IN SEARCH OF BERLIN’S GREEN CHRISTMAS MARKETS
We are damn sure: Santa loves going green! Isn’t Christmas after all a time to be humble and grateful and loving? So why does everyone stress so much about rushing out and buying as many useless, trashy items as possible? And the enormous lines on the return counter when everything is over… what a crazy world.
Thank god, the vibe in Berlin is a bit different - at least within our thriving Berlin Green Scene. Lots of independent stores, artist collectives and event organizers came up with their own ideas of how to make our Christmas shopping way more pleasant and filled with purpose.
Likewise, when it comes to unconventional Christmas events, this city definitely knows how to keep us in awe. You’ll find everything from bohemian nostalgia to unicorn wonderlands, redefining the usual X-Mas frenzy.
Reused spaces like park decks or former waste lands along the Spree are putting up glitter and candle lights, local creatives set up shop at quaint gothic church squares, transformed cold storage warehouses are heated up with love and mulled wine and the oldest corners of Berlin show us how to go all green and natural…
Did you actually know that there are more than 70 Christmas markets in Berlin? To help you navigate your way to those that are less about mass consumption and more about supporting your locals, we put together our take on the best Berlin Christmas markets 2017: The Green Edition !
But not enough: apart from producing this guide for you, we wanted to take a slightly more practical approach this year and invite you on a very special tour through Christmassy Berlin.
SPECIAL X-MAS TOURS: “CONSCIOUS GIFTS & GLÜHWEIN”
Come and join us as we visit creative, ethical shops, designers, artists and ateliers and get an insight into the way they work, their passion and the beautiful things they produce. You’ll learn about different aspects of sustainability and meet a bunch of like-minded people to exchange lots of good vibes and ideas for a greener future. Heaps of fun, no finger-wagging - GreenMe Berlin style 🙂
What's more: you get filled up with inspiration for unique x-mas gifts, while exploring some of Berlin’s most exciting neighborhoods. To finish off, we take you to one of Berlin’s alternative Christmas markets (which you can find in this guide!) and enjoy a delicious Glühwein together. Glühwein and a yummy vegan snack is on us!
Find all info, dates, times, tickets & how to join the tour below:
P.S: if you’re looking for green Berlin tours that go beyond the Christmas season, check out our Green Berlin Tour Page over here. Might be a nice Christmas gift, too 😉
But now, back to Christmas - here is our take on....
THE BEST ALTERNATIVE BERLIN CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2017
1. HEISSA HOLZMARKT
One of our favorite utopian wonderlands, Holzmarkt, is hosting a fun-, love- and food-filled winter market. They promise to make our eyes sparkle, and we have no doubt on that. Swing by for a day out with the fam, for warming up your clubbing night or just for hanging out. The program has something in store for unicorns of all ages: From ice curling, listening to fairy tales, baking Christmas cookies, watching movies, jumping with the acrobats, dancing to live music, finding the coolest gifts, indulging in delicious treats and homemade Glühwein... Far from anything conventional - let’s get snug and merry, right by the river Spree.
At a glance
Dates: 18.11.-23.12.2017 - always Friday to Sunday
Hours: Fri from 4pm, Sat & Sun from 12pm
Location: Holzmarkt25, Holzmarktstrasse 25, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain | view on map
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2. MERRY MARKTHALLE
If you don’t want to stand outside freezing but still enjoy a really unique Christmas market, head over to Kreuzberg’s Markthalle Neun as they turn their farmers market into a beautiful X-mas celebration each weekend throughout the Advent season. Not only can you stock up on fresh, organic fare for your Christmas feast directly from the friendly Brandenburg farmers. You can also roam the stands of some lovely young creators & small manufactures, all offering delightful gifts and handcrafted goods that last. And if that’s not reason enough, the Markthalle has prepared some other merry activities like neighborhood choirs, an advent calendar, a Christmas bakery for kids, a DIY packing station. Short: a warm & cozy wonderland. No plastic products, but natural goodness. Not to forget the delicious mulled wine.
