Are you celebrating Christmas near Berlin? Why not plan a day trip to the nearby city and visit the Potsdam Christmas Market? As the capital of the state of Brandenburg, it has its very own Christmas market. In fact, there are eight in 2022. Here’s what you need to know.
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Where is Potsdam’s Christmas market?
Potsdam isn’t a big place and the city center is very walkable. The main xmas market in Potsdam location is placed along the Brandenburger Straße between the Potsdam Brandenburger Tor and Bassinplatz. (Don’t mistake the Brandenburger Tor with that of Berlin.)
Auf dem Bassinplatz und auf dem Luisenplatz, 14471 Potsdam
When is Potsdam’s
other German Christmas markets, it starts in the week between the Sunday before
and that of Advent First. For the Potsdam Christmas
Market in 2019, the times are as follows:
21 November to 29 December 2022
What Christmas markets
does Potsdam have?
smaller markets and xmas
events in Potsdam take place all over town and on different dates. Below
you can find more details on the specific Christmas markets in Potsdam.
Bohemian Christmas market: 25 to 27 November, 2 to 4 December 2022
Sinterklaasmarkt: 11 and 12 December 2022
Polish Christmas market: 2 Dec (4 to 8pm), 3 Dec (11am to 8pm), 4 Dec (11am to 7pm)
Krongut Bornstedt: 21 November to 26 December 2022
Blue Lights Christmas Market: 21 November to 29 December 2022
Adventszauber auf der Insel: 4 December, 2 to 6pm
Potsdam Xmas Market
Christmas market in Potsdam allows a walk through its Baroque city center. Fun
fact: It is the largest Christmas market in Brandburg.
is blue lights (“Blauer Lichterglanz”) and as such you can see two
big Christmas trees all in neon blue at the Brandenburger Tor and the St. Peter
and Paul Church.
plenty of food stalls, where you can dine on sausages, langosch (a Hungarian
“pizza”), burgers, regional dishes and of course, you can drink plenty of
the xmas market in Potsdam has its very own special edition mugs that change
every single year. In fact, this year we got two different kind of mugs (but
had to pay extra for those instead of just the usual deposit). It might be
different at other stalls, so don’t be afraid to compare and ask.
While you stroll past the lit
up huts, don’t forget to enter some of the local shops or go into the backyards
for some cozy mulled wine drinking and souvenir shopping. In fact, I got myself
a kooky sparkly donut bauble.
On the square Bassinplatz, you
can also get on a ferris wheel for an aerial view over the Christmas lights in Potsdam.
Walking the entire length of the street takes 10 minutes on a normal day, but with
the Christmas market in place, it might take 30 minutes up to an hour. Slowing
down is all part of the xmas
market experience in Germany.
is free to visit.
Romantic Christmas Village
The name says it all: the
Romantic Christmas Village on the UNESCO heritage listed crown estate Bornstedt
will charm you completely. It features cute Christmas huts from vendors all
over the region, displaying their handicrafts and handmade items.
If you are visiting
Sanssouci in Potsdam, you can easily include a visit to this lovely Potsdam
Christmas market. It`s in walkable distance.
For kids especially, the market has a special appeal with its live music and program, such as the fairy tale sessions, puppet theater and Santa meets. There are also the bakery (Backstube) and the elf hut (Wichtelhütte), where the little ones can do some arts and crafts.
Fun fact: They usually have around 200 Christmas trees on sale here.
Address: Krongut bei Sanssouci, Ribbeckstraße 6/7, 14469 Potsdam
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