• The city of Erlangen opens a public ice skating rink every year for the winter holiday season.

    Erlangen on Ince

    The city of Erlangen opens a public ice skating rink every year for the winter holiday season.

  • Children are entertained in a painting workshop during the mineral days in Nürnberg

    Mineralientage Nürnberg

    Children are entertained in a painting workshop during the mineral days in Nürnberg

  • A special Christmas market for children is located right around the corner of the famous Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt.

    Kinderweihnacht in Nuernberg

    A special Christmas market for children is located right around the corner of the famous Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt.

  • As the days get shorter, Advent and Christmas markets in the area foster the holiday spirit.

    Weinachtsmarkt in Ansbach

    As the days get shorter, Advent and Christmas markets in the area foster the holiday spirit.

Christmas Bazaar at Animal Shelter in Ansbach
The Ansbach Tierheim (animal shelter) on Haldenweg 8 is hosting a Christmas Bazaar this Saturday, Nov. 22, starting a noon. Visitors can purchase hand-made decoration, wreaths and much more; all proceeds go to the care of the animals. To learn more, go to http://www.tierheim-ansbach.de

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 www.muhr-am-see.de

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.

Ansbach Christmas Market Opens
The traditional Ansbach Christmas market opens on Wednesday, November 25. The booths and stands start selling their goods at 5 p.m., but the official opening begins at 7 p.m. on the center stage. A crafts exhibition in the Stadthaus (first floor, collocated with the tourist information office) features handmade Christmas decorations and much more.
The market is open daily until Dec. 24; opening hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. -- 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. -- 8 p.m.. The market closes at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For more details, including an event program and a site map, go to www.weihnachtsmarkt-ansbach.de

Erlangen on Ice
The public ice skating rink on Marktplatz (between Paulibrunnen and Palais Stutterheim) in Erlangen opens on Nov. 26; the rink, located near the Christmas market, is open daily until Dec. 26; admission is free. Opening hours are Monday through Friday 2 -- 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. -- 9 p.m., Dec. 24 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Dec. 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more about Erlangen Christmas activities, go to www.facebook.com/erlanger.weihnachtszauber

Christkindlesmarkt in Nürnberg
Every year, Germany's most famous Christmas Market opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world, right in the middle of the city, on Nuremberg Main Market Square. On Nov. 28 at 5.30 p.m. (the Friday before the first Advent Sunday), the Christkind opens her market, reciting the solemn prologue from the gallery of the Church of Our Lady. And as every year, by Christmas Eve, more than two million people from all over the world will have visited the Nürnberg Christmas Market.
About 180 wooden stalls, decorated with red-and-white cloth, hold the traditional goods: Nürnberg Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Früchtebrot (fruit loaves), bakery goods and sweets, typical Christmas articles such as Christmas tree angels, cribs, tree ornaments and candles, toys as well as arts and crafts products. The Zwetschgenmännla (Plum People), little figures made from prunes, make a popular souvenir. Refreshments include, of course, Nürnberger Bratwurst and Glühwein (mugs of hot mulled wine).
Using public transportation is always recommended, especially on opening day. The market is about ten minutes by foot downhill from the Hauptbahnhof (main train station). It is open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., finally closing at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Detailed information in English can be found at www.christkindlesmarkt.de

Kinderweihnacht - Nürnberg
The Kinderweihnacht, a special Christmas market for children with historical carroussels, Ferris wheel, train, glass and candle workshops and Christmas bakery, is located on Hans-Sachs-Platz, right around the corner of the famous Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt. Opening times are daily 10 a.m. -- 9 p.m. on Nov. 28 -- Dec. 24 (closes at 2 p.m.). To learn more, go to www.christkindlesmarkt.de

The "Reiterlesmarkt" of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Once a year, the medieval town of Rothenburg is transformed into a winter wonderland during the annual Reiterlesmarkt; this wonderful Christmas market has been the highlight of the festive Christmas season in Rothenburg since the 15th century. Today the narrow and winding streets and the squares around the Town Hall, its archways and the market square are still lined with stalls where one can find almost anything associated with a German Christmas market: pastries, white mulled wine and handcrafted decorations.
Numerous cultural events are held in conjunction with the market. Daily events include a guided tour in English, starting at 2 p.m. at the market square, and a visit by the Weihnachtsmann (German Santa) at 4:30 p.m. Every day at 5 p.m. a new window of the "advent calendar" on the town hall is opened; a concert by a brass band follows at 5:30 p.m.
The Rothenburg Reiterlesmarkt is open Nov. 28 through Dec.23; opening hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. -- 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. -- 8 p.m. For further information about the Rothenburg market contact the Rothenburg Tourismus Service on Marktplatz 2 at 09861- 404-800 or info@rothenburg.de, or go to their website at www.tourismus.rothenburg.de

Nativity Scenes in Handwerkerhof Nürnberg
Old Nürnberg crafts tradition can be seen in the Nürnberger Handwerkerhof (Königstor, next to the big tower across from the Hauptbahnhof) from Nov. 28 until Dec. 30, when the nativity scene exhibition is once again opened for the season. Small stores and craft shops offer toys, decorations and much more, while typical Franconian restaurants open their doors to the hungry visitors. The Handwerkerhof is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. -- 10 p.m., the stores open 10 a.m. -- 6:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibition is free. To learn more, go to www.handwerkerhof.de

Winter Festival in Weissenburg
The Weissenburg winter festival in the Alte Ziegelei (Lehenwiesenweg) takes place on Nov. 29 through 30. The program varies from Hiphop to Punk, Ska and Reggea. To learn more about the festival, go to www.weissenburg-aktuell.de

Advent in the Nürnberg Zoo
Every Advent weekend (starting Nov. 30) and Christmas Eve visitors at the Nürnberg Zoo can see a live nativity scene with sheep and donkey, Mary, Josef and shepherds between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; a special booth near the Kinderzoo (petting zoo) offers Gluehwein, Kinderpunsch (non-alcoholic) and grilled sausages.
A lantern parade for children takes place on Dec. 13, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the main entrance (Adults pay 4 euros admission, children enter for free). A "Forest Christmas Service" is held on Sunday, Dec. 21 at the main entrance at 4 p.m.

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