Celebrating Edith Piaf
Wiesbaden is organizing a special concert in honor of Paris’ sweetheart on what would have been her 100th birthday. Explore the tragic yet glamorous world of Edith Piaf at the Velvets Theater Nov. 20 as Petra Bauss,
who studied at the École de la Chansons in France, will interpret and sing her most famous Chanons to show the love, triumph and her childhood in the Parisian gutter. Alexandre Bytchkov will accompany her on his accordion. Admission is €19. Visit www.wiesbaden.de for more info in German.
“Russian Soul” Concert
The RheinMain Symphonic Orchestra is continuing its concert series at the Kaisersaal (Emperor’s Hall) in Sonnenberg. This time, the musical journey includes Glinka’s famous Ruslan overture, Dvořák’s serenade for strings and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. The concert takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Kaisersaal, König-Adolf-Str. 6, 65191 Wiesbaden-Sonnenberg. Tickets for €15 at the Wiesbaden tourist info, Tourist-Information, or at the door.
Wiesbaden Christmas market
Wiesbaden’s Twinkling Star Christmas Market, named after the brightly lit giant lilies that overlook it, will run Nov. 24 to Dec. 23. Located in downtown Wiesbaden on the Schlossplatz
(across from the Rathaus), the market will have over 130 stalls selling food, drinks, decorations and gifts. The market opens Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. with a special ceremony, but usually opens at 10:30 a.m. (or noon on Sundays) and closes at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday). There will be a variety of musical and theatrical performances in the square for the whole month the market is open. For more information, visit https://www.wiesbaden.de/en/living-inwiesbaden/festivities-markets/markets/twinkling-star-christmas-market.php.
For information about other Christmas markets in the area, visit the weekly Things to Do newsletter at http://www.wiesbaden.army.mil/sites/about/ttd/TTD.pdf.
Ice skating rink
Nearby the Hessian State Theatre, the “Eiszeit” ice skating rink operates daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The entrance fee for children up to 12 is €3.50, and adult tickets is €4.50. Ticket packages for 10 visits are between €30 and €35. More information can be found at https://www.wiesbaden.de/microsite/weihnachten-en/020/eiszeit-en.php.
Visitors should also take a moment to stop into the Kurhaus Casino, where a giant Christmas tree made out of 2,000 winter roses stands.
The Rhein-Main USO offers trips to Special: Traditional German Christmas Deco Nov. 21, Cars: Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museums Nov. 21, Riesling Route Nov. 22, Black Forest Thanksgiving Nov. 26, Valkenburg Caves Christmas Markets Nov. 27, Rhein River Cruise & Ruedesheim Christmas Market and Christmas in the Piedmont, Italy Dec. 23-27. Stop by a USO or visit www.uso.org/rheinmain for more information.
FMWR trips and tours
Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation offers trips to Prague Overnight Nov. 21-22, Thanksgiving Ski Trip to Zermatt Nov. 25-29, Rothenburg Christmas Market Dec. 19 and New Year’s Eve in Calella, Spain Dec. 27 to Jan. 2. Call civ (0611) 143-548-9801 for more information.