Royal Christmas – Festival Concerts

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December 2021

The poignant and heartwarming Christmas concerts in the Great Orangery at Charlottenburg Palace have always been an unforgettable experience for the ears.  Celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year” by listening to reverent melodies performed in the opulently decorated halls of this historic venue. The program features masterworks by composers like Bach and Handel.  At the end of the concert, the artists invite the audience to join a sing-along of classic Christmas carols – a long time tradition of the Berlin Residence Concerts. A royal Christmas at Charlottenburg Palace:  a truly memorable experience.

Royal Christmas Dinner

How to better celebrate Christmas than with a festive dinner in one of Berlin’s most beautiful venues?  The Berlin Marriott Hotel invites you to partake in a breath-taking three-course meal. Indulge in this royal dinner by candlelight with musical accompaniment from a soloist of the Berlin Residence Orchestra, and savor delectable culinary creations made from fresh, local ingredients.



15:30 Uhr --- doors open to concert
16:00 Uhr --- start concert

25. & 26.12.2020

17:30 --- doors open to dinner (optional)
18:00 --- start dinner (optional)
19:30 --- doors open to concert
20:00 --- start concert

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Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace was built in the late 17th century as a summer residence for Queen Sophie Charlotte, for whom it was named. The magnificent palace complex is surrounded by an impressive baroque garden in which the New Pavilion, the Mausoleum, and the Belvedere – which once served the court as a tea house – are located. 

Today, the grounds of Charlottenburg Palace measure 55 hectares. The original gardeners created the landscaping in a French style, but in 1786 their work was converted into an English landscape garden.


Today, Charlottenburg Palace not only invites Berlin residents and tourists alike to stroll through the gardens and enjoy all kinds of events, but also houses a collection of architectural showpieces, masterful paintings of the French Rococo, and other splendid works of fine art – especially from the Romantic and Biedermeier periods.


The Great Orangery

The Great Orangery at Charlottenburg Palace, built between 1709 and 1712, originally served as a winter home for the botanical collection of precious citrus plants. During the summer months, when the more than 500 orange and lemon trees adorned the baroque garden, the Orangery provided a magnificent venue for various festivities of the Prussian royal court. 

Following house tradition, today the opulent, light-flooded ballrooms of the Great Orangery continue to offer a festive setting for banquets, concerts and events of all kinds.


Former Court Theater  (Museum)

The classical, three-story court theater was built in 1788 at the western end of Charlottenburg Palace to present featured highlights for courtly festivities. 

Following destruction in the Second World War, only the building’s exterior was reconstructed. Recently reopened, the former court theater is now a contemporary, wheelchair-accessible building. 

The building holds four spacious rooms on the ground- and first floors with a total presentation area of approximately 1,200 square meters that can be used for events,.


New Wing (White Hall)

This self-contained, easternmost addition to Charlottenburg Palace was nearly demolished during the Second World War.

Today, the largely reconstructed New Wing contains two illustrious ballrooms, which can normally be visited only as part of a museum tour: the magnificent Golden Gallery, and the White Hall – which was personally inaugurated by Frederick the Great in 1742. 

Formerly a dining hall and now part of the museum, the White Hall flaunts royal flair and first-class acoustics.

In other rooms of the New Wing you can admire numerous works of art including classical-romantic sculptures and French painting.

Please note that the White Hall is NOT wheelchair accessible.

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