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What's on in Germany: December 23 - January 5

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What's on in Germany: December 23 - January 5
Photo: Bert Stern
10:17 CET+01:00
The next fortnight's highlights: The Nutcracker in Hamburg, Marilyn Monroe in Berlin and Frankfurt, and magic in Munich.

BERLIN

Events

Krongut Bornstedt: Romantic Christmas Market

Spend Christmas Day among the splendour of a UNESCO world heritage site decked out for the holidays. Ride the train to Potsdam for the Krongut Bornstedt: Romantic Christmas market, an enchanting fair that glistens with winter magic. Fend off the season's chill with a steaming mug of Glühwein while the children take a turn on the historic carousel.

Price: €1

Location: Krongut Bornstedt, Ribbeckstrasse 6/7, Potsdam

Times: Saturday, December 25, 11am-7pm,

Tickets: 030 2326 2326

More Information: www.krongut-bornstedt.de

Music/Concerts/Dancing

Silvester Tango Gala

Looking for a little Latin fun in Berlin? Vocalist Caio Rodriguez sings with the Ochestra Contango Berlin, while couples from Buenos Aires dance the tango. It's an Argentine dream.

Price: €14 - 30

Location: Berlin Philharmonic, Chamber Music Hall, Herbert-von-Karajan-Strasse 1

Times: Thursday, December 30, 8pm

Tickets: 030 254 88 999

More Information: www.musikerportrait.de

Museums/Galleries

Marilyn Monroe - The Last Sitting

The images of Marilyn Monroe captured by Vogue photographer Bert Stern in June of 1962 are some of the most legendary photographs ever taken in the history of the medium. Six weeks after what became known as "The Last Sitting," the Hollywood icon was dead. See a selection of Stern's playful pictures through the end of January.

Price: €7

Location: Schloss Britz, Alt - Britz 73

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-6pm; through January 30, 2011

Tickets: 030 609 79 230

More Information: www.schlossbritz.de

Film

Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin)

Wim Wenders' epic tale of romance between angels and mortals screens at Berlin's Lichtblick Kino Christmas Day. See what Santa brought, then spend the afternoon witnessing black and white cinematic beauty unfolding on the big screen.

Price: €5

Location: Lichtblick-Kino, Kastanienallee 77

Times: Saturday, December 25, 3:45pm

Phone: 030 44 05 81 79

More Information: www.lichtblick-kino.org

COLOGNE

Music/Concerts

Romy Haag and Band: Everybody Knows

The legendary entertainer began her career as a clown in a Dutch circus before heading to Paris to dance. She romanced David Bowie, and ran one of the most popular discotheques in 1970s Berlin. Celebrate 50 years with the debonair diva Thursday night in Cologne.

Price: €22

Location: Senftöpfchen-Theater, Grosse Neugasse 2-4

Times: Thursday, December 30, 8:15pm

Tickets: 0221 258 10 58

More Information: senftoepfchen-theater.de

Opera

Cinderella

The Cologne Opera gives that most classic tale of maid turned princess a contemporary spin. See those mean stepsisters try to catch the prince's eye to the music of German-Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. Recommended for kids over five.

Price: TBD

Location: Altes Pfandhaus, Kartäuserwall 20

Times: Tuesday, December 28, 11:30am-12:30pm

Tickets: 0221 22 12 84 00

More Information: www.operkoeln.com

DRESDEN

Music/Concerts

Christvesper - Christmas Choir Music

Spend Christmas Eve amid the splendour of one of Germany's most beloved churches. The Frauenkirche Choir sings Christmas music at 2, Bach's Christmas Oratorio at 4, and music for harp and soprano at 10, accompanied by organist Samuel Kummer.

Price: Free

Location: Frauenkirche, Neumarkt

Times: Friday, December 24, 2pm, 4pm, and 10pm

More Information: www.frauenkirche-dresden.de

FRANKFURT

Galleries/Museums

The Icon - Marilyn Monroe

See the star's satin robe from "Some Like it Hot" in addition to over 300 other personal items at the Frankfurt Icon Museum. One mega-fan's collection comprises the bulk of the exhibition, held in honour of the 85th anniversary of the bombshell's birth.

