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A Guide To Berlin's Best Christmas Markets

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Updated: 9 February 2017
While it may be hard to believe, we are now on the brink of Christmas market season. Even though cities like Nuremberg and Munich get most of the attention when it comes to the Weihnachtsmarkt, Berlin actually hosts its own fair share of festive holiday bazaars. Beyond Alexanderplatz and Postdamer Platz, here is a local’s guide to the city’s best Christmas markets.
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Christmas Market at the Bröhan Museum

To truly experience Berlin like a local this Christmas season, check out the Bröhan Museum market, which is organized by the local neighborhood. It is devoid of any commercialization, and the focus is on building community living in this part of Charlottenburg. Just about all of the goods sold at the market — artisanal and edible — are produced locally. Expect to find all the usual treats including Glühwein, waffles, sausages, and then some, along with artwork, crafts, and handmade Christmas decorations to take home. For those who want to enjoy the coziness that comes along with visiting a Christmas market but would prefer to avoid the crowds, this is an optimal choice.

Schloßstraße 1a, Berlin, Germany

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Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace

Besides the crowds of people that are attracted to a given market, one thing that can determine the atmosphere is the surroundings. Due to its tumultuous history, there are few places around the city that represent the opulence of times past, but Charlottenburg Palace is one of them. Making the trip to this regal abode to gaze it at while it is dusted with snow is in itself worthwhile. Couple your sightseeing with a stroll through the adjoining Christmas market, where scents of roasting chestnuts and desserts intermingle with the air. Over 250 vendors are in attendance here, many of which sell nostalgic Christmas décor and handicrafts.

Spandauer Damm 20-24, Berlin, Germany

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Weihnachtsrodeo – Christmas Rodeo Design Market

There is certainly something magical about bundling up and embracing the chill with some Glühwein in hand and feelings of good cheer in the surrounds. This prospect is enough to pry many hibernating Berliners out of their flats, if only for a brief evening. Yet, if the joyousness of Christmas Market season still isn’t enough reason to face the cold, dark winter, let us suggest a visit to the Weihnachtsrodeo, an indoor market taking place inside of an old railway post office in Friedrichshain. Here, visitors will find a myriad of different pieces of home décor, apparel, Christmas decorations, and more. To fit with the sense of unconventionality characteristic to Berlin, electronic beats will take the place of traditional Christmas tunes.

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Berlin Sweets Market – Christmas Edition

When going to a Christmas market, do you find yourself rushing right to the lines for waffles, chocolates, and other sweet treats? If the desserts and other seasonal goodies are the top priority, Berlin Sweets Market – Christmas Edition is the optimal place to indulge. Over 40 of Berlin’s best bakeries, pastry chefs, and sweets manufacturers will be in attendance at this event in Kreuzberg’s Markthalle Neun. Find everything from cakes, cookies, and scones to marshmallows, chocolates, organic honey and more. Best of all, everything is made according to strict slow food quality criteria, meaning no preservatives, chemicals, or fillers allowed.

Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 61073473

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Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

Another one of the more elegant areas in Berlin is Gendarmenmarkt. A square comprising the city’s Konzerthaus and the matching German and French churches, this is a breathtakingly iconic escape from the prefab Soviet-style architecture that exists in the surrounding areas of Mitte. Each year, one of the most notable Christmas markets takes place here. Expect an unforgettable ambiance paired with all the details and fixings that make the Christmas markets so special. Come listen to music and watch craftspeople create their wares.

Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany

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Eco Christmas Market at Sophienstraße

With the number of vegans in the city on the rise, and the locals’ propensity for recycling, it’s no secret that this is an eco-friendly city. Not surprisingly, thanks to the Hauptstadt’s creative population, eco-friendliness and Christmas cheer form the perfect union at this Eco Christmas market on Sophienstraße in Mitte. Expect high-quality goods that are all organic and fair trade. Many are also locally sourced from surrounding areas. Everything from the food to the sophisticated designer products to the quaint knickknacks are selected with this ecological outlook, giving this market a progressive and reinvigorated feel.

Sophienstraße, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

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Lucia Christmas Market at Kulturbrauerei

Another favorite in Berlin is the Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. The serene and warm setting is complete with twinkling Christmas lights, authentic old-style market stalls, and huts where classic Christmas treats and crafts are sold. As the name Lucia suggests, something that sets this one apart from the rest is that it also has a distinctly Scandinavian theme. Santa Lucia is often regarded as the patron saint of the light in these regions. Bratwursts can be found made with elk, and the flags of the Nordic countries adorn the market grounds.

Schönhauser Allee 36, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 44352614

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Christmas Market at Kollwitzplatz

Also worth seeing in Prenzlauer Berg is the Christmas market at Kollwitzplatz. As with the weekend market held here, everything is sourced ethically, and many of the products sold are also organic. This market also has an international theme, where vendors are known to sell goods from around the world. Expect to find things ranging from textiles to Christmas ornaments to Christmas trees to take home. Farmers from the surrounding areas are largely responsible for the refreshments, which are seasonal and nourishing to the body and spirit.

Kollwitzstraße, Berlin, Germany