10 Best Christmas Markets in Berlin You Need To Visit in 2024: From Most Popular To Less Touristy

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Experience the magic of Berlin’s Christmas Markets in 2024

The ultimate guide on experiencing the best Christmas markets in Berlin, Germany in 2024. Everything from dates, opening hours and the highlights that make each German Christmas market unique. To how to get there by public transport (with our free map), best hotels to stay nearby, to useful travel tips like how much to budget and whether it’s card friendly.

As expats living in Berlin, one of the things we look forward to the most are the Christmas markets here. It’s truly a magical time of the year and with Berlin being the nation’s capital and the largest city in Germany, there are over 80 Christmas markets to discover and experience.

With so much choice, we thought we would help you narrow down the best Christmas Markets in Berlin so you can make the most out of your time and money during this wonderful time of the year.

But first, if it’s your first time experiencing Christmas markets in Germany, make sure you read our useful travel tips before going.

If you have been before, skip straight to our best 10 Christmas Markets in Berlin!

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Related Guide: Prefer visiting less touristy, more intimate Christmas markets? Make sure you check out these Berlin Advent Markets. They’re great alternatives to visit instead of the popular Christmas markets. Not only are they’re less crowded, off-the-beaten-track, and cheaper to visit, but they offer a more authentic local experience too.

When Do Christmas Markets Open in Berlin in 2024?

The majority of the markets start a month before Xmas. In 2024, most Christmas markets in Berlin will open from 27 November and close just before Christmas.

There are, however, a few markets like the ones at Kurfürstendamm, Gendarmenmarkt (now at Bebelplatz), Charlottenburg, Winter World at Potsdamerplatz and Weihnachszeit at Rotes Rathaus that remain open after Christmas.

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Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market (Bebelplatz) is open until 31 December

Best Area to Stay in Berlin for Christmas Markets

If you’re in Berlin for less than 3 days (or the weekend), we’d recommend staying in Mitte. It’s the best area to stay within walking distance of 3 of the most famous Christmas markets in Berlin – Gendarmenmarkt, Rotes Rathaus, and Alexanderplatz.

Christmas time is the peak travel season for many European countries, including Germany. Make sure you book your hotel as early as possible to avoid paying sky-high prices.

Here are some hotel options in Mitte to get you started:

Bonus Tip: Staying in Berlin Mitte is nice, but it’s also very expensive. If you’re looking for more budget-friendly accommodation options, check out our Where To Stay in Berlin guide. We share tips on the best neighborhoods to stay for nightlife, a family vacation with kids, on a budget, to the best areas to stay for events like the Berlin Marathon and UEFA EURO 2024 football games.

Tips to Know Before Visiting

Bring Cash (it’s not card-friendly)

Germany is many things, but card-friendly is not one of them. Yes, you read that right! You’re going to need cash if you want to fill those bellies or do some Xmas shopping.

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There’s a large variety of food and drinks at German Christmas Markets

Coincidentally, ‘bar’ translates to ‘cash’ in German, which is rather appropriate if you love glühwein or beer.

Make sure to get your fix of glühwein as it’s usually only sold during the festive season.

Where to Find ATMs with No Withdrawal Fees in Germany?

Now that we’ve determined that you need cash, the next big question to ask is where to draw your ‘bar’ or cash without incurring transaction fees.

This depends on the bank card you use. If you’re using Revolut or N26 bank cards like us, you can draw at any major banks for no transaction fees if it is within your free monthly withdrawal limits.

In that case, head over to a Deutsche Bank, Post Bank, Berliner Volksbank or Sparkasse ATM and withdraw your cash for free.

Bonus Tip: Is your bank or travel card charging you withdrawal fees and commission fees when buying forex? Find out how you can get free cash withdrawals and get the best price buying forex when traveling in our Revolut Travel Card guide.

Whatever you do, DO NOT draw at an EC ATM unless you have a German bank card that allows you to withdraw cash with them for free. These EC ATMs are super easy to find since they’re literally everywhere. But they will charge you a whopping €5 per transaction.

