Leipzig city center. Photo: Stefan Hopf
Leipzig city center. Photo: Stefan Hopf

Leipzig Events: The early arrival of Santa Claus (and how to escape him if you want)

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Rock me, Santa! Image from Pixabay.com.

By Marjon Borsboom (with commentary by Ana Beatriz Ribeiro)

We can live out our 90s obsession, hang out with some wild-hearted folks while watching live performances, and/or see (probably) an old guy with a big belly and red suit arrive at the train station (also a 90s child, but wearing a fake white beard?). All in the same 7-day period. 

November 28th Arrival of Santa Claus at Hauptbahnhof by steam train at 11:00

Yep, you read it correctly! More info…

But wait, there’s more pre-Christmas, Christmas-related action…

International Xmas-events at Villa Rosenthal, e.g. Italian (02.12.), English (09.12.) and Russian (16.12) themed celebrations: More info…

27th November – 20th December 20th Modellbahn zur Adventszeit

In Strohsackpassage (near Nikolaikirche) every year a large Christmassy model railway display can be visited during the Advent weeks. More info… 

And of course: The Christmas market continues along Leipzig city center, right up until Christmas Eve. 

Now for the non-Christmas-related events (you know, in case you don’t celebrate Christmas, or simply don’t want to celebrate it just yet)… how about a 90s party Saturday night, with DJs playing such unforgettable hits as “Mambo Number 5” and “Fred Come to Bed?” Or a party with live acts Saturday afternoon AND evening, whose description is, “Come along you freaky, queer, genderblender, slutty, wave, punky, funky, gothic, monster, hippy, gipsy, roots, rockers and join in to our party…”  Or going to the events below…?

This sounds quite interesting:

November 28th FERN.licht – Erlebnismesse – Reisen Outdoor Fotografie

A new event in the recently reopened Kongresshalle am Zoo, about travel, outdoor activities and how to capture both in images. More info…

And this is famous locally, you may already know it:

November 29th and 30th Antiques & Flea Market at AGRA

Every last weekend of the month the Agra Grounds transform into a giant second hand market, both indoor & outdoor. You’ll find furniture, household items, books, reclaimed (industrial) materials, DDR memorabilia etc. The market is very popular and attracts visitors from all over Saxony and beyond. Warning: may cause traffic jams, so consider cycling there or taking a tram. More info… (Don’t really know how much Christmas will be present in this case, in objects, decoration…)

Bonus: For those who can read German, a full list of December events by Stadt Leipzig can be found here.

A Global Studies doctoral degree holder and former newspaper reporter, avid eater, pseudo-philosopher and poet, occasion-propelled singer, semi-professional socializer, movie addict, Brazilian-American nomad. In this space, she will share some of her experiences and (mis)adventures regarding various topics, with special attention to social issues.

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