The city is full of fun and festive things to do, which is why we’ve carefully selected our top choices for Christmas events in Berlin this December.
Christmas is a special time of year in Berlin. You’re surrounded by Christmas markets, beautiful decorations, and the delicious smell of Christmas treats. Whether you’re coming to visit Berlin or live here, you’ll find something that will bring in the season the right way. From Christmas markets to circuses to ballet classics, there’s something for everyone.
Christmas Markets in Berlin
For many people, this is the biggest draw to Berlin in December. These markets are known for selling anything you need for a European Christmas experience, but some offer a lot more than just food and drink. From the biggest walk-in pyramid in Europe to ferris wheels and varied entertainment programmes, immerse yourself in all that Berlin’s Christmas markets have to offer.
The Christmas market at Berlin Town Hall will be one of your favourite spots this season. With the famous ferris wheel in front of the Governing Mayor's seat, street artists and musicians, and a snowy fairytale forest, you’ll be dazzled by your experience here. There are even performers who portray events that happened in Berlin’s Town Hall one hundred years ago. Just to add to the fun, Santa Claus visits here three times a day, and he’s happy to pose for photographs and give out hugs. Open from the 22nd of November, 2021, to the 2nd of January, 2022, you’ll have plenty of time to experience the joy of this Christmas market.
Another highly recommended one is the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market, which sells crafts like homemade jewelry and ornaments. Open from the 22nd of November to the 31st of December, 2021, enjoy the market’s varied entertainment programme, with jugglers, fire-eaters, and choirs. Just down the street from there is Rausch Schokoladenhaus, a chocolate store with huge chocolate carvings of Berlin’s monuments.
The Alexanderplatz Christmas market is known for its ice skating rink, fairground rides, and ferris wheel. You can visit anytime between the 22nd of November to the 26th of December, 2021. A special feature is the Christmas pyramid, the biggest walk-in pyramid in Europe. It’s decorated with more than 5000 lights and has a platform that offers panoramic views of the city. It’s also near the Nikolai Historic Quarter and Berliner Dom Cathedral, which means you can make a day trip out of it.
There are many more Christmas markets to choose from, depending on where you live and what sounds best to you. See a list of open Christmas markets in Berlin here.
Roncalli Christmas Circus
The Roncalli Christmas Circus is back in Berlin for the 17th time. There’s a reason it’s so popular; it hosts the best of circus artists and clowns with unique performances and breathtaking costumes. You’re guaranteed good music, fantastic acrobatics, and even special robotic effects. The event intentionally doesn’t include any wild animals, an impressive move for a circus act. Watch and be amazed by the circus at the Tempodrom from Friday, December 17 to Sunday, January 2.
Moscow Classic Ballet: Swan Lake
This ballet classic is both riveting and beautifully performed, featuring Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces. It’s a magical winter fairy tale that portrays the story of Princess Odette, who has been transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer. Only her true love can free her, but will that happen? The Moscow Classic Ballet will be performing at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin from the 21st of December to the 26th of December, 2021, so you’ll want to book your tickets fast.
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