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Beware of EC ATMs if you don’t have a German bank card

Pfand (or Deposits) at Christmas Markets

One thing we love about Germany is that it is a very environmentally conscious country and takes reducing waste and recycling very seriously. In fact, they take it so seriously that you won’t usually find plastic or even paper cups at Christmas markets in Germany. Instead, your delicious drinks are all served in a glass.

To encourage guests to bring their glasses back to the vendors, they charge an extra €3 to €5 per glass as a deposit. In German, this is referred to as ‘pfand’, which is pronounced like ‘fund’ in English.

When you’re done with your drinks, either return them and get your deposit back or keep the mug as a souvenir. You’ll probably want to keep at least one of the many festive mugs you’ll find in Germany because they’re absolutely beautiful.

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Keep your Christmas market mugs as a souvenir!

As sustainable travellers who try our best to reduce the footprint we have on the earth, we absolutely love this initiative! Yes, you will need to carry a bit more cash on you, but you’ll get the money back and it’s a small inconvenience that will help preserve our beautiful planet.

How Much to Budget for Berlin Christmas Market

For food and drinks, we’d budget around €20 – €40 per person (including deposit). The prices are quite standardised with beer, glühwein and bratwursts costing between €4 to €6.

If you’re planning to visit the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt (now Bebelplatz), budget between €30 – €60 per person if you want to spoil yourself and eat at one of the luxury, tented restaurants.

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One of our favourite Christmas market mugs

Related Post: Christmas market season is wonderful in Berlin. But it’s also peak season and one of the most expensive times to visit the city. Don’t worry though – our Berlin On A Budget guide shares our 13 tips and tricks to enjoy the German capital on the cheap.

Collect Unique Christmas Mugs

Did you know that every Christmas market in Germany has its own signature mug and that they have different editions for each year?

Yes, each mug is designed with pictures or words that distinguishes that area or market from the others. We didn’t know that ourselves until we visited a few German Christmas markets and realised that each one sold their own unique and charming mug!

So charming in fact that we did a giveaway and gifted one of our Instagram subscribers their favourite.

Not only mugs but draft beer glasses too. Our favourites were these beer glasses from the Winter World market at Potsdamerplatz.

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Our favourite beer glasses are from Potsdamerplatz Christmas Market

Other Tips For Visiting Christmas Markets in Germany

Found those basic tips useful? Then make sure you read our 13 Tips For Visiting Christmas Markets in Germany.

We’ve included more tips on how to dress warmly, the best area to book your hotel for visiting Christmas markets, best ways to avoid the crowds, and also some basic German phrases to know beforehand.

Related Guide: Looking for a Berlin Christmas market alternative? Why not go for a gluhwein walk with a friend? This Berlin Gluhwein To-Go Guide shares 60+ places where you can buy gluhwein in every district and neighbourhood.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel insurance will protect you against injury, illness, theft and even trip cancellation. It’s comprehensive cover in case anything goes wrong. We never go on a trip without it as we’ve had to use it many times in the past. Here are our favourite companies that offer the best value and service:

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Guided Christmas Markets in Berlin Tours

Learn more about the German capital and its many historical landmarks whilst taking in the festive spirit! Here are some awesome guided tours you should not miss in Berlin during December:

Best 10 Christmas Markets in Berlin

Wondering where to find Christmas markets in Berlin? We’ve got you!

Here’s a free map to find the top 10 Berlin Christmas markets mentioned in this guide. You can easily get to all of them with the public transport ticket for A and B zones.

We’d recommend getting the Berlin Welcome Card. This will cover all your public transport needs (bus, trains, trams) and get you discounts at museums, restaurants and other attractions. Alternatively, you can just download the BVG app and purchase your tickets directly on your phone.

We’ve listed these markets from the most popular and busy to the least touristy ones. Use our Google map to easily find your way there:

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Use our map to find the best Christmas Markets in Berlin

Bonus Tip: A universal tip to travel Berlin (or anywhere) on a budget is to get a local SIM card. Never pay exorbitant, heart-wrenching rates for international roaming! Just get an eSIM – it’s cheap, convenient and eco-friendly.

