A list of the best Christmas markets in Berlin with dates, opening-hours, entrance-prices, insider-tips and a map with the locations of the markets.
In Germany, Christmas is celebrated with a lot of passion. The Germans love Christmas. This can be experienced in decorated streets, illuminated shopping malls and of course the famous Christmas markets. It’s estimated that more than 3000 Christmas Markets are organised every year in Germany. Lucky for us, the capital is not an exception to this rule. There are more than hundred different Christmas markets in Berlin and they are located all over the city.
Which Christmas markets to visit in Berlin
Because there are so many Christmas markets in and around Berlin, it’s helpful to do research before you decide which market you want to visit. Things like opening-hours, offered activities and prices are crucial information when choosing the right market for you. This article should help you compare some of the best Christmas Markets in Berlin in 2022. We focused mainly on the Christmas markets which are located near the center of Berlin.
- 1. Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt
- 2. Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus
- 3. Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz
- 4. Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche
- 5. Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg
Frequently Asked Questions
Before we jump into the best markets in Berlin, we have listed some questions which you might be wondering about. If you have any other questions, just leave a comment under the article.
Most Christmas markets in Berlin in 2022 start on the 21st of November. There are some exceptions, like the market on Potsdamer Platz, which offers some of its activities already from the 28th of October.
If you planning to visit several Christmas markets in Berlin, it makes sense to choose a central location for your accommodation. Examples of good locations are Alexanderplatz, Warschauer Straße or Zoologischer Garten.
It can get quite crowded at the Christmas markets in Berlin. During the week most people visit after they are done with work so it makes sense to visit the markets before 5PM. This enables you to grab a nice spot in one of the Glühwein stands. During the weekend the markets get more crowded after 2PM so if you want to avoid a crowded market it makes most sense to visit in the morning.
Every year around 100 Christmas markets are organised in the city of Berlin. If you count the suburbs as well, there are even more.
1. Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt
Popular attractions like Brandenburger Tor and Reichstag attract millions of tourists throughout the year. During the last months of the year the attention has to be shared with Christmas markets like the Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt. Every year more than 600.000 people visit this Christmas market in Berlin-Mitte. The market is located in front of the Konzerthaus on the Gendarmenmarkt. This area can be reached by foot from several stations like Stadtmitte and Französische Straße.
Handmade Products + Delicacies
The Weihnachtszauber am Gendarmenmarkt is especially popular for its unique handmade-products. Manufacturers from all over the world show their talent on this market in the middle of Berlin. Glass, wood and all sorts of art are just a few examples of what you can expect. This market in Berlin is also a great place to buy delicacies: A cup of white chocolate-milk, fried apples or cheese fondue directly from a wheel of cheese are just a few examples here.
The best Christmas market in Berlin
For us the Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt is the best Christmas market in Berlin. The market is located between three very impressive buildings: The Deutsche Dom, the Konzerthaus and the Französische Friedrichstadtkirche. This gives the market a special vibe and enables visitors to combine sightseeing and visiting a Christmas market. The gigantic Christmas tree and daily live performances complete the perfect Christmas feeling.
Open during Christmas and entrance of 1€
Although some other Christmas markets in Berlin are for free, the Weihnachtszauber costs 1 Euro entrance. But this is a small investment if you want to enjoy a nice Christmas Markets in Berlin. If you really do not want to pay entrance you can visit this market before 2 PM during weekdays. Good to know: The Weihnachtszauber is open on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December (no free entrance possible here).
This Christmas Markets in Berlin also offers a special New Years Eve party on the 31st of December. Wanna read more about that: Check our article about New Years Eve parties in Berlin.
The beautiful location is the main reason to visit this Christmas market. It’s located between the Deutsche Dom, the Konzerthaus and the Französische Friedrichstadtkirche. .
Name: Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt
Address: Leipziger Strasse 65
Entrance: 1 Euro (Working days till 14.00 for free)
Public Transport: Stadtmitte, Hausvogteiplatz or Friedrichstrasse
Opening Dates: 21 November until 31 December 2022
Opening Times: Every day from 11.00 till 22.00 (24 December till 6pm)
2. Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus
Alexanderplatz is often referred to as the central meeting point in Berlin. Every day more than 300.000 people visit the square and another 500.000 use its train and subway-station. But in December there is an additional reason to visit: There are two Christmas markets directly next to the station.
Two markets on both sides of the TV-Tower
The first market is a rather small market on the square between shopping mall Alexa and Galeria Kaufhaus. The better market is located on the other side of the Fernsehturm in front of the Roten Rathaus. The market is called Berliner Weihnachtszeit. You’ll recognise this Berliner market because of its gigantic 50 meter large ferris wheel.
One of the oldest Christmas markets in Berlin
The Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Berlin. The different stalls at this market are decorated in the style of the early 1900s, which gives the market a very unique and special look. What’s also great about the Berliner Weihnachtszeit is the large iceskating-ring. With a total surface of 600 square meter, everybody can have a great time. The skating itself is free but renting skates used to cost 4€ per pair of skates.
Popular market for children
The Berliner Weihnachtszeit is a very popular Christmas markets for children. Besides the Ferris wheel and the ice-skating there is small farm with some friendly animals. Children can also ride the ponies and pet the other animals. While the children are busy, the parents can enjoy a nice glühwein in one of the surrounding stalls. Another thing children will love is the Santa Claus which visits this market three times a day. The children can go on a photo with him and 16.30, 18.30 and 20.30.
