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Christmas Markets in Munich

Christmas markets are a significant part of the festive season in Germany and Munich is no exception. Advent is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful seasons in the city of Munich. When the first snowflakes swirl in the air, children start to build snowmen and the scent of mulled wine wafts through the streets. A stroll around any of the many markets in and around Munich is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Nestled only an hour away from the Bavarian Alps you can experience the buzz of the city at this time or combine your visit with some winter sports. Whatever you choose there is plenty to keep all the family entertained.

Munich holds its traditional Christmas Market from November 29th to December 24th 2013 on Marienplatz (St. Mary’s Square) in the center of Munich. Marienplatz boasts the largest Christmas market in the city . A massive fir Christmas tree is erected in front of the Rathaus (Town Hall) and strung with Christmas lights. Advent music is performed live every evening at 5.30 p.m. from the balcony of the Town Hall. It is a must to try the glühwein (warmed red-wine combined with cinnamon, sugar, oranges and cloves) while in Europe at Christmastime so go to the many vendors and purchase two mugs of of glüwein. You pay a deposit on the mug and take it with you to drink as you wander around the other stalls at the market. It tastes sort of like drinking raisin bread and is very warming indeed on a cold winter’s day!!

In Neuhauser Strasse, only a few steps from Marienplatz square, you will find what probably is Germany’s largest manger market. The authentic nativity scenes at this market are complete with lanterns for the mangers, fodder for the ox and donkey and gifts from the three Magi.

If you are after a little more of a party atmosphere then Wintertollwood is the place for you. The Theresienwiese comes alive in December with lively concerts, beautifully quirky crafts and plenty of ethnic foods from November 26th to December 31th.

Fun and festivities can be found at The Munich Airport Center’s highly popular winter market. It’s in full swing for the holiday season with 50 outdoor market stalls, a large ice skating rink (skates are gratis) and Bavarian curling.

Decorated with more than 400 Christmas trees, the market is located at the heart of the Munich Airport. For travelers arriving, departing or for those of you who have a layover, be sure to allow extra time for browsing the stalls while sipping mulled wine. For locals from the neighboring communities, parking is free for five hours.There is live entertainment with a 40 bands and musical acts from the region. Each day, a different stage show appears, featuring rock, pop, blues and jazz genres. As for food, a variety of treats is available ranging from Bavarian to Asian dishes. When sampling the mulled wine, try the Bavarian gluhwein or Swedish glogg. A children’s program includes baking, decorating a gingerbread house and creating holiday decorations.



Christmas in London 2013

We may be a small country but we’re a great one too: the country of Shakespeare, Churchill, The Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter, David Beckham’s right foot… David Beckham’s left foot, come to that.

– Hugh Grant in Love Actually

And, what can be the best time to come to London than Christmas. Plan to spend Christmas in London. There’s plenty of Christmas fun and frolics to keep kids, young and old entertained, as the atmosphere of a lovely Christmas is in the air. There is much to explore and experience. Following are the exciting things to do in Christmas in London:

Westminster Abbey:

Pack inside one of London’s most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. Westminster Abbey has been at the center of royal and religious life in Britain since the time of William the Conqueror who was crowned here on Christmas Day 1066, following the successful Norman invasion of the British Isles. More recently, it was where Prince William and Catherine Middleton chose to get married. It’s easy to lose sight of what Christmas is all about in the sea of commercialization, but sitting in the majestic history of the Abbey’s nave will help remind you of the religious message. These awe-inspiring surroundings provide a striking backdrop for an evening of lessons and carols. Best to book in for the Services of Lessons & Carols on Monday 23rd December at 6pm and Christmas Eve at 4pm which are especially popular and require (free) tickets.

Tower of London:

It is the season to be jolly and where better to spend this festive season than at the Tower of London. This medieval fortress will be alive over the Christmas period with an array of events to keep the whole family entertained. From Christmas festivities with the king to ice skating in the moat there is no better time to visit this historic royal palace.

Don’t miss the unique opportunity to skate in the Tower of London’s 1000 year old moat. Spectacular in the winter morning sun or beautifully illuminated after dark. Join in the heart of the City with colleagues, clients, friends or family for a special experience on the ice this Christmas.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2013

Hyde Park gets glammed up once again with its annual Christmassy additions. The park will be kitted out with rides and attractions, including a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses, plus the famous ice rink. The market sells decorative sweets and festive treats as well as traditional German crafts and lashings of glühwein.

Fleet Street Carols

Welcome Christmas in a traditional style with carols – led by Director of Music Robert Jones and the St Bride’s Choir – at the wonderful ‘journalists’ church’ on Fleet Street. There will be a Christmas tree and candles, as well as mulled wine and mince pies.

