Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 2014 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific) and Important Dates      
December 25, 26 Christmas (note: stores will be closed after mid afternoon December 24)
December 31 New Year´s Eve (stores will be closed early)
See here for last year´s post on New Year´s Eve (Silvester) traditions in Germany. 

School holidays December 24 - January 6, 2015

Events (by no means a complete list)


December 1 - 19 Children´s Christmas Huts- arts and crafts from 2-5pm
December 1-24 Living Advent Calendar- the door is opened at 5pm and followed by music
December 4-7 Christmas Market
December 14 - Christmas Concert
December 18 - Herzo in a Nutshell - English guided tour €2


Through December 26 Erlangen on Ice, Erlangen´s free ice skating rink opens Schlossplatz
Through December 24 Forest Christmas Market, Schlossplatz
Through December 24 Historic or Middle AgesChristmas Market 
Until January 5 - Model train exhibit- Erlangen Arcaden
December 5 - 24 Christmas Tree Market, Schlossplatz
December 13 - Light Show, to celebrate the Year of Lights and Light Based Technology, Pedestrian Zone
December 13- Day trip (with English speaking tourguide!) to Dinkelsbühl and Bad Windsheim Christmas markets. €25 
December 15 - Gregory Porter (Jazz from the US), tickets from €39
December 21 - Swanlake


Every Thursday, City Marketing Nürnberg publishes weekend tips! 
Through December 21- Take a Glühwein tour of the city on an old fashioned street car €16
Through December 23- Special at the Planetarium - The Three Christmas Stars 
Through December 24 Christkindlesmarkt!
Through December 24 (weekends only!) Living Nativity Scenes, Nürnberg Zoo 
Through March 2015- Segway Indoor Parcourse - Kickfabrik Friday, Saturday, Sunday (link in German, upper right for translation tool)
December 4-14 Fine Arts and Crafts Market at the Stadtmuseum Fembohaus
December 7 - Open Sunday Altstadt
December 7 - Latin Bazaar- books, cds, etc. in Spanish and Portugese, also crafts, wine, and more! 
December 9 - Bryan Ferry tickets from €55
December 9 - UB40 tickets €41,90
Through December 10 - Citizen Four (film) €6,50
December 13-14 Winterkiosk - Alternative Christmas Market- organic, free trade, etc. items
December 18-21 Holiday on Ice Tickets from €29,90 adult
December 22 - The Nutcracker (ballet) tickets from €20,30

Click here for a previous post about the area´s Christmas Markets, and what makes each special. 
Through December 23 Christmas Market, Fürth (also has a Middle Ages Market)
Through January 6 Bamberg´s 39 Nativity Scenes are up! Walking map of the Nativity Trail here. More info at the tourist center.
Through January 6 Nativity Museum Hirschaid, nativity scenes from around the world Free
December 4 - Bryan Adams, Stuttgart tickets from €69
December 5 - New Orleans Jazz, Hassfurt,tickets €10
December 5 - Danceperados of Ireland (Irish music and dance), Bamberg
December 6 - Adventsmarkt, Frankische Schweiz Museum, Pottenstein
December 6 - Bryan Ferry, Stuttgart, tickets from €47,35
December 6 - Niklauslauf, Forcheim- Up to 5k run (also children and baby runs)
December 6 - Shopping Night, Bamberg- stores open until midnight! 
December 10 - Swan Lake, performed by the Russian National Ballet Theater. Crailsheim tickets from €35,90 
December 13- Day trip (with English speaking tourguide!) to Dinkelsbühl and Bad Windsheim Christmas markets. €25 Bus leaves from Erlangen
December 26- Light my Fire, Doors tribute concert, Hassfurt, tickets €10

Other things to do? 

From September - April 2015 go ice skating at Nürnberg Arena!

Click here for a list of tours in the area in English, many are indoors (museums). 

Visit the Nürnberg Planetarium

Take a day ski trip! Loads of companies organize them. Wöhrl, Jochen Schweizer, Snowstars, Intersport (ask at the store for brochures) for example. 

Take a salsa class.

Wednesdays and Thursday evenings, go to the public ceramic workshop in Nürnberg, just €2 per evening! 

Go (indoor) rockclimbing. Kids just €2,50.  

Kick-Fabrik - Nürnberg indoor soccer and mini-golf

Rock cut beer celler tours (Nürnberg) every Sunday 11:30am in English. €5 

Take a hike! Link to VGN hiking information site here (English). Combine hiking and beer with the 5 Seidla Tour (English). Hiking trails in and around Herzo here. Nature parks in the region may be found here (link in German, click on interaktiven Karte for the map). 

Head to the Frankischer Schweiz (link in English) for breweries, hiking, castles, rock climbing, canoeing and more. An interactive map of hiking trails in the Frankischer Schweiz can be found here

It´s Bockbier Anstich time! That time of year that the Bockbier kegs are tapped. Find a list of local Anstichen (the celebration the day the first keg is tapped) here

Take your own wine walk in Nürnberg (link in German, map on right hand side of page).

Sign up for a class at the Volkshochschule (page includes links to the VHS in the HENhaus area).

Visit a pool or sauna- Atlantis is in Herzo, Nürnberg has many to choose from (link in    German), Bamberg has Bambados Can´t decide?  Schwimmbadcheck is an online review site for public pools, link is in English.


Produce availability in Germany is VERY seasonal. Want fresh asparagus right now? Not likely.
Want to know when to expect what (of locally grown produce)? Click here  This also includes information about when to plant what in this area of Germany.

Things cropping up (pun intended) ;)
Clementines- though not local, of course, this is the time they arrive in stores! 

Things to stock up on as they will go away soon! 
Red cabbage

Also: Glühwein, Eierliquor, Lebkuchen, Stollen :) 

What in the world is that?

Zieräpfel. Edible, though sour. Mostly used for decoration

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