One of the wonderful things about Christmas in Berlin is the Christmas Markets. It’s a bit tough this year with Corona rules, causing long lines on the weekends, but if you have the will and stamina, here are a few to check out:
The Weihnachtsmarkt at the Späth Baumschulen (A tree nursery in Treptow in the south of Berlin, the oldest in Germany!) will have its last weekend December 11th and 12th, from 11-20:00. What’s nice about it is they put the trees up like a real pine forest. Besides the gift stands, there is a campfire, music, Glühwein (of course), Kinderpunsch and hot chocolate, open-air shadow theater, a performance of Grimm’s fairy tales for kids, and live bands. Performances start after noon: you can find their full program on their website. There is an entry fee of 5€/3€ and free for kids up to 16 years. 2G Rules, and children can just show school ID.
Holzmarkt25 is one of our favorite artsy alternative Christmas Markets for a real test of Berlin culture. There are DIY crafts, a small carousel, music and fairy tale performances, gift and food stands, and fire displays. You can see pics and a quick review from this year in English and Polish by Mum in Berlin on her Instagram. Open on the weekends from Friday to Sunday, starting at 14:00, 2G Rules.
Even though it’s one of the busiest spots in the city, we love the Weihnachtsmarkt at the Rotes Rathaus because it has the giant 50m high ferris wheel, swing ride, carousel and little train which are a big hit with my kid. There are lots of stands for food and shopping, and delicious candy apples. There is a small area for ice skating around the Neptune fountain and apparently they also have a puppet theater and fairy tale shows if you can catch them at the right time. It goes until January 2nd and is M-F 12-22:00, Saturdays and Sundays 11-22:00, Closed on Dec 25-26, New Year’s Eve, and Christmas Eve. Closing at 21:00 on January 2nd. 2G Rules.
Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in the Kulturbrauerei is very pretty with a Scandinavian flavor and artistic handcrafts. There is a small carousel, a Sternleiter, and a Ritterburg for the kids, as well as a place they can drop their letters for the Weihnachtsmann. It goes until December 22nd, has a free entry and is M-F 15-22:00, and weekends from 10-22:00. They have a program of choir singing on Thursdays from 19-20:00 as well as Monday the 13th from 18-19:00 and a family program on the weekends from 16-16:45. Children will perform a dance of the Nutcracker on the 12th and 19th at 15:00. All performances are free.
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