Christmas markets offer a different twist to the festive season; stalls bursting with traditional crafts, unusual gifts and local treats, they are ideal for a last-minute shopping spree! Each exciting Christmas market has an enchanting character of its own, with an overwhelming romantic and quaint atmosphere.
Around the end of November until the beginning of January, Berlin will leave you spoilt for choice with its Christmas markets. With over 50 in the city alone there truly is something for everyone.
The Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche Christmas market is the biggest and gets around 4 million visitors per year. Set in the backdrop of the World War II damaged memorial church you can expect to find a small village of wooden huts selling everything from Artwork, decorations and jewellery; to wines, foods, and delicious roasted almonds. The market is right by the Kurfarstendamm, filled with even more shops. The shopping won't stop until you say so!
Need somewhere to entertain the children? Try the Alexanderplatz. This market offers fair rides, a merry-go-round and a near by ice rink to entertain the little ones. Alternatively the Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market features a nearby Winter World where you can enjoy skating, and an amazing toboggan run. There may also be concerts, carousels and entertainment beautifully lit by fairy lights.
The Spandau Christmas Market is sure to leave you hearing a choir of angels. Expect up to 400 stalls on a weekend and 200 on a weekday. What better way to get into the spirit of then with a nativity scene using real live animals.
There's also Chanukkah (Hanukkah) Christmas Market at the Jewish Museum, Christmas Magic Market at Gendarmenmarkt and so much more. After a hard day's shopping there's the Berlin nightlife to enjoy. Oh what fun it is to visit Berlins Christmas Markets in 2014.