists round off the programme.

  • Address: Tempelhofer Ufer 22, 10963 Berlin
  • Date: 30.11/1.12, 7.12/8.12, 14.12/15.12.2019 
  • Opening hours: 12-20:00 
  • Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

11. Winter Film Festival and Winter Magic in the Nikolaiviertel

This year again, until after Christmas, everything revolves around the Feuerzangenbowle – from a cinematic and culinary point of view – around the square at the Nikolaikirche. Three times a day – at 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm – in the Nikolaiviertel you can enjoy the film classic with Heinz Rühmann on comfortable sofas and armchairs free of charge. Nostalgic little wooden huts and Christmas lighting around the entire Nikolaikirchplatz, curling and all kinds of culinary delicacies make a visit to Berlin’s most cosy Christmas market perfect for the whole family.

  • Address: Nikolaiviertel, Nikolaikirchplatz, 10178 Berlin
  • Date: 15/11/2019 to 5/1/2020, closed Christmas Eve 
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 12 pm – 10:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 10:30 pm 
  • Admission is free