Best Christmas Markets in Berlin in 2021
Once again, 'tis the season for admiring twinkly coloured lights and drinking excessive amounts of glühwein in one of Germany’s many famed Christmas markets. If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary holiday market experience, however, Berlin is the place to be. With over 70 different Christmas markets to choose from, the merriment has nearly endless possibilities. In 2021, the most beautiful Christmas markets in Berlin will take place under current Corona conditions. Please note that some Christmas markets in Berlin will only take place under 2G regulations. Here we’ve gathered the best and most unusual Christmas markets that the capital has to offer:
1 Gendarmenmarkt Historical Christmas market
Nestled between the impressive German and French domes, Gendarmenmarkt is famous for hosting one of Berlin’s most beautiful and elegant traditional Christmas markets, and it lives up to its reputation. Artisans from all over the world set up shop with their original craftwork, choirs and street performers entertain the crowds in front of elaborate sets, and amusement rides thrill children and adults alike. Traditional snacks as well as gourmet foods are freshly prepared to satisfy any craving. Entry costs €1, with part of the proceeds going to charity. | WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt, Am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin-Mitte, 22 November to 31 December 2021 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Christmas Eve until 6 p.m., New Year's Eve until 1 a.m.
2 Christmas Market on Sophienstrasse
In one of Berlin's oldest streets, the traditional Christmas market has been enchanting visitors for many years in the typical Altbau charm of Sophienstraße. Visitors will find handmade Christmas gifts in the decorated stalls. From creative items to organic products and fair trade articles, there is something for everyone. The Christmas market also offers culinary specialities such as Chai Banana Bread, pheasant salami or Chai teas. Admission to the Christmas market is free of charge. | Sophienstrasse Christmas Market, Sophienstrasse, Berlin-Mitte, open on Advent weekends 2021, Saturday from 12 to 8 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3 Adventsökomarkt (Advent Eco Market) at Kollwitzplatz
Going green this Christmas doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the festive fun. The eco-friendly Christmas market at Kollwitzplatz hosts high-quality sustainable and fair-trade vendors offering ecological gifts, organic glühwein, and local goods. Traditional holiday snacks are made with fresh ingredients provided by local farms. Admission is free of charge. | Advent Eco Market, Kollwitzstraße, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, open on all Sundays in Advent 2021 from 12 to 7 p.m.
4 Lucia Christmas Market at Kulturbrauerei
Named after the Nordic goddess of light, this Scandinavian Christmas market is held at a former 19th century brewery and offers traditional Scandinavian crafts, food, drinks and entertainment. Warm yourself in the mobile sauna or get toasty with the open-air jacket heater over a wood-fire stove. Drink a glass of Swedish Glögg and nibble on a Kanelbullar, a sweet cinnamon pastry. Other Scandinavian delicacies available include moose goulash and reindeer salami—just don’t tell the kids what happened to Rudolph! Admission is free of charge. | Lucia Christmas Market at the KulturBrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, 22 November to 22 December 2021, Monday to Friday from 3 to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 12 to 10 p.m.
5 Heissa Holzmarkt in Berlin
With mulled wine, delicacies and live DJs, the alternative Holzmarkt space invites you to a winter market. Visitors to the Heissa Holzmarkt can not only drink mulled wine and discover many culinary delights, but also admire artists, dance to the music of selected DJs and buy one or two Christmas presents. A very special feature is a varied children's programme, so that even the younger guests can enjoy the Christmas experience.| Heissa Holzmarkt, Holzmarktstraße 25, Berlin-Friedrichshain, open on all Advent weekends 2021, Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
6 KiezArt: Above the rooftops of Kreuzberg
For the first time, a small Christmas market is taking place in the historic warehouse loft of the former Schultheiss brewery. In the StudioGarten, on the leafy roof terrace and in the cosy winter garden, there is plenty of art and culture from various Berlin artists to discover alongside the usual market stalls. Varied live music and an unbeatable view over the rooftops of Kreuzberg invite you to linger. Free admission on top. | KiezArt - Christmas Market, Am Tempelhofer Berg 6, Berlin-Kreuzberg, 04 to 05 December from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
7 Christmas Rodeo in the Kühlhaus
Far from traditional paths, you can experience Christmas from a completely different perspective at the design market in the Kühlhaus. 150 creative people present unusual design products, works of art, fashion and home decorations. Electronic music and street food round off the unique overall concept - a nice alternative to the usual Berlin Christmas markets. | Weihnachtsrodeo Designweihnachtsmarkt, Luckenwalder Straße 3, Berlin-Kreuzberg, 11-12 December and 18-19 December from 12 to 8 p.m.
8 Christmas Market on the Spree
This year there will also be a Christmas market at the Oberbaumbrücke. With an all-inclusive programme, the Spreespeicher invites you to spend some cosy hours with a view of the Spree. The great thing about it is that you can leave your wallet in your pocket. Because once you've bought a ticket, all food and drinks are included in the price. | Spreespeicher, Stralauer Allee 2, Berlin-Friedrichshain, 24 November to 29 December 2021
9 Winter Magic in Berlin
As one of the oldest Christmas markets in Berlin, the Winterzauber has been attracting visitors from young to old for years. It also features colourful stalls with roasted almonds, delicious mulled wine and various treats. The visit of the Christmas market "Winterzauber" is free of charge. | Christmas Market "Winterzauber", Landsberger Allee 364, district of Lichtenberg, 05 November to 19 December 2021, Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
10 Christmas Market at Kranoldplatz
On Kranoldplatz in Neukölln, all kinds of stalls are wrapped in festive lights and offer various gift ideas, Christmas delicacies and fresh produce from the region. If you want to enjoy the culinary offerings of Feuerzangenbowle, elderberry mulled wine, fresh Quarkkeulchen, pumpkin soup or a variety of vegan dishes, this is the place to be. You're sure to find a handmade gift or two here, too. | Kranoldplatz Christmas Market, Kranoldplatz 38, Berlin-Neukölln, 11 December 2021 from 3-7 p.m.
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Magical or hip? In a castle setting or in lofty heights? Let yourself be captivated by Berlin's original Christmas markets and enjoy the most beautiful Christmas markets in Berlin 2021.