Was ist los in Franken? Jan. 6, 2017

ANSBACH, Germany (Jan. 6, 2017) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.

Three Kings Holiday
Three Kings Day or Epiphany on Jan. 6 is called “Heilig Drei Könige” or “Dreikönigstag” and is a holiday in Bavaria and Austria.  Traditionally members of the local church community walk around to collect money for charity projects. The group is called the Sternsinger (star singers) and is usually comprised of four children or teenagers, dressed up as the three kings and a star bearer. They ring the door bell, sing a traditional song or recite a poem or prayer and write the blessing for the year above the front door with chalk. The blessing will always contain the current year and the letters C+M+B, which stand for “Christus mansionem benedicat,” “May Christ Bless this House.”

Concerts are a traditional way to ring in the New Year in Germany. (Photo: Stadt Herrieden)

New Year’s Concert in Herrieden
The traditional Herrieden New Year’s concert takes place Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in the aula of the Mittelschule Herrieden (Steinweg 8). The orchestra “Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue” is playing operetta music by Jaques Offenbach, Johann Strauß, Franz Lehar and others. Tickets can be purchased at the Stadtkasse Herrieden (inside the Rathaus Herrnhof 10) or at the box office on site; prices vary from 8 to 15 euros.

Theater Flea Market
The ActCenter in Nürnberg (Dieselstr. 77) is hosting a flea market with costumes, stage props and vintage clothing on the German holiday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free; to learn more, visit Theaterflohmarkt

Three Kings Day Charity Run
Gunzenhausen is hosting a fun run for everybody Jan. 6, starting at 1 p.m. There are no registration costs, but donations going to several good causes are welcome. Learn more by visiting Altmühlseelauf

Open House at the Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Ansbach
The mini zoo for rescued tigers and other exotic animals in Ansbach-Wallersdorf is hosting their monthly open house on Friday, Jan. 6 (German holiday) from 1 to 5 p.m. Guided tours take place every full hour. Visitors will be well taken care of with beverages and food. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/Raubtier-und-Exotenasyl-AnsbachWallersdorf-eV-281469090873

Arts and Antiques in Nürnberg
An arts and antiques market takes place inside the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg (Münchner Str. 21) Jan. 6, 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 6 euros, children enter for free.

Ice Rink in Gunzenhausen
Gunzenhausen has put up an ice skating rink on the Marktplatz; highlights include an ice disco and “Eisstockschiessen,” Bavarian curling. The ice rink is open until Jan. 8; to learn more, go to Eisbahn

Erlangen on Ice
The public ice skating rink on Marktplatz (between Paulibrunnen and Palais Stutterheim) in Erlangen, located near the Christmas market, is still open daily until Jan. 8. Skates are for rent for 3 euros, admission is free. Opening hours are Monday through Friday 2 – 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Dec. 24 and 31 it’s 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Jan. 1 noon to 9 p.m. To learn more about Erlangen Christmas activities, go to Erlangen

Flic Flac Circus in Nürnberg
Flic Flac, an acrobatic circus show, is coming to Nürnberg at Volksfestplatz near the Dutzendteich (Bayernstrasse 110) Dec. 14 through Jan. 8; the show includes motor cycle stunts, juggling, high ropes acrobats and slap stick comedy. To learn more, visit FlicFlac

Harry Potter in Concert
The “Harry Potter Film Concert Series” makes a stop in Nürnberg Jan. 12-14. John Williams’s film music score of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be played live by a large symphonic orchestra, while the movie is projected on a large screen simultaneously. Performances take place at Meistersingerhalle ( Münchener Str. 21) Jan 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. Find out more at Nürnberg Musik

Tour de Castle – Stein
The Faber-Castell castle in Stein is open for visitors every third Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can tour the castle and the museum for an admission fee, and enjoy coffee and cake in the enclosed sun room. The next open house is on Jan. 15; the castle is located on Rednitzstrasse 2a in Stein, on the corner of the B14 road towards Nürnberg. To learn more, visit Stein Castle

Cara in Ansbach
The German band Cara plays Irish folk music in the Kammerspiele Ansbach (Maximilianstrasse 29) Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit Kammerspiele

Glenn Miller Orchestra – Nürnberg
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Wil Salden, is coming to the Meistersingerhalle ( Münchener Str. 21) in Nürnberg Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. The band pays tribute to Glen Miller with some of his most popular pieces. To learn more, go to Glenn Miller Orchestra


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