At a Glance
Dates: 01. - 23.12.2017, every Friday & Saturday
Hours: Fri 12-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm
Location: Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstr. 42/43, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg | view on map
More about Merry Markthalle >>
© Markthalle Neun
3. KLUNKERKRANICH - THE HIGHEST X-MAS MARKET IN BERLIN
Holy crane! Wind your way up this famous park deck, as it brings you to the highest Christmas market in town. At an airy level of 25 meters, overlooking Berlin’s glistening winter skyline, the Klunkerkranich crew invites us into their handbuilt rooftop garden, where a bunch of creative vendors will be waiting with their beautiful handcrafted goods, steaming Glühwein and apple punch. From jewelry to art works, over hand-tailored pieces to artisanal liquors, you’ll find anything that’s far off mass consumption and will make an exceptional gift. Warmed up with so much love, music (and hot punch), opportunities to dance and swing are aplenty - and don’t miss out all the other little surprises they have in store for us. Happy days & see you at the top!
At a Glance
Dates: 02.-17.12.2017 - always Friday to Sunday
Location: Neukölln Arcaden, Karl-Marx-Str. 66, upper park deck, 12043 Berlin | view on map
More about this x-mas market >>
4. ECO CHRISTMAS MARKET SOPHIENSTRAßE
One of the oldest streets in Berlin comes to live over Christmas, enchanting our hearts with a homely, nostalgic atmosphere. If you thought “going green” is a new trend here, Berlin’s original eco friendly Christmas market is happening for the 22nd time this year! Just a short stroll from Hackesche Höfe, this quaint side street lets you escape the usual Christmas craze, while marveling at the amazing array of sustainable goods that local designers and artists came up with. This market boasts the perfect mix of anything eco: from trendy crafts made by young Berlin creatives, over the more classic natural “Bio” products to marvelous ethnic fair trade items - it’s a secret tip for everyone on the search for something different.
Extra Tip: Pop in your head into the beautiful new showroom of our friends at BICICLI. It's right opposite this market. Velophiles rejoice!
At a Glance
Dates: 02.-03.12., 09.-10.12., 16.-17.12.2017
Hours: Sat 12-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Location: along Sophienstraße, 10178 Berlin - Mitte
More about this x-market >>
© EVENTS - Ralf Bielefeldt
Another famous indoor Christmas market, this one doesn’t have anything to do with horses and cowboys. Instead, the X-Mas Rodeo is dedicated to all those whose hearts beat for design, fashion, arts & DIY. Since 9 years, it provides a stage for more than 200 exhibitors, bringing together the coolest street art talents, upcoming designers, skilled graphic artists and innovative street food makers on six floors. All of them trading the most creative, thoughtful and - above all - beautiful goods that make unique and unconventional gifts for your loved ones (or yourself). On top, you’ll be entertained by creative DIY workshops, decent DJ sounds, colorful kids stuff and festive chill out oases. Everything is set at the stunning Kühlhaus Berlin, a huge 3500 qm brick wall building in urban Kreuzberg.
At a Glance
Dates: 02.-03. + 09.-10.12.2017
Location: Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Str.3, 10963 Berlin - Kreuzberg
Entrance: 4.50 euros
More about Weihnachtsrodeo >>
6. ALT-RIXDORF CHRISTMAS MARKET
Imagine yourself in a far away time, stepping through the snow and reaching a fanciful little square in an ancient bohemian village. Stalls lit by the warm light of gas lamps, kids building a snowman, the delicious smell of roasted chestnuts entering your nose… Well, at the quaint cobbled Richardplatz in Neukölln, this dreamy scene becomes pretty much reality. What used to be a village called Rixdorf is hard to beat in terms of setting for a nostalgic Christmas market. Even better: more than 100 charitable organizations and collectives come together to sell crafted treasures made from wood, wax or other raw materials. Rounded off by some local Rixdorf specialties like mulled wine, schnapps or liquors brewed after secret family recipes. Add pony rides and a blacksmith exhibition and you forget that you’re in one of the trendiest urban cities in Europe.
