What’s On In Dresden
until New Year’s Eve

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch)

The Christmas market season!
Around Christmas time, Dresden is full of fairy lights, decorations and Christmas markets.
If you walk through the city from the end of November until New Year’s Eve, Christmas markets will be waiting for you around every corner. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to give you some hot tips for the most beautiful Christmas markets and locations. Last week, we reccommended the very tiny and cute market the Neustädter Gelichter!

Today we want to share Dresden’s romantic Christmas market Anno 1900. It’s daily from 11:00 am – 10 pm and it’s nearby the Frauenkirche.
In the style of the romantic time, this Christmas market focuses on idyll and contemplation. On show are nativity plays, the landscape of Bethlehem with animals and Advent musical performances such as church choirs. You can find an original and varied range of food and drinks. A beautiful market to go back to historical times.


The tips this week are something special, because pretty close, there are Christmas days!
Especially around Christmas time there are a lot of oportunities in Dresden to go out! That’s why we’d like to give you some hot tips on how to get over the holidays. There a great activities we want to share with you!
But: Also the Welcome Center has holidays. We’ll be back in 2 weeks, on the 6th of January!


Tips for the holidays

What we can definitely recommend: Visit the state operetta over the holidays! Some tickets are still available. There are performances in english, french, arabic and other languages. Whether with or without elegant evening dress! Always worth a visit!

Have you ever been to Saxon Switzerland – Sächsische Schweiz? Dress warm and off you go in the regional train (or in the car) to Bad Schandau. From there it’s a few minutes on foot to the beautiful Sächsische Schweiz. On top, there is on the one hand the wonderful fortress Königstein, where a visit is worthwhile and on the other hand there is a wonderful Christmas market where you can warm up with hot chocolate and punch!

Do you like trips? Then we can recommend another excursion to you: go to Pillnitz in the surrounding area of Dresden. There is the magical Christmas Garden!


Apropos Pillnitz: If you would like to allow something to yourself these days: there are still (for an extravergent price) tickets available for the winterly decorated glitter ship in Advent. During the evening boat trip towards Pillnitz they will serve a delicious 3-course menu with subtle piano sounds.

We would like to introduce you to the language tables in the hostel Mondpalast in Louisenstraße in Dresden Neustadt. Every Thursday from the 2nd of January there will be language tables where people meet, eat and chat together, and practice foreign languages! So if you would like to learn a new language or deepen your knowledge, or maybe you would like to teach other people something about your languages – or if you just want to get together with people: You are warmly invited.

How about a trip to Rammenau? There is an old very beautiful baroque castle. The train takes less than 2 hours to get there. You can also book guided tours through the castle.


Do you want to know what Dresden looked like in the 18th century? Then maybe this event is for you: Dresden Timeride – an experience of a special kind. There you can experience Dresden’s history up close with the help of Virtual Reality.

Also, to really get into the Christmas spirit: Why not go and see the Nativity play in the wonderful Green Heart of Dresden – the Großer Garten Dresden. A really recommendable classic played by the Staatsschauspielhaus Dresden. Here you can buy tickets online. It is worth reserving some in advance, because the play is very popular. Also because of its atmospheric location – in a cosy old villa in the middle of the garden – and after the play you can go for a walk in the Großer Garten and see what you’ll discover there. Maybe you’ll spot the park railway? With it you can make tours through the Great Garden. Very snug and cosy!

A Dresden – Neustadt classic: The Monty Python film “The Life of Brian” is shown on Christmas Eve at the Schauburg cinema. It is shown in German, but maybe you already know the film well, or you can practice your knowledge of German there. Always a lot of fun!

Do you already know what you’re gonna do at New Year’s Eve? In the Staatsschauspielhaus there is a New Year’s Eve party, with buffet, DJ, dance and fun! There are still tickets available, so if you feel like it, grab one and the whole Welcome Center Team wishes you a happy New Year! See you next year!


From Friday 21 December onwards, we are on holiday. From 6 January our office will be reopen and you can reach us as usual during the opening hours.  Take care!


Recurring Events:

Montagscafé: https://www.staatsschauspiel-dresden.de/spielplan/a-z/montagscafe/
Blue Note (regular concerts, most free, mainly jazz): https://www.jazzdepartment.com/events
Saloppe (afterwork party every Tuesday): https://www.saloppe.de/programm/
Carolaschlöschen (afterwork party every Thursday): https://www.carolaschloesschen.de/veranstaltungen/afterwork-party/

Cinemas screening films in original language with subtitles:

Kino im Kasten: https: //www.kino-im-kasten.de/programm.html
Programmkino Ost: https://programmkino-ost.de/filme/filter/ov
Thalia Theater: http://www.thalia-dresden.de/ (Look for the headline “Das Original ist besser” to be sure that it is really the original version and not only an international title!)

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