Inspired by our very own Kew Gardens, Berlin’s botanical garden lights the festive way from November to January. Light sculptures, enchanted woods and illuminations turn the already impressive gardens into a fairytale venue. Cosy fireplaces and an ice rink are the icing on the Christmas cake.
Winter World on Potsdamer Platz
One of the most popular markets with Berlin’s residents, the market transforms Potsdamer Platz into a shimmering wonderland of light and jolly antics. Enjoy the illuminations, shop for gifts or whizz down Europe’s largest toboggan. Evening brings live DJs and an après-ski event to really kick off the annual celebrations.
Spandau Christmas market
The biggest of Berlin’s Christmas markets, Spandau brings the yuletide season to the old town’s streets in style. With a whopping 400 stalls open on the weekends, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas gifts. The market runs from 27th November to 23rd December.
Nikolaiviertel in Mitte
If the glitz and glamour of the larger markets are a little overwhelming, head to Mitte. The Nikolaiviertel is a quiet and quaint affair - away from the tourist hotspots. You’ll find all your traditional favourites - Choir song on Sundays, crepes and mulled drinks, plus an open air cinema.
Holy Sh*t Shopping
Excuse the asterisk, but this really is the name of this ‘hip’ alternative to the traditional markets. For one weekend only (16th & 17th December) 340 artists and designers sell their wares at the Arena Berlin. The place to find those elusive unique gifts for that special someone. DJs bring the backing track - but don’t expect any festive favourites.
Admittedly, there are only so many mince pies, sweet waffles and mulled wines you can enjoy. So if you’re keen to take a break from the bright lights of the festivities, check out these Berlin sights in between those all-important Christmas markets.
See The Berlin Wall
One of Berlin’s most famous landmarks, you can walk the border where the wall stood, see restored sections, visit Check Point Charlie and learn the story of the wall.
Snap A Selfie - With A Difference
Across the city you’ll spot Berlin’s iconic photoautomaten booths. Pop in and grab a retro black and white snapshot to remember your time in Berlin. Santa hat optional.
Get the festive feeling away from the bustling crowds. An early morning walk among the glistening, frost covered branches of the majestic forest? Yuletide bliss.
Love Christmas markets? Get yourself on an easyJet sleigh to Berlin immediately! With not just one, but around 80 different Christmas markets, Berlin is really spoiling us with its festive fun. Dotted around the city, these Christmas pop-up events turn Berlin into a winter wonderland. Definitely not a destination for Grinches, a festive trip to Berlin is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the glittering magic of the season.