Friday, December 4, 2015

December 2015 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific) and Important Dates      
December 25, 26 Christmas (note: stores will be closed after mid afternoon December 24) 
Note: December 27 is a Sunday, so stores will be closed for THREE days! See below for some things that are open in the area.
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 - 18 Children´s Christmas Huts- arts and crafts from 2-5pm, see link for additional activities
December 1-24 Living Advent Calendar- the door is opened at 5pm and followed by music
December 3-6 Christmas Market
December 5 - City walk with the Mayor - free of charge, 2:30 pm


December 10 - January 10 Erlangen on Ice, Erlangen´s ice skating rink opens Schlossplatz NOTE: No longer free. Children under 6 Free, 7-17 €2, Adults €3
Through December 24 Forest Christmas Market, Schlossplatz
Through December 23 Historic or Middle AgesChristmas Market 
December 5 - 24 Christmas Tree Market, Schlossplatz
December 6 - Siemens Choir Christmas Concert 
December 13 Antique/Flea Market, Parkplatzstraße
December 17 - New York Gospel Stars, tickets from €24,50
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!
See here for other smaller Christmas markets in the city.
Through December 24 (weekends only!) Living Nativity Scenes, Nürnberg Zoo 
Through March 2016- Segway Indoor Parcourse - Kickfabrik Friday, Saturday, Sunday (link in German, upper right for translation tool)
Through December 20 - Glühwein Streetcar tours
December 4-14 Fine Arts and Crafts Market at the Stadtmuseum Fembohaus
December 5 - Christmas in Africa, Hand-Sachs-Platz Tickets €6,50
December 7 - Open Sunday Altstadt
December 8 - Moya Brennan, Irish Christmas tour, tickets from €27
December 12, 26- The Wizard of Oz, tickets €26.85
December 12-13 Winterkiosk - Alternative Christmas Market- organic, free trade, etc. items
December 14 - Swanlake, tickets from €29 
December 17 - January 10 Flic-Flac Christmas show- aerial dancers, acrobats, etc. Seems a bit like Cirque du Soleil tickets from €7,27- €48,18 **also runs on Christmas Day and 26th!

Click here for a previous post about the area´s Christmas Markets, and what makes each special. 
See here for goings on in the Fränksiche Schweiz (link in German)
Through December 13 Circus Roncalli, Bayreuth Tickets from €16
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 Leipzig Philharmonic Advent Concert, Fürth Tickets from €39
December 5 - The Cashbags, Johnny Cash tribute band, Bayreuth
December 5 - Salsa Navidad (including course!) €6,50, Bamberg See link for other salsa events
December 5 - Long shopping night (until midnight!), Bamberg
December 6 - Adventsmarkt, Frankische Schweiz Museum, Pottenstein 
December 5 - Niklauslauf, Forcheim- Up to 5k run (also children and baby runs)
December 5 - Shopping Night, Bamberg- stores open until midnight! 
December 8 - Musical Christmas - most in English!, Erfurt tickets from €39,90
December 10 - The Nutcracker, performed by the Russian National Ballet Theater, Schweinfurt, tickets from €32
December 10 - Lord of the Dance, Regensburg, tickets from €55
December 12 - Swanlake, Würzburg, tickets from €43
December 18 - New York Gospel Stars, Fürth, tickets from €24,50
December 21 - Short Film Day, Hof
December 25 - The Nutcracker, Russian National Ballet, Würzburg,tickets from €25

Other things to do? 

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

New to the area? Click here for a list of tours in the area in English.

From September to April - Public ice skating at Nürnberg Arena (W, Th, F, Sunday- during school  holidays and feiertage also Monday and Tuesday). 

Day trip to Kulmbach, a  beautiful city known for it´s beer. (1.5 hours from Nürnberg). 

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

Sign up for a class at the Volkshochschule. In addition to language classes, they offer wine tasting classes, exercise classes, art classes, and excursions/tours! (and more!)

Take the Bamberg Beer Tasting Tour €22 Self guided, comes with backpack and allows you 5 beers at various breweries. 

Other suggested day trips (earlier post on this blog) here

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

Cycling and hiking tours (or self guided) in the Würzburg wine region here

Bike the Regnitz Bike Path between Nürnberg and Bamberg- information and various tours to take (in German) here.

Take a self guided tour of Erlangen. Or any one of these can be booked in English.

VGN has suggested walks and bike rides on their website (in English). Vineyard walk here, Rocks and caves walk here. See all of VGN´s suggestions for things to do here (in English). In German, you can read about all of their leisure bus lines and suggested routes/things to see and do in the area, a few are described in English here

In or around Herzo? Information on hiking paths can be found here in English.

Have you visited Forchheim? An adorable city less than 45 minutes away from Nürnberg, information in English, including a self guided tour brochure for download here

Visit the Nürnberg Planetarium

Go (indoor) rockclimbing. Kids just €2,50.  Other indoor climbing in Erlangen and Bamberg 

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). Franken Tourist center suggested hikes here (right side), biking here

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

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

Open during the holidays (December 24-26 and/or 31 see websites for more info)
Ice Skating at Nürnberg Arena
See here for special opening times for Nürnberg City sights (Albrecht-Durer house, DB Museum, Deutsches Museum, etc.) 
Boulder Halle (Erlangen and Bamberg) advertises open all holidays at 9am, I would call to be certain, but...
Nürnberg Zoo
Planetarium Nürnberg
Kick-Fabrik Indoor mini-golf, soccer, and more. Open every holiday but the 26th

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