What’s on in Germany: December 16 – 22

This week's highlights: A sensational stage show in Berlin, marching snowmen in Hamburg, and Picasso in Munich.

What's on in Germany: December 16 - 22
A Christmas parade in Hamburg! Photo: DPA



Yma Christmas Edition

Escape with Yma into her sensational world of holiday splendour. A mesmerising stage show of acrobatics and dance, “Yma” features stunning sets, magnificent costumes, and dazzling choreography. Succumb to the enchantment of a special Christmas edition this week.

Price: €34.89 – 100.89

Location: Friedrichstadt Palast, Friedrichstrasse 107

Times: Thursday, December 16 and Friday, December 17, 7:30pm; Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19, 3:30 and 7:30pm; Tuesday, December 21 and Wednesday, December 22, 7:30pm; See schedule for dates through December 31

Tickets: 030 2326 2326

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Shen Wei Dance Arts

Born in China, the New York-based choreographer Shen Wei studied Chinese opera from age nine. Twenty years ago, he co-founded China’s first modern dance company. See his troupe of acclaimed dancers perform three works this week: the “Rite of Spring,” the German premiere of “RE-[Part II],” and the world premiere of a piece inspired by the city itself “B.E.R.L.I.N.”

Price: €12 – 49

Location: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstrasse 24

Times: Thursday, December 16 – Saturday, December 18, 8pm

Tickets: 030 254 89 100 (€ 3 per order)

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Children’s Exhibitions

Fresh Ink

Kids aged four to eleven will delight in this imaginative new exhibition at Berlin’s Labyrinth Children’s Museum. Children’s book author Cornelia Funke creates a literary adventure for the picture book set.

Price: €4.50, €13 (Family TIcket)

Location: Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin, Fabrik Osloer Strasse, Osloer Strasse 12

Times: Friday and Saturday, 1-6pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm; December 19 – May 6, 2011

Phone: 030 800 93 11-50

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The Super Christmas Market

Tired of gingerbread hearts and smoking santas, nurses, and fishermen? Here’s a Chistmas Market of a different colour. Design Quartier Ehrenfeld’s Super Weihnachtsmarkt features the wares of over 40 young designers. Pick up your holiday gifts here and you’ll be a hit with all your friends and family members, plus you’ll be supporting independent talent.

Price: Free

Location: Design Quartier Ehrenfeld, Heliosstrasse 37

Times: Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19, 12-8pm

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With text by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, you’ll want to bring your hanky to this epic production chronicling the rise and fall of Eva Peron. Presented in the original English version, Evita premieres Thursday night in Frankfurt. “Don’t cry for me Argentina.”

Price: €28.50 – 59

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz

Times: Thursday, December 16, 8pm; Saturday, December 18, 3pm; Sunday, December 19, 2 and 7pm; Tuesday, December 21 – Thursday, December 23, 8pm; Check the schedule for performances through January 2, 2011

Tickets: 069 1340 444

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Hamburg Christmas Parade

Dress up like a gingerbread man and cheer on your fellow Christmastime characters as they march through the streets of Hamburg, Saturday. A steady stream of nutcrackers, snowmen, angels, and ice princesses, passes from Mönckebergstrasse to the Rathausmarkt at 1 and 5 p.m.

Price: Free

Location: Mönckebergstrasse to the Rathausmarkt

Times: Saturday, December 18, 1 and 5pm

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Christmas Fair at the Altonaer Museum

“Dolls and Toys” is the theme of this weekend’s Christmas Fair at the Altonaer Museum. And since this is the last weekend before the big holiday, why not stop by and pick up some cute handmade items for the little ones on your list?

Price: €3

Location: Altonaer Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Museumstrasse 23

Times: Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19, 10am-6pm

Phone: 040 428 135-3582

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Portuguese Folk Music – MICAPO Jubilee Concert

Classical guitar mingles with the sound of the accordion as MICAPO begins their set of traditional Portuguese folk songs. Celebrate with the 12-member band as they perform an anniversary concert Saturday in Hamburg.

Price: €3

Location: Museum für Völkerkunde, Rothenbaumchaussee 64

Times: Saturday, December 18, 8pm

Phone: 040 42 88 790

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Picasso’s Artist’s Books

Not only did Picasso paint revolutionary canvases in hues of blue and rose, the pioneering artist designed over 150 books. See elements of 85 of his colourful tomes at the Museum Brandhorst.

Price: €7

Location: Museum Brandhorst, Kunstareal, Theresienstrasse 35a

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm’ Thursday, 10am – 8pm; through March 6, 2011

Phone: 089 2380 52286

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All About Beirut

In co-operation with Munich’s Galerie Tanit and Beirut’s Espace Kettaneh Kunigk, WhiteBox gallery presents the many different facets of Beirut in a new exhibition opening Thursday. Get a view of the city through the artistic lenses of 14 Lebanese artists.

Price: €15

Location: WhiteBox, Grafinger Strasse 6

Times: Thursday, December 16, 7pm (Opening); Thursday and Friday, 5-9pm, Saturday, 2-8pm (Regular Hours); through January 16, 2011

Phone: 0170 658 2615

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Tango Beginners Mini-Workshop

Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions and learn to dance the tango. Instructor Susanne Mühlhaus mastered the Argentine dance after a six-month stint in Buenos Aires. She teaches a beginner’s workshop this weekend in Munich.

Price: €8

Location: Interim, Agnes-Bernauerstrasse 97

Times: Sunday, December 19, 7:30 – 9pm

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.