Christmas time in Berlin is truly magical because of all the charming Christmas markets that spring up all over town. There are more than 60 of them ranging from the really upscale on the Gendarmenmarkt to the kitsch and tacky the best example of which has to be the one at Alexander Platz. Finding them is not hard. Just about every public square in the city will have a Christmas market that runs from early December to a couple days before or after Christmas. Some of our favourites include:
WeinachtZauber christmas market at the foot of the Konzerthaus in the Gendarmenmarkt in Mitte (pictured here left and above) with gourmet foods, live shows and music and high quality hand made crafts. This is the grandest of Berlin’s christmas markets and charges a small entrance fee. Its on from 22/11/10 until 31/12/10
The small, all organic and fairtrade Grune Liga Adventsmarkt on Kollwitzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg is another market we enjoyed. We came away sated with waffles, Lebkuchen and Gluhwein and with some beautifully crafted wooden airplanes. This market is open on the 4 Sundays preceding christmas: 28/11; 05/12; 12/12 and 19/12 from 12-19h00.
The Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg does a Swedish take on the usual christmas market – it offers Glogg instead of the usual Gluhwein. Its overrun by throngs of Prenzlauer Berg children who are thrilled by the bungee jump trampoline, the shows, visits from Santa and the sweet carousel rides.
And then there’s Holy Shit Shopping …
Billed as a relaxed shopping experience in a club setting, Holy Shit Shopping showcases cool clothes, designer objects, funky jewelry and some interesting art and photography. In the shopping lounge where DJ’s spin the discs, we felt more like we were out clubbing than christmas shopping and we came away with some unusual presents for ourselves and friends. This year (2010) Holy Shit Shopping will be on Saturday 11th December (12-22h00) and Sunday 12 December (12-20h00). Check the website for venue details.