Addresses for the Berlin winter

Indoors and out, with clowns and mulled wine, fairytales and sport on ice: Berlin has everything you need for the perfect winter and Christmas atmosphere. Read on to find out exactly where to find it.

Christmas magic and winter sports right outside your hotel door

Curling on the roof

Winter sports on the roof with a fantastic view of the Gedächtniskirche: at the steps of the 25hours hotel, Bikini Berlin has created a 16-metre curling rink on the roof terrace. With mulled wine and smoked game in the wood hut beside the rink, this is a dream location at the heart of the City-West, directly in front of the Hotel Palace Berlin.  https://www.bikiniberlin.de/de/events/bikini_berlin_events/die_eisstockbahn_im_bikini_berlin/

Christmas Market at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church

Feuerzangenbowle at an open fire

The famous Christmas tree at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church measures an impressive 25 metres and was donated by an anonymous benefactor from Lichterfelde. All around the tree, there are stalls with delicious roasted and barbequed treats, but the open fire at the Feuerzangenbowle (burnt punch) stall is a particularly delightful way to escape from the cold. http://www.barrierefreier-weihnachtsmarkt.de/

 

 

Special Christmas markets

The clear conscience Christmas market: The Green Christmas Market

12 and 13 December, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Entry: € 2 (children free)
Location: Neue Heimat, Revaler Straße 99, 12305 Berlin

Last year, Stefanie Witt developed with the idea of a vegan, vegetarian Christmas market, and so the Green Christmas Market celebrates its first birthday on 12 and 13 December in Neue Heimat in Friedrichshain. The Belgian waffles with applesauce are just as enticing as the Irish coffee, punch and mulled wine - all vegan, of course. Live jazz und swing music and workshops for kids are also on offer at this healthy event. www.greenmarketberlin.com

The Christmas market with a view: Klunkerkranich

Every weekend of Advent, free entry from midday to 4 p.m. (from 4 p.m. € 3)
Location: Kulturdachgarten Klunkerkranich, Karl-Marx-Str. 66, 12043 Berlin
Take the lift to the 5th floor, then walk up the ramps to the 6th floor.

The highest Christmas market in the city can be found at the top of the multi-storey car park on the Neukölln Arcaden. Tents and heated surfaces keep both guests and hosts warm and allow you to invest all your energy in enjoying the view. Up there on the roof is the perfect place to reflect on the year with a fruit punch or a mulled white wine, or even to look to the future. www.klunkerkranich.org

 

Pop-up Christmas market: WeihnachtsrodeoChristmas market for creative and design fans: Weihnachtsrodeo

5 and 6 December 2015, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin

The pop-up Christmas market is popping up in a new place again: over two storeys in the Postbahnhof, 150 exhibitors of art, fashion and design present their produce. After the positive response of last year, this year’s Design Christmas market will again feature small stalls with street food, announced the organiser Dennis Day. http://www.weihnachtsrodeo.de/ 

 

 

 

 

Weihnachtsmark für Aktive: HaubentaucherChristmas market for the energetic: 1st Friedrichshain Christmas Market

27 November to 20 December 2015
Thurs and Fri 3 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sat and Sun 12 p.m. – midnight
Location: Haubentaucher, Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin (Friedrichshain)

Curling, a gingerbread bakery for kids, personalised presents made by a 3D printer: if you like being active, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth at the first Friedrichshain Christmas Market in Haubentaucher. The covered and heated pergola is the central point of the market, and offers an excellent view of everything that’s going on all around you. http://www.weihnachtsmarkt-friedrichshain.de/

 

 

For big and small:

12th Original Roncalli Christmas circus

18 December 2015 to 3 January 2016
Tempodrom - Möckernstraße 10, Kreuzberg

The circus first conquered the city 31 years ago, and now for the 12th time Roncalli is celebrating the sparkling Christmas period in Berlin. Dancing snowflakes and impressive artists take over the Tempodrom in Kreuzberg and bring their audience into a world of Christmas fairytales. http://www.semmel.de/roncalli-weihnachtscircus-20152016.html

Fairytale hut at Monbijoupark

Wintertime is fairytale time – and this year the fairytale hut at Monbijoupark is celebrating an anniversary: for ten years now, visitors both big and small are swept up in the magical world of fairytales. Two fairytales feature in the one-hour show, accompanied by mulled wine for the adults and tea for the kids. But don’t hang about! The tickets usually sell out quickly. www.maerchenhuette.de

High-speed winter fun

Winter and ice-skating: for most Berliners, they are an inseparable pairing. If you don’t fancy waiting about for the lakes to freeze over, there are plenty of opportunities to get your skates on.

At the Ice Rink at Neptunbrunnen (http://www.berlinerweihnachtszeit.de/) you can skate right in front of the Rote Rathaus (Red Town Hall) at the foot of the TV Tower.

Winter Village at Arena Berlin

At the Winter Village at Arena Berlin (http://www.arena.berlin/veranstaltungsort/winterdorf/) in Treptow, you can take part in curling in addition to skating.

 

More links: complete overview of the ice rinks in Berlin from the city portal BerlinOnline (http://www.weihnachteninberlin.de/erleben/eisbahnen/)
For tobogganing, these parks and hills invite you to take off: http://www.tip-berlin.de/kultur-und-freizeit-berlin-fuer-kinder/schlittengaudi-berlin

 

Each ending is also the start of something new:

While we are all exciting about baked apples and mulled wine, Christmas songs and ice skating, the preparations for the first Berlin highlights of 2016 are already well underway: in January, amongst other things, both the International Green Week (http://www.gruenewoche.de/) and the Berlin Fashion Week (http://www.fashion-week-berlin.com/kalender.html) are waiting for us.

Photos:
© Weihnachten-Gedächtniskirche-2012, Photo Huber
© Winterdorf-Berlin, Markus Nass

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