Here’s a quick sneak peak of what you can expect:

1. Alexanderplatz Christmas Market

Sip your glühwein while admiring Berlin’s iconic Fernsehturm (TV Tower) in the backdrop on one of the most famous squares in Berlin! Or enjoy ice skating, a ride on the carousel and visit Santa Claus in his party house.

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Experience Christmas in one of the most famous squares in Berlin – Alexanderplatz

Where: On Alexanderplatz (just outside Alexanderplatz U-bahn station)
Dates: 27 November – 26 December 2024
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 22:00 (24 December 10:00 – 16:00)
Admission fee: Free entrance

Highlights and Things To Do

  • Ice skating
  • Carousel (or merry-go-round) for kids
  • Santa Claus party house
  • Largest Ore Mountain pyramid in Europe
  • Go up the Berlin TV Tower

Anyone who has visited Berlin will most likely have visited Alexanderplatz. Not only is it one of city’s main public squares and a major transport hub. But it also features one of the city’s iconic landmark buildings, the Berliner Fernsehturm or TV Tower.

Over the Xmas period, the square is completely transformed into a huge festive market located just outside the Alexanderplatz U-bahn station. This market is probably the busiest one in the city.

Like other markets, there are lots of yummy goodies to buy, eat and drink. The drinks here are bigger (same size as Potsdamerplatz) – yes, that is an important factor if you love glühwein. And it’s one of the few German Christmas markets that serve rose (pink) glühwein.

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Drinking glühwein while admiring the Fernsehturm.

From this market you can enjoy the view of the TV Tower in the backdrop or harness your inner child and take a ride on the merry-go-round.

It’s also a great market to visit if you need to do some last minute Christmas shopping. Looking for a one-stop-shop? Then check out Galeria Kaufhof Berlin which is just a hop and a skip away.

Bonus Tip: Experience the capital city from its tallest building – the Berlin TV Tower! Skip the long queues and buy your tickets online.

Best Place To Stay Near Alexanderplatz

You can’t get more central than staying near Alexanderplatz in Berlin. This is the perfect location to stay for night owls that want to enjoy the city’s bustling vibes 24/7.

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com or read hotel reviews on TripAdvisor.

Bonus Tip: Want to go up the Berlin TV Tower and see the city from above? Skip the queue and buy your tickets online.

2. Berliner Weihnachtszeit Christmas Market at Rotes Rathaus

One of the most diverse Christmas markets in Berlin that will thrill the young, old and most of all, ice skating enthusiasts! Bring your own skates and ice skate for free!

berliner wiehnachtszeit christmas market at rotes rathaus close to alexanderplatz in berlin with huge ferris wheel, skating rink and neptune fountain in the background
The best German Christmas market for ice skating enthusiasts!

Where: The public square around Neptunbrunnen Fountain
Dates: 27 November – 30 December 2024
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 – 22:00; Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 22:00 (Closed on 24 and 25 December, open 26 December 11:00 – 22:00)
Admission fee: Free entrance

Highlights and Things To Do

  • Ride the largest ferris wheel in the city (50 meters high!)
  • Ice skate around a unique circular ice rink
  • Take souvenir photos with Santa Claus
  • Historical children’s carousels that are almost 100 years old

Berliner Weihnachszeit Christmas Market is one of the newer and bigger markets in the city. As expected you can find a much larger variety of food, drink, gifts and activities to do here. It’s not too far away from the Alexanderplatz Christmas market, located just past the Berliner Fernsehturn (TV Tower).

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Take a ride on the giant Ferris wheel at Berliner Weihnachtszeit.

Expect to be dazzled by bright fairy lights scattered across the entire market, entertained by a giant ferris wheel (it’s 50m high!) and it’s one-of-a-kind circular ice skating rink around Neptune fountain. If you’re going on a date, it really can’t get more romantic than this!

And if you’ve overindulged on bratwursts and pretzels, you should try the delicious, baked apple or ‘Bratapfel’ in German.

The tart, green apples are perfectly baked with a decadent and creamy homemade custard. And the extra sweetness you get from the raisins just leave your tastebuds wanting more.

