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BLY’s Rundown Of Unique Christmas Markets 2015

By Allison Krupp . December 6, 2015

Japanischer Weihnachtsmarkt: A Japanese Foods, Music, Craft, and Entertainment Market

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Western culture has assuredly cornered the market on all things Christmas: from glittery cookies to Jimmy Stewart singing holiday songs under the moon. But deep in our eggnog comas, don’t we all wonder—just a bit—what it’s like to celebrate Christmas out east?

On December 5 and 6, ARENA BERLIN will host a Japanese Christmas market, which will feature Japanese food, music, crafts, and entertainment. What’s more: Berlin-based Japanese artists (or artists with defined Japanese aesthetic) will sell their books, zines, illustrations, and screen prints alongside the Christmas stalls.

When: December 5 and 6, 12 – 9 p.m.

Where: ARENA BERLIN, Eichenstraße 4

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Beauty Free: Christmas Open Studios and Affordable Art Fair

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Starting December 4 at 6 P.M., with a live event featuring music by DJ Pony and DJ Csita, this BEAUTY FREE povvera market is a holiday celebration for the true-Berlin-soul. Twenty international artists operate in an open studio, displaying their drawings, paintings, photographs, collages, etc.—allowing contemporary art to be as accessible as those classic Christmas market trinkets.

Where: Philippistraße 7 Berlin 14059

When: Starts December 4 at 6 p.m.

Monday – Friday 4-8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Green Market Berlin

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It’s official: Green-living is Such A Thing in Berlin, and there’s even a Christmas market to celebrate all things environmental and kale. The Green Market Berlin celebrates its first birthday on December 12 and 13 from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Neue Heimat Berlin, offering over 40 booths and specially-chosen vegan vendors.

Green Market food stalls will feature things like hash browns with sauerkraut, hot waffles and vegan ice cream, some sizzling veggie burgers, all kinds of Christmas cookies, Chai, and—natürlich—Glühwein. Most notably, The Lotus and the Artichoke’s chef Justin Moore will present live cooking sessions, scrambling up recipes from his book “Sri Lanka.” Yes, you can taste test.

Alongside the food trucks (and booze), you can shop for incredibly unique Christmas gifts, drop your kids off at the assisted play area, and feel comforted knowing that they didn’t forget a live DJ at this event, either.

Where: Neue Heimat, Revaler Str. 99

When: December 12 and 13 from 12 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Naschmarkt At Markthalle Neun

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A Markthalle Neun Christmas market with a sincere and earnest focus on all things sweet—from gingerbread to chocolate, to cookies, to some more chocolate (ultimately 40 different stalls)…all made with natural ingredients (no preservatives on Christmas!) and made by local city shops? Yes, that’s everything we want.

Where: Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstr. 42/43

When: December 6, 12 – 6 p.m.

Admission (WHAT?): 2 euro (You can afford it.)

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Weihnachtsrodeo 2015: A Christmas Design Market

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This year, the “rodeo” market gets prime location at Postbahnhof and Ostbahnof (and indoors, where it’s not hailing) on the 5th and 6th of December. At this seventh edition of the market, more than 180 stalls featuring street food, jewelry, art, fashionable clothing, and yes—so much more—will help you decide what to gift to the people you love (who probably don’t deserve such nice things, but whatever).

Where: Straße der Pariser Kommune 8

When: December 5 and 6, from 12 – 8 p.m.

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