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This post is updated with information for the Berlin Christmas Markets for 2022
Have you ever visited Berlin in December? It’s glühwien season, my favorite time of year! In Germany, just a week before December 1st, all the Weihnachtsmarkts open! I go all Christmas Market crazy as soon as I smell those roasted chestnuts and mulled wine! There are a lot of markets in Berlin, and you want to make the right choice. Here is a list of the 7 best Berlin Christmas Markets in 2022!
What makes a magical Christmas Market? Christmas shopping? The food? The amusement park rides? Everyone has a different reason for visiting a Christmas market in Berlin! If you are a dedicated reader of mine, you know what gets me there… it’s the food!
*According to most recent COVID rules in Germany, you do not need a vaccine passport to visit the Berlin Christmas Markets.
7 Best Berlin Christmas Markets 2022
Some of the best markets are only open for a very short time, while others open from late November till a few days into the new year! All these markets can be easily reached by public transportation! This Christmas season, make your bucket list all about German Christmas Markets!
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Best Tips for all 7 Berlin Christmas Markets in 2022:
- Cash– Most of the markets operate on a cash-only basis
- Coins for the toilets– You are in Europe and must pay to use the bathroom. Have 50-cent coins ready to go!
- Deposits on glassware. Any beverage that comes in a glass has a deposit on it that you will get back when you return to the vendor. *You can also keep the glass if you like it!
- Come hungry for junk food. Some markets have more selection than others, but generally, this is not the place for healthy food.
- If possible, go early and during the week. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that these markets are crazy busy on the weekends. Go at 4 pm if possible!
Largest Berlin Christmas Markets
Of all the German Christmas Markets in Berlin, these are the biggest:
Daily opening times are 10 pm – 10 pm starting on beginning of November 21- 26th of December, 2022
This market is located in Berlins’ Alexanderplatz and is definitely the busiest one. Easily reach this market by public transportation and get your fill of gingerbread, glühwein, and bratwurst here. I don’t find this market to be all that aesthetically pleasing; it’s the Las Vegas of Christmas Markets, in my opinion.
Even though I don’t find this market to be the most magical Christmas market in Berlin, its popularity had to be mentioned. If you have visited Berlin during the Christmas season, chances are you have walked through this market.
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Christmas Market in Berlin from 21st of November 2022 – 2nd of January 2022
DAILY OPENING TIMES ARE MONDAY – FRIDAY, 12 PM – 10 PM & SATURDAY – SUNDAY, 11 AM – 10 PM.
This is the German Christmas market with all the action and the largest Christmas trees! Within the center of the market, there is an ice skating rink, as well as a giant Ferris Wheel. This is also the place you will find Santa and other live performing artists.
Still located within Alexanderplatz, just on the other side of the TV tower. This market has great food, such as amazing homemade garlic potato chips and some tasty jumbo pretzels!
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Christmas Market in Berlin from 21 November to 26 December 2022
This is by far the most prominent German Christmas market in Berlin. If you are looking for secrets to this magical Berlin Christmas market, come around 4 pm! It will be less crowded so you can enjoy a little Christmas shopping without the lines.
You won’t find any amusement park rides here, but you will find the most beautiful backdrop of all the markets: the Charlottenburg Palace.
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Christmas market in Berlin from November 21 to December 31, 2022
It can be found here at Gendarmenmarkt if you are looking for Berlin’s most beautiful Christmas market. Easily reached by public transportation, this market is located in Gendarmenmarkt square. The Berlin Concert Hall really comes to life during the Christmas season.
The Christmas shopping booths are idyllic white tent tops with starlights. It is a truly magical market with fairytale-like characters walking around spreading sparkle dust. There is an entrance fee to this market of 1 euro, which is well worth the cost.
The secret of this delightful market is the käse spaetzle and homemade soups that can be purchased at a booth located in the center of the market. You can also purchase a lovely glass of wine if you have had your fill of the glühwein.
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Christmas market in Berlin from November 21 to December 22, 2022
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 13:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Lucia market is my absolute favorite in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood of Berlin! It is also referred to as the Scandinavian Christmas market. Every Christmas season, I make it a point to visit this magical German Christmas market!
Located on the grounds of the Kultur Brauerei, an old brewery in Berlin now turned into shopping and entertainment. The dark wooden market booths and the red brick bldg exterior give this market a wonderful ambiance.
My favorite food in this market is the flammkuchen! You can find it at the lively booth located directly under the Lucia sign! Other Scandinavian food fares can be found here, as well as hot mead! A little tip…the mead goes down very easily, so pace yourself; it’s VERY STRONG!
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Christmas Market in Berlin from 17 November to 22 December 2022
Daily opening times are Monday – Thursday, 3 pm – 10 pm | Friday and Saturday – 12 pm – 10 pm | Sunday, 12 pm – 7 pm.
This historical Christmas market is on the RAW Cultural Center Grounds in Friedrichshain. It is an extra magical market experience in a medieval setting, complete with jugglers and acrobats.
Stroll around the many crafts stalls, such as wood carvings and blacksmithing. This market has an old hand-operated wooden carousel and a wooden Ferris wheel for children.
The food at this market is also medieval-themed, offering sweet and hearty food, “Glühbier”, (mulled beer), and mulled wine.
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Christmas market in Berlin from 24 November 2022
Fridays from 4 pm to 10 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm to 10 pm
This weekend-only market, unlike most of the other markets that are open daily. If you visited Berlin, there is a chance you may have been to the Holz market to take photos. It is a unique place.
When it comes to my favorite German Christmas Markets, it’s a toss-up between the Holz Market and the Lucia Market in Prenzlauer Berg. Save some of your Christmas shopping so you can buy up some unique handmade gifts here. Enjoy delicious food, a funky atmosphere, and maybe a dance under the disco ball.
There are on-site indoor and outdoor activities, great music, and a cool vibe only found in Berlin. It is a bucket-list-worthy experience for sure!
I hope you enjoyed these 7 Best Berlin Christmas Markets as much as I do!
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Best Berlin Christmas Market FAQs
The best Christmas Market in Berlin is at Gendarmenmarkt. It has the most beautiful aesthetic and is set in the Gendarmenmarkt square.
Christmas Markets in Berlin open as early as Berlin Christmas Markets, 21 November 2022, and most stay open until 02 January 2022.
Berlin has some of the most magical Christmas Markets and is most definitely worth visiting!
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