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Visit the Bratapfel stall to try traditionally baked apple – it’s delicious!

It is one of the most famous markets in Berlin and therefore always busy, but certainly worth the visit.

When visiting this Christmas market, make sure to also check out the Medieval Market around St Mary’s Church (St. Marienkirche) before you head home.

Bonus Tip: Looking for other fun things to do around here? Then head to the ‘coolest’ bar in the German capital (pun intended) – the Berlin Icebar. Or visit the Berlin Dungeon for a fun and thrilling experience. Book your tickets online to avoid the queues.

Where To Stay Near Rotes Rathaus

These hotels are within walking distance to the Berliner Weihnachtszeit Christmas Market at Rotes Rathaus, Alexanderplatz and the famous Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market. Stay here if you want to see all 3 German Christmas markets.

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com or read personal reviews on TripAdvisor.

Bonus Tip: Visiting Berlin with the kids? Take them to SEA LIFE or Legoland for a fun-filled adventure.

3. Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market (now Bebelplatz)

Most famous and luxurious Christmas market in Berlin. Try more gourmet dishes here if you’ve had too much pretzels and bratwurst. Soak in the festive atmosphere amidst some of the most historically significant architecture in the heart of the city.

gendarmenmarkt christmas market relocated to bebelplatz with St Hedwig's Cathedral in the background
The most luxury Christmas market in Berlin

Where: Bebelplatz (due to renovations at Gendarmenmarkt)
Dates: 27 November – 31 December 2024
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 12:00 – 22:00, Friday – Saturday 12:00 – 23:00 (24 December 12:00 – 18:00 and 31 December 12:00 – 01:00)
Admission fee: €1 after 14:00, free entrance for kids under 12

Highlights and Things To Do

  • Historic location surrounded by exquisite architecture
  • Wine and dine on gourmet food and drinks
  • Watch live bands and musicians perform
  • Shop unique arts and crafts
  • Fireworks and big New Year’s Eve Party

The Weihnachtszauber market is probably the most famous and beautiful Christmas market in Berlin. It’s usually located at the gorgeous Gendarmenmarkt square. But due to renovations, it’s been temporarily relocated to Bebelplatz until 2024.

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Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market before the renovation

Don’t worry though – besides the location, everything else is almost the same.

The market is wedged between the beautiful Staatsoper (State Opera House), famous Humboldt University, and iconic St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, right in the heart of the city.

This is the Xmas market to visit if you prefer the finer things in life, as you’ll be able to sip champagne and other fine wines while indulging in gourmet cuisine at one of the enclosed restaurants.

Although there is a €1 entrance to the market (other are generally free), it’s completely worth it as there is usually some sort of entertainment in the market. When we were there, there was a beautiful snow Queen walking around on high stilts throwing confetti snow and handing sweets out to children. There were also musicians and live bands performing on stage.

Being there allowed us to imagine what a busy square it must have been more than 300 years ago. A must-visit for its beautiful architectural wonders and historically significant surroundings.

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A view of Berlin Humboldt University from Bebelplatz Christmas Market

If you plan to visit the famous Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market at Bebelplatz, make sure to get there early. There are usually long queues to buy admission tickets.

You can also save some money by visiting between 12AM to 2PM on Mondays to Fridays when admission is free.

Best Place to Stay Near Gendarmenmarkt

Stay in the heart of the city where all the Christmas action happens! Here are some hotel options:

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com or read hotel reviews on TripAdvisor.

Bonus Tip: Plan on visiting Berlin’s famous Museum Island? Skip the queue and buy your tickets for Pergamon Museum, Neues Museum, Illuseum Berlin, or DDR Museum online.

4. Kurfürstendamm Christmas Market at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Enjoy the festive spirit alongside one of the city’s most striking landmarks and see the longest Christmas lights in the world.

