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What's On In Berlin In December

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Updated: 2 December 2016
As the seasons transition from fall to winter, there’s a lot to look forward to. Sure, most people cherish Berlin for its glorious summers, but December is the month of Christmas markets, glühwein, and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Handpicked with care, here are the top things to do in Germany’s capital this month.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th

CULTURE | Didier Eribon/Fearless Speech #7

📅 Thursday, December 1st

When the weather is cold, and the days are dark, get those neurons firing with this provocative talk by philosopher Didier Eribon at HAU1 in Kreuzberg. The lecture will focus specifically on the works of Michel Foucault. Through the lens of the late thinker’s famous History of Sexuality, Eribon will be grappling with the various social and political challenges of our day in the seventh edition of this series.

📍 Stresemannstraße 29, 10963 Berlin, Germany

ART | Nasan Tur Funktionieren

📅 Thursday, December 1st – Saturday, January 28th

Blain | Southern will be hosting this unique printmaking show throughout December and January. The artist will be doing everything live so that the viewer has the exclusive ability to see every step of the printmaking and exhibiting process. Artist Nasan Tur will be hand carving images and statements into wood blocks to use for the printing.

📍 Potsdamer Straße 77-87, 10785 Berlin, Germany

MUSIC | Alice Phoebe Lou – Planetarium – Berlin

📅 Friday, December 2nd

Another way to embrace the lengthening nights is to get out and use them as an excuse to party even longer, which is made particularly easy with Alice Phoebe Lou’s cosmic performance at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium in Prenzlauer Berg. Cool beats will be combined with galactic surrounds. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.

📍 Prenzlauer Allee 80, 10405 Berlin, Germany

DESIGN | Nachtflohmarkt Berlin (Winter Edition)

📅 Saturday, December 3rd

Berlin has many famous flea markets. Even if perusing the better known outdoor venues is rather unappealing by the time December comes around, it’s not the only place to find something to liven up your flat and just generally color up your life. The Nachtflomarkt, for instance, is indoors and will feature flowers galore.

📍 Spreewerkstätten, Am Krögel, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

FESTIVAL | Japanischer Weihnachtsmarkt Berlin 2016

📅 Saturday, December 3rd

Naturally, December is also the month of strolling through Germany’s famous Christmas markets. While doing so at least once is basically mandatory, it’s still good to switch things up a bit. At the Japanischer Weihnachtsmarkt, expect to find Japanese treats as well as festive performances in traditional styles of dance at Arena Berlin.

📍 Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin, Germany

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th

FASHION | Designer Sale Market Berlin 2016

📅 Saturday, December 10th

While shopping for flowers is a good way to spruce up an interior during the dreary winter, sometimes it’s the wardrobe that needs a pop of color or a bit of invigorating as a means of shaking those winter blues. At the Designer Sale Market, shoppers will find rare pieces by obscure designers and some big shots for reduced prices.

📍 Hans-Von Bülow-Straße 1, zoo, 10785 Berlin, Germany

ART | Performance & Visual Artists Festival 2016

📅 Saturday, December 10

Berlin’s creative side certainly doesn’t die down in December. Such could not be more evident than with the Performance & Visual Artists Festival. In a very Berlin twist, this event will be held inside the club Burg Schnabel and will feature music accompanied by astounding visual effects.

📍 Schleusenufer 3, 10997 Berlin, Germany

FOOD | Bierlieb’s Intensivbraukurs

📅 Saturday, December 10th

When you’re spending more time indoors, it’s a great time to pick up a new hobby. Let us suggest brewing beer at home! Bierlieb’s intensive brewing course is the perfect way to get started. Come and join other beer aficionados in a warm and pleasant environment for this six-hour tutorial in Friedrichshain.

📍 Petersburger Straße 30, Berlin, Germany

DESIGN | Oberschönes WeihnachtsKAOS ★

📅 Saturday, December 10th – Sunday, December 11th

Need to do some last-minute Christmas shopping? Head to this lovely design and crafts market in the KAOS Hall in Oberschöneweide. In addition to home goods, there will be tasty snacks, live music, and exhibitions. One thing is for sure: this two-day event is not to be missed.

📍 Wilhelminenhofstr. 92, 12459 Berlin, Germany

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th

MUSIC | Courteeners At Privatclub

📅 Wednesday, December 14

No evening spent in Kreuzberg’s sultry secret Privatclub is ever wasted, but things are even more worthwhile when the musical entertainment includes splendid indie acts like the Courteeners. Catch them on Wednesday evening for a break from the hustle and bustle of the workweek. Besides, electronic music is best reserved for the weekend.

