A woman with curly hair is eyeing decoration out of straw at a sales booth at the christmas market in Munich.

Event calendar December 2022

December: Christmas market & Night of the Proms

In December, Munich shimmers and slides in a race: small groups meet on the Nymphenburg Canal for curling. At the somewhat different "Pink Christmas" Christmas market, it's all about attracting attention and a relaxed get-together.

Events in December 2022: Typically Munich

 

Special exhibition "50 Years of the Olympic Stadium Munich – FC Bayern under the Tent Roof"

In the FC Bayern Museum, the new special exhibition "50 Years of the Olympic Stadium Munich – FC Bayern under the Tent Roof" now focuses on what happened between 1972 and 2005 in the world-famous venue under the sign of the German record champion. The club had its sporting home here for 33 years, played 793 games and celebrated 2094 goals. More than 31 million spectators have attended FC Bayern's games at the Olympiastadion. The exhibition, which was conceived on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Olympic Games, takes visitors back in time and revisits important encounters, great successes and curious moments. 

The centrepiece of the exhibition is the model of the stadium, which set standards as a jewel of German post-war architecture and was more than just a venue for FC Bayern. The era up to 2005 also stands for the club's rise to national dominance and into the top international league.

Special exhibition "50 Years of the Olympic Stadium Munich  FC Bayern under the Tent Roof", until 31 December 2022, FC Bayern Museum

Christmas market at Marienplatz

The classic among Munich's Christmas markets is the Christkindlmarkt around Marienplatz – the largest and most traditional in the city. Until Christmas Eve, there is Christmas music, high-quality handicrafts, mulled wine, roasted desert and roasted almonds in front of the illuminated backdrop of the town hall, the Frauendom and the church Alter Peter. And between the stalls, the huge Munich Christmas tree towers up.

Christmas market, 21 November to 24 December 2022, Marienplatz

Top events in December 2022

 

"Night of the Proms"

At the "Night of the Proms" from 16 to 18 December 2022 in the Olympic Hall, classical music and pop sounds meet in a fascinating way. Famous musicians will sing their greatest hits from all possible genres and eras with symphony orchestras. Always with them: songs like "Music was my first love" and "Land of hope and glory".

Night of the Proms, 16 December to 18 December 2022, Olympic Hall

Heim + Handwerk 2022 (craft fair)

This is about style, about furnishing and the question: Are you still living or are you already living? The "Heim + Handwerk" trade fair at the exhibition centre is the largest of its kind in southern Germany and is expected to attract around 100,000 visitors with a good thousand exhibitors. They will find inspiration in the fields of furniture, crafts and the latest ideas of young designers. Experts will be on hand to provide advice on topics such as "Tiny Houses" or children's rooms that grow with their age.

Heim + Handwerk 2022, 30 November to 4 December 2022, Munich Trade Fair Centre

Pink Christmas

... there is no way around the Glockenbachviertel. At the idyllic Stephansplatz the Christmas market "Pink Christmas" shows that Christmas does not always have to be traditional. Munich residents love the unusual atmosphere of pop music, a prosecco bar, travesty shows with Whitney Houston doubles, kitsch and pink plush. The fact that heterosexuals, gays and lesbians celebrate together here shows the respectful and self-evident living and letting live in the city. The proceeds will go to the AIDS relief organization and social projects in Munich, among others.

Pink Christmas, 21. November to 23 December 2022, Stephansplatz

 

Cavalluna WinterWünscheLand

The show palace is transformed into a wintry wonderland in which the boy Robert must reclaim his imagination on an adventurous journey. Of course, he has energetic and funny companions at his side: fairies, wizards and villains or majestic horses, sweet ponies and speedy trick riders. Music, stage design, colourful costumes, fire effects, stunts and a western number round off the programme.

Cavalluna WinterWünscheLand, 26 December 2022 to 8 January 2023, Showpalast Munich in Fröttmaning

What else happens in Munich in December:

 

Curling on the Nymphenburg Canal

The best thing is to shoot straight away! Because too much ambition harms the pleasure, say the curling players on the Nymphenburg Canal. Here at the castle, beginners are just as welcome as advanced shooters when it's cold and the stream is frozen. Friends and family then try in teams on one of the 40 lanes with sticks (available for hire!) to get as close as possible to the stave. Great fun – and an ancient Munich tradition!