At a Glance
Hours: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 2-9pm, Sun 2-8pm
Location: Richardplatz 28, 12055 Berlin - Neukölln
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© visitBerlin, photo: Wolfgang Scholvien
Set up around the beautiful red bricked Samariter Church in Northern Friedrichshain, this charming little Christmas market is made up of 70 creative traders - most of whom originate right out of this Kiez. The goods and crafts on offer are as multifaceted and colorful as the neighborhood itself and everything is handmade, local and individual. The market is a collective effort of the Friedrichshain community to create a peaceful, warm-hearted atmosphere. A place where everyone is invited to meet, chat and escape the hectic Christmas buzz, all while enjoying a steaming Glühwein and listening to the beautiful sounds of music inside the church. Hallelujah!
At a Glance
Dates: 09.-10. + 184.108.40.2067
Location: around Samariter Church, 10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain
More about KiezWeihnacht >>
© Ronny Thiel Fotografie
8. THE GREEN MARKET BERLIN - WINTER EDITION 2017
It’s that time of the year to “give peas a chance” - that’s why Berlin’s first and biggest vegan lifestyle market is hosting its spectacular winter edition at the stunning Funkhaus, right by the Spree. Getting even more festive, the Green Market Berlin also celebrates its 3rd birthday! What a great occasion to showcase some of the friendliest, most creative stars & newcomers of Berlin’s vibrant green scene. From delicious vegan street food, heavenly raw treats, colorful smoothies & hot drinks, over to fair fashion, natural cosmetics & upcycled jewelry, to interactive workshops, diy sessions and cooking shows, to film screenings, live music & SO much more! Let your senses go on a journey, try lots of divine vegan Christmas treats and be amazed by what’s possible in the world of wholesome plant-based food. No matter what you normally eat, this event is an absolute must for foodies and anyone who cares about a happier, greener future.
Extra tip: Make sure to listen to our podcast interview with Green Market founder Steffi Witt - it’s full of passion and enthusiasm for a greener future!
At a Glance
Location: Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastr. 18, 12459 Berlin - Köpenick
Entrance: 4 euros, FREE for kids until 12 yrs and everyone holding a Berlin Pass
More about the Green Market Berlin >>
© Anne Freitag
9. HOLY SHIT SHOPPING
When hundreds of young designers set up shop in a gigantic transformed heating plant and turn it into a benign place to escape the ordinary Christmas stress - that’s Holy Shit Shopping. Be amazed by so much creative talent and use this chance to find some truly unique gifts for your loved ones. The halls are boasting anything from fashion, jewelry, product design, art, photography, literature and specialty foods, mixed up with mellow beats, good drinks and - of course - some really delish streetfood!
At a Glance
Location: ARENA Berlin, Eichenstr. 4, 12435 Berlin - Treptow
Entrance: 5 euros
More about Holy Shit Shopping >>
© HSS, Rolf G. Wackenberg
10. WEDDINGMARKT - THE CHRISTMAS EDITION
The wild Wedding is home to an refreshingly unpretentious yet eclectic scene of artists, unconventional thinkers and creative makers. Now we have one more reason to venture up to this incredibly multi-culti neighborhood: the special Christmas edition of the diverse Wedding arts market will be hosted right in front of the beautiful Nazareth Church - it really couldn’t be more Christmassy. 70+ stalls will be boasting arts & crafts made in Berlin, while street food vendors fill our bellies and a crackling bon fire warms up our hearts. The market is the perfect recipe against X-Mas stress, as you’ll find everything you need to surprise your special ones with the best gifts ever.
TIP: Our dear friends from himmelbeet will have a stall too, selling lots of delicious products from their garden, e.g. honey of the himmelbeet-bees or herbal liquors, -oils and -vinegars.
At a Glance
More about the Weddingmarkt >>
© Weihnachtlicher Weddingmarkt, Sabrina Pützer
THERE'S ALWAYS MORE....
P.S. Keep checking our events calendar for weekly updates on the coolest eco-minded Christmas (and non-Christmas) events throughout Berlin.
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