10 November, 2023

Unmissable Christmas markets in Berlin

The Christmas markets in Berlin are back and better than ever. At the end of November, most Christmas markets are open to welcome visitors until Christmas and some even until New Year! More than 80 Christmas markets will take over the city this year and provide a magical Advent season on the city's squares and streets.

Every district and neighbourhood in Berlin has its own Christmas market and each has its own appeal. Some are nostalgic, others modern, some are indoors, others outdoors, some are especially for children, others have historical themes. Explore the variety of Christmas markets in Berlin with us.

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market


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. This year, the Christmas market on Alexanderplatz is open from 27 November to 26 December from 10 am to 10 pm, so you have plenty of time to explore and enjoy.

Alexanderplatz Christmas Market Ferris Wheel

Charlottenburg Palace

With the palace itself, parts of the extensive grounds and the market illuminated by lights, 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 Ferris wheel, various carousels and small rollercoasters. From 27 November to 31 December, this market is open daily from 12 noon to 10 pm, with the exception of Christmas Eve, when the market is closed.

Charlottenburg Palace Christmas Market

International inspiration

The Christmas market may have originated in Germany, but 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. Though these speciality Christmas markets don’t last as long as their local counterparts they are a unique experience.

For instance, in Kreuzberg’s Finland Center you can visit a Finnish Christmas market on 19 and 20 November, with all kinds of culinary delights: Glöggi, smoked salmon, reindeer sausage and home-baked cookies. A few days later, from 25 till 27 November a Swedish Christmas market arises in the Swedish Victoria Church. Along with Swedish treats you’ll find handmade gifts, Christmas decorations, blankets, books and knitwear here.

Throughout the holiday season, you can also visit a Christmas edition of the Japan Market at the Festsaal in Kreuzberg, a British Christmas market in St. George’s Anglican Church in Westend, and a Norwegian Christmas Bazaar in Kreuzberg.

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