Price: €4

Location: Ikonen-Museum der Stadt Frankfurt, Brückenstraße 3-7

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; through

Phone: 069 2123 6262

More Information: www.ikonenmuseumfrankfurt.de

Abisag Tüllmann (1935-1996) - Photojournalistic Essays and Theatre Photography

One of Germany's most celebrated photographers, Abisag Tüllmann published Grossstadt in 1963. Spend some time examining the book's vivid images depicting the city of Frankfurt, along with other series from the photographer's oeuvre in a special exhibition at the Frankfurt History Museum.

Price: €4

Location: Frankfurt History Museum, Saalgasse 19

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday, 10am-9pm; through March 27 (Closed December 24)

Phone: 069 212 35599

More Information: www.historisches-museum.frankfurt.de

HAMBURG

Ballet

The Nutcracker

Few cultural activities define the holiday season as much as a performance of "The Nutcracker." Succumb to the enchantment of Tchaikovsky's classic score as sugarplum fairies pirouette to the choreography of company director John Neumeier.

Price: €4-119

Location: Hamburg State Opera, Grosse Theaterstrasse 25

Times: Tuesday, December 28, 7-9:30pm; Friday, December 31, 6:30-9pm; Saturday, January 1, 7-9:30pm

Tickets: 040 35 68 68

More Information: www.hamburgballett.de

Graphics and Photographs Between Years

Hamburg's Carstensen Gallery culls from its own collection of photographs and graphic images for its latest exhibition. See rare works by the likes of Eduard Bargheer, Claudia Berg, Arnold Fiedler, and Hubert Piske, starting Monday.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Carstensen, Bruderstrasse 9

Times: Wednesday - Friday, 1-6pm; Saturday, 12-4pm; through January 19, 2011

Phone: 040 796 96 755

More Information: www.galerie-carstensen.de

HANNOVER

Galleries/Museums

Michael Sailstorfer - Forest

Three years ago, the young German artist was featured in the show "Made in Germany." Soon after, his works were on display at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. For his latest exhibition, Sailstorfer creates a sweeping woodland at Hannover's Kestnergesellschaft. Encounter the artists' fascinating spaces, and contemplate notions of euphoria and decay.

Price: €7

Location: Kestnergesellschaft, Goseriede 11

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-6pm; Thursday, 11am-8pm; through February 6, 2011

Tickets: 0511 70120 0

More Information: www.kestner.org

MUNICH

Theatre

Magic! - Magic of Illusion

An international array of award-winning magicians assembles at Munich's Prinzregententheater to captivate the audience with their spellbinding skills. Be charmed by the mystery of magic in one of the city's most elegant opera houses.

Price: €29 - 59

Location: Prinzregententheater, Prinzregentenplatz 12

Times: Thursday, December 30 - Thursday, January 6, 2011, 7:30pm

Tickets: 089 2185 2899

More Information: www.prinzregententheater.de

Ballet

Sleeping Beauty

Another of Tchaikovsky's grand ballets is being performed in Germany this week. The Bavarian State Ballet performs "Sleeping Beauty" on Christmas Day in Munich. Watch Daria Sukhorukova dance the part of Princess Aurora.

Price: €7 - 70

Location: Bavarian State Opera, Max-Joseph-Platz 2

Times: Saturday, December 25, 6-8:45pm

More Information: www.bayerische.staatsoper.de

Galleries/Museums

Jazz in Munich from 1924 - 1980s

From the jazz orchestras of the 1920s, through the era of post-war Germany's jazz clubs and beyond, this exhibition showcases the history of jazz in Munich. Get a detailed look at the city's jazz past with photographs, concert programs, and original documents.

Price: Free

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: through January 20, 2011

Phone: 089 480 980

More Information: www.gasteig.de

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