Whether it’s traditional Christmas events or unusual encounters with history and the arts, there’s something for everyone in December!

Get Out and Explore

Thursday, 8 December Visit the Charlottenburg Christmas Market with us, sample the remarkable culinary offerings, shop for special gifts, and enjoy the spectacular background of one of the most delightful Christmas markets in Berlin.

Tuesday, 13 December Meet with opera stage director Jose Cortes, who has directed productions in all of Berlin’s opera houses. In a relaxed venue at a member’s home, learn something of what it is like to direct operas, from the initial planning of dates and choice of artists to the details of actual staging.

Wagner opera illustration by Arthur Rackham

Eat, Drink, and Enjoy

Tuesday, 6 December Be merry and bright! Believe in the magic and feel the Christmas vibes! Join us for a Kaffee, Kuchen und Sekt afternoon on St. Nicholas Day to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.

Traditional St Nicholas Celebration

Thursday, 15 December Lunch at Sole d’Oro Cucina Italiana, a popular little neighborhood restaurant in Charlottenburg, with a wide array of lunch dishes and a special Christmas-season menu.

Talk About Books

Wednesday, 14 December The Biographies Group discusses books about Varian Fry, the man who rescued thousands of Jews and regime critics from Nazi Germany. We have all passed the street named after him, near Potsdamer Platz, but how many of us know the fascinating details of how his rescue operation worked?

Stay Fit With Walking Groups

Every Wednesday A walk around Schlachtensee

Every Thursday A walk in Tiergarten

Crafts, Languages, and Games

Wednesday, 7 December French speakers

Monday, 12 December English speakers

Tuesday, 13 December German speakers


Photo credits:

Traditional St. Nicholas celebration, Gamsjaga – Eigenes Werk, Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8906900

Opera: Arthur Rackham’s illustrations for Wagner’s Ring cycle. Public domain. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Siegfried_and_the_Twilight_of_the_Gods?uselang=de#/media/File:Siegfried_and_the_Twilight_of_the_Gods_p_024.jpg

Charlottenburg Christmas market, Colin Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67961833