HOHOHO guys! It’s December and Santa is already ironing his red dress. If you’re not in the holiday spirit already you will be after this post, I promise. There are so many Christmas related things to do in December here in Stuttgart!
First things first. Let’s talk about Christmas markets:
- There’s the Stuttgart Christmas Market of course. It is one of the biggest in Germany and it spreads from the city hall over Schillerplatz and Karlsplatz all the way to Schlossplatz. Here you find whatever you’re craving for: yummy food, delicious sweets, all sort of nicnacs and – of course – Glühwein! Have you ever tried white Glühwein? I actually like it even better than red Glühwein. And there’s even rose Glühwein as I found out a few days ago! Also make sure you don’t miss the Finnish Christmas village at Karslplatz. Their salmon and “Glögi” taste amazing! And if you have children, I am sure they will love the mini train at Schlossplatz.
- A very special Christmas market is the Medieval Christmas Market in Esslingen. Here you find jugglers, fire-eaters, storytellers and many other people who seem to have stepped out of a history book. Observe glassblowers and broom makers perform their old craftsmanship. And smell the scent of wood fires and exotic spices. You can learn archery and how to dance medieval dances and afterwards you can take a bath in a medieval wooden bath tub!
- If medieval times are to rough for you, how about the baroque epoch? You might be delighted to hear that there is a Baroque Christmas Market just around the corner in Ludwigsburg. A golden shimmer lies over the market square and alighted gates invite you in. The baroque Christmas market is nestled between two churches and huge angel statues watch over the visitors.
But there are some more things to do in Stuttgart next to visiting Christmas markets:
- Dive right into the Christmas spirit on December 1 at Bix Jazzclub when the “Band in the Bix” plays a Christmas Special. Listen to the Jazz version of Christmas songs! Entrance fee: 22 Euro for a seat, 14 Euro if you’re fine standing.
- But there is another amazing event on December 1: Stuttgart in Sand gemalt/Stuttgart painted in Sand. In this “Sandshow” you see the story of Stuttgart and well known places come to live with the help of grains of sand. Wonderful. There is another show at December 31. Ticket prices start at 26 Euro.Film: Stuttgart Konzert
- A spectacular music and laser show awaits you at Stuttgart Planetarium on December 2: In Let it snow you will see a medley of different films, screened to the dome with the new Zeiss projector. Entrance fee: 8 Euro
- If you’re looking for special Christmas presents for your loved ones, you should check out the fair Schöne Bescherung at Römerkastell. On December 3 and 4 100 manufacturers have jewellery, home decor, fashion accessories and culinary treats on display. The entrance fee ist 8 Euro. If you want to win 2 tickets for free, check out my blog post about Schöne Bescherung.
- If you want to support the Alzheimer Foundation Baden-Württemberg while enjoying world-class ballet, you shouldn’t miss Eric Gauthiers Dance Gala on December 3, starting at 7 pm. Eric Gauthier, Stuttgarts beloved director of the Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart works together with seven dance companies from Germany, Italy and Spain to make this gala a special event for the audience. In order to allow families to see the gala, it is held on December 4 at 3:30 pm, too. Ticket prices start at 39 Euro.
- You want to listen to English and American Christmas songs? Then come to Diakonissenkirche (Rosenbergstraße 40) on December 3 at 6 pm or to Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche (Rosenbergstraße 194B) at December 4 at 5 pm.
- On December 5 you can listen to A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas. It will be read to you by the Welsh Actor and Singer Derrick Jenkins who is part of NEAT (new english american theatre). The performance takes place at Kulturzentrum Merlin, (Augustenstraße 72). Entrance fee: 5 Euro.
- The American Drama Group Europe brings the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on stage on December 6 at 4 and 8 pm as well as on December 7 at 11 am and 3 pm. Watch bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge transform into a gentle and beloved man with a little help of the ghosts of Christmas. This story never gets old.
- Visiting the Weltweihnachtszirkus (World Christmas Circus) is a huge tradition in Stuttgart. Watch Chinese artists perform a version of Swan lake that you have never seen before, observe Shirley Larible write an artistic poem in the circus dome, see how eight young women on eight wild hores bring the Russian steppe into the circus tent and much, much more. The Weltweihnachtszirkus is in town between December 8 and January 8. Ticket prices start at 26 Euro.
- If you still haven’t all the presents you need on December 10 and 11, go Holy Shit Shopping at Römerkastell! On this market for design, art and fashion you will find the perfect gift for everybody. Photo credit: Rolf G. Wackenberg
- You want to improve your language skills? Then you should check out Stuttgart Language Exchange on December 6, 13 and 20! The basic principle is that there are several tables and at each table one pair of languages is spoken, eg. German-English, German-Italian, German-Arabic etc. Everybody is welcome! The events take place at The Paris (Forststrasse 9) and start at 7 pm.
- Be part of an old Russian Christmas tradition on December 15 and 16 at Theater am Faden: Wertep was performed a lot in the 18th century in Russia, Belarus, Poland and Ukraine. A Wertep theater is located in a portable wooden box that holds two mini stages. The story of the three Magi is performed on the upper stage, the story of King Herod on the lower stage with miniature figures. Sounds like a lovely Christmas tradition!
- “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas will be performed a second time this month by Derrick Jenkins on December 22. This time at Theater am Olgaeck (Charlottenstr. 44). Ticket prices start at 7 Euro.
- On New Years Eve on December 31 you can choose between a lot of things to do in Stuttgart, let me name a few: An All Inclusive Party awaits you at Kursaal Bad Cannstatt. For 56 Euro you can eat, drink and dance the night away. A New Years Eve party at a special location is Letzte/Erste at Marmorsaal in the Weissenhofpark. Ticket prices start at 20 Euro. At midnight you can walk up to the Teehaus from where you have an amazing view over Stuttgart and the fireworks. If party is not your thing you can celebrate New Years Eve at Variete Stuttgart with Swingtime – Golden Delights! Roaring Nights! If you catch the show at 9:45 pm you will get a glass of champagne at midnight to clink glasses and are invited to join the dance floor after the grand finale. Ticket prices start at 80 Euro.
Have a wonderful December my friends and enjoy all the fun and festive things to do in December in Stuttgart!