Ice Skating at The Natural History Museum

With its grand Christmas tree, festive music and Christmas market stalls, ice skating at The Natural History Museum is certain to get you in the festive spirit. Grab a group of friends and combine a day of history with a night of fun on the ice.

Meet Santa at London Zoo- Regent’s Park

Ever fancied getting up close and personal with Rudolph or Dasher or Blitzen? Well now you can at the reindeer lodge at Regent’s Park. And finish off a magical day with a trip around Santa’s grotto. Also included in the Meet Santa experience, kids will be able to lend a hand at the daily Keeper’s Little Helpers sessions, where they’ll be preparing treats and presents for the Zoo’s animals before settling down for storytelling with Mother Christmas.

Half way down Oxford Street you can take a right on to Regent Street and visit the legendary Hamleys toy shop. Join in the Christmas magic by having Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Tea, High Tea or Dinner with Father Christmas! Father Christmas’ Elves will welcome guests, making them feel extra special and entertaining them throughout! There will be scrumptious food and Christmas activities to enjoy. Each little guest will have an individual chat with Father Christmas, hearing tales of Lapland and magical stories of Christmas. Then, when it’s time for Father Christmas to leave, his special guests will receive a small gift to take home.

The Nutcracker – Royal Opera House

Visit one of the best-loved ballet productions to really get you in the mood. The Nutcracker comes back to the capital every year and tells the story of Clara, who creeps downstairs one Christmas Eve to find that her toys have come to life.

Cruise down the River Thames on Christmas Day and see London at its most peaceful! Gliding past top London attractions, like the London Eye and Big Ben, you’ll experience the city free from its normal crowds. A truly elegant way to spend Christmas, the cruise takes you along the river from Westminster Pier to Greenwich and then back again while you relax in style with a sumptuous 3-course Christmas lunch.

Escape the hustle and bustle of London on Boxing Day — the hectic shopping day after Christmas — and take a day trip to Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford to immerse yourself in England’s rich beauty, history and culture. On this Boxing Day tour, travel back to medieval times as you explore Warwick Castle and then visit Stratford-upon-Avon to see the home of William Shakespeare and enjoy a traditional English lunch. Journey through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and finish with a tour of historic Oxford, home to world-famous Oxford University and a major filming site for the Harry Potter films.


The Winter Universiade…

It all started when competitive games were taking its baby steps. Directed by Father of Modern Olympics “Baron Pierre de Coubertin”, the first of international sports were conducted by USA, France and Switzerland thereby giving a kick-start to the History Of Universiades (1905).


The Winter Universiade 2013 stands second to none other than Olympic Games- the most reputed and victorious of all games. Promoting the strength of human spirit and nationalism, Winter Universiades are held every two years. And this time, the host country is none other than the Romantic Italy.

Trentino (where the universiade has been organised this year) is located in Northern Italy. It is said to be accompanied with high infrastructure facilities, holding experiences in hosting sports events as well. The city’s strength includes its hospitality, environmental quality of the territory and a University of its own. Many venues have been booked to host a variety of sport events at Trentino, Italy. Baselga Di Pine has been booked for speed skating and curling, Monte Bondone for Snowboarding and freestyle skiing, Pergine Valsugana for Ice Hockey, Val Di passa for Alpine Skiing to name a few. Gear yourself up for the ExpeDiction of venues and sports attractions.

Universiades are cultural sport events held every two years in different nations. The multi-sport event to be held this year in Trentino, Italy starts from 11th dec till 21st dec. The cultural programme is also familiar as XXVI Winter Universiade. Universiades are a mish-mash of university and olympiad outlining all multi-sport festivals underneath it. All international level games/events/programmes get conducted by FISU (International University Sports Federation).

The Universiades are seen as the biggest global multi-faceted festival for students/athletes across the globe. To seek that recognition on international level, all competitors get pumped up for 11 days of sport competitions. Cheers and roarings of 1,500-3,000 volunteers accompanied by more than 2,500 participants from 50 countries broadcasted by 100 TV Channels.

The programme currently includes 6 compulsory sports alongside 1-2 optional sports. The optional sports are chosen by the host country itself. The Winter Universiade 2013 Sports Programme grab hold of many Sports Activities. They are:

  • Alpine Skiing

  • Biathlon

  • Curling

  • Figure Skating

  • Freestyle Skiing

  • Cross country Skiing

  • Ice Hockey

  • Speed Skating

  • Skyjumping

  • Snowboarding

Out of hundred’s of international sport events taking place every year, Winter Universiade has it all. From Mountain World Bike Open Championship to Snowboard World Open Championship. So, why not take out some time from your schedules and catch ‘The 13th Winter Universiade’ at the natural environment of incomparable beauty- Trentino.