Berlin’s best alternative Christmas markets

The past couple of years have seen a surge of “specialty” Christmas markets and they range in theme from Latin, design, Japanese, vegan… You name it! These variations, though fun, tend to feel less “Christmassy” than the more traditional ones, but they’re perfect for those who are not entirely into the Christmas season. But keep in mind: it’s virtually impossible to avoid the Christmas vibe in Berlin. There are over 60 Christmas markets spread around the city! We selected the best ones for this guide.

So if you’re looking for an alternative Christmas experience this year, we’ve prepared a list of thematic Christmas markets, where you can find special gifts and try food not easily found at the stands of the traditional Christmas markets.

 

Japanischer & Koreanischer Weihnachtsmarkt

Expect many Japanese and Korean street food stands and a large selection of beverages, including mulled wine and Japanese drinks.

There also have exhibitors offering Japanese and Korean creative goods, mangas, anime characters and K-PoP magazines. Be sure to catch the dance challenges and the karaoke party!

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When:

01.12.2018: 12:00 – 22:00

02.12.2018: 12:00 – 20:00

Where:

Alte Münze

Entrance fee:

3 euros

 

Weihnachtsrodeo 2018

In the first three weekends of advent, you can check out cool, useful, creative but above all beautiful gift ideas for yourself and your loved ones.

The five floors and over 3500-square-meter area inside the imposing brick building will be transformed into an urban winter wonderland for this indoor Christmas market, with more than 200 different exhibitors from the fields of design, fashion, street food, jewelry…

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When:

01, 02, 08, 09, 15 and 16.12.2018: 12:00 – 20:00

Where:

Kühlhaus Berlin – Luckenwalder Strasse 3

 

X-MAS Graphic Market

Street art, live paintings, workshops, live music and street food are all part of the lineup during the first three advent weekends at the Külhaus.

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When:

01, 02, 08, 09, 15 and 16.12.2018: 12:00 – 20:00

Where:

Kühlhaus Berlin – Luckenwalder Strasse 3

 

Lateinamerikanische Weihnachtsfeier mit Weihnachtsmarkt in Mitte

To get in the mood for the winter blues, celebrate Christmas Latin American style and enjoy such delicacies as Mexican Ponche and Chilaquiles, Peruvian Ceviche, Brazilian Feijoada and much more.

For the kids, there will be craft activities like face painting and a Mexican piñata.

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When:

01.12.2018: 11:00 – 19:00

Where:

Erlöser-Kirche Schröderstraße 5

 

Veganer Weihnachtsmarkt

The vegan lifestyle is no longer a marginal phenomenon. So let’s push this idea forward and celebrate a vegan Christmas market together at Winterfeldtplatz in Berlin, held every Sunday in advent.

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When:

02, 09, 16 and 23.12.2018: 11:00 – 18:30

Where:

Winterfeldtplatz

 

Naughty Xmas Market

The second edition of the Naughty Xmas Market is an entirely new Christmas shopping experience where you can treat yourself and your loved ones to a broad range of adult gifts in a safe and friendly market environment.

Hosted by the multifaceted arts collective XLane, the Naughty Xmas Market fuses traditional aspects of Christmas markets with hands-on activities. The main hall has over 50 sex positive vendors, food stands and themed drink stations, as well as a number of pro sex and sexual educational activities and screenings.

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When:

07.12.2018: 18:00 – 22:00

08 and 09.12.2018: 13:00 – 22:00

Where:

X LANE – Reichenbergerstrasse 154

Entrance fee:

5 euros

 

Sameheads 2nd hand Xmas Market

Coinciding with the Alt-Rixdorfer Weihnachtsmarkt this year and held just down the road from Sameheads at Richardplatz, Sameheads and a selection of designers and stylists will be offering secondhand garments for Christmas shoppers.

They’ll also have Glühwein and the Sameheads classic hot apple whiskey & cinnamon.

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When:

08.12.2018: 14:00-20:00

Where:

Sameheads – Richardstrasse 10

 

Mexikanische Weihnachtsfeier

Warm up from the cold with traditional Mexican food, punch, piñatas, live music and dancing!

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When:

08.12.2018: 14:00 – 19:00

Where:

Alt-Wittenau 71

 

Very British Christmas Market

St. George Church will host the British Christmas Market with Glühwein, homemade preserves and goodies, mince pies, Christmas pudding, carolers, market stands, food, entertainment, children’s activities, a Christmas carol sing-a-long, a grand raffle and more – all with a British flavor!

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When:

08.12.2018: 14:30 – 18:00

Where:

St. George’s Anglican Church – Preußenallee 17-19

 

Japanischer Weihnachtsmarkt

Celebrate Japanese culture with music, dance, sumo wrestling, sake, kendama, curiosities, antiques, handcrafts, arts, illustrations, painting, a kids corner…and much more!

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When:

08 and 09.12.2018: 12:00 – 21:00

Where:

Malzfabrik – Bessemerstrasse 2-14

 

Latin American Christmas Market

At the “Mercado Navideño”, you can experience a real Latin American Christmas with a colorful lineup of DJs, live music, children’s entertainment and individual stands from food trucks and art exhibitors.

Carefully selected food trucks present a wide array of cuisine. Art exhibitors show off their best ceramic and wood pieces, as well as jewelry, fabrics and much more. The children’s corner features exciting appearances by Santa Claus and the famous Latin American piñata.

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When:

08 and 09.12.2018: 12:00 – 22:00

Where:

Osthafen – Alt-Stralau 1-2

 

Designer Christmas Market

The Berlin Designer Market is a curated shopping event that features live music, delicious drinks and the very best independent designers that Berlin has to offer.

Held at Festsaal Kreuzberg, the selection of vendors is carefully curated to create the perfect mix of fashion, jewelry, home-ware and accessories. Featuring both known names and undiscovered talent, it has items to suit every budget and options for every gift on your list.

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When:

09.12.2018: 12:00 – 20:00

Where:

Festsaal Kreuzberg – Am Flutgraben 2

Entrance fee:

1 euro

 

Portuguese Christmas Market

This celebration is a unique opportunity to celebrate Portuguese culture and bring Berlin’s Portuguese community together with friends and enthusiasts of all nationalities. It has food and drink and an entertaining events lineup including music, children’s games and a raffle with appealing prizes.


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When:

09.12.2018: 13:00 – 19:15

Where:

Tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg – Prinzenstrasse 85 F

 

Kreuzboerg Weihnachtsmarkt

The Kreuzboerg Christmas Market invites its visitors to a heaven of magical booths. Over 70 designers and creative people offer their most beautiful Christmas gift ideas in the Prinzessinnengärten at Moritzplatz. And there’s even more: delicious mulled wine, waffles and international Christmas specialties.

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When:

15.12.2018: 12:00 – 21:00

16.12.2018: 10:00 – 19:00

Where:

Prinzessinnengarten – Prinzenstrasse 35-38

Entrance fee:

3 euros

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