At least nine people have been killed after a lorry ploughed into a festive market in the German capital – with more than 50 others injured.
But in late November, the US State Department warned of a “heightened risk of terrorattacks” at events marking the Christian holiday across Europe.
It said it had “credible information” that Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaeda were planning attacks and focusing on the “upcoming holiday season”.
It specifically warned American travellers to exercise caution at “holiday festivals, events and outdoor markets”.
It is understood the incident took place at a market outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
Briton Emma Rushton, who was in the market, saw the lorry rush past her at speed and said it could not have been an accident.
She told Sky News she only missed being caught in the chaos because she had climbed up some steps to take a seat.
Ms Rushton said: “The stall that we bought our mulled wine from was completely crushed. People were tearing off wooden panels to get out.”
She added: “It was not an accident. It was going 40mph, it was in the middle of the market.
“There was no way that it could have come off the road and it showed no signs of slowing down.”
Police later tweeted to urge people to stay at home and refrain from spreading rumours, adding that officers were working at full speed.
Julian King, European commissioner for the security union, tweeted: “My thoughts are with all those affected and their families in Berlin tonight.”