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Christmas market stalls in front of Charlottenburg Castle, lit up at night.

Berlin’s 2024 Festive Season: Christmas Markets, Street Lights & More

Berlin Christmas Markets Dates 2024

Schloss Charlottenburg Christmas Market.
Charlottenburg Palace provides a spectacular backdrop to one of Berlin's most popular Christmas markets.
Someone holds a mug of glühwein up against a Christmas pyramid and the Berlin TV Tower at the Alexanderplatz Christmas Market.
A mug of glühwein, a Christmas Pyramid and a Christmas Market in Berlin: Alexanderplatz.

My Favourite Christmas Markets in Berlin

Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace

Christmas market stalls in front of Charlottenburg Castle, lit up at night.
The residence of Queen Sophie Charlotte, Charlottenburg Palace, is for me one of the most majestic backdrops for a Christmas market.

Visiting the Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace

One of Berlin’s most romantic and popular Christmas markets.

Dates & Hours

Dates: 27 November – 31 December 2023

Opening hours:
Daily: 12h00 – 22h00

Admission

Free

Transport

S-Bahn to Westend: S41, S42, S46
U-Bahn to Sophie-Charlotte-Platz: U2
U-Bahn to Richard-Wagner-Platz: U7
Buses: 109, M45 Luisenplatz/Schloss Charlottenburg, 309 Klausenerplatz

WeihnachtsZauber at Gendarmenmarkt / Bebelplatz (2023)

The Gendarmenmarkt square at night during the Christmas market season.
A panoramic view of Gendarmenmarkt square, from the Duetscher Dom on the left to the Französischer Dom on the right, with the Concert Hall in the centre.

Visiting WeihnachtsZauber at Bebelplatz

An international stage in front of the State Opera House.

Dates & Hours

Dates: 27 November – 31 December 2023

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 12h00 – 22h00
Friday & Saturday: 12h00 – 23h00
Christmas Eve: 12h00 – 18h00
New Year’s Eve: 12h00 – 1h00 (1 January)

Admission

€2, free for children under 12. From Monday to Friday, between 12h00 and 14h00 there is free entry for all.

Transport

Bebelplatz is quite central, and within walking distance of many stations in central Berlin.

S-Bahn to Friedrichstraße: S1, S2, S3, S5, S7, S9, S25, S26, S75
S-Bahn to Potsdamerplatz: S1, S2, S25, S26 Potsdamer Platz
U-Bahn to Museumsinsel: U5, Hausvogteiplatz or Stadtmitte: U2, Französische Str.: U6
Buses to Staatsoper: 100, 300

Spandau Christmas Market

Spandau Christmas Market
St Nicholas Church and the narrow streets of Spandau's Old Town make for a traditional atmosphere to the Christmas market here.
The Feuerzangenbowle hut at the Spandau Christmas Market.
At the centre of the market square is where the socialising takes place - here at the Feuerzangenbowle hut.

Visiting the Spandau Christmas Market

Berlin’s largest single Christmas market. 

Dates & Hours

Dates: 27 November – 23 December 2023

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday, Sunday: 11h00 – 20h00
Friday & Saturday 11h00 – 22h00

Admission

Free

Transport

Spandau’s Altstadt is not that far out of the centre of Berlin. And can be reached by both U Bahn and S Bahn. I lived in Spandau for two years, the best service is the S Bahn – S3 or S9. From Alexander Platz the journey is under 40 minutes. These trains arrive at the Spandau train station.  Depending on where you are staying in Berlin, the U Bahn line U7 might be better, and it arrives in Altstadt Spandau.  

Historical Christmas Market at RAW Cultural Centre

A wooden carousel and ferris wheel at the Historical Christmas Market in Berlin.
The traditional rides at Christmas markets, the Ferris wheel and the carousel, are made of wood with a medieval feel to them.
Medieval-style tents replace the traditional wooden cabins at the Historical Market in Berlin.
Medieval style tents replace the typical wood cabins at the Historical market.

Visiting the Historical Christmas Market, RAW

Step back in time for a celebration of all things medieval and festive. 

Dates & Hours

Dates: 16 November – 22 December 2023

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 15h00 – 22h00
Saturday & Sunday: 12h00 – 22h00

Admission

Monday – Wednesday: free
Thursday – Sunday €2
Reduced 1€: children from 6-16 years & those in historical costumes.
There is no admission fee for children under 6 years of age.

Transport

S-Bahn to Warshauer Strasse: S3, S5, S7, S75, S9
U-Bahn to Warschauer Strasse: U1, U3
Tram to Warschauer Strasse: M10, M13
Bus to Helsingforser Platz: 347
Bus to Warschauer Strase: 248

Berliner Weihnachtszeit at the Rotes Rathaus

Rotes Rathaus Marianne Kirche
Mareinkirche and Berlin's TV Tower make for a splendid backdrop for the Berliner Weihnachtszeit at the Rotes Rathaus in central Berlin.
A historic carousel and the steeple of the Marienkirche in Berlin with a bright blue sky.
A historic carousel beneath a brilliant blue sky. As beautiful as the blue sky is, don't let it fool you - it is very cold.

Visiting the Christmas Market at the Rotes Rathaus

The Christmas market between the City Hall (Rotes Rathaus) and St Marienkirche is a great one for nostalgia junkies. 

