Photo by CALIN-ANDREI STAN.
Photo by CALIN-ANDREI STAN.

December events in Germany

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Christmas Market on the Island of Frauenchiemsee
Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8

The Bavarian Alps and Herrenchiemsee Castle make a storybook backdrop for a Christmas market with carolers, mulled wine and a children’s program.

Ball Night
Dec. 7 in Wiesbaden

A smartly-dressed crowd mixes, mingles, sips sparkling wine and dances to the sounds of live pop and jazz music in the elegant setting of the Kurhaus.

Krampus Runs
Dec. 8 and 22 in Munich

It’s a scary Christmas at the Marienplatz when some 300 fur-clad, horned Alpine beasts race through the market, frightening shoppers in their wake.

Forest Christmas Market
Dec. 14 - 15 in Trippstadt

Handmade crafts, regional specialties, Alpine horn players and fire artists lend this market its unique flair. As darkness falls, torches light up the night.

Night of the Proms
Dec. 12 in Stuttgart

A classic orchestra backs up pop artists from the past few decades, creating an unforgettable night of music. The show visits 10 other cities in Germany.

Christmas Circus
Dec. 20 - Jan. 5 in Wiesbaden

Acrobats, trapeze artists, clowns, tigers, dogs and ponies are amongst the performers set to dazzle audiences in a heated tent set up at the Gibber Kerb.

Christmas Magic
Dec. 25 - 30 in Triberg

An icy waterfall illuminated by thousands of glittering lights is the centerpiece of this spectacle made up of concerts, shows and dazzling fireworks displays.

New Year’s Run
Dec. 31 in Trier

This Brazilian-inspired running event set to the sounds of samba drums attracts Germany’s top athletes and amateurs alike. Men run 8 km, the ladies 5 km.

Plan ahead

Craft Beer Festival
Jan. 10-11 in Karlsruhe

Sip and sample the innovative and tasty creations of some two dozen of Germany’s most creative brewers, ideally accompanied by the hot and tasty street food available on site. Bottled beers to enjoy back home are also on sale. Tickets go for 8 euros.

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