November 21, 2008
Wintertime in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
One of the very best Christkindlmarkts is held in Partenkirchen on Ludwigstrasse where Santa Claus arrives every evening in his sleigh. Concerts with Alphorn groups are held during the market.
The world's best examples of the nativity scenes known as Krippe are found in the Town Museum on Ludwigstrasse complete with angels, camels, elephants and a heavenly host of other biblical characters.
Musical festivities include an "Old Russian Christmas" with an ensemble from Russia and an annual charity concert benefiting the children's hospital in Munich featuring Bavarian music.
In the nearby town of Grainau, children can participate in an evening hike into the forest. Children walk along a snowy trail carrying lit lanterns to a clearing in the woods where a Christmas story will be read to them around a bonfire.
An open-air New Years Party happens in the historic Ludwigstrasse.