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 Christmas market?
As with 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?
Other 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
The main Christmas market in Potsdam allows a walk through its Baroque city center. Fun fact: It is the largest Christmas market in Brandburg.
The theme 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.
There are 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 mulled wine.
As always, 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.
The market 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
- Dates: 21 to 26 December
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