Christmas in times of the coronavirus in Berlin

Christmas in times of the coronavirus in Berlin

Despite the restrictions due to the coronavirus, the capital shows its fairytale side at the end of the year.


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Cultural and leisure venues are currently only allowed to open under strict hygiene guidelines. Events are only allowed on a limited scale. Further information »

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 2020 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 all Christmas highlights.

Important notes

Please note: Even in places that are opened despite Corona, visitors must adhere to hygiene regulations and keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people. In some cases it is necessary to wear a mouth and nose protector. Anyone who shows cold symptoms, is acutely ill or belongs to the special risk groups should refrain from attending events altogether.

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. As of December 16, 2020):

Christmas parties in a small circle

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As difficult as it may be: As a rule, the emphasis should be on keeping your distance, even during the Christmas holidays. However, meetings are permitted in a small circle. Meetings may take place under the following circumstances:

  • Only people from one household meet.
  • A maximum of five people from different households meet (children up to 14 years not included).
  • Close relatives meet. The rule is that a person including the members of his household may meet with up to four relatives from the direct line or siblings and their households and children.
In addition, singing Christmas carols together is prohibited because of the increased risk of infection.

Visitors may stay in hotels
Even though tourist overnight stays in Berlin remain prohibited during the holidays, relatives of Berliners are allowed to stay in hotels and guesthouses during necessary private visits. A visit at christmas falls into this category.

Christmas lights in Berlin

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The Advent season lights up the capital: The city wraps itself in a glittering robe. The Christmas-decorated Kurfürstendamm and the illuminated boulevard Unter den Linden are just two of the shining highlights. A stroll through the festive streets really gets you in the Christmas spirit.

The Christmas lights on Ku'damm have been switched on since mid-November. In addition to the 550 twinkling trees, the oversized figures of the Nutcracker and the Snowman are real eye-catchers.

Unter den Linden
Decorated with numerous fairy lights, the avenue on the magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden shines in warm Christmas light and invites you to take a romantic stroll.

Pariser Platz
The Christmas tree at Pariser Platz, directly in front of the Brandenburg Gate is 15 meters high this year and festively decorated since the end of November. Pariser Platz thus offers the perfect conclusion to a leisurely stroll along the street Unter den Linden.
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Last edited: 4. January 2021