A Guide to the Coolest Alternative Christmas Markets in Berlin

Heissa Holzmarkt. 

With our nerves hanging on really thin threads these days due to the… – let’s just call it circumstance – there is only one thing really keeping us remotely sane: the prospect of Christmas. It’s like that one warm cozy light at the end of the tunnel that is the second year in a fucking pandemic.

While a lot of markets were actually not happening last year, the vaccinations and current regulations make it possible that they are happening again this year. We are glad they are because Christmas and Winter markets make up for a lot of the magic of the holiday season. And no better excuse to fill up on mulled wine than a visit to a Christmas market.

Of course, we wouldn’t be iHeartBerlin if we sent you to the regular markets happening in the usual places – you know where to find those. We picked the more unique and special ones that often come with a little twist as well. Here goes our Christmas Market guide for 2021. (Mind you, they all call themselves “Winter Markets” these days for whatever reason that might be…)

KINK & frank Winter Market


The fabulous KINK Restaurant & Bar and frank Café have teamed up to transform the beautiful terrace of Pfefferberg into your new winter oasis. Find a spot by the crackling fire and enjoy a fresh-baked treat alongside a cup of good cheer. The KINK keeps spirits high with mulled wine, hot Aperol, and a jolly N/A punch. While frank Cafe’s expert pâtissière satisfies your sweet tooth with spicy-orange and chocolate gingerbread varieties. Of course, there’ll also be some hearty, savory dishes as well as beer and crémant for those who prefer. Local artisans join in with unique, delightful gifts.  From hand-designed yoga mats and luxurious self-care products to dried flower arrangements and eco-friendly clothing — you’ll find truly special gifts for friends and family!

November 25 – December 23, daily 15:00 – 22:00h, shopping Fri-Sun & Dec 23.

Pfefferberg, Schönhauser Allee 176, 10119 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg


photo: Kathrin Leisch

Zenner Wintergarten


The Zenner that reopened earlier this year with an amazing big beer garden has transformed their space into a winter wonderland including an ice rink where you can skate and curl. There are some specials planned for instance an icerink disco and family skating on the weekends. You can rent skates there if you don’t have any. It is recommended that you reserve a slot for the ice rink here. There will of course be food and drink there as well, including mulled wine, raclette, waffles, and seasonal soups.

November 27 – December 20, Mon -Fri 14:00-22:00h, Sat – Sun: 10:30-22:00h

Zenner, Alt-Treptow 15, 12435 Berlin-Treptow




The Alte Münze is hosting a big Christmas and winter market in their courtyard and some of their indoor spaces from November 26 until December 12th (Monday-Friday from 16:00h with free entry and on the weekends from 12:00h with a 5 EUR entrance fee). There will be mulled wine & punch forest in the festively decorated yard, lots of street food and snacks, a plant market by The Greens, a vintage and fashion market by CrushON, a live music program from Friday to Sunday, a children’s program, an exhibition of the resident artists in the 2nd floor and many more surprises!

November 26 – December 12th, Mon-Fri from 16:00h and Sat – Sun from 12:00h

Alte Münze Berlin, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin-Mitte



Qweer Winter Market


The Qweer Wintermarket is bringing the Arts and Craft + hard-working LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs to all exhibit their goodies to you. Buy presents for the ones your care about (friends, family, chosen family, and yourself). It has been especially hard for them, so support them all by coming over (with your mask) and seeing what they have all been working on. Small companies, designers, artists, e-companies, and shops will exhibit their products and services to you. From Fashion items, Arts & Crafts to kinky Sex Toys, you won’t have a reason to leave empty-handed, encouraging local commerce and queer businesses.

November 27 & 28, 12:00-20:00h

Alte Münze Berlin, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin-Mitte



Heissa Holzmarkt


Your favourite spot at the Spree will get magical for the Christmas season! The Holzmarkt is striking again this Christmas with its “Heissa Holzmarkt Winter Market”, in which Glühwein, DJs and delicious food are not going to be missed at all. For all the advent weekends, the Holzmarkt will become a cozy Christmas fairytale hut with not only markets but also exhibitions, shows, performances and food stalls, serving a large choice of food and drinks.

The “Heissa Holzmarkt” is also child-friendly: you can drop in at the Holzmarkt with you children on Sundays, where they would be enjoying a huge indoor playground, fairytales readings. Regardless if you are looking for a nice christmas present or if you just want to enjoy a different weekend, the Heissa Holzmarkt is very recommended.

Holzmarkt25, Holzmarktstrasse 25, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain

November 26 – December 19, Fri: 16:00h – 22:00h, Sat & Sun: 14:00h – 22:00h



Wintermarkt Schöneweide


Review Südost and Subaermarkt invite you to their Wintermarket Schöneweide – a varied program from karaoke to theater, bouncy castle, raffle, second-hand Christmas shopping, fire barrels, music, mulled wine and feasting. To warm up your pre-Christmas season a little. A variety of merchants and a changing culinary offer invite you to linger and stroll.

November 27 – December 19, Sat – Sun 14:00 – 20:00h

Revier Südost, Schnellerstraße 137, 12439 Berlin-Schöneweide



Clitsmas Market


Merry Clitsmas! Come and support proud clitoris owners (+ allies/friends) entrepreneurs! Get yourself presents for your loved ones and yourself on this short weekend of empowerment. The makers of this unique market are also organising this to educating their guests and help them reach a healthy sex-life: this year’s edition is enlightening their guests on the topic of the clitoris (but does not exclude other sexes).

December 4 & 5, 12:00-20:00h

Alte Münze Berlin, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin-Mitte



Silent Green Winter Market


On the second weekend of Advent, the silent green community of tenants opens its doors and warmly invites you to take part in our winter market. At all kinds of booths, both inside and outside, you can get to know and take home delicious and beautiful things from the house and the neighbourhood, collect gift ideas, watch children’s cinema, listen to concerts and DJ sets, make something yourself, or simply enjoy one or two pre-Christmas treats outside by the fire bowl or inside in the warmth.

December 4 & 5, 14:00-20:00h

Silent Green, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin-Wedding



Naughty Kinky Winter Market


Make sure to come to the hottest winter celebration: Naughty Kinky Winter Market and KIB in X-berg (just next to Arena and CDV). Lusty Ice is bringing you this new edition of a very Naughty Xmas Market. With Shows, Workshops, Kinky Art Exhibitions and 30+ S+ stands. After a break last year they are back and with some beautiful new stands and products to present to you! Get some naughty presents for your lovers, family and friends.

December 11 & 12, 12:00-20:00h

Alte Münze Berlin, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin-Mitte


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