Christmas in Potsdam
During Christmas time, the city of Potsdam is transformed into a winterly Christmas venue. Between the lakes, gardens, and castles of the UNESCO World Heritage, visitors can experience the traditional Christmas markets and quaint Christmas events.
From 25 November to 29 December 2019, the Blue Light Christmas Market located at Luisenplatz and in the Brandenburger Straße, welcomes the return of visitors from both near and far. Here, the smells of roasted almonds and mulled wine complement your stroll along beautifully decorated shops and market stalls in the historical inner city. A short walk from here through Sanssouci Park leads to the Romantic Christmas Village in the UNESCO World Heritage ensemble Krongut Bornstedt, with its giant Christmas tree and warming fire baskets. The village is open Thursdays to Sundays throughout the advent time and presents festive Christmas stalls as well as a show programme on Saturdays and Sundays, including wood carving shows, children's entertainment, live music and sleigh rides.
What thrills thousands of guests and locals every year is Potsdam’s representation of its cultural roots, characterized through immigrant craftsmen of our neighboring countries. For the first two weekends in Advent, artists and vendors from Bohemia present their Christmas traditions and customs at the Bohemian Christmas Market in the historical Weavers' Quarter in Babelsberg. On 30 November 2019, there will be the traditional performance of the Bohemian Christmas Mass in the Friedrichskirche on Weberplatz, thereby commemorating Bohemian Heritage. The first and second Advent weekends are also the time when the Alexandrovka Christmas market in the garden of Museum Alexondrovka in the Russian Colony invites its guests to enjoy Russian music and dances whilst buying Christmas gifts and sampling Russian foods and tea from the Samowar around the bonfire.
On the first Advent weekend, two further Christmas markets attract locals and guests: our Polish neighbors bring their traditional Star Festival and Star Market into the historical ensemble of the Kutschstallhof at Neuer Markt. The Advent Market in the dreamlike castle Belvedere Pfingstberg enchants its visitors with Christmas lights on the castle walls, high-quality crafted goods and storytelling in the Moorish Cabinet high over the roofs of Potsdam.
On 7 and 8 December 2019, the Dutch Quarter will host the Sinterklaas-Festival, where the Dutch Sinterklaas and many Dutch hand smiths and musicians are to be expected.