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 and smaller Christmas events going on in December.
Here’s what you need to know.
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Where is Potsdam’s Christmas market?
isn’t a big place and the city center is very walkable. The main xmas market in Potsdam
location is place along the Brandenburger Straße between the Potsdam
Brandenburger Tor and Bassinplatz. (Don’t mistake the Brandenburger Tor with
that of Berlin.)
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:
25 November to 29 December 2019
Closed on 24 December
4pm till evening (stalls started
closing around 8pm, but it was a rainy day)
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.
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.
visit on a rainy day like I did, you might want to seek shelter at some point.
And if you, on top of that, still need to do some Christmas shopping (whether
for yourself or loved ones), you could visit the local mall.
Potsdam is fully decked out in Christmas decorations and features Christmas
stalls. The shops too have lots of Christmas ware on sale (with special deals
too). Maybe try some high quality German chocolate, invest in new jewelry,
stock up on stationary or get more Christmas décor.
Opening times: 21 Nov to 23 December
10am to 8pm Mo-Thu, 10am to 9pm
Fri-Sat, Dec 24 10am to 2pm
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