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 from all over will be able to experience the traditional Christmas markets and quaint Christmas events.
From November, 25th to December 29th 2019 the Blue Light Christmas Market located on Luisenplatz and on Brandenburger Straße, welcomes the return of visitors from both near and far. At the Christmas Market, business owners and vendors fill the streets with decorative windows and kiosks accompanied by the smells of roasted almonds and mulled wine to complement your stroll through our historical inner city. Also, on all the Advent weekends you can visit the romantic Christmas village in the UNESCO World Heritage Ensemble, Krongut Bornstedt, with its giant lit Christmas tree, warming fire baskets and festive wooden huts.
What makes Potsdam so special during Christmas time? That which 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 Weber Quarter in Babelsberg. On November 30th, 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 at 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 guest: our Polish neighbors bring their traditional Star Fest and Star Market in the historical ensemble of the Kutschstallhof on Neuen 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 the 7th and 8th of December 2019 the Dutch Quarter will host the Sinterklaas-Fest, where the Dutch Nikolaus "Sinterklaas", as well as, many Dutch hand smiths and musicians are to be expected.
A new Christmas market will delight all the shoppers at Stern-Center Potsdam. The new Christmas market - located between Stern-Center and Porta - with its shopping stalls, food and drink vendors and children´s carousels will be open daily from 25th November to 28th December 2019.