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Events in Munich between Christmas and New Year

Tips for New Year

Even if things are a little quieter in Munich between Christmas and Epiphany (6 January), there are still lots of concerts, exhibitions and stage shows that are not to be missed at the turn of the year!

Events & shows: what’s on in Munich between Christmas and New Year?

Munich has lots to offer during what Bavarians call the stade Zeit – the “quiet” period: between Christmas and the public holiday of Epiphany (January 6, 2023, known as Heilige Drei Könige), you can attend concerts and exhibitions or else go to the theatre, opera or readings. Here’s a summary of Munich’s cultural highlights for you.

- Events over the Christmas holidays
- Events between Christmas and New Year
- Events in the New Year
- Opening hours of the Munich tourist attractions

 

Events over the Christmas holidays

 

Events on Dec. 25: Christmas Day

 

Concert: Christmas Swing

If you’re in the mood for American Christmas classics like Let It Snow, this is the place to be: pianist and bandleader Andrej Hermlin is on tour with his wonderful Swing Dance Orchestra.

Where: Gasteig
Information and ticketswww.muenchenticket.de

 

Film: Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel

An absolute Christmas must: the Isarphilharmonie is showing the Czech/East German Yuletide classic Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel (original title: Tři oříšky pro Popelku – “Three Gifts for Cinderella”) on the big screen, with the soundtrack played live by the Prague Royal Philharmonic. And there’ll be a second showing on December 30, 2022!

Where: Isarphilharmonie
Information and ticketswww.muenchenticket.de

Ballet: The Nutcracker Suite

A wonderful blend of ballet, colour, light and artistry: Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker Suite is showing on 20 dates around the Christmas/New Year period – an especially magical experience around the Christmas holidays, of course.

Where: Prinzregententheater
Information and ticketswww.muenchenticket.de

 

 

Events on Dec. 26: Boxing Day

 

Musical: Der Brandner Kaspar 

After numerous stage versions and film adaptations, the Bavarian national hero is back this time as a musical. It premiered in the Silbersaal at Deutsches Theater in mid-November!

Where: Deutsches Theater
Information and ticketswww.muenchenticket.de

 

Stage fairy tale: Miroslav Nemec & Udo Wachtveitl

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a classic – at the Isarphilharmonie it is now being staged by Miroslav Nemec and Udo Wachtveitl, known for 30 years as the police inspectors in the Munich edition of the famous TV detective series Tatort.

Where: Isarphilharmonie
Information and ticketswww.muenchenticket.de

Concert: German Brass

A great tip for fans of classical music: the ensemble German Brass performs its festive programme in the beautiful Herkulessaal at the Munich Residence (city palace).

Where: Herkulessaal of the Residenz
Information and ticketswww.muenchenticket.de

 

Show: Cavalluna Kids – WinterWünscheLand

From December 26, 2022 to January 8, 2023, the popular horse show Cavalluna will be presenting a play for all the family: in a wintry wonderland, the boy Robert has exciting adventures with the horses.

WhereShowpalast München
Information and tickets: www.cavalluna.com

 

Opening hours of the Munich tourist attractions

 

Events between Christmas and New Year

 

Reading: Axel Hacke 

Axel Hacke’s readings are always a genuine pleasure: he not only reads from his latest book Ein Haus für viele Sommer, he also has numerous copies of his SZ Magazin columns with him.

When: December 28, 2022
Where: Volkstheater
Information and ticketswww.muenchner-volkstheater.de

Concert: Max Herre & MIKI's Takeover! Ensemble

Musician, rapper and lyricist Max Herre is known for his unique sound. He is an artist who is constantly reinventing himself – this time with the support of Takeover! Ensemble and numerous classical instruments.

When: December 28, 2022
Where: Hekulessaal of the Residenz
Information and ticketswww.muenchenticket.de

Concert: Blechschaden & Bob Ross

Classical music can be a blast: Cult Munich-based brass ensemble Blechschaden has been playing humorous concerts with founder and director Bob Ross for almost 40 years – featuring everything from traditional classical pieces and brass music to rock songs.

When: December 29, 2022
Where: Herkulessaal of the Residenz
Information and ticketswww.bellarte-muenchen.de

Events in the New Year

 

Opera: Opera in Bavarian

Paul Schallweg’s versions of world-famous operas in Bavarian dialect are classics: here they are performed at Prinzregententheater by a trio of Bavarian actors.

When: January 1, 2023
Where: Prinzregententheater
Information and ticketswww.muenchenmusik.de

 

Concert: New Year’s Concert by the Munich Symphony Orchestra

At their New Year’s Concert, the Munich Symphony Orchestra with conductor Andreas Kowalewitz perform some of the best-known waltzes by the Strauss family. If you can’t make it on 2 January, be sure to book a ticket for January 8, 2023!

When: January 2, 2023
Where: Prinzregententheater
Information and ticketswww.muenchenmusik.de

Operetta: Budapest New Year’s Gala

The ensemble of Budapest Operetta Theatre comprises some 50 members. With colourful costumes, lots of Viennese waltzes and perfect choreography, a magnificent show is guaranteed at the Isarphilharmonie.

When: January  3 and 4, 2023
Where: Isarphilharmonie
Information and ticketswww.muenchenmusik.de

 

The Sound of Hans Zimmer & John Williams

Having written the score for movies such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean, John Williams and Hans Zimmer are among the most famous film composers of our time. At the Isarphilharmonie you can enjoy music from a whole range of different films!

When: January 5, 2023
Where: Isarphilharmonie
Information and ticketswww.muenchenticket.de

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photos: Daniel Ohlsson, Frank Stolle, Deutsches Theater, Robert Haas, HGEsch/ gmp Architekten, Christian POGO Zach
The painting "Departure" by Max Beckmann

Hungry for art

You’ll definitely want to catch these exhibitions in Munich’s museums and galleries in 2023!

From the Old Masters to the new young things: Munich’s museums showcase art from all branches and eras. Here are some exhibitions that you’ll definitely want to catch in 2023!

People watching a sparkling fireworks display in Munich

Welcome the New Year together

Locals and visitors come together to celebrate New Year's Eve in style.

Locals and visitors come together to celebrate New Year's Eve in style. You'll find plenty of like-minded people in Munich.

View of an orchestra playing in the Gasteig in Munich.

Four new cultural stages for Munich

Excellent acoustics and ultra-modern architecture – four spectacular new concert and theatre stages have recently opened in Munich.

Excellent acoustics and ultra-modern architecture – four spectacular new concert and theatre stages have recently opened in Munich.

Tollwood winter festival in Munich

The alternative Christmas market

Spreading joy, celebrating culture and raising awareness for the environment and social equality are all on the agenda at this Munich festival.

Spreading joy, celebrating culture and raising awareness for the environment and social equality are all on the agenda at this Munich festival.

Munich Card & City Pass

Discover Munich in a relaxed and uncomplicated way: discounts for the diverse range of art, culture and leisure activities with our guest cards.

Public transport is included

Many discounts with the Card, many things for free with the Pass.

Online or at the tourist information offices

One year in Munich
A man is wearing a red knitted hat on a winter day in Munich.

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.

A women and and a man are sitting on benches in a beer garden and are talking and laughing. In the background is a lake.

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.

A woman and a man with grey hair are sitting on a bench and eating chestnuts at Hofgarten in Munich.

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.

Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

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