Your Handy Guide to Potsdam Christmas Market

Your Handy Guide to Potsdam Christmas Market

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 and smaller Christmas events going on in December. Here’s what you need to know.

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Your Handy Guide to Potsdam Christmas Market

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 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 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:

  • 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?

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.

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.

  • Times: 30 November to 22 December
  • Thursdays to Sundays
  • Address: Krongut Bornstedt, Ribbeckstraße 6–7, 14469 Potsdam

Indoor Christmas Market

If you 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.

The Stern-Center 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
  • Address: Stern-Center 1-1014480 Potsdam
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