December in Berlin: It’s getting Christmassy!

It’s the last month of the year and it’s all about Christmas: Markets offer mulled wine and ginger bread, concerts give room to contemplation and fairytales take us to whole new world…

Apart from the colorfully shining Christmas Garden Berlin at Berlin’s Botanical Garden (until 7 January 2018), classical Christmas markets are opening all about Berlin, as for example, at the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt. Insider tips include the Danish and Scandinavian Christmas Market with specialties from the North – at Christianskirken in Wilmersdorf on the first weekend in Advent – and the market at Jagdschloss Grunewald on the second weekend in Advent.

Those who are looking for music will be delighted by Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium at Berlin Cathedral on 15 and 16 December. ‘Enchanting winter dreams’ is the title of the Christmas concerts at Charlottenburg Palace on Christmas Eve and over the holidays. Sports enthusiasts will not miss out on winter fun: curling at Neuer See in Tiergarten, ice skating in front of Rotes Rathaus and sledging at Potsdamer Platz are on the program.

Beautiful fairytales are presented in various locations in Berlin: The Märchenhütte at Monbijoupark is a real institution. Arabian Nights, Hansel and Gretel and Sleeping Beauty will be put on stage there. The Glaspalast at Pfefferberg Theater in Prenzlauer Berg stages, among others, Snow White, Rapunzel and Mother Hulda.

The Gardens of the World will reopen on 1 December. The reconstruction works – after the IGA Berlin closed its doors in October – are finished and the gardens open with new attractions and on a bigger area. The ropeway up to Kienberg and its observation platform Wolkenhain will run from 1 December again as well.

Christmas shopping in Berlin: The stores will be open on Sundays, 3 and 17 December. If you wish to combine the hunt for presents with a stay in Berlin, we would like to recommend our Winter Wonderland package: It includes, among others, two nights in a double room, the rich breakfast buffet at the Bon Dia restaurant, a welcome glass of mulled wine and a ticket to the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt.

On 3 December from 12 noon, we are spoiling you and your family at our Advent Brunch at Hotel Palace Berlin. A cosy afternoon, live Christmas music, culinary delights and a cooking station with lovingly prepared crêpes and waffles are waiting for you!

Dirty Dancing is iconic – everybody has seen the movie featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Now, the movie is on tour and it visits Berlin’s Admiralspalast on 6 and 7 December. Another highlight will be staged at Theater des Westens from 7 December: Ghost with the musical stars Alexander Klaws and Willemijn Verkaik. Look forward to hit songs and moving dances!

It’s the Staatsoper Berlin’s 275th birthday on 7 December, plus its official reopening after the short prelude in October. The birthday concert under the direction of Daniel Barenboim will feature music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Pierre Boulez and Richard Strauss.

It’s all about colorful sprinkles, liquid chocolate and sugar icing at Hotel Palace Berlin on 10 December from 1 to 4 p.m.: a Christmas Bakery for kids! Delicious Christmas cookies will be baked and decorated for home.

The Roncalli Weihnachtscircus presents artistic sensations at Tempodrom: Clowns and acrobats show their skills from 16 December to 2 January 2018.

New Year’s Eve gets traditionally celebrated at Brandenburg Gate. The ‘Welcome 2018‘ party at Straße des 17. Juni will be broadcast live on German TV and The Rasmus, the Spider Murphy Gang, Rednex and other musicians will enter the stage. The festival area will open at 2 p.m., the musical opening program will start at 7 p.m.

If you want to take a run before the big celebration, you have the chance to join the 42th Berliner Silvesterlauf around Teufelsberg – optionally 9.9 or 6.3 kilometers.

Highlight for exhibition and film fans: The Deutsche Kinemathek showcases ‘Ufa – The History of a Brand‘ until 22 April 2018. As Ufa turns 100, the exhibitions shows its checkered past from propaganda for WW I and big productions such as Metropolis from 1927 to TV series such as Danni Lowinski and Deutschland 83.

Last, but not least, a culinary tip: We are serving dishes from our new seasonal menu in our Lobby Lounge, daily from 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy fried and marinated foie gras with quince chutney and brioche, a goose essence with root vegetables and wan tan and goose breast and leg with red cabbage, kale and potato dumplings. Bon appetit!

Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year 2018!

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