Although Berliners are known to hate the wintertime, December brings one special treat that somehow alleviates the pain. Even those hardened freelancers who don’t need to show up for work and seriously consider hibernating with takeout as a viable survival solution are likely to leave the comfort of their home office when they hear two magic words: Christmas markets. And seriously, what’s not to love? Berlin’s Christmas markets reflect the spirit of the town itself and many of them have little to do with the cheesy vibe of dumb consumerism. On the contrary – they present a chance to discover and support local creators, get to know locations that remain relevant all year round, and last but not least, have a glass of the classic Glühwein. Read on to discover the coolest Christmas markets and special sales going on this year!
We love Holzmarkt! This urban village is our favorite throughout the year – for going to art events, trying new food, or just hanging out. The weekend winter market they’re organizing is appropriately diverse, with shows, gift ideas, a program for kids, and lots of yummy food and drinks. If you’ve been curious about our recent publication ”Like a Berliner”, you should come by on the first or third weekend, as we will have our own booth there with Sophia Halamoda selling Like A Berliner and many other cool products on Nov 30th, Dec 1st, and Dec 13th. We will be right at the entrance of Säälchen.
29th November – 22nd December 2019
Fridays: 16h – 22h, Saturdays & Sundays: 14h – 22h
Queer Xmas Market
You better not miss the ”The First LGBTQI+ XMAS Market in Berlin”! The stands will feature such diverse products as gay fetish gear, kinky home appliances, jewelry, accessories, and even wooden sex toys – literally promising something for everyone! Located in the famous Alte Münze, the event will be hosted by Orion Dahling & Mr. Manic.
Saturday, 30th November 2019, 14h – 22h
Sunday the 1st December 2019, 14h – 22h
Naughty Xmas Market
Hosted in Griessmuehle, this event truly goes above and beyond the definition of the word ”market”. Indeed, the organizers describe it as ”a 2 day cultural, informative and sex-positive celebration”, which feels appropriate when you take a look at all the diverse highlights, including BDSM workshops, screenings, performances, and more! Check out the detailed description on Facebook.
Naughty Xmas Market, Griessmuehle, Sonnenallee 221, 12059 Berlin
14-15th December 2019, 14h – 24h
Argile Studio Holiday Sale
If you’re into ceramics or searching for a gift for a friend who is, this is an absolute must. Featuring independent designers such as Moio Studio, Helka Ceramics, and Katie Gillies, the Argile Studio Holiday Sale is the perfect spot to get that special present handcrafted by a real artist.
Argile Studio Holiday Sale, Warthestraße 68, 12051 Berlin
Sunday, 1st December, 12h – 18h
Folkdays & Friends Christmas Pop-up Shop
The lifestyle brand Folkdays is organizing a market that will help minimize the environmental impact of your Christmas shopping. The Pop-up Shop in their Kreuzberg store will include a wide array of sustainable products from brands such as ALVA Concept, Avoid Waste, BINU, and many more.
Folkdays&Friends Christmas Pop-up Shop, Folkdays, Manteuffelstraße 19, 10997 Berlin
2nd December – 21st December 2019, Mo – Fr: 12h – 19h, Sat: 12h – 18h
Namilia Pre-Xmas Sample Sale
Get down to ISLA Berlin for an exclusive pre-Xmas Namilia sample sale. Namilia is one of the coolest fashion brands based in Berlin – famous for their iconic penis bra. Apart from the sale offerings, they’ll have drinks and DJ sets to get you in the mood.
30th November, 17h – 21h
K Pop-up Store & YUN x KNOK
If you are into Korean design, you will be delighted that the guys from KNOK Store have not one but two special Christmas pop up sales happening. For the first one, you have to head down to the K Pop-up Store at Savignyplatz. It’ll be a wholly immersive experience with Korean food, drinks, and of course gift ideas from the most amazing Korean designers and artists.
The second one is happening at the Korean eyewear store YUN in Mitte. The two brands collaborated to create a special offer if you buy a pair of glasses and a glasses chain together. But there are also more cool Korean design products available at the store, so it’s worth a visit.
1st December, 12h – 18h
YUN x KNOK Christmas Pop Up Store, Rosenthaler Str. 11, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
December 2nd – 24th, 11-20h
AA COLLECTED Pre-Christmas Studio Sale
Your chance to snatch some of the amazing designs from AA COLLECTED and spice up your Christmastime at a discounted price. It’s also an occasion to actually meet some of the designers and take a peek into the studio – don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity!
12th December, 18h – 21h
Stil in Berlin’s Warm Up #6 at Merry Markthalle
We love Stil in Berlin’s Warm Up action! It’s already the 6th edition of this amazing charity initiative, where you can donate coats, jackets, and tents (read the FB description to find out exactly what items are accepted) to people in need. It’s already awesome, but to further encourage you to take action, Stil in Berlin is organizing a lottery with awesome gifts that you can simply enter by donating. Come with your donations to Stil in Berlin’s stand at Markthalle Neun’s Merry Market on December 15th.
15th December, 10h – 16h
One Warm Winter & Highsnobiety Good XSample Charity Flea Market
Another great initiative is the very special sample sale organized by One Warm Winter and Highsnobiety. All donations collected during Good XSample Charity Flea Market will go towards people in need.
Good XSample Charity Flea Market, Genthiner Straße 32, 10785 Berlin-Schöneberg
1st December, 14h – 21h
Sameheads 2nd hand Xmas Market 2019
The beloved Neukölln venue Sameheads is organizing a second-hand Christmas market that should be included in your schedule! Designers and stylists will be selling an assortment of all kinds of gems that can now become your own!
7th December, 14h – 20h
Another Christmas market at the Griessmuehle: this time, way less naughty. Come and get lost among the numerous stands, offering everything from clothes to art and design. It’s the perfect opportunity to stumble upon some great gifts and chill with your friends at one of Neukölln’s favorite venues at the same time.
Griessmuehle Wintermarkt, Griessmuehle, Sonnenallee 221, 12059 Neukölln, Berlin
6th and 20th December, 16h – 24h
Christmas Market at Klunkerkranich
Klunkerkanich is famous for the carefree afternoon beers and evening jam sessions during the warm months, but this rooftop location remains just as inviting and unique in the wintertime. Their Christmas market is a community favorite, with colorful stands, delicious food and drinks, and a cultural program with events for kids.
Christmas Market at Klunkerkranich, Karl-Marx-Str. 66, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln
30th November – 22nd December, Saturdays and Sundays: 13h – 20h
Why would you go all the way to Reinickendorf for a Christmas market? Well, their North Pole, hosted in an erstwhile distillery, is a quite unique event. Uniting some of Berlin’s leading innovative designers (like Berlin Art Glas), this Christmas market is way more than just hunting for gifts – it truly presents a chance for the whole family to get inspired and learn something new. Check out their detailed program on Facebook.
6-8th, 13th-15th, 20th-22nd December, Fridays: 16h – 22h, Saturdays & Sundays: 14h – 22h
The classic Leopoldplatz market, but make it Christmassy: already the second edition! An open-air labyrinth of stands with art, design, and much more combined with international street food options.
Christmas Weddingmarkt, Leopoldplatz 1, 13353 Berlin
8th and 15th December, 13h – 21 h