After promising ourselves the day before, we returned to Potsdamer Platz at night to see it transformed into a sparkling showpiece. The crowds had swelled and the restaurants were bustling. But all we could look at were the lights.
The canopy was lit up in a bluish hue that gradually transitioned to magenta before switching back again. The fairy lights in the shape of a gigantic Christmas tree hung from the ceiling forming an eye-catching centre piece that descended over a stage at the centre of the plaza decorated with mirror balls of varying sizes.
This was like a fairy wonderland which of course they thought of as well with figurines in the shape of fairies made up of lights. I had to wait patiently as kids (and parents) jumped in for photos, making me wonder, if Santa would feel upstaged and make an impromptu appearance with his train of reindeer and elves.
Then to top it off, there is also a Christmas market here. After the first night, when all I could think of was which of the sausages to try and how many could I possibly fit in before I regret it, this time I was a bit more restraint.
Besides, I got carried away with the giant Christmas tree which was in the last market as well. I am guessing this is very much a German tradition and spent the next fifteen minutes trying to take a photo of this tree which is constantly spinning albeit slowly.
After satisfying myself with a shot that does not look I was taking it from a speeding car, we then got distracted with a wooden toy shop which sold your traditional wooden items and also miniature versions of the Christmas tree.
I thought these are really clever. The candles (or tea candles) placed at the base when lit, provides enough upwards heat “motion” to actually turn the vanes at the top. No batteries required! I was hooked. To cut a long story short, we ended up getting one which I would have to hand carry back home. IKEA and flat packs have not revolutionized the Christmas tree industry yet and so the Christmas tree came boxed fully assembled! Oh, never mind!
Walking further along the street, we came to your more well known kind of Christmas tree. It towered sky high and was located outside Spielbank Berlin which is a casino. Having spent with abandon on our miniature German Christmas tree, we were in no position to empty our wallets on testing any gaming machines in Berlin. Moreover, the night was getting on and we were getting hungry. So, we quickly moved along.
We did not think looking for a place to eat was a problem in Potsdamer Platz until we realised that the better establishments were all fully booked. Although more Sausages with Gluhwein back at the market was beginning to look like reality, we ended up in Arkaden instead.
This is a shopping mall located right next to the Christmas market. It was lit up to the hilt and I was beginning to feel like a moth, drawn to it. Especially the massive columns of twinkling lights in the Arkaden. There must have been eighteen to twenty of these light decorations.
They filled the entire centre atrium of the mall and was simply captivating. So, we ended up grabbing a bite here, to fill our hungry stomachs, happy that we made the trip out to Potsdamer Platz for the night. We decided that it is a great place to hang out, even if you came here just for the lights. If you still aren’t convinced, then check out the street bench below that glows an icy blue at night. Simply uber cool.