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Winter Highlights 2017

167th traditional Erfurt Christmas market

The historic core of the Thuringian capital provides the ideal backdrop for a joyful advent season. The roughly 25 metre high Christmas tree, the crèche with 14 almost life-sized, hand-carved wooden figurines, as well as the 12 metre high original German Christmas pyramid from the Erz Mountains are at the heart of the Erfurt Christmas market on Cathedral Hill (Domberg). On Cathedral square (Domplatz) and in the heritage-listed city centre, merchants in more than 200 wooden houses will offer culinary specialities such as the Erfurt Schittchen (christmas cake) and Thuringian crafts – from hand-blown Christmas decorations to blue print fabrics and pottery. City guides dressed as Santa Claus or Christmas Angel will present the romantic streets and squares decorated for Christmas. Other attractions include numerous musical events, a fairy tale forest and the organic bakery for children as well as organ concerts in churches. In the medieval rock cellar on Cathedral Hill, egapark Erfurt will hold the traditional Christmas decoration show (Weihnachtsbindeschau), a unique exhibition of Christmas floral art tying.

28 November–22 December 2017
You can receive information, tickets and travel packages at Erfurt Tourist Information
www.erfurt-tourismus.de

Weimar Christmas

A city decked out for Christmas welcomes visitors during the advent season. The city centre is transformed into a Christmas market illuminated by glittering light from late November to early January thanks to its stalls and mulled wine lodges stretching from Market square (Marktplatz) to Theatre square (Theaterplatz). And even after the Christmas holidays, the city will be festively decorated and offer colourful market bustle for its visitors. Until 6 January 2017, the lodges on Market square and the ice rink on Theatre square will invite you to linger and enjoy winter fun. The famous Christmas song 'O you happy...' is heard especially often during the advent season in Weimar. Johannes Falk, a contemporary of Goethe's, wrote the text. A small museum recalls the work of Falk, who opened the first orphanage in Weimar. On Theatre square, literally under the eyes of the poet couple Goethe and Schiller, children and adults race around on the ice rink. Families with children are especially welcome visitors for Christmas in Weimar.

28 November 2017–6 January 2018
www.weimar.de/weihnacht

Jena Christmas market

The scent of burnt almonds and mulled wine, glittering lights as far as the eye can see, a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the beautifully restored and historic Market square (Marktplatz), as well as Thuringia's largest Christmas pyramid – the Jena Christmas market is one of the most beautiful of its kind. From the 27th of November to the 22nd of December, the square's stalls decorated for Christmas, the colourful programme on the market stage as well as the bustle on Oak square (Eichplatz) will enchant children and adults alike. Christmas tunes will be heard daily at 5:00 pm from the tower musicians of the Carl Zeiss Jena e.V., the traditional brass association. And on weekends there will be a balanced stage programme to ensure the right Christmas spirit. In addition to the traditional Christmas market on Market square and the hustle and bustle at Oak square, the historical Jena Christmas market opens its gates every year for two weeks. Between Johannistor and Pulverturm, you will enjoy the Christmas market with medieval flair and dive into a distant past with storytellers and concerts. Admission is free.

27 November–22 December 2017
Opening hours: daily 10:00 am to 9:00 pm (merchants until 8:00 pm)
Organiser: JenaKultur
www.jenakultur.de/maerkte

Ushering out the year in Weimarer Land

Christmas scents waft through Weimarer Land. 4 Christmas markets and a New Year's Eve concert are waiting for you.

The spa towns of Bad Berka (26 November) and Bad Sulza (10 December) invite you to enjoy the pleasant Christmas atmosphere with festive music and a lovingly crafted family programme. The scent of freshly roasted almonds and mulled wine will lure you from afar. If you see beautiful light projections in the sky, you have arrived in Apolda. The annual Festival of Lights (1-3 December) has various market merchants and singing kindergarten groups to get everyone in the mood for the Christmas season. A visit to the floating Christmas market in the historic oil mill of Eberstedt is recommended for those who would like something exceptional. And the floating village of Hüttendorf will turn into a nicely illuminated area with numerous stalls on the 17th of December. Finally, we'll ring out the year at the cultural estate of Ulrichshalben when Helene and Sebastian Roth and their friends produce musical fireworks. Look forward to an eventful end of the year.

www.weimarer-land-tourismus.de/de/

Erfurter Weihnachtsmarkt mit Dom St. Marien und Severikirche

Kulturdirektion Erfurt, F: H.-P. Szyszka

Weihnachtsmarkt in Weimar

weimar Gmbh, F: Maik Schuck

Jenaer Weihnachtsmarkt

JenaParadies, F: A. Gräf

Lichterfest Apolda

Stadt Apolda, F: Sandra Löbel

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