📍 Skalitzer Straße 85-86, 10997 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 61675962

MUSIC | Louis Lewandowski Festival

📅 Thursday, December 15th – Sunday, December 18th

For those who love music and history in equal measure, be sure to check out the weekend-long Louis Lewandowski Festival going down this month starting on the 15th. The musical program is dedicated to Synagogue music written in baroque styles during the Jewish Renaissance.

📍 Mehringdamm 48, 10961 Berlin, Germany

FOOD | American Foodporn Day 2016 Berlin

📅 Saturday, December 17th

Whether you’re an American living in Berlin or just a person who loves those American brands of sweets and snacks that simply cannot be replicated by anyone else, American Foodporn Day is the place to indulge. From Oreos and M&Ms to Twinkies and Reeses Cups, all those guilty pleasure delights will be up for grabs at Flakes Corner in Mitte.

📍 Neue Promenade 8, 10178 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 83215577

THEATRE | Nina Hagen Sings Brecht

📅 Sunday, December 18th

Nina Hagen’s rendition of Berlin’s beloved Brecht is hugely popular and back for its 12th year. Accompanied by the Berliner Ensemble, Hagen will be belting out messages of peace and truth. Moving and exhilarating, get those tickets while there still are some!

📍 Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th

FESTIVAL | Handmade Design Weihnachtsmarkt 2016

📅 Friday, December 23rd

We’ve held out on this list long enough. Without further ado, it’s time to talk about those highly anticipated traditional Christmas markets, which are perhaps the only true remedy to winter depression. Along with glühwein, the Handmade Design Weihnachtsmarkt will feature Christmasy craft beers, live music, home décor, crafts, and more.

📍 Am Krögel 2, 10179 Berlin, Germany

MUSIC | Weihnachtssingen 2016

📅 Friday, December 23rd

Come and gather with thousands to sing Christmas carols at the Alte Försterei the night before Christmas Eve for the annual Weihnachtssingen 2016. People from a variety of cultures and nationalities, including refugees and other individuals from around the world, will be in attendance, united by the sense of peace and celebration in the air. After all, in the words of Buddy the Elf, ‘the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.’

📍 On the Wuhlheide 263, 12555 Berlin, Germany

DANCE | Heilige Magdalena – It’s Christmas.

📅 Saturday, December 24th – Sunday, December 25th

For another take on classic Christmas festivities, try Dance & Smile’s event at the Magdalena Club. Gather some friends and spread holiday cheer the Berlin way by clubbing to your heart’s content at the Heilige Magdalena – it’s Christmas event. The event goes all night and will feature some of the city’s freshest up-and-coming DJs.

📍 Alt-Stralau 1-2, 10245 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 293641240

MUSIC | X-Tekk Terror

📅 Sunday, December 25th

With the same premise as the event at Magdalena but with an entirely different vibe, X-Tekk Terror offers something for those people who secretly just don’t enjoy the Christmas vibe but would still like to enjoy themselves during the holiday. At Musikbrauerei Rathenow, get down to hardcore house and techno beats from Christmas evening on into the wee hours of the morning.

📍 Bammer Landstr. 1, 14712 Rathenow, Germany, +49 177 6078953

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st

FOOD | Kochuniversität

📅 Thursday, December 29th

During that awkward time between Christmas and New Year’s, it can be difficult to figure out just what to do with oneself while out of work on holiday. Of course, no one is complaining about this, especially when there’s a prospect of lobster. Make the trek to Potsdam and be rewarded with a hands-on lobster cooking class, which concludes with a four-course meal.

📍 Dortustraße 55, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany

PARTY | ☗ NYE 2016 ☗ Bunker – Under The Warehouse

📅 Saturday, December 31

In general, nowhere else parties quite like Berlin, but New Year’s Eve, in particular, brings with it some pretty phenomenal nightlife opportunities. Work off all that tasty Christmas comfort food by getting down in typical Berliner style at this bunker on Siemensstraße. The techno lineup certainly won’t disappoint.

📍 Siemensstraße 27, 10551 Berlin, Germany

FESTIVAL | New Year’s Eve Party

📅 Saturday, December 31

For something a bit more tame but no less festive, try the city’s New Year’s Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate. There will be live bands, fireworks, and light displays as thousands gather to ring in the New Year together. There will also be an international array of food, drinks, and other refreshments. Oh, and did we mention admission is free?

📍 Straße des 17. Juni 10557 Berlin, Germany

DANCE | Hippie New Year!

📅 Saturday, December 31

To close out 2016 a bit differently, try the Hippie New Year bash in Kreuzberg. Along with typical electronic music and some secret acts, expect to find psychedelic music where we can escape the winter and briefly pretend it’s still summer. Early bird tickets are already up for sale!

📍 Ritterstrasse 26, 10969 Berlin, Germany