Friday, 30 November: Christmas Market at the “Old Factory”
For those who love discovering new Christmas markets in Dresden every holiday season, this is a true insider tip! Somewhat hidden at the very end of the Neustadt and close to the entrance to the Dresden Heide you will find the “Old Factory”. However, any passer-by would not notice the small and cosy Christmas market just by taking a look at the street, one must go into the backyard in order to discover the beautifully decorated market right on the banks of the Prießnitz river. Here you will not find a highly commercial market similar to the one on the Altmarkt, rather, it contains a more familiar atmosphere, with a small carousel for the children, a number of activities for both young and old and of course, many delicious holiday treats. Do not miss your chance to pay a visit to perhaps Dresden’s most adorable Christmas market, which will only open its doors this weekend, from Friday afternoon until Sunday.
Opening Times: Fr from 8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Alte Fabrik, Prießnitzstr. 48 (Backyard), 01099 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Pulsnitzer Str’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/292668454704098/
Saturday, 1 December: 16th Honhstein Weihnachtsmarkt
Right in the heart of the magical Saxon Switzerland National Park is a town unknown to most but beloved by its visitors ever since the times of August the Strong. Hohnstein is today a recognized resort town, with an impressive castle standing atop sandstone boulders. Every year, the town opens its doors during the Saturday of the first advent weekend for all visitors to enjoy its wonderful historical Christmas market, which will reach its 16th edition this year. Along with the regular food and drink stands as may be found in any Christmas market, Hohnstein also prepared a full program with two stages set up as well as presentations from one of the castle’s balconies. Get lost through the town’s narrow streets and you will be surprised with how many Christmas related decorations, products, and performances you will find. The highlights of the program include an accordion concert of holiday songs, various different choir presentations and a fire show at 6 p.m.. Do not miss your chance to visit this wonderful Christmas wonderland, as the market will only be set up this Friday and the next opportunity to visit Hohnstein’s Christmas market will only be next year!
Beginning: 12 p.m., first race at 1 p.m.; Admission: 7,50 EUR Regular, 5,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Galopprennbahn Dresden-Seidnitz, Oskar-Röder-Straße 1, 01237 Dresden; BUS 65, 87 ‘Pferderennbahn’ stop or S-BAHN S1, S2 ‘Dresden Reick’ stop.
More information (German): http://www.hohnstein.de/de/Tourismus/Veranstaltungen/Weihnachtsmarkt
Sunday, 2 December: Organ Candlelit Night Concert
As winter progresses and the nights get longer, it’s that time of the year again to pack out the candles and enjoy cosy and warm candlelit evenings while the cold roams outside. This and during the following advent Sundays, the Frauenkirche invites all for wonderful organ concerts under candle light. In an atmosphere which invites all for inner reflection and contemplation, the entire church will only be lit by candles, as the large and beautiful Frauenkirche organ fills the room with its imposing sound. For those who haven’t yet had the chance to visit the inside of Dresden’s most well-known landmark, this is the perfect opportunity to do so! On the keys this Sunday will be the Frauenkirche’s main organist, Samuel Kummer, an internationally renowned organ player who has been responsible for the Frauenkirche’s organ music ever since 2005. He will be playing works by Nicolaus Bruhns, Johann Sebastian Bach, Cesar Franck, as well as a few of his own improvisations. Be sure to buy your tickets online in advance, as many places have already been taken!
Beginning: 9 p.m. Admission: Tickets starting at 10 EUR; How to get there: Frauenkirche Dresden, Neumarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
More information (German) and tickets: https://www.frauenkirche-dresden.de/kalender/detail/event/20542/
Monday, 3 December: The Nutcracker – Live from the Royal Opera House
As Christmas approaches, theatre houses across the globe will be presenting this classic piece of the holiday season. This true Christmas treat has a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world. Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production. For those who are unfamiliar with the story (spoiler alert!) it tells the story of Clara’s magical Christmas evening, when she is given an enchanted nutcracker doll. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker. The magician Drosselmeyer transforms the drawing room for a battle between mice and toy soldiers. During the battle, Clara saves the Nutcracker’s life – so breaking a magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy – and the Mouse King is defeated. In celebration, Drosselmeyer sweeps Clara and the Nutcracker off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and take part in a wonderful display of dances. The next morning, Clara’s adventures seem to have been more than just a dream. Thankfully, we do not have to travel until London to experience this breath-taking performance as it will be shown live on the big screen in Dresden’s Rundkino!
Beginning: 5:30 p.m.; Admission: 20 EUR Regular, 16,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Str. 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstr.’ Stop.
Tuesday, 4 December: Juliet, Naked
Juliet, Naked is a 2018 British-American romantic comedy film directed by Jesse Peretz based on Nick Hornsby’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of Annie, who is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter. Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances. The critical consensus for the movie is that its somewhat familiar narrative arc is elevated by standout work from a charming cast led by a well matched Rose Byrne (Annie) and Ethan Hawke (Tcker Crowe). Top critic James Berardinelli even goes on to say that “unlike mainstream romantic comedies, this one comes up with weightier issues and doesn’t fill up its screen time with inane tangents and dumb jokes.”
Beginning: 5:45 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Wednesday, 5 December: X-Mas Tram 2018
The X-Mas Tram will reach its 10th edition this year and everyone is more than welcome to board this wonderfully decorated tram which could very well be headed to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole! This year, the organising team welcome you on 5 December 2018 for the X-Mas Tram 2018. The X-Mas Tram will start once more with angels, check-in, and small snacks at 5:30 p.m. at the rail loop Dresden-Plauen (tram stop Nöthnitzer Straße). From there, the festively decorated tram will start for a city tour and will have a 3 hour stop in the Dresden tram museum. There you can expect a great Christmas atmosphere, delicious delicacies, live music and most importantly, offers from the sponsors, or godparents. Dresden citizens invite you during the Christmas period to spend a few hours or even days together with one another. To check out the sponsorship offers as well as to reserve your ticket online, check out the link below. Tickets may also be purchased directly at the International Office of the TU Dresden on the Strehlener Str. 22 office building (6th floor, room 671). (Text adapted from the event website)
Beginning: 5:30 p.m.; Admission: 4 EUR; How to get there: Tram stop ‘Nöthnitzer Straße’, 01187 Dresden; TRAM 3
More information: http://www.xmastram.de/en/
Thursday, 6 December: Three-Part Ballet Evening
The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company presents a three-part ballet evening with the choreographies Girls Dance, Postgenoma and High Breed by Jacopo Godani. Girls Dance is the attempt of the bodies to remain true to themselves in perpetual movement. This has something theatrical about it. The choreographic sequences in Girls Dance show harmony, which is why the montage of choreographic material in this female tour de force is based on independence, even emotional independence. In Postgenoma dark beings lurk on stage and create their own universe with a unique pas de deux. The human animal, persecuted by its spirits, frightened and hidden, refuses to die – and although it has been twisted to hide its true nature, it appears over and over again, disregarding all the limits imposed on it and resisting the pressure of any norms of beauty. With its strong formal language, High Breed can be understood as an ideological work. Jacopo Godani aims to intensively involve the audience in the dance experience. He tries to escape the imaginable, to leave the familiar behind and to create a fascinating darkness: A realm in which potentials beyond light emerge. In its passionate audacity, High Breed is an elementary work that uses light and darkness as artistic means. Through the choreographic release, something else can be made visible. Godani emphasizes the essence of his company with a physical intensity that is rich in movement and so precise that its precision seems almost mathematical. (Text taken from the event website)
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 23 EUR Regular, 11 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/girls-dance-postgenoma-moto-perpetuo/