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One of the most famous Christmas markets in Berlin, Germany

Where: Breitscheidplatz (between the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Europa Shopping Centre)
Dates: 27 November – 31 December 2024
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:00 – 21:00, Friday – Saturday 11:00 – 22:00 (24 December 11:00 – 14:00, 25 December 13:00 – 21:00, 31 December 11:00 – 20:00)
Admission fee: Free entrance

Highlights and Things To Do

  • See the most famous landmark in west Berlin
  • See the longest Christmas lights in the world
  • Magical carousel and ferris wheel for kids
  • Gifts from Santa Claus

The Christmas Market at Gedächtniskirche is located around Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the landmark of West Berlin. This striking landmark is composed of the ruins of the church that was destroyed in the war, as well as a modern church building. It is a memorial for peace and reconciliation, commemorating Berliners’ determination to rebuild after the war.

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Christmas festivities next to an iconic landmark in Berlin.

And not too far away, you’ll find Kurfürstendamm which is not only one of the most popular shopping avenues in Berlin, but also famous for having the longest Christmas lights in the world!

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A snapshot of where the longest Christmas lights in the world starts

As you can imagine, the Kurfurstendamm Weihnachtsmarkt at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is quite the tourist hotspot. But given its rich history and iconic architectural landmarks, it is one of our favourites.

If you’re looking for a bargain, you may want to visit food stalls off the main pathways. They sell glühwein for €1 cheaper. Before you go, make sure to head down Tauentzienstraße to admire the other festive light decorations.

Where To Stay in Kurfurstendamm

Not only are these hotels near Kurfurstendamm Christmas Market, but also close to the ‘Fifth Avenue’ of Berlin. Here are some great places to stay for the shopaholics out there:

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com or read personal reviews on TripAdvisor.

5. Winterwelt am Potsdamerplatz Christmas Market

The first Christmas market to open in Berlin and the only one with a 12m high toboggan run as well as an ice rink. If you love Austrian delicacies, this is the market for you.

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The only Christmas market with a 12m long toboggan run

Where: Public Square outside Potsdamerplatz U-Bahn station
Dates: 28 October 2024 – 1 January 2025
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 22:00 (Closed on 19 and 26 November, 24 December 11:00 – 14:00)
Admission fee: Free entrance

Highlights and Things To Do

  • Ride down 12 meter high toboggan run
  • Eat Austrian delicacies
  • Festive live music and DJs

How do Austrians celebrate Xmas? You’ll find out at Winterwelt (Winter World) at Potsdamerplatz. It’s one of the few markets in Berlin with an Austrian flair.

Not only can you try some authentic Austrian delicacies here. But their festively decorated, wooden huts will transport you to the majestic winter scenery in Austria.

Kids and adults young at heart can also go for a ride down a 12-meter toboggan run. Simply buy your ticket at the kiosk beforehand and let your inner child go wild.

When you’re ready to sit down and relax, try the Austrian version of glühwein instead. Be prepared to receive a very generous amount as the mugs at this Christmas Market are one of the biggest we’ve seen.

Winterwelt is the perfect market to visit if you need to do some last minute shopping. Just head over to the Mall of Berlin or The Playce.

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The Playce Shopping Center in Potsdamerplatz

And if you’re looking for more fun things to do for with kids, take them to the German Spy Museum.

Best Places To Stay in Potsdamerplatz

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com.

6. Historical Christmas Market in RAW Friedrichshain

Travel back to the medieval times at this Christmas market and enjoy a glühwein (or two) around a bonfire. Archery, knife throwing, ponies, fire performers – experience one of the most unique Christmas markets in Berlin!

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A Christmas market with a medieval theme

Where: RAW-Gelände in Revaler Straße 99
Dates: 16 November – 22 December 2024
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 15:00 – 22:00, Saturday – Sunday 12:00 – 22:00 (Closed on 20 November)
Admission fee: Free on Monday to Wednesday, €2 from Thursday to Sunday (€1 for children between 6 – 16 years and those dressed up in historical costumes and free for children under 6 years)

Highlights and Things To Do

  • Dress up in medieval clothes
  • Play medieval games like archery and knife throwing
  • Watch live jugglers, acrobats and fire shows
  • Hand-operated wooden carousel for kids
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Children enjoying a ride on a hand-operated wooden carousel

Now this is a Christmas market with a unique theme! We loved the medieval setting of the Historic Christmas Market Friedrichshain. It is probably the most unique in Berlin as the stalls here do not sell the usual Christmas decorations. But rather artisan crafts that have been handmade by wood carvers and blacksmiths.

