For Potsdam, Christmas means once again reflecting on its cultural roots. Not only the historic city centre attracts you with a large Christmas market, but also other cosy places get you in the mood for the Advent season: Snack on sweet Dutch specialities at the famous Sinterklaas-Festival, marvel at Polish craftsmanship or experience the performance of a Bohemian shepherd's mass. The Christmas markets in Potsdam invite you to discover cultural diversity and get into the Christmas spirit.

Please note that the dates are subject to change or cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Blue Light Christmas Market

The central Blue Light Christmas Market welcomes its visitors with its characteristic blue lights at Luisenplatz, at Bassinplatz and in the Brandenburger Straße. It takes place from 23 November until 29 December 2020 and includes a stage for fairy tales and an outdoor skating rink. The admission is free.

Opening hours:

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
  • Thursday – Saturday: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
  • 24 December 2020: closed
  • 25 and 26 December 2020: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
  • 29 December 2020: 11.00 am – 5.00 pm

Polish Star Market, Neuer Markt and Kutschstallhof

The Polish Star Market from 4 until 6 December 2020 is an atmospheric and popular market with polish handicrafts, specialities and a varied stage programme, organized by the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History. The admission is 3.00 EUR.

Opening hours:

  • Friday: 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
  • Saturday: 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
  • Sunday: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm

Bohemian Christmas Market, Weberplatz Babelsberg

The Bohemian Christmas Market in the historical Weavers' Quarter in Potsdam-Babelsberg takes place during the first and second Advent weekends (27 – 29 November 2020 and 4 – 6 December 2020). Bohemian tradition can be explored on the Weberplatz with craftsmen, traders, artists and innkeepers as well as a Bohemian Crystal Fairy. The admission is free.

Opening hours:

  • Friday: 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm
  • Saturday: 11.00 am –10.00 pm
  • Sunday: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm

Advent Market, Belvedere Pfingstberg

Belvedere Pfingstberg, the UNESCO world heritage site, invites its guests on 6 December 2020 to enjoy a Christmas afternoon with a stunning view of the winterly Potsdam. The admission is 6.00 EUR. Box office only, no advance booking. The number of visitors to the Belvedere is limited, we apologize for any waiting times.

Opening hours:

  • Sunday: 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Sinterklaas-Festival, Dutch Quarter

The Sinterklaas-Festival brings on 12 and 13 December 2020 Dutch traditions to Potsdam's Dutch Quarter. One highlight is the arrival of Sinterklaas by boat in Potsdam’s Harbour. He then travels on horseback to the Festival, followed by a horse carriage with VIP guests and accompanied by a brass band. The admission is free.

Opening hours:

  • Saturday: 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
  • Sunday: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm

Romantic Christmas Village, Krongut Bornstedt

Only a short stroll from Sanssouci Palace, the Krongut Bornstedt estate invites you to the Romantic Christmas Village in the historic inner-courtyard of the UNESCO World Heritage Ensemble. During the Christmas weekends, vendors in the festively lit market stalls and shops will have handmade crafts and accessories, as well as Christmas treats on offer. The admission is on Thursday and Friday free, on Staurday and Sunday 2.00 EUR.

Opening hours:

  • Thursday – Friday: 3.00 pm – 8.00 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 12.00 am – 8.00 pm

Canceled: Advent Garden, Russian Colony Alexandrovka

In the Advent Garden at the Russian Colony Alexandrovka offers culinary dishes and Russian specialities, tea from the samovar or mulled wine. Little visitors can listen to Russian fairy tales and stories.