With festive markets, glittering light displays, and landmarks illuminated against the wintery sky, Germany makes the most of the holiday season, and the capital is no exception. Here are a few great ways to celebrate Christmas in Berlin.
See the City Illuminated
Take a tour of Berlin and admire the elaborate festive decorations along Kurfurstendamm Boulevard, where shops and boutiques are decorated for Christmas time. Along the way, discover top city attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Cathedral illuminated for the Christmas season. And for something truly special, catch the Berlin Illuminated Christmas show held in Friedrichstadt-Palast Theater.
Take to the Ice or Snow
Winter in Berlin is a wonderfully family-friendly affair, and there’s plenty for the kids to see and do. Take to the ice on the skating rink in Potsdamer Platz, or head into Berlin's Grunewald Forest for tobogganing on the snow-covered hill of Teufelsberg. When you’re done, grab a hot chocolate or steaming mulled wine and warm up around a cozy fire pit.
Visit the Christmas Markets
Set against the dramatic backdrops of St. Nikolai-Kirche, Schloss Charlottenburg, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin's legendary Christmas markets are an undisputed highlight of the holiday season. Fairy lights and glittering ornaments create a festive atmosphere for browsing the seasonal stalls and their many handcrafted gifts and traditional foods. Take a guided tour of the city's Christmas markets to learn more about the German holiday tradition, while snacking on waffles and sipping on mulled wine (glühwein). Along the way, pick up a few presents for family to open on Christmas Day.