Dates & Hours

Dates: 27 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 12h00 – 22h00
Saturday & Sunday: 11h00 – 22h00
24, 25, 26, 31 December: 11h00 – 22h00

Admission

Free

Transport

S-Bahn to Alexanderplatz: S3, S5, S7, S9, S75 U-Bahn to Alexanderplatz: U2, U5, U8 Tram to Spandauer Strasse/Marienkirche: M4, M5, M6, M10 Bus to Spandauer Strasse/Marienkirche: 100, 200, M4, M48 Bus to Berliner Rathaus: 248, M48

More Popular Berlin Christmas Markets

Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei

The courtyard of of the Kulturbrauerei at night lit up with Christmas lights with wooden cabins selling arts and crafts.
The courtyard of the Kulturbrauerei makes for a cosy setting for this Scandinavian themed Christmas market.

Visiting the Lucia Christmas Market, Kulturbrauerei

A Christmas market, popular with Berliners, the Scandinavian way – the perfect place to eat Kanelbullar and drink Glögg.

Dates & Hours

Dates: 27 November – 22 December 2023

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 15h00 – 22h00
Saturday & Sunday: 13h00 – 22h00

Admission

Free

Transport

S-Bahn to Schönhauser Allee: S8, S41, S42, S85
U-Bahn to Eberswalder Strasse or Senefelderplatz: U2
Tram to Eberswalder Strasse: 12, M1, M10

Christmas Market at Friedrichstrasse Station

A booth selling sausages at a Christmas market in Berlin.
Typical cabins offer traditional Christmas market treats.
Friederichstrasse Station Christmas market, Berlin.
Dorothea-Schlegel-Platz is overlooked by Friedrichstrasse Station.

Visiting the Christmas Market at Friedrichstrasse Station

This market started in 2018, and is one of the smaller, more intimate Christmas markets in the city.

Dates & Hours

Dates: 27 November – 31 December 2023

Opening hours:
Daily: 12h00 – 22h00

Admission

Free

Transport

S-Bahn to Friedrichstrasse: S1, S2, S3, S5, S7, S9, S25, s26, S75
U-Bahn to Friedrichstrasse: U6
Tram to Friedrichstrasse Station: M1, M12
Bus to Friedrichstrasse Station: 147, RB14, RE1, TXL

Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz

A Christmas pyramid and a carousel in the iconic Alexanderplatz in Berlin.
The Christmas pyramid on Alexanderplatz is the larges pyramid from the Ore Mountains in Europe.

Visiting the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz

A Christmas market with lots of atmosphere in one of Berlin’s most famous squares. And the largest Ore Mountains Christmas pyramid in Europe.

Dates & Hours

Dates: 27 November – 26 December 2023

Opening hours:
Daily: 11h00 – 22h00

Admission

Free

Transport

S-Bahn to Alexanderplatz: S3, S5, S7, S9
U-Bahn to Alexanderplatz: U5, U8
Tram to Alexanderplatz/Memhardstrasse: M2, M4, M5, M6
Bus to Alexanderplatz/Memhardstrasse: 100

Christmas Market at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

A hand holding up a glass mug of glühwein at a Christmas market.
Hot, mulled wine in a souvenir glass mug from the Memorial Church Christmas market.
Wreaths and candles placed on steps in front of a church in memory of victims of the terrorist attack at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas market in 2016.
Remembering the victims of the 2016 terror attack that killed 12 people and left 56 wounded.

Visiting the Christmas Market at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

One of the few Christmas markets that opens for Christmas. 

Dates & Hours

Dates: 27 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 11h00 – 22h00
Friday and Saturday 11h00 – 22h00
24 December: 11h00 – 14h00, 25 December 13h00 – 21h00, 31 December 11h00 – 20h00, 1 January 2024 13h00 – 21h00

Admission

Free

Transport

S-Bahn to Zoologischer Garten: S3, S5, S7, S9 U-Bahn to Zoologischer Garten: U2, U9 U-Bahn to Kurfürstendamm: U1 Tram to Spandauer Strasse/Marienkirche: M4, M5, M6, M10 Bus to Zoologischer Garten: M45, M46, M49, X9, X10, X34, 100, 109, 110, 200, 204, 245, 249

Map of the Best Christmas Markets, Lights & Sights in Berlin


Christmas Markets & Sites in Berlin

Where Are the Best Christmas Lights in Berlin?

Kurfurstendamm street in Western Berlin with Christmas tree, illumination and decoration and tall Berlin letters at night.
One of the most iconic Christmas light installations, a short walk from the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas market along Tauentzienstrasse.

Christmas Garden Berlin

A view of the Italian Garden at the Berlin Botanical Garden decorated with Christmas lights.
The Italian Garden in the Berlin Botanical Garden light up for this popular Christmas spectacle.
The tropical greenhouse bathed in purple light from within.
The historic greenhouses, that house the tropical collections of plants viewed from the Italian Gardedn.

Kurfürstendamm, or Ku'damm

A train made up of lights in the Christmas lights display along Kurfürstendamm.
Light installations placed along Kurfürstendamm.
A ship made up of lights in the Christmas lights display along Kurfürstendamm.
Besides the installations, the trees are also adorned with lights.

Brandenburg Gate

A Christmas tree standing in Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate, t night in the snow.
Berlin's most famous landmark, the Branddenburg Gate. This photograph is a view of the gate from Pariser Platz.

Unter den Linden Boulevard

People walking down a snowy Unter den Linden boulevard in Berlin at Christmas, with the trees lit up.
The Linden trees along the central promenade of Unter den Linden Boulevard.

Berlin Christmas Bike Tour

Bikers dressed in Santa outfits drive through the streets of Berlin, for charity.
Bikers dressed as Santa Claus driving through the streets of Berlin.

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