 

Mulled wine, bratwurst and the dear Christ Child

The Christmas markets in Germany are often called Christkindlmärkte – in Bavaria, it is the Christ Child, not Santa Claus, who delivers the presents. Every visit to a Christmas market requires the consumption of at least one cup of mulled wine with a shot. Even Christmas skeptics who are not familiar with the hustle and bustle of the silent Christmas celebration should find themselves in adventitious cheerfulness after the third cup at the latest. The medieval market on Wittelsbacher Platz offers a special variation with fresh mead. At the Isartor a huge cauldron of Feuerzangenbowle is simmering away. Glühbiere is served in Spöckmaier's Christkindl-Stube at Sternenplatzl. If you get hungry after so much enjoyment, a detour to Sendlinger Tor is recommended, where you can get the supposedly best bratwurst sandwich in town: The "Regensburg Special" is served with sweet mustard and horseradish. If you prefer vegetarian food, stop by one of the many food stalls on the Tollwood. Last-minute gift buyers will also find what they're looking for here, the selection ranges from caps to natural cosmetics, swings and metal art to musical instruments. And yes: if need be, there's plenty of mulled wine here too.

Christmas music in the Hercules Hall

You don't even need music to find the ambience impressive. The Herkulessaal in the Residenz is one of the most beautiful halls in Munich: high ceiling, massive stage, lots of stone, tapestries with Greek motifs. The furnishings are quite stately, no wonder, originally the room was used by Ludwig I as a throne room. But when music is added, the whole magic of the Hercules Hall unfolds. The acoustics in the hall are excellent. The Christmas concerts are especially popular, they are aimed at the whole family, newcomers to classical music as well as connoisseurs. The festive finale is the joint singing of Christmas carols. Until the opening of the Gasteig in 1988, the Herkulessaal was the city's most important concert hall for classical music. It offers space for about 1400 people. Because the Residence was badly damaged during the Second World War, the Herkulessaal was rebuilt in 1953 in neo-classical style. Tickets are available at München Ticket, among others.

To the horror: Perchtenläufe

When Christmas approaches and the nights are dark, they come out of their hiding places again: evil spirits. At least that's what people used to believe – and invented the custom of the rough nights. Every evening they would smoke out their houses and stables in the hope of driving away the ghosts. The belief in smoking out has now evaporated, and the tradition has been preserved. A special highlight of the Rauhnächte nights are the so-called Perchtenläufe, in which people dress up as demons or witches. Under horrible wooden masks and shaggy skins they then make noise through the alleys at night. In Berchtesgaden, the haunted people are known as Buttnmandl and Kramperl. On the first Advent they walk through the district of Loipl during the Buttmandel walk, on the second through Winkl; on St. Nicholas Day they do their mischief after dark in almost all communities. With the Night of the Three Kings on 6 January the time of the rough nights ends.

 

You can find a detailed calendar of events here.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photos: Christian Kasper, Lukas Barth, Nansen & Piccard
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January: ice skating and warming up

With "Holiday on Ice" and wonderful winter walks January in Munich will be one thing above all: very sporty!

With "Holiday on Ice" and wonderful winter walks January in Munich will be one thing above all: very sporty!

A couple is on a sunny winter day in the Hofgarten in Munich.

February: Carnival and lard pastry

Munich has something unique to offer in February with the Marktweibern on the Viktualienmarkt.

Munich has something unique to offer in February with the Marktweibern on the Viktualienmarkt.

A man with white beard is standing in a beer garden in Munich and is laughing.

March: Starkbierfest & beginning of spring

The Starkbierfest, Munich Creative Business Week and St. Patricks Day: that's what March has in store for Munich. 

The Starkbierfest, Munich Creative Business Week and St. Patricks Day: that's what March has in store for Munich. 

A young women in front of a ride a the Auer Dult in Munich.

May: Street festivals & backyards

Munich takes to the streets: At the Streetlife-Festival and the Hofflohmarkt the attitude towards life of the city is shown.

Munich takes to the streets: At the Streetlife-Festival and the Hofflohmarkt the attitude towards life of the city is shown.

A young man and are women are climbing up a small hill at the festival Tollwood in Munich.

June: Tollwood & Film Festival

In June, Munich is a big stage: the Allianz Arena is the venue for the European Football Championship and the Tollwood Festival.

In June, Munich is a big stage: the Allianz Arena is the venue for the European Football Championship and the Tollwood Festival.

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July: Kocherlball & fireworks

In July you can spend the day outside: at the traditional Kocherlball and at the fireworks at Sommernachtstraum.

In July you can spend the day outside: at the traditional Kocherlball and at the fireworks at Sommernachtstraum.

A woman with red long hair is standing and smiling at the Isar River in Munich on a sunny day.

August: Open Airs & Isar

There are films and open-air concerts under the open sky. Otherwise the only thing that helps: a jump into the Isar.

There are films and open-air concerts under the open sky. Otherwise the only thing that helps: a jump into the Isar.

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October: Kirchweihdult & Munich Marathon

Jogging through the Olympic Park in Dirndl and Lederhosen - this is only possible during the traditional costume run in October.

Jogging through the Olympic Park in Dirndl and Lederhosen - this is only possible during the traditional costume run in October.

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Panoramic view of the Munich Christmas market at Marienplatz.

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