You can even buy freshly baked bread from a bread artisan who kneads and bakes the bread in a wood-fired clay oven, right before your eyes!

When you’re done shopping and trying some Medieval dishes, you can go try your hand at some archery, knife and axe throwing or stroke some ponies.

If you have children, they can enjoy a ride on a hand-operated wooden Ferris wheel and wooden carousel. And if that’s not enough, you can enjoy watching acrobats, jugglers and fire dancers perform in the evening while sitting around a bonfire.

One thing is for sure, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

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Travel back in time and enjoy Christmas in a medieval setting.

Where To Stay Near RAW Gelände

Stay near RAW Historical Christmas market in Friedrichshain for some of the best nightclubs and vegan restaurants in the city. Here are some hotel options:

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com or read personal reviews on TripAdvisor.

Bonus Tip: Love to party? Go pub crawling in Berlin before a fun night out!

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7. Charlottenburg Christmas Market

Dubbed one of the most romantic Christmas markets in Berlin! Soak up the festive season sipping on glühwein whilst admiring the largest and most exquisite palace in the city.

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Charlottenburg Palace comes alive during Christmas with a beautiful light display

Where: Charlottenburg Palace grounds
Dates: 27 November – 31 December 2024
Opening hours: Everyday 12:00 – 22:00 (24 December Closed, 25 and 26 December 12:00 – 20:00)
Admission fee: Free entrance

Highlights and Things To Do

  • Special guided tours on Christmas traditions of the Hohenzollern family
  • Make your own Christmas presents in the handicrafts tent
  • Petting zoo and historic carousels for kids
  • Listen to the Charlottenburg orchestra

Where else in the world can you enjoy a cup of hot cocoa at a Christmas market, next to an extravagant palace? In Berlin of course!

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Christmas market vibes in front of Charlottenburg Palace

Schloss Charlottenburg or Charlottenburg Palace was build at the end of the 17th century (more than 400 years ago) and is the largest and most magnificent palace in the city.

The dreamy palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and over the festive period, there’s a wonderful Christmas market that is held on the palace grounds itself.

We love how this market extends from the pedestrian pavement, right through to the footsteps of the palace. It is very spacious and feels less crowded than some of the other markets we’ve been to.

Besides the yummy food and drinks, what was most memorable for us was the mug! The mug is shaped in a cute Christmas stocking and printed with portraits of the Prussian monarchy from the 17th century. One of the most unique mugs we’ve come across exploring the different markets in Berlin.

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Sip your hot cocoa on the palace grounds of Schloss Charlottenburg.

We also thoroughly enjoy the festive light display that ignites Charlottenburg Palace and gives that extra level of enchantment to one of our favourites in Berlin.

Related Guide: Are you a photography lover? Find out where the most instagrammable places are in the city with our Best Photo Spots in Berlin guide.

Best Places To Stay in Charlottenburg

Prefer hanging out with locals instead of the tourist crowds? Then we’d recommend staying in the beautiful neighborhood of Charlottenburg. Here are some hotel options:

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com.

8. Lucia Christmas Market at KulturBrauerei

Escape the tourists and experience Christmas with a Scandinavian and Nordic twist. There’s a reason why this is the most popular one amongst locals!

lucia christmas market at kulturbrauerei in prenzlauer berg berlin with a huge christmas tree and lights
Lucia Christmas market is a Berliners’ favourite for a reason

Where: Kulturbrauerei
Dates: 27 November – 22 December 2024
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 15:00 – 22:00, Saturday – Sunday 13:00 – 22:00
Admission fee: Free entrance

Highlights and Things To Do

  • Eat Scandinavian delicacies
  • Try the Swedish, Finnish and Icelandic version of glühwein
  • Keep warm in an open-air jacket heater
  • Bungee trampoline and other games for kids
  • Enjoy Berlin’s famous nightlife nearby

The Lucia Christmas Market is one of the smaller, less touristy ones in Berlin. So if you’re looking to mingle amongst Berliners, this is the market to visit.