The central location, the large ferris wheel and the 600 m2 iceskating-ring are reasons to consider visiting the Berliner Weihnachtszeit.
Name: Berliner Weihnachtszeit
Address: Corner Spandauer Straße/Jüdenstraße
Public transport: U or S-Bahn to station Alexanderplatz
Dates: 21 November until 30 December 2022
(closed on 24 but open on 25 & 26 December)
Opening-times: 12.00 – 22.00 (during weekends 11.00 – 22.00)
3. Winter Welt am Potsdamer Platz
Another great location, which cannot be ignored in a list of Christmas markets in Berlin, is Potsdamer Platz. Every year an incredible amount of 2,5 million people visit the Winterwelt Christmas market. The location is great because it is easy to combine with visiting interesting sights like the the Reichstag, the memorial of the murdered Jews and Checkpoint Charlie. Besides that there are also plenty of nice restaurants and a casino at Potsdamer Platz.
Activities: Eistockschießen, Ice-Skating and a toboggan
If you like to mix a Christmas markets with some fun activities, the market at Potsdamer Platz is probably a great place for you. Here are a few examples of the activities this market has to offer:
- Toboggan: There is a 12 meters high artificial high and you can glide down in a tube
- Iceskating: There is a ice-skating ring at this Christmas Market
- Eisstockschießen: Check the image below. It’s a mix between bowling and curling
For Eisstockschießen it’s best to make a reservation. It costs about 30€ per hour but you can do it with a group of friends and share the costs.
Part of the market opens at the 29th of October
The Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz is already offering part of its activities from the beginning of November. The real Christmas market will start on the 25th of November but the activities can already be done from the 29th of October. So if you love Christmas and can’t wait, this might be the right Christmas market in Berlin for you. Enjoy the stalls, the different activities and there is also live-music during the weekends.
The combination of plenty of stands with food and drinks (Glühwein) and some fun activities make this Christmas market in Berlin worth a visit for sure.
Name: Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz
Address: Potsdamer Platz
Public Transport: U-bahn (U2) en S-Bahn (S1, S2) to station Potsdamer Platz
Dates: The full market from 26 November until 26 December
Opening-times: 10.00 – 22.00 (24 December only till 16.00)
Website : www.potsdamerplatz.de
4. Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche
Also in the west of Berlin you can find some good Christmas markets. Besides the market at the Palace Charlottenburg the Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche is also a great market to visit. Just take the train to Zoologischer Garten and you can walk to this Christmas market in a few minutes. This area of Berlin offers attractions like the Gedächtniskirche and the famous Kurfürstendamm is nearby so you can also combine this market with an afternoon of shopping in Berlin.
Christmas decorations, toys, presents and handmade art
The Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche will be organised for the 36th time this year. Last year around 170 stalls could be found between station Zoologischer Garten and the Gedächtniskirche and most of them are quite unique and offer versatile products. Things like Christmas decorations, toys, presents and handmade art can all be bought here. The decoration of this market is also impressive: A 20-Meters high Christmas tree, 400 meters of lights and old-fashioned stalls create the right atmosphere.
A great area of Berlin with 170 nice stands with all kinds of things to offer. Besides that this market is open until the 5th of January, so you can even visit it after New Years Eve.
Name: Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche
Address: Zooligischer Garten/ Kantstraße
Public Transport: U or S-Bahn to station Zoologischer Garten
Dates: 21 November 2022 till 9 January 2023 (also open during Christmas)
Opening-times: 11.00 – 21.00 (Friday and Saturday: 11.00 – 22.00)
5. Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg
Another beautiful Christmas market in Berlin can be found in Charlottenburg. Compared to the other markets in this list it’s related a bit further from the center but this market is definitely worth the ride (approx. 30 minutes from Alexanderplatz). The beauty of this market mainly comes from it’s location directly in front of the Schloss Charlottenburg. This Palace was built in the end of the 17th century and gives this Christmas market in Berlin a very unique and special vibe
This Christmas Market in the west of Berlin was first organised in 2007. Since that year the organisation has tried to improve the concept step by step. A main focus has always been the extraordinary lightning system and illuminations which contribute to the lovely atmosphere of this market. If you like the yearly Festival of Lights, you will also love this Christmas market in Berlin.
More than just food and drinks
Besides all mentioned above, the Christmas market at Schloss Charlottenburg also offers plenty of other sorts of entertainment. The grand-opening, the Christmas bikers on the 10th of December and tours in the palace are just a few examples of what this market has to offer except for many stands with food, drinks and products for Christmas-shopping.
Using public transport to reach the Christmas markets will safe you time and enable you to enjoy a few Glühwein without worrying about driving back.
Name: Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg
Address: Spandauer Damm 20-24
Public Transport: Sophie-Charlotte-Platz or Richard-Wagner Platz
Dates: 21 November till 26 December 2022 (Open on 25 and 26 December)
Opening-times: 14.00 – 22.00 (during weekends 12.00 – 22.00)
Map of Berliner Christmas Markets
Altogether we can conclude that everybody should be able to find a suitable Christmas market in Berlin. It all depends if you want to do some shopping, enjoy some traditional food and drinks or are looking for some activities. All markets have their benefits and the great thing is that almost all of them are for free and not far from each other. The location of the markets is very important and therefore below you can find the Christmas markets in Berlin on a map.