25 Days of Christmas, Berlin May be the Capital of Christmas

Christmas Markets of Berlin, Germany…

Breitscheidplatz via VisitBerlin.de

Breitscheidplatz via VisitBerlin.de

We all know that Santa and his elves live at the North Pole, but the Christmas Market capital of the world may very be Berlin. The entire place turns into a Christmas Wonderland! This year, Berlin is boasting sixty markets to warm your heart and deliver cheer. Each market has its own unique theme.

Potsdamer Platz via VisitBerlin.de

Potsdamer Platz via VisitBerlin.de

No other markets in the world can hold a Christmas candle to the markets in Berlin. Picture the smell of mulled wine, the taste of Christmas cookies and the sounds of holiday cheer all set to the dream-like Christmas landscape of lights and festive decor that seems to never end in the historic and cultured corners of Berlin. This is beyond even my imagination…

Here are some of the most popular markets

Fairy Tale Christmas Market at the Jagdschloss Grunewald:

Jagdschloss Grunewald Scholvien via visitBerlin.de

Jagdschloss Grunewald Scholvien via visitBerlin.de

Just near the edge of the forest is a small market with local cheer. Here you will get surprise visits from fairytale characters such as Mother Holle, Hänsel and Gretel and Cinderella’s stepmother. A great way to start the holiday season with the whole family…and a Fairytale Traveler favorite.

WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market:

Gendarmenmarkt via VisitBerlin.de

Gendarmenmarkt via VisitBerlin.de

Acrobatics, theatrics, live music and choirs, and artisians will light up one of the most stunning squares in Berlin with Christmas magic. Not to mention the food. Wow!

Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market:

Potsdamer Platz Winter Wonderland via Visit Berlin.de

Potsdamer Platz Winter Wonderland via Visit Berlin.de

Lights, music, and food will awaken your senses and warm your heart with the Christmas spirit. Here you can enjoy Winter Wonderland, ice skating, the longest mobile toboggan run in Europe and the magic of Christmas.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church:

Breitscheidplatz at Kiaser Wilhelm via VisitBerlin.de

Breitscheidplatz at Kaiser Wilhelm via VisitBerlin.de

With 170 craft markets, the smell of hot cocoa and roasted almonds, you are sure to be feeling the Christmas spirit here. Toys, gifts, and Christmas decor are all available, they have something for everyone. A towering Christmas tree stands guard over glazed fruits and grilled sausages. A perfect Christmas market for all.

Spandau Christmas Market:

Spandau via VisitBerlin.de

Spandau via VisitBerlin.de

The largest of the markets boasting 250-400 stands. The kids will love the Christmas Crib with live animals and don’t forget the Christmas Garden.

Lucia Christmas Market:

Lucia via VisitBerlin.de

Lucia via VisitBerlin.de

This Nordic-Scandinavian market has 20 historic buildings and is named after the Nordic Goddess of light. This is one of the most romantic Christmas markets in the world.

Nostalgische Weihnachtsmarkt (Nostalgic Christmas Markets):

Opernpalais the Nostolgic Market via VisitBerlin.de

Opernpalais the Nostolgic Market via VisitBerlin.de

There’s something about a wooden horse carousel, horse drawn carriages and candle makers that bring the nostalgia of Christmas to life here. Enjoy 200 booths of craftsmen and women making the most unique and festive crafts.

Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market:

Charlottenburg via VisitBerlin.de

Charlottenburg via VisitBerlin.de

One of the most famous of all the markets with 35 days of lights and vendors from Germany and beyond. Here you will find culinary delights, ancient craft, festive cabins and glass pagodas.

If you are thinking Berlin for Christmas then have a look at their visitors bureau, click here….



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13 Comments on this post

  1. As I’ve been there some years ago I can agree that the Gendarmenmarkt is lovely.
    We were three people with an interest in Fantasy and it was quite the right setting to discuss projects and thoughts about it, while wandering through the beautifully lit and and decorated place. We also got to see a quite silly magician and some quite fascinating products from the merchants.
    But it also had a bit of a downside: The Gendarmenmarkt is in a quite secluded area and one of the most frequented Christmas markets in Berlin. That means there often are a lot of people filling the space between the booths and within and everywhere. So to fully enjoy this market you should not be afraid of big crowds and bring a lot of time and patience with you.
    On a side note: The space between the pillars you can see on the picture is a great place to overlook the market and take a breath away from the crowd.