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Mingle with locals at The Lucia Christmas Market at Kulturbrauerei

This market is nestled between the historic brick buildings of Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg and has a Scandinavian theme. Not only can you enjoy the classic Xmas snacks here. But you can also sample some typical Scandinavian and Nordic delicacies such as moose goulash, reindeer salami, elk meatballs, salmon potato soup or Finnish waffles.

Complete your Nordic experience with some Swedish Glögg, Finnish Glögi or Icelandic Jolaglögg instead of your usual mug of glühwein. The Lucia Christmas Market at Kulturbrauerei probably has the largest varieties of alcoholic beverages, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

We tried the apple glühwein and loved it!

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The iconic chain carousel is a highlight for kids at Lucia Christmas Market

If you’re not warm by the end of that, you can always warm up in the mobile yurt or dance the night away at a club in the area.

And if you’re coming as a family, there’s plenty of entertainment for children too. They’ll love taking a ride on Lucia Christmas Market’s iconic chain carousel, jump on the bungee trampoline, try crossbow shooting or climbing the popular ‘star ladder’.

Where To Stay Near Kulturbrauerei

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com.

9. Spandau Christmas Market

Enjoy a day trip outside the city centre and immerse yourself in the largest Christmas market in Berlin. Enjoy this market as part of a full day adventure. Explore Spandau’s charismatic cobbled streets, St. Nikolai Church and the Citadel before joining the Xmas festivities.

old town spandau with christmas market stalls and fairylights at dusk
Spandau hosts the largest Christmas market in Berlin

Where: Kammerstraße 6, 13597
Dates: 27 November – 23 December 2024
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday and Sunday 11:00 – 20:00, Friday and Saturday 11:00 – 22:00
Admission fee: Free

Highlights and Things To Do

  • The largest Christmas market in Berlin
  • Experience old town Spandau in it’s full festive decor
  • Take pictures next to the largest Christmas tree in the German capital
  • Shop medieval arts and handicrafts

Take a day trip outside the city centre of Berlin and experience the capital’s largest Christmas market in the old town of Spandau.

Take a stroll through the quaint cobbled streets of this historic town and enjoy browsing over 400 festive market stalls. Here you can taste some of Spandau’s food specialities and marvel at how smoked fish is traditionally made, right before your very eyes.

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Fish being smoked in front of your very eyes

Be entertained by daily live performances or visit Santa Claus. He’s at the market every Wednesday with special gifts for kids and families.

This market is not only off the beaten track, it’s also slightly cheaper than other Xmas markets in Berlin. If you’ve ever wanted to try glühwein mit Schuss (extra shot of liquor), now’s the perfect time to do so!

While you’re here, head over to the Gothic Church of St. Nikolai and see if you can find the cannonball embedded in the outer wall of this church. Make sure to also visit the Spandau Citadel to complete the old town experience. 

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Stroll around the picturesque streets of old town Spandau

Best Place To Stay in Spandau

Spandau is around 60 minutes outside the city center of Berlin. Hotels in Spandau are often cheaper and more budget-friendly compared to Berlin. It’s a great place to stay if you’ve been to Berlin before and plan on visiting the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany – Potsdam.

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com or read personal reviews on TripAdvisor.

10. Berlin Christmas Garden at Botanischer Garten

Experience the most unique market in Berlin at the Berlin Christmas Garden! Take a relaxing stroll on the 2 kilometer round tour and see more than 1 million fairy lights that transform the Berlin Botanical Gardens into scenes from a fairytale. This German Christmas market will awake your inner child and take your breath away.

