Things to Do – Dec. 8, 2016

‘The Wizard of Oz’
A whirlwind whisks Dorothy away to an adventurous dreamland. On her way to the mighty Wizard of Oz, her only hope for returning to Kansas, she meets a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart and a lion without courage. In the Emerald City, the wizard commissions the four to steal the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. As a reward, they will receive courage, a heart, a brain and a way home. On their fairy-tale journey, Dorothy and her companions learn you have to trust your own abilities and solve difficult tasks together. Performances run through Jan. 14 at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Großes Haus, Christian-Zais-Straße 3 in Wiesbaden. For ticket prices and show times, please visit

Mainz Ice World
Located in Mainz’s old post office next to the main train station, one of the world’s largest covered ice and snow sculptures exhibition is on display. Nineteen international artists, including several world champions finished to the smallest detail at -8 degrees Celsius, for the best ice sculptors in the world. Scenes depict Santa Claus, his workshop, his sleigh, his companion, Knecht Ruprecht, St. Nicholas and Father Frost in ice and snow. Tickets for adults cost 12.50€, tickets for children 4 to 14 cost 8.50€ and family tickets (two adults and two children) cost 35€. Exhibition is open Sunday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 15 at Altes Postlager Mainz, Mainzer Hauptbahnhof, Ausgang West. For more info, visit

Christmas Circus Wiesbaden
Christmas at the Circus? In many German cities (Stuttgart, Berlin, Heilbronn, Offenburg, Gelsenkirchen), the annual Circus visit is as much a part of Christmas as the Christmas tree and Christmas Eve church service. The Christmas circuses have been an integral part of event calendars for decades. The Christmas Circus Wiesbaden wants to give a new cultural attraction to the Hessian state capital at the turn of the year that has something special and invaluable today: a place for all generations — from grandparents to grandchildren — to have fun together and experience high-class entertainment. Daily events at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 15 through Jan. 1 at Amöneburg Station, Wiesbadener Straße 36. For more information, visit

Ice Skating at the Henkell Ice Rink
Food and drinks are available at the kiosk and ice skates are available to borrow either with an ID card or 100 Euro deposit. Single tickets for children and youth up to 18 years cost 1.50 Euro, and tickets for adults are 3 Euro. Now through March at Henkell-Kunsteisbahn, Hollerbornstraße 38. View hours online: