The first snow has already fallen, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler. By taking a leisurely stroll through Munich’s old town, the smell of roasted almonds and mulled wine brings thoughts of that cosy time of the year to the forefront.

The first snow has already fallen, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler. By taking a leisurely stroll through Munich’s old town, the smell of roasted almonds and mulled wine brings thoughts of that cosy time of the year to the forefront. Once again Munich will be offering a variety of events during the cold season so that one can enjoy the best times of winter.

We have put together, here, a selection of the most exciting shows and events for you.

Art highlight: Magnificent Manuscripts

Sports Highlight: FSI Ski World Cup 2013

Cultural and Event Highlights: Tollwood Winter Festival, GOP variety “Light”, Aida Night of the Proms, Christmas markets 2012 in Munich, Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson – The Immortal World Tour”

Magnificent Manuscripts – Treasures of Book illumination from 780 – 1180 AD (10.19.2012 – 13.01.2013, Kunsthalle at the Hypo-Kulturstiftung (Hypo Cultural Foundation))

This unique exhibition ” Magnificent Manuscripts ” is open until 13 January 2013 at the Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung (Hypo Cultural Foundation) and offers visitors an overview of the earliest works of German book illumination. Visitors can expect around 80 manuscripts from the Bavarian State Library and three outstanding exhibits from the Bamberg State Library. Works from the Carolingian period, as well as works of Ottoman art and the Romantic period are included. Do not allow yourself to miss the exhibition of the 100 year old testimonies of cultural heritage. The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is closed on 21.12 and is only open to 2 p.m. on the 31.12. For more information, please visit: www.kultmuenchen.de

FIS Ski World Cup 2013 – Parallel Slalom (01.01.2013, Olympic Park)

On the 1st of January 2013 Munich re-starts with a particular highlight of the winter sports season. The slalom elite meet at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in the Olympic Park. Up to 25,000 enthusiastic fans of winter sports can then follow races over the 200 metre course from the top of the Olympic mountain to the Olympic lake. The event begins at 4 p.m. A coordinated program with information booths, music and stalls selling hot food and drinks around the Coubertinplatz provide the perfect complement to the event. For information and tickets please visit:www.muenchenticket.de/guide/tickets/mplv/Parallelslalom.html

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Tollwood Winter Festival 2012 (27.11. – 31.12.2012, Theresienwiese)

Once again this year, the Tollwood Winter Festival offers a varied program. “Power Up” is the motto that draws attention to the changes in energy. Aside from the famous Christmas market with its international arts and crafts and the bio-certified organic gastronomy festival, visitors to “e-business” can obtain fascinating information on the subject of energy. In the Circus Tent four different circuses and four cultures from Vietnam, Morocco, Colombia and the Czech Republic are to be expected. Find out more about the attractions of the festival at: www.tollwood.de

GOP Variety – “Light” (01.11.2012 – 06.01.2013, GOP Variété Theater Munich)

Be fascinated by the humorous entertainment and top-class artistry of the performers at the GOP Variété Theater in Munich. You can expect a show combined with the varied use of light and an impressive production of body art to be a breath taking sensory experience. The world première of the latest GOP production took place in Munich on 1st November. The GOP Platzl Hotel package, allows you to relax in your room with a glass of champagne and get into the mood for a fascinating show. For more information on booking, please visit:www.platzl.de

Aida Night of the Proms (14. – 16.12.2012, Olympiahalle)

This music event, that is unique in Europe, has thrilled the audience with its diverse show for the last 18 years. The Aida Night of the Proms combines different musical styles which include classical, pop, arias and chart hits with one another and thus guarantees a musical highlight of the highest class. The 75 strong symphony orchestra, II Novecento, accompanies the series of events from the start. This year, the audience can expect well-known stars such as Mick Hucknall, Anastacia and the American acapella group “Naturally 7” . For more information and tickets for this concert highlight, please visit: www.notp.com

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Christmas markets 2012 in Munich (December 2012, various locations)

When the days get shorter and the air cools, anticipation for winter’s treats such as mulled wine and roasted almonds starts to rise. In Munich you will find many ways to enjoy the winter season to the fullest. Within walking distance of the Platzl Hotel Munich, there is a wide selection of traditional Christmas markets, each with their own special flair and numerous different wares. These include the famous Christmas and Manger market (Christkindl- und Kripperlmarkt) on Munich’s Marienplatz, the Christmas market at Sendlinger Tor, the cosy Christmas market at the Munich Residenz and the Christmas market at the Chinese Tower. These will give you a comprehensive overview of the manyChristmas markets  Munich has to offer in winter 2012.

Cirque du Soleil – Michael Jackson “The Immortal World Tour” (24. – 25.11.12, Olympiahalle)

Experience the captivating blend of visual effects, music and dance from the repertoire of the King of Pop. Michael Jackson “The Immortal World Tour” not only inspires his biggest fans but also those spectators who are enjoying the superstar’s musical legacy, live, for the first time. Get carried away by the momentum of the Cirque du Soleil, which resurrects the emotion of the King of Pop. The “Immortal World Tour” is a guest at the Olympiapark in Munich from 24 to 25.11.2012. For more information and tickets please visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com

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