Berlin, being the capital of Germany, has a lot of Christmas markets to choose from. They are basically at every major interchange in the city. I only really took the effort to visit two of them, however, and they are really much closer to what I have always expected a Christmas market to be. The only downside, is that most of the wares are mass-produced and not really all that special. But the decorations are lovely!
Judge for yourself from this array of photos I took around Alexanderplatz and Spandau.
Helpful holiday German:
Merry Christmas! - Fröhliche Weihnachten!
Happy New Year! - Frohes neues Jahr!
Christmas market - Weihnachtsmarkt
Chestnut - Maroni
Mulled wine - Glühwein
How much does this cost? - Wie viele das kostet?
Please - Bitte
Thank you - Danke
Cup - Pfand
You'll see "Pfand" written in places where you can buy Glühwein and Kinderpunsch (non-alcoholic). It means that you can keep the amazing 0,2l mug they give you with your drink. If you return it, you will get a refund of like 2 euros. But why would you ever do that?
Here's my mother displaying hers from Cologne: