Christmas in times of Coronavirus in Berlin

Christmas in times of Coronavirus in Berlin

Despite some restrictions due to the pandemic, Berlin shows its Christmas spirit once again at the end of the year.

Weihnachtszeit in Berlin (4)

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Note: This article was archived on 27 December 2021 and is no longer updated.
At Christmas time, Berlin shows itself from its most beautiful side and attracts many visitors to the Christmas markets, ice rinks and beautifully decorated restaurants every year. Due to the Corona pandemic, the Advent season 2021 will be different than usual. As long as the current rules of distance and hygiene are observed and enforced, however, Berliners and visitors will by no means have to miss out on Christmas highlights.

Important notes

The data is checked regularly. However, due to the dynamic nature of the infection rate, changes and cancellations may occur at short notice.

At these selected Berlin locations, Berliners and visitors can enjoy the Christmas season in the capital despite the coronavirus (Editorial selection. Last updated: December 14, 2021):

Christmas Markets

Weihnachtsmarkt am Roten Rathaus 2016
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Christmas markets are generally allowed to take place despite Corona. This year, 22 November marked the beginning of the Christmas market season. However, the 2G rule has been in effect at all Christmas markets since 08 December: Visitors must be fully vaccinated or recovered and also wear a mask.
Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt
Impressive atmosphere, unusual stalls and traditional craftsmanship: the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt is one of Berlin's most popular Christmas markets - and for good reasons.

Christmas Market at Breitscheidplatz
This Christmas market in the centre of Berlin-West is worth a visit while shopping on Berlin's famous Kurfürstendamm.

Christmas Market in Spandau
Every year the big Christmas market takes place in the old town of Spandau - with a programme as colourful as a lavishly decorated Christmas tree. This year the market moves to the Spandau Citadel.

Lucia Christmas Market at Kulturbrauerei
The Lucia Christmas market is named after the Nordic goddess of light. Set up at a former brewery from the 19th century, the market welcomes visitors with traditional Scandinavian handicrafts, food, drinks and an entertainment programme.

Christmas lights in Berlin

Christmas Garden Berlin
Christmas Garden Deutschland
A tour of the Botanical Garden, lit up for Christmas, has been a firm fixture of the Christmas season in Berlin for years.

Christmas Garden
The Botanical Garden is transformed into a glowing fairytale landscape with all kinds of light shows, dream forests and 3D illuminated figures at "Christmas Garden". Tickets can be purchased online in advance (purchase possible on site). The 2G rule applies, according to which only vaccinated and recovered persons are admitted. Exceptions apply for persons under 18 and persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. The organiser uses computerised ticketing for contact tracking. In addition, masks are compulsory.

Christmas in theTierpark
The second Christmas festival of lights, Christmas in the Tierpark, will also take place despite Corona. The light spectacle is also subject to 2G regulations. Visitors must wear a medical face mask throughout the site.

Christmas shopping

Mann in weihnachtlich dekoriertem Einkaufszentrum
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For the Christmas holidays, Berlin's shopping centres entice shoppers with elaborate decorations and numerous promotions. This year, however, Christmas shopping is only possible if special measures are observed. Since 27 November, the 2G rule applies to all shops and department stores: only vaccinated persons and persons who have recovered from a corona infection will be allowed to enter. Visitors must wear a mask. Exceptions are only made for places of basic supply (supermarkets, drugstores, petrol stations, etc.). In the Advent season 2021, two open Sundays are planned.

Christmas parties in a small circle

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As difficult as it may be, the focus should always be on caution during the Christmas holidays. Private Christmas parties may take place. The following guidelines apply to religious celebrations:

  • Up to 50 people are allowed to gather indoors.
  • If more than 20 people attend, the 2G rules apply
For private gatherings in general, the following applies:

  • Members of one household may meet with a maximum of two people from another household.
  • Children under 14 years of age are not counted.
  • If only vaccinated people and people who have recovered from an infection with Covid-19 meet, different guidelines apply: Up to 50 people are allowed indoors, regardless of their household membership, and up to 200 outdoors. In this case, children under 14 are considered vaccinated or recovered.
Furthermore, it is recommended to keep as much distance as possible from persons from the risk group and to air regularly, even when celebrating together.

An overview of the applicable regulations can be found at berlin.de/corona. All participants are recommended to undergo a Corona test before the meeting.

Separate regulations apply to corporate Christmas parties.

Last edited: 28. December 2021