Plan Now for Christmas in Dresden, Germany
Posted on 08/16/2017
Just like in every other year the historic town center of Dresden will be transformed into a giant Christmas market from the advent season on.
The main attraction is the one oldest Christmas market Germany: For the 583rd time, the Dresden “Striezelmarkt” rouses Christmassy feelings during the Advent season.
This year’s “Striezelmarkt” will take place on the Altmarkt again, which is the traditional spot for this market. Over 230 festively decorated booths invite all guests to a relaxing stroll. The sweet smell of roasted almonds, mulled wine and Dresden Christmas cookies will fill the streets from 29 November to the 24 December 2017 daily from 10 am until 9 pm.
In order to pay tribute to the “Striezel” (“Stollen”), the special cake that gave the Christmas market its name, there will be a special event on the 3 December. A group of people will carry a big “Stollen” (weighs four tons) along the Dresden Zwinger, the Semper Opera House, the Hofkirche and the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) to the “Striezelmarkt” where it will be cut in pieces and offered to the visitors.
Not only the Dresden baking tradition but also the craftsmanship from all kind of regions will be taking into consideration on the “Striezelmarkt”. On Dec. 10, 2016 numerous singers will be singing at the pyramid festival of the “Striezelmarkt”. The 14 meters high step pyramid is the world’s biggest pyramid of this kind.
The booths of the “Striezelmarket” and other Christmas markets within the city offer miniature Christmas pyramids and other traditional, handmade Christmas decoration from the Ore mountains (Erzgebirge) and the Lusace (Lausitz).
From the end of November until Christmas Eve, there will be lots of other booths on the Prager Straße starting from the Main Station along to the other side of the Elbe River to the “Neustädter Advent”. More Christmas atmosphere can be experienced during a walk on the Hauptstraße and Königstraße within the baroque quarter and the Wilhelminian style part of the city.
Visitors, who like medieval times, will be entertained by craftsmen, impostors and carneys at the stable yard of the Residential Castle. Moreover, old handcraft techniques will be brought back to life during the Advent spectacle.
Those who like to warm up after a stroll over the Christmas markets can visit exhibitions or other events: The Semper Opera House, for example, shows John Neumeier’s ballet “The Nutcracker” or the enchanting performance of Engelbert Humperdincks “Hänsel and Gretel” which can be seen as well in the Staatsoperette Dresden. The Staatsoperette will celebrate its first complete advent season in the new Kraftwerk Mitte, opened in December 2016.
The Dresden Philharmonics are inviting on Christmas with two different programs on Dec. 24, 25 and 26 in the new concert hall of Kulturpalast, opened in April 2017.
Besides Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, symphonic Advent and Christmas concerts of various choirs will be played in the “Frauenkirche” and “Kreuzkirche”. Insiders should definitely visit concerts of the “Dreikönigskirche”.
“Schloss Wackerbarth” and the Dresden Zwinger are inviting to baroque Christmas concerts with numerous soloists and the orchestra of the “Landesbühnen Sachsen”. Exhibitions of various museums such as the traditional Christmas exposition “Christmas at the Jägerhof” offer an interesting overview of how Christmas is celebrated in Germany. Those who like sports can visit the skating rink in the romantic courtyard of the Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski.
PHOTO: Dresden at Christmas. (photo courtesy of the Germany National Tourist Office)