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 the 27th of November, 2017 the largest Christmas Market in Brandenburg, located on Luisenplatz and on Brandenburgerstraße, welcomes the return of Blue Light 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 to complement your stroll through our historical inner city. Also, from the first weekend of Christmas, 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 two weekends during Christmas artists and vendors from Bohemia present their Christmas traditions and customs at the Bohemian Christmas Market in the historical Weber Quarter in Babelsberg (1st and 2nd Christmas Weekend). On December 2nd, 2017 there will be the traditional performance of the Bohemian Christmas Mass in the Friedrichkirche on Weberplatz, thereby commemorating Bohemian Heritage.
From the 1st to the 3rd of December, our Polish neighbors bring their traditional Star Fest and Star Market in the historical ensemble of the Kutschstallhof on Neuen Markt. Also on the 9th and 10th of December the Dutch Quarter will host the Sinterklaas-Fest, where the Dutch Nikolaus "Sinterklaas", as well as, many Dutch hand smiths, such as wooden shoe makers and Kniepertjes bakers, are to be expected.
From the 1st to the 3rd of December, is the Christmas Market in the dreamlike Castle Belvedere on the Pfingstberg, with Christmas lights on the Castle walls, high-quality craftsmanship and a fairytale in the Moorish Cabinet high over the roofs of Potsdam.