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The most enchanting and magical Christmas market in Berlin
– the Berlin Christmas Garden

Where: Berlin Botanical Garden
Dates: 17 November 2024 – 14 January 2025
Opening hours: Daily 16:30 – 22:00 (last admission 20:30), Closed on 21, 22, 28, 29 November and 24 and 31 December
Admission fee: €20 – €25 per adult depending on whether it’s a weekday or weekend. (Check the Berlin Christmas Garden entrance ticket prices online)

Highlights and Things To Do

  • The most unique Christmas market in Berlin
  • See elaborate Xmas light installations
  • Hang a wish on the wish tree
  • Wheelchair- and pram-friendly

If you’re looking to spoil yourself and the whole family, this is the Christmas market to visit! The Berlin Christmas Garden is inspired by the famous ‘Christmas in Kew’ in London. So expect to be wowed by intricate light sculptures, magically orchestrated landscapes and glittering light installations around every corner.

Like other markets in Germany, you’ll find the usual culinary favourites like mulled wine, hot chocolate, rostis, bratwurst, quark balls and many more! So make sure to come hungry.

The food and drinks sold at the Berlin Christmas Garden are slightly more expensive than other Christmas markets in Berlin. But this German Christmas market probably has the most delicious gluhwein we’ve tasted! So make sure you grab a cuppa and enjoy it next to the bonfire.

The entrance ticket for the Berlin Christmas Garden is not cheap, but it’s worth experiencing at least once. Tickets are cheaper when you visit during the week (Monday to Thursday). It’s a great thing to do with the family young and old, and an experience you’ll remember.

And if you love night photography, you’re in for a treat. There are infinite photography opportunities at the Berlin Christmas Garden. Just make sure to bring a good camera (with night mode) to capture the best shots.

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Beautiful night photography spots

Loving our very Christmas-y photos taken at the Berlin Christmas Garden? These were taken by our incredibly talented friend and professional photographer, Christina Tudor. Check out her website if you’re interested in immortalising some of your own beautiful memories.

Hotels near Berlin Christmas Garden

This is another beautiful neighborhood to stay in Berlin away from the tourist crowds. Mingle with locals and see what life’s like living amongst locals.

Looking for more options? Compare prices on Booking.com to find the best deals.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When Do Christmas Markets End in Berlin?

Most markets in Berlin end a few days before Christmas (22 or 23 December).

Which Christmas Markets in Berlin are open after Christmas or in January?

These Christmas markets are open after Christmas and some in January. There are: Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Rotes Rathaus (30 December), Kurfurstendamm Christmas Market at Breitscheidplatz (31 December), Weihnachtszauber at Bebelplatz (31 December), Charlottenburg Christmas Market (31 December), Winterwelt Christmas Market at Potsdamerplatz (1 January), Berlin Christmas Garden at Botanical Gardens (14 January).

How expensive are Berlin Christmas Markets?

Visiting Christmas Markets in Berlin can be as expensive as dining out at a sit-down restaurant. We’d recommend budgeting between €20 – €40 per person. Make sure to bring this in cash. Most food stalls do not accept cash.

What should you buy at the German Christmas market?

The best things to buy at a German Christmas market are handmade arts and crafts. Not only are they great for home decor, but they make great souvenirs too.

What is the largest Christmas market in Berlin?

The prettiest Christmas markets in Berlin (for photo lovers) are: Berlin Christmas Garden at the Botanischer Garten, Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Rotes Rathaus, Bebelsplatz Christmas Market (previously Gendarmenmarkt), Charlottenburg Christmas Market.

Wrapping Things Up

There are over 80 Christmas markets in Berlin, each with its own unique vibe and highlights. These are the best 10 Christmas markets we’d recommend visiting in Berlin as expats that live here.

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What is your favourite Christmas market in Berlin?

For the ultimate experience, make sure to visit some of the less touristy Christmas markets, like the one in Spandau or Kulturbrauerei. That way you have a higher chance of mingling with locals and maybe even strike up a conversation.

Looking for other things to do in Berlin? Why not see the top historical attractions in the city by bike on our Berlin Wall by bike tour.

Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry! We reveal the best and cheapest way to rent a bike in our Berlin Bike Sharing Ultimate Guide.

Travelling elsewhere in Germany during Christmas? Then make sure you read our how to hire a car for €1 guide!

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