Things to do – Dec. 2015

Hunters and Gatherers exhibit
Showcasing “The End of a Culture,” Museum Wiesbaden will feature a Hunters and Gatherers exhibit, including artifacts from the South African Kalahari, the Australian Outback and the Amazon Rainforest, using large-scale dioramas in three exhibition rooms. Most of the pieces were brought back by a Wiesbaden local, Werner Hammer, after his many expeditions to the various countries home to early hunters and gatherers. The exhibition started in September and will end May 22, 2016. Ticket prices are €7 for temporary exhibits and €4 for permanent exhibits. The museum is located across from the former Rhein Main Halle, at Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 65185 Wiesbaden, and is closed on Mondays, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Wiesbaden Christmas Market

Photo by Anemone Rueger
The Wiesbaden Sternschnuppenmarkt, or Shooting Star Market, opened Nov. 24 and is open through Dec. 23. For a list of local Christmas markets, visit the newsletter at

Mainz Christmas Market
Located in front of the 1,000-year-old St. Martin’s cathedral (Martinsdom) and the picturesque Renaissance facades of the historic market houses, the Mainz Christmas market includes food, music, vendors of handmade items, and all the Glühwein and hot chocolate your heart desires. This Christmas market also features a nine meter high, rotating musical clock, with 18 hand-carved angel figures. With live music and performances, cozy fires, wine barrel cabins, and traditional German market foods, you can enjoy the Mainz Christmas market with all of your senses. The market is open from Nov. 26 to Dec. 23 on Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Eltviller Weihnachtstreiben
Starting on Friday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, the square “Platz der Deutschen Einheit” in central Eltville turns into a festive place that over the years has become a popular meeting point for locals to spend time with family and friends. Special events include performances by local musicians every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. and a DJ party Jan. 31 starting at 9 p.m. For more information at

Dickens by Candlelight
The Theatre Language Studio in Frankfurt will put on a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” called “Dickens by Candlelight.” The show is “brought to life by just four actors in theatre-in-the-round format,” where cast member will engage with the audience, moving among the festive tables they’ll be seated at, and asking them to help with props and sound effects. The show will include live Christmas carols and beautiful 19th century costumes, and attendees are encouraged to sing along to get into the holiday spirit. Shows run Dec. 9-12 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. Tickets are €21 and there may be an additional booking fee.
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USO adventures
The Rhein-Main USO offers trips to Christmas in the Piedmont, Italy Dec. 23-27.Stop by a USO or visit for more information.

FMWR trips and tours
Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation offers trips to Rothenburg Christmas Market Dec. 19 and New Year’s Eve in Calella, Spain Dec. 27 to Jan. 2.