Berlin celebrates the holiday season with 60 Christmas markets all throughout the city. From romantic, and historic, to organic, and fun, there is a Christmas market for everyone. Some highlights: The Christmas Market in the district of Spandau, one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany, with over 400 booths, merry-go-rounds, and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree from the Black Forest; the festive and sophisticated Christmas market in front of the impressive Charlottenburg Palace; and the Scandinavian Lucia market, a great place for families and hipsters alike, in the courtyard of an old brewery.Best Christmas Markets in Berlin
2. Christmas Music
Throughout December, German choirs and musicians herald the season with classical concerts, organ recitals, and music-filled services in Berlin’s churches and cathedrals. One of the most atmospheric cathedrals is the Berliner Dom on Museum Island, the largest and oldest church in the German capital.
4. And Some More Christmas Shopping...
Looking for a more traditional shopping experience? Head to Kadewe ("Kaufhaus des Westens") on Kurfuerstendamm; opened in 1907, it is the largest department store in Continental Europe and Berlin's answer to Harrods in London. Spread over 8 floors, you can get everything from designer labels, and jewelry, to cosmetics; don't miss the legendary gourmet department on the top floor. Another great department store is Dussmann's on Friedrichstrasse, which offers the best selection of music, stationary, and books (also in English language) in Berlin. Down the street is Gallery Lafayette, which offers everything French; fashion, cosmetics, and of course French delicacies (more than 2000 oysters a week are eaten here).
Warm your soul with a glass of hot tea in the Tajik tearoom, set in a palatial building close to Unter den Linden. Leave you wet shoes at the door and get comfortable on the soft cushions at one of the low tables. The menu offers over 30 teas and Russian fare like borscht and blini. You can also take part in a Russian tea ceremony, which is complete with shots of ice-cold vodka, a Russian samovar, fruit confections, and pastries. In winter, Russian fairy tales are read every Monday (6 p.m.).More about the Tearoom
Another way to relax is by visiting a spa in Berlin: Try the Liquidrom, close to Potsdamer Platz, which offers everything your usual spa has – massage treatments, saunas, and steam baths, but the real reason to come here is the darkened dome with its warm salt water pool. Float through the water and enjoy soothing light reflections, as well as classical music and whale songs underwater, which play through speakers tuned to the salinity of the water. Another great sauna and wellness complex is the Badeschiff: Created from a huge cargo container, which is moored in the river Spree, the pool is covered with a translucent shell.
During the holidays, Berlin museums have special opening hours; many close in the early afternoon on December 24 and 31, and most museums are closed on December 25 and 26. Make sure to check out the website of the museums you want to visit.List of the top 10 Berlin Museums
The holidays are over, but Berlin’s biggest party of the year is yet to come: Silvester. Celebrate the beginning of the New Year at one of the biggest open-air parties in the world, held at the Brandenburg Gate with millions of revelers. There are several stages, dance floors, and tents with live music, performances, laser and light shows, international food stands, and an official countdown at midnight and great fireworks displays.Guide to New Year's Eve in Berlin