WeihnachtsZauber – Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market:
The WeihnachtsZauber on Gendarmenmarkt is one of Berlin’s most popular and stylish Christmas markets during the festive season and for a very good reason. This centrally located Christmas market is framed by the Französischer Dom, the Konzerthaus and the Deutscher Dom, and with more than 1,000 strings of fairy lights sparkling in the evenings, it is truly romantic.
Berlin is the first stop on our German Christmas Markets tour and this evening we have free time to enjoy the Christmas Magic on Gendarmenmarkt. WeihnachtsZauber attracts some 60,000 visitors from around the world each year, a little more this year, with our friends, the Turners, and us visiting this Christmas. The market stalls are housed under white tents transforming Gendarmenmarkt into a small tent city.
What to Buy at WeihnachtsZauber
Traditional exhibitors at the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market include glassblowers, candle makers as well as jewellers. There’s also an origami master, an embroiderer, a milliner and an ivory-carver offering their high-quality goods.
One of the best parts of visiting Christmas markets is to see what Christmas specialities are on offer at the market stands.
Stalls stacked with stollen, marzipan breads and cakes, nougat, etc. are a delight for people like me, who love these German sweets.
Music and Entertainment
The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market is busy during the day, but when night falls, it gets even busier with locals calling in after work. On the large stage, there is entertainment by renowned artists who help put the crowds into the festive spirit.
Brass bands, jazz bands and choral groups provide ongoing entertainment and add to the Christmas spirit. With a mug of gluhwein in hand, we join the locals in enjoying the music.
Food at WeihnachtsZauber
There are stalls selling the traditional bratwurst and other snack foods. But if you want to take refuge from the cold, some of the restaurants offer dining in covered and heated tents.
After checking out the range of food on offer, we decide on a pizza and a glass of wine at Enoiteca Il Calice.
A Christmas Wish
If you hang around till a little later, Christmas angels make an appearance and grant visitors little wishes, if they’ve been good. We very much enjoy our visit to WeihnachtsZauber and my wish is to return to this Gendarmenmarkt Christmas mmarket.
2018 Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market
The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market operates from November 26, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The market operates from 11:00 to 22:00 each day, except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when it shuts at 18:00.
Note: For security reasons, backpacks and suitcases are not permitted.
Am Gendarmenmarkt 2
10117 Berlin Mitte