Alt Rixdorf Weihnachtsmarkt: A German Christmas

It is the most wonderful time of the year. And you are definitely in the right place at the right time. Germany does Christmas like nobody else. The Gluehwein, the Lebkuchen, the gebrannte Mandel (roasted almonds), the Stollen…and I’m drooling already. Okay, so a large focus may be on the edible items but it is the season to be merry after all.  How does the saying go again? If you can’t beat them, join them?  Well, it’d be rude not to, oder?

Amongst the hundreds of Christmas markets in Berlin there are some more worthwhile than others. Not dissimilar to the overflowing café and bar scene in Berlin, the same goes for Christmas markets. Japanese, Swedish or Danish, you can find the Christmas theme to suit your festive feeling right here. But whatever you do, there is one market not to be missed. Celebrate the second weekend of advent with a Christmas market you won’t forget in a hurry….

What? The 43rd Alt Rixdorf Weihnachtsmarkt .

When? 4th December- 6th December
04.12. - 04.12.2015 from 17:00 to 21:00
05.12. - 05.12.2015 from 14:00 to 21:00
06.12. - 06.12.2015 from 14:00 to 20:00

Where? Richardplatz 28,12055 Berlin- Neukölln.

Who? Local craftsmen, handymen, cooks, bakers and musicians alike all set up shop for one weekend in Rixdorf.  Plus, the hordes of crowds who flock to the pretty Richardplatz for a slice of the action.

Why? It is without doubt the most traditional yet effortless Christmas market in Berlin. If you appreciate the personal touch or if you’re a sucker for local handmade treats like me, you won’t want to miss out.

How? Just stroll on in. No entry fees, no entrance queues.

Neukölln’s Richardplatz transforms itself into a blur of festive fuzziness for the weekend. The historical and bohemian square is the ideal backdrop for all Christmassy happenings. Fairy lights fill the bare branches and light your way as you wander the cobbled square. Along which you can even catch a camel ride. Yep, you heard right. The small sand pit plays host to several camels which you or, perhaps more likely, your children can have a friendly jaunt on.

But why is it so special? This unique market shows off a real community spirit that no other market has to offer. Over a hundred clubs, organisations and societies group together to contribute to the quaint village’s annual Christmas display. As is to be expected, all the obligatory wood, ceramic and metal made handcrafts are available plus the extra Kiez specialities such as liquor and schnapps.
You can find a full programme of traditional dance and music from the live stage performances, all in traditional costume too, of course. Things may come to an end fairly early, but that’s no reason to head home. Tucked around the corner you can find happiness and more alcoholic warmth in the shape of Alte Roter Löwe Rein.

Just one word of warning, mind. Expect a good old crowd when you go. It might be in the depths of Neukölln but things this good don’t stay secret for long. Grab your Gluehwein on arrival and enjoy the odd jolly jostle!

By Alice Higgins

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