Was ist los in Franken? Nov. 13, 2015

ANSBACH, Germany (Nov. 13, 2015) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.

Winter Dreams at Faber-Castell Castle in Stein
A seasonal market with entertainment and winter themed activities takes place at the castle park in Stein Nov. 13 through 15. Gourmets can sample European delicatessen, a winter wonderland inspires decoration for the holidays. The Faber-Castell castle is located along B14 in Stein (entrance on Rednitzstraße 2a). Admission tickets range from 8 euros for adults to 1 euro for children under 12; parking is free and close by. To learn more, visit Winterträume in Stein

Magical November – Schwabach
Schwabach is hosting a magical event called “Novemberzauber” on Nov. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days in the vicinity of the old synagogue (Synagogengasse 6) with arts and crafts displays, live music, and lots of food and beverages.

Indian Light Fest celebrated in Fürth
Diwali, the Indian Light Fest, is celebrated in Fürth in the Grüne Halle (Krautheimerstraße 11) on Nov. 14 from noon to 8 p.m. Visitors can experience the colors, scents, culinary delicacies, music and dance from India, as well as Henna painting, Ayurveda massages and much more. A fire show is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are 6 €, children up to 14 years enter for free. For more information go to Grüne Halle Fürth

Frankonia Open Sled Dog Race in Lauf/Schönberg
The Bavarian championship of sled dog races called Frankonia Open takes place on Nov. 14 and 15 in Schöneberg near Lauf. Races and other events start on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and are continued on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Vendors sell animal accessories and food and beverages. For more information, go to www.fssc.de

Adventsmarkt in Bad Windsheim
Bad Windsheim is hosting a pre-seasonal advent market in the Kur & Kongress-Center (KKC on Erkenbrechtallee 2, next to the spa) on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can find home-made seasonal products, Christmas decoration, jewelry, pottery, candles or wood carvings, and get in the mood for the holidays with seasonal music, St. Nikolaus and other entertainment. Admission for the market is 2 euros, children up to 12 years of age enter for free. To learn more, also go to www.kkc-tagen.de

Nativity Scenes in Handwerkerhof Nürnberg
Old Nürnberg crafts tradition can be admired in the Nürnberger Handwerkerhof (Königstor, next to the big tower across from the Hauptbahnhof) from Nov. 18 through Dec. 30 when the nativity scene exhibition is once again opened for the season. Small stores and craft shops offer toys, decorations and much more, while typical Franconian restaurants open their doors to the hungry visitors. The Handwerkerhof is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., the stores open 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibition is free. To learn more, go to www.handwerkerhof.de

Adventsmarkt – Muhr am See
Muhr at the Altmühlsee presents a traditional advent market on Nov. 21 and 22; opening hours on Saturday are 4 – 8 p.m. and on Sunday 1 – 7 p.m. Vendors and clubs are selling traditional Christmas products, wood carvings, ceramic items or nativity scenes. Food and drink will be available; a live band from Gunzenhausen provides the entertainment. To learn more, go to Muhr am See

Mineral Days in Nürnberg
A sale exhibition for jewelry, gems, pearls, minerals and fossils takes place at the Meistersingerhalle (Kleiner Saal) on Münchner Str. 21 in Nürnberg on Nov. 21 and 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can have their gems identified at no cost, children can paint like Da Vinci, polish gems or take part in an archeological dig. Admission for adults is 5 €, children from 6 to 11 years pay 2 €; family tickets are available for 12.50 €. To learn more, visit http://www.messeninfo.de/Mineralientage-M7278/Nuernberg.html

Erlangen on Ice
The public ice skating rink on Marktplatz (between Paulibrunnen and Palais Stutterheim) in Erlangen opens on Nov. 21; the rink, located near the Christmas market, is open daily until Dec. 26. 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 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Dec. 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more about Erlangen Christmas activities, go to http://www.erlangen-marketing.de

Adventsmarkt in Ansbach
The Kammerspiele in Ansbach (Maximilianstrasse 29) are hosting an Advent market on Sunday, Nov. 22, starting at 11 a.m. Artists and crafters present their crafts while shoppers can enjoy coffe and home-baked goods. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/518053958363025/

Kathreinmarkt in Herrieden
The Kathreinmarkt in Herrieden on Sunday, Nov. 22, offers seasonal products as well as regional food and beverages. The Herrieden stores will also be open from 1 through 6 p.m.

Basketball in Ansbach
The Ansbach Piranhas basketball team is playing against BC Erfurt on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. at the Sporthalle (Gym) of the Theresiengymnasium (Schreibmüllerstraße 10, Ansbach). To learn more about the team, check out their Facebook site at Ansbach Piranhas on Facebook

Sleep-over at the Nürnberg Zoo
Children between 8 and 12 years can roll out their sleeping bag in front of the panorama windows and watch dolphins, manatees and sea lions as they go to sleep. The night at the zoo (including food) costs 70 euros; it starts at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 10 a.m. the next morning. To learn more, go to http://tiergarten.nuernberg.de/entdecken/aktuell/detail/news/2015-10-29-tiergarten-uebernachtungen-im-blauen-salon.html

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