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1,000 twinkles – The Twinkle Town

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

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Christmas time is coming! Dresden is worth visiting in December as it has several Christmas markets and even a world premiere this year. We are proud to present the ‘Twinkle Town’ which is a big Christmas Town next to the Museum of Hygiene and the soccer stadium.

Five big tents are being set up at the moment in which people can enjoy a special Christmas feeling with up to sixty shows daily. Enjoy magical moments and do not miss the ice scenery, the fairy tale boat and Santa Claus of course!

The Twinkle Town is open from November 26th to December December 30th. Closing days are Mondays and December 25th.

Combine the visit to the Twinkle Town with DresdenWalks’ special Christmas walking tours starting on November 26th, daily at 11 AM. Get to know more about the Dresden Old Town and the regional Christmas traditions. Anke Winkler

Since 1434 – The oldest German Christmas Market

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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The Striezelmarkt in Dresden is one of Germany’s oldest documented Christmas markets. Over the centuries it has developed into a huge event with 250 stands, taking up a large part of Dresden city centre and lasting throughout the Advent period. The word Striezelmarkt comes from Strüzel or Stroczel, which was the name of a type of cake sold at the market, now famous as Stollen or Christstollen. At the centre of the Striezelmarkt stands a 20m high spruce, brought from the nearby Tharandt woods and decorated with lights. At the back of the market square there is a painted wooden fairy-tale castle which is also a giant Advent calendar. A door is opened every day by children’s entertainers, with a puppet show, and on Fridays there is a visit by Father Christmas himself.
Today the most famous features of Dresden Striezelmarkt are the world’s largest usable Christmas arch with a breadth of 13.5 metres and a height of more than 5 metres and the 14-metre high Erzgebirge Christmas pyramid
Situated on the Dresden Striezelmarkt is a children’s adventure world. Here, the prune chimney sweep’s cottage and the bakery are open for kneading and arts and crafts. Furthermore, there is the puppet theatre, merry-go-round and a children’s railway.
On the Dresden Striezelmarkt a daily stage programme takes place. On the Advent weekends are special events like Dresden Stollen Festival and Pyramid and Christmas Arch Festival.
The 17th Dresden Stollen-Party takes place Saturday 4th December 2010. Before the festive first cut of the giant Stollen, which is scheduled for 12.15 p.m., there will be a traditional Stollen parade through the Baroque city centre of Dresden.
Yet, before you will dive into the romantic Christmas madding in Dresden, take part in one of our special Christmas Tours. At its end a little surprise awaits you!
(K. Michael)

The 575th Dresden Christmas Market

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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Dear DresdenWalks guests!

The time has come again: The famous and oldest Christmas market in Germany (called the Striezelmarkt) takes place 26th November to 24th December in Dresden. On the Dresden Old Market (Altmarkt) you will witness pottery, Ore Mountains folk art, bakery trade with Dresden stollen bakery at first hand! For the first time a walkable candle arch, which is unique in the world, will welcome the visitors. Also the biggest Christmas pyramid of the world is going to amaze you.

Do not miss the 16th Dresden stollen party on 5th December 2009. The baking of the Dresden Giant Stollen for the party (Start 10.30 a.m. on the Schlossplatz) is running on full speed. In almost 140 bakeries and pastry shops the ovens are on heat day and night in order to prepare the necessary 200 pieces of stollen plates each weighing 8 kilograms.

And so DresdenWalks at that time enriches its usual tours with stories about Christmas in and around Dresden. On top of that you will get a small Christmas surprise.
(K. Michael)