Even though Christmas is over now, there are still a couple days left to enjoy Christmas markets in Berlin before they close for the year. In fact, the markets at Neue Heimat in Freidrichshain and Gendarmenmarkt in Mitte will both be throwing New Year’s Eve celebrations. From the last week of November up until I headed back to Los Angeles for the holidays, I braved the cold outdoors and spent many evenings Weinachtsmarkt-hopping around Christmas markets in Berlin. If you’vee never been to Christmas Market in Europe, they’re worth a visit and will put you into a festive holiday mood. And the one’s in Germany? Well, I hear they’re the best. Check them out!
The Spectacular One
Weihnachtszeit Rote Rathaus
Neighborhood: Mitte Address: Rathausstr. 15, 10178 Berlin
Given it’s location, it was no surprise that this market was a beautiful production. From ice skating beneath the TV Tower around a festively lit statue to salmon filets roasting over an open fire to a live Santa in a sleigh soaring over the stalls to a ferris wheel lighting up the Berlin winter darkness, this Christmas market was wonderful. Just know that it can get very crowded.
Biggest Plus: If you’re a bread fan, there’s every type of baked goodie you can imagine from various regions of Germany and Central Europe.
The Hipster One
Neighborhood: Friedrichshain Address: CK-99 Revaler Str. 99, Berlin
With stands serving international, health-conscious (and sometimes vegan) food, hot toddys, craft cocktails, and vintage clothing, this Christmas market is definitely for the cool kids.
Biggest Plus: As my flatmate put it, “You can go ice skating in an abandoned warehouse with street art as a backdrop. It’s so Berlin, what’s not to love?”
The Classy One
Gendarmenmarkt WeihnachtsmarktGendarmenmarkt, 10115 Berlin
Nestled in the middle of three gorgeous buildings, this Christmas market is one of the few that charges an entrance fee of 1 EUR. Still, the low cost is well worth the price of entry. You can try sweets from around Europe, find handmade gifts, and sample grog. There’s also a stand serving delicious flamkuchen, a pizza-like dish from the Alsace region of France.
Biggest Plus: Tired of glühwein? There’s a craft beer tent that serves glühbier in addition to other tasty craft beers.
The Scandinavian One
Neighborhood: Prenzlauer Berg Address: Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin, Germany
If you couldn’t make it to Copenhagen or any of the other big Scandinavian cities for their Christmas markets, this market was your best substitute up until just before Christmas Eve. There was every Scandinavian holiday drink to the Icelandic Jólaglögg to a sweet concoction called Schwedenpunsch. There was even an absinthe stand that served glühwein spiked with absinthe along with absinthe chai lattes which are a must-try for next year.
Biggest Plus: Strategically placed outdoor fireplaces and free-standing coats situated on warm radiators are available to warm up anyone who gets cold while enjoying the market.
The Local Designer One
Ha Ha Ho!
Although this Christmas market only took place over the course of two weekends in December, it was great to see people coming out to support local Berlin businesses like Our/Berlin vodka and Junique. Though not at all a traditional Christmas market, it was a cool pop-up market to shop for unqiue, handcrafted holiday gifts created by local designers.