The German Christmas atmosphere is indeed special. People in Germany simply love to celebrate Christmas, and this is reflected in decorations in the streets, on houses, and in shopping centres. Besides that, the city of Berlin changes into a small little Christmas-fairytale at the end of November because all around town you will see wonderful, cheerful Christmas markets with lots of food, gifts, and crafts. This is indeed a "Winter Magic" time for the whole family.
Weihnachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt attracts 600.000 people every winter. Located near such landmarks as The Deutsche Dom, the Konzerthaus, and the Franzozische Friedrichstadtkirche, it is especially popular due to handmade gifts and various kinds of art. Don't leave without trying local treats like white chocolate milk, fried apple or unique cheeses. Also, check out a huge Christmas tree, and live entertainment.
There are three Christmas markets near the busy Alexanderplatz. Berliner Weihnachtszeit is the largest and one of the oldest Christmas markets in Berlin. It offers a giant Ferris wheel, unique chalets decorated in 19th-century style and a large ice-skating ring. There is also a small farm, Santa Claus and plenty of activities to keep children occupied. Wintertraum am Alexa is a modern Christmas-market in the same neighborhood. It features a roller coaster, a Ferris Wheel and many exciting rides.
Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz is visited by 2,5 million people every holiday season. Activities include sliding down a large snowy mountain, ice skating, and Eisstockschießen (a game similar to curling). It is open since early November.