Like almost everything else this year, the Berlin Christmas markets will be a little different due to the coronavirus. That, however, does not mean we won’t be able to enjoy them. Currently over 50 Christmas markets have already announced plans to create a magical advent season on squares and streets across the city.
Every district and neighbourhood in Berlin has its own Christmas market and each has its own draw, some are nostalgic others modern, some are indoors others outdoors, some are especially for children others have historical themes. Let’s highlight a few top locations.
This Christmas market has something for everyone as it is a mix between market, fairground and party, as such it is also one of the busiest in Berlin. With carrousels, a Ferris wheel, an ice rink and market stalls selling traditional crafts and Christmas products this market can easily take up your day. A special feature of the market at Alexanderplatz is the Christmas pyramid, decorated with more than 5000 lights. On the ground floor you can buy snacks and the platform at the top offers a beautiful view.
With the palace itself, parts of the extensive grounds and the market illuminated, this is one of Berlin’s most romantic Christmas markets. Here around 250 vendors sell and display nostalgic Christmas crafts such as nativity figures and tree decorations. The air is filled with the smells of gingerbread, mulled wine and freshly baked bread. In front of the old orangery you’ll find special treats on offer for kids as well as historic and nostalgic fairground attractions such as a big wheel, different merry-go-rounds and tiny rollercoasters.
The Christmas market may have originated in Germany, that does not mean other countries can’t bring their own ideas to it. In Berlin there are several Christmas markets which take inspiration from other countries. For instance, at the bazaar of St. George’s Episcopal Church you’ll be transported to a Christmas from Charles Dickens’ England. The Christianskirkens julemarked brings a piece of Danish Christmas traditions to Berlin, with Nordic delicacies and musical entertainment, while the Lucia Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei goes even farther north with Finnish mulled wine and Swedisch Christmas carols.
With the aim of inhibiting the spread of the coronavirus, many large events such as Christmas markets cannot take place or can only take place to a limited extent. Even short-term changes and cancellations are possible. Before visiting a Christmas market, please contact the respective organizer directly or visit the website of the venue.