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Christmas market in Jena

Christmas market in Jena

In time-honoured tradition, the Christmas market in Jena is opened when the first cut is made in the giant, four-metre-long stollen cake. There are many lovingly decorated stalls at the heart of the historical old town offering arts, crafts and jewellery from Germany and around the world. Every day at 5pm the Christmas trumpet fanfare sounds from the tower of the town hall, enhancing the festive atmosphere. A programme of stage entertainment also adds to the Christmas fun.

Christmas market - Opening times

26 Nov - 23 Dec 2018

Daily 10am - 9pm

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Quality over quantity: this is the unwritten law that determines which artists are invited to perform at Jena's annual Cultural Arena festival. Performers will be participating in a programme of contrasts, ushered in by a four-day theatre spectacular. This is then followed by a string of films, concerts, Sunday bills for children and various specials, in a line-up that is as unconventional as it is entertaining.

The origins of the Cultural Arena stem from a huge misunderstanding: in 1987, when Jena was still part of East Germany, the town council decided to demolish the theatre's auditorium in the hope of a newer, better building. But nothing happened – meaning that Jena was left with a semi-ruin with an open space in front of it, instead of a theatre. In 1991, however, a theatre team blessed with equal amounts of idealism and optimism began working in the ruins once more. They planted the seed of what subsequently grew into Jena's new theatre and the Cultural Arena. For more than 20 years now, enthusiastic audiences and exceptional artists have come together in the Cultural Arena to celebrate a special festival of the arts. The event, now a seven-week-long open air festival in the centre of Thuringia's second biggest city, is no longer an insider's tip, and the Arena has long been a fixture in Jena and far beyond. Headliners such as Patti Smith, Götz Alsmann, Ute Lemper, Lou Reed, John Cale, Nigel Kennedy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Element of Crime, Nina Hagen and Wir sind Helden draw crowds of up to 70,000 people each year. When you look at it like this, tearing down the theatre all those years ago was not such a bad decision after all.

Upcoming dates:

05.07.2019 - 25.08.2019

Venue

Theatervorplatz
Engelplatz
07743 Jena

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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