November Magic in Schwabach
Novemberzauber -- November magic -- is an artisans' market with musical and culinary entertainment, taking place in Schwabach in the Alte Synagoge ("old synagogue" on Synagogengasse 6) on November 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local vendors show arts and crafts, fashion and accessories for the home; live music provides the entertainment in the cafe. The admission is free.

Frankonia Open Sled Dog Race in Lauf/Schönberg
The Bavarian championship of sled dog races called Frankonia Open takes place on Nov. 15 and 16 in Schöneberg near Lauf. Races and other events start on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and are continued on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Vendors sell animal accessories and food and beverages. For more information, go to

Adventsmarkt in Bad Windsheim
Bad Windsheim is hosting a pre-seasonal advent market in the Kur & Kongress-Center (KKC on Erkenbrechtallee 2, next to the spa) on November 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can find home-made seasonal products, Christmas decoration, jewelry, pottery, candles or wood carvings, and get in the mood for the holidays with piano music, St. Nikolaus and other entertainment. Admission for the market is 2 euros, children up to 12 years of age enter for free. To learn more, also go to

Adventsmarkt - Muhr am See
Muhr at the Altmühlsee presents a traditional advent market on Nov. 22 and 23; opening hours on Saturday are 4 -- 8 p.m. and on Sunday 1 -- 7 p.m. Vendors and clubs are selling traditional Christmas products, wood carvings, ceramic items or nativity scenes. Food and drink will be available; a live band from Gunzenhausen provides the entertainment. To learn more, go to

Mineral Days in Nürnberg
A sale exhibition for jewelry, gems, pearls, minerals and fossils takes place at the Meistersingerhalle (Kleiner Saal) on Münchner Str. 21 in Nürnberg on Nov. 22 and 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can have their gems identified at no cost, children can paint like Da Vinci, polish gems or take part in an archeological dig. Admission for adults is 5 €, children from 6 to 11 years pay 2 €; family tickets are available for 12.50 €.

Kathrein Markt in Herrieden
The annual Kathrein market in Herrieden, in conjunction with open shop Sunday starting at 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 is the start of the holiday season and offers lots of neat household goods and Christmas decoration.

Special exhibit - 40 years of Playmobil in Zirndorf
The Museum Zirndorf (Spitalstrasse 2) is hosting a special exhibit celebrating the birthday of Playmobil figurines 40 years ago until Feb. 22. Visitors can see the development of the toy figures over the decades, while the kids (and adults) can play with them hands on in a special room on the top floor.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 -- 5 p.m.; admission for adults is 3 euros, children six through 17 years pay 2 euros and families are charged 7 euros. For more information, go to

German-American Hiking Club Ansbach
The German-American Hiking Club Ansbach travels to a different Volksmarch destination almost every weekend. Often they take the train together, sometimes a bus is hired for the group. If you are interested in joining them for some of their activities, contact the president at 0160-9386-0081, or join them for their regular meeting, which takes place every other Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. (in odd weeks) at the Gaststätte Lehenshof (Uzstrasse 19) downtown Ansbach (behind the Greek restaurant).

Kinder and Baby Bazaars
A 'Kinderbasar' or 'Baby Basar' is a second hand bazaar for used children's clothing, toys and equipment; they are usually organized by parents in the fall and spring and are a good opportunity to purchase well kept items for a reasonable price. Often there will be coffee and homemade cake for sale at the event. Look for flyers posted in your community for dates, times and location.

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