***Special event*** TU Dresden International Christmas Party, Friday 8 December
– Get your tickets at the Welcome Center –
Thursday, 30 November: 8. Neustädter Gelichter – Christmas at the Scheune
This week, Christmas markets are opening everywhere in Dresden and throughout Germany! When walking through the city’s old town, a short walk may lead you to stumble upon more than one market, on the Neustadt side of the river, things aren’t any different! Come and visit this cozy little market right in the middle of the Neustadt, which opens its doors this Thursday and will stay open until the 23 December. Heat up next to one of the many Scandinavian wood stoves in an area protected from rain, where you may find many different kinds of gifts for all your friends and family!
Beginning: 4 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Scheune Dresden; Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3,6,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße (Nordbad)’ stop.
More information: www.facebook.com/events/1952759028272409/
Friday, 1 December: Klassisches Benefizkonzert
According to the organisation’s website, “Studies Without Borders is committed to higher education in conflict areas. (They) award scholarships to needy students, contribute to the improvement of the education infrastructure, and raise the awareness of the German public for the situation in our target areas – currently Afghanistan, the DR Congo, Sri Lanka, and Chechnya.” Under the patronage of the univerity’s rector, Prof. Müller-Steinhagen, the group will organize a benefit concert together with the University Orchestra. All students, researchers, and staff of the TU Dresden are welcome to enjoy a wonderful evening with classical music.
Beginning: 6:30 p.m.; Admission: Donation-based; How to get there: TU Dresden Dülfersaal, Mommsenstr. 13, 01069 Dresden; BUS 66 “Mommsenstraße” stop.
More information: www.facebook.com/events/2022369194658215/
Saturday, 2 December: Golden King 2017 (Break Dance Battle)
Some of Germany’s top dancers will be in Dresden on Saturday, at an event that you definitely cannot miss if you enjoy dance! Battling for a prize of 500 EUR and for this year’s golden crown, dancers from around the country and also from abroad will battle each other at the Hygiene Museum, as this break dance battle event now goes into its 8 edition. After a pre-selection done by the jury of the best 16 dancers, you will have the chance to watch them battle each other on a 1 vs. 1 system, each round eliminating one dancer until at the end only one goes home with the title of this year’s golden king!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Regular admission 9,20 EUR, reduced 6,90 EUR.; How to get there: Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Lignerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4,12 ‘Deutsches Hygiene-Museum’ stop, TRAM 10, 13 ‘Großer Garten / Deutsches Hygiene-Museum’ stop.
More information and tickets: www.facebook.com/events/280723652377164/
Sunday, 3 December: 22. Historic-Romantic Christmas Market in Königstein
Starting this weekend and throughout the next two weekends before Christmas, the fortification in Königstein hosts one of Germany’s most beautiful Christmas markets! With a main area atop the fort, it continues its way into the stone, following the tunnels that have throughout its history hosted prisoners, royals, and even the treasures from Dresden’s museums during the wartime. To reach it, you may either hike your way up or take the shuttle bus from the town’s center, which will lead you directly to the fort’s main entrance. Along with the market itself, there are guided tours of the fortifications, as well as a full program for the kids, including puppet shows and a visit by Old Nick himself! Plan a whole day for the visit, as the market is indeed much larger than the ones in Dresden.
Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: 8 EUR full price, 6 EUR reduced; How to get there: Festung Königstein, 01824 Königstein; TRAIN S1 to Königstein (then walk 45 min or take the shuttle) or TRAIN S1 to Pirna, then BUS 241 (http://www.ovps.de/downloads/241.pdf), 246 (http://www.ovps.de/downloads/246.pdf) ‘Thürmstorf Vogelstein/Festung’ stop
More information and tickets: www.festung-koenigstein.de/en/weihnachtsmarkt-en.html
Monday, 4 December: Feature Ring – Hayden Chisholm (Concert)
Ever since 2012, Feature Ring has featured a number of artists in the Hellerau theater and concert house. To end this year’s season, Hayden Chisholm is in Dresden to show his talent to the world! As written by the Hellerau website, “the native New Zealander brings an exceptionally versatile artist personality into the Ring. His alto saxophone sings soft, completed tones, which develop softly and flexibly into the most unusual lines, surprising with very small pitches and unheard-of sound colors. […] (His) alto saxophone utters delicate, rounded sounds which quietly, supply develop into all manner of strange lines, surprising the listener with micro-intervals and unfamiliar tonal moods.”
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Regular 10 EUR, reduced 6 EUR; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 “Festspielhaus Hellerau”
More information and tickets: http://en.hellerau.org/hayden-chisholm
Tuesday, 5 December: Striezelmarktmusik (Christmas Music Concert)
The Christmas season has officially begun! It is a great time of the year to quiet down and relax in Dresden’s oldest church, while listening to beautiful classical music, all related in some way to Christmas. Regardless of your religion or beliefs, this is an event open for all and in case you are not able to make it on Tuesday, there will be many other chances throughout December to listen to these beautiful performances, you may check out the full event program from the Kreuzkirche in the link below (in German). After the concert, be sure to take a walk in the Striezelmarkt, Germany’s oldest and Dresden’s largest and most traditional Christmas market, a visit during the week is definitely worth it, as it will not be as full compared to the weekend.
Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Kreuzkirche, An der Kreuzkirche 6, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 11, 12, 44 or BUS 62 ‘Prager Straße’ stop.
More information: https://goo.gl/8jA6yA
Wednesday, 6 December: Suburbicon (Movie)
Wikipedia describes Suburbicon as “an American thriller film […] which follows a mild-mannered father who must face his demons after a home invasion shakes his quaint neighborhood in 1959.” Directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac this film, which premiered in September at the Venice International Film Festival finally reaches Germany. Its bloody thriller side is lightened with a sort of dark humor, making it in part a comedy, a great watch for a Wednesday night!
Beginning: 8:15 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.