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    • Very true. There really is no way to get that breath unless you step away. Maybe early in the day?

      • I’m not sure, probably, as most people will still be at work, but some Christmas markets don’t open that early.

        We’ve been there around 6am on a Saturday and it was pretty full.
        If I remember correctly it also was on the 6th Dezember which is the “Nikolaustag” (Nikolaus Day) a pre-cristmas celebration where children already get some sweets put into their boots in the morning and maybe that was also why a couple of more people/children were there as well.

        • Oh yes, Nikolaus Day 🙂 Tell me more about German Christmas traditions… I love talking about these things one on one. So much better than wikipedia or internet surfing. What is your favorite thing about a real German Christmas?

          • Puh…where should I start…is there anything in particular that you want to know?

            My favourite thing about “real German Christmas”, well for that I probably would need to know what does not fall into that category. 😀
            I suppose the biggest difference to other countries is that we celebrate Christmas on the 24th. The 25th and the 26th are the days that you get off from work (the 24th as well, but that depends on the company), but still, all the celebration in the close family is done on the 24th, the other days are used for visiting other relatives and/or close friends or to just spend some more time together. And I think that’s pretty much what I like most about it. That the family comes together for a rather small dinner (the fancy food being served as lunch throughout the three days) and then hands out the presents afterwards. Depending on your beliefs you’d also include a visit to the church in that schedule. And of course there are also silly television shows or music that could be played.

            Other than that I think Christmas markets are pretty great, with all the different food stands (sweets or proper food) and of course the Glühwein (hot spiced wine). At least those that are not completely turned into fairs.

          • Wow, that is interesting, my family always did the 24th also… meeting around 5 for dinner at my sister’s then waiting until midnight to open presents…

            Now that I have my own little family, we celebrate with the immediate family on the 24th with dessert and gifts and have Christmas morning in our home with just my spouse and son. We make a nice dinner and visit who we can.

            Here in the US it is much more commercial than anywhere else… you really have to focus on the meaning of Christmas and not get too caught up in all the shopping… Tradition I think is MOST important.

            Tell me about the pickle in the tree…

          • Commercialization is here as well, I mean they start selling Lebkuchen and all kind of Christmas chocolate and decorations in the end of August. But with your mall-Santa’s and stuff you probably have it “worse”.

            I heard about the pickle in a show referencing weird Christmas tradition, but I never met anyone who actually did that. We decorate our Christmas trees quite normally. At least as far as I know. 😀

            But – even though it’s a religious tradition – we also use branches of what would not become a Christmas tree to cover graves for the winter (after the Sunday – the Totensonntag/Dead’s Sunday – before the first Sunday in advent). I at least haven’t heard of other countries doing that as well.

          • Wow, I never heard of this! I would love to share that with my readers, but I think it would be much more well received coming from someone from Germany… would you like to write a guest post about Nicholas Day, Dead’s Sunday, and your December 24th tradition?

          • Oh I’d be honored to write something and obviously I am honored that you even consider it, but I am not sure if I’d manage to do it, as my time is currently quite occupied with writing my Bachelor’s thesis…
            I can nevertheless try, but it most likely wont be finished before the 15th, possibly even later than that.
            Just let me know when (and especially how) you’d like to have it and I see if I can fit it into my schedule. 🙂

          • Oh school papers… I loved those 🙂

            You can make it for the 23rd. It does not need to be more than 500 words… Something short and sweet will do 😉

            Did you see that I am moving away from wordpress? On Monday…


          • For the 23rd sounds possible, the 500 words not so much, I am really bad at keeping things short, but I will do my best. 🙂

            Yes, I saw it and used the chance to like your Facebook-page. Good luck on your new platform! 🙂

          • Thank you, it’s a great transition for sure.

  2. With regards to gift giving, steer clear of just issuing money.
    Presenting money in essence gives out the impression, “I can’t be worried to think that much about you, there you are, that’s more or less just what you really are worth to me.”

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