This Christmas market gets off to an early start

By Sara Orlos Fernandes

Eleven degrees and sunshine instead of sub-zero temperatures and snowflakes: the winter magic opened on Landsberger Allee on Friday. Music and the smell of mulled wine and roasted almonds can be heard again from 120 rides and stalls.

It’s 4 p.m. The first visitors to the square next to Möbel Höffner are slowly getting into the Christmas spirit. Advent music won’t be available for a few weeks, instead Modern Talking will be playing from the speakers.

For 4.50 euros you can get 0.2 liters of mulled wine, the Thuringian bratwurst costs 4 euros. At 4.50 euros, 100 grams of roasted almonds are 50 cents more expensive than last year.

Mulled wine sellers and twin sisters Birgül and Nilgül (53): “Of course we’re slowly getting into the Christmas spirit, even if it’s a little too warm.” Customer Silke B. (53): “It could be colder, but the atmosphere is right. A certain Christmas atmosphere arises and mulled wine is always possible.” Photo: Olaf Selchow

Many people are currently drinking beer rather than mulled wine. Also with district mayor Martin Schaefer (CDU), who ceremoniously opened the market on Friday. “It’s something special that we’re starting in November, but after all these years of Corona, it’s not wrong to celebrate so early,” he told BZ

District mayor Martin Schaefer (CDU) opened the event together with organizers Carmen Blume (56, r.)
and Stephanie Wattemberg (57, l.). Photo: Olaf Selchow

After the winter magic moved to the alternative area in the middle of the residential area on Frankfurter Allee last year, the organizers are heading back to Lichtenberg. Schaefer would like to continue to ensure that the market takes place here in the future.

Berlin’s biggest Christmas fair is now open from Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sundays and public holidays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Glühwald starts on Saturday at Mercedes Benz Platz.

The popular markets at the Memorial Church, the Red Town Hall and the Gendarmenmarkt will open on November 27th.