Why You Should Visit This Year’s Wonderful Winter Tollwood Festival

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The Winter Tollwood Festival will began this month, and we are thrilled to share all the exciting details!

Winter Tollwood 2023
Photo from Tollwood Festival

From November 23 until the end of the year, the Tollwood Winter Festival is back at Theresienwiese!

Winter Tollwood 2023: Basic Info

Winter Tollwood 2023: Basic Info
Photo from: Winter Tollwood 2023

Munich’s “alternative Christmas market,” the Winter Tollwood offers diverse international shows, street performances, organic cuisine, and ethically sourced crafts from global artisans!

When: November 23 – December 31 (closed November 26)

Where: Theresienwiese

Cost: FREE! But certain shows/concerts are at an additional cost

2023 Theme: Market of Ideas

Tickets & more info: Visit the official Tollwood website here

The festival runs until a New Year’s midnight Waltz and best of all, nearly all of the shows until then are completely free of charge!

Winter Tollwood 2023 Highlights: Things To Do

Live Musical Performances

Experience the Cauldron’s live music in a cozy setting. Enjoy at least two daily concerts, featuring regional and national bands across various genres, from Alpine rock to blues & soul. Don’t miss the authentic witch’s drink!

All concerts offer free admission, ensuring something for everyone. A full list of performances can be found here!

SHOWTIMES
Monday – Friday starting at 2 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday starting 11 a.m.
Sun & Mon until 10:30 p.m.
Free admission until 12:30 a.m. Tuesday – Saturday

Limbo Unhinged

Set on an intimate catwalk stage, Limbo Unhinged is elevated by smoke, light, and the enchanting Spiegeltent atmosphere.

With a captivating band, stunning acrobatics, Australian humor, and a sword swallower, this sensual variety show is a thrilling journey. The show can also be enjoyed with an exclusive organic menu offered by MAHAVI, transforming the night into pure magic. Tickets available here.

SHOWTIMES
Tuesday – Sunday at 8:30 pm (5:30 with menu)
Matinees Sunday, Dec 3/10/17/12 & Fri December 29th at 2 p.m. (11 a.m. with menu)

Eisstockschießen

Enjoy Eisstockschießen (curling) in Tollwood’s magic forest this year! Compete on four lanes with friends or colleagues.

The eco-friendly setup ensures curling fun in any weather. Treat yourself to mulled wine or hot apple strudel afterward. Perfect for groups or company parties, indulge in the festival’s food offerings before and after your curling session. Booking information is here.

Fantastic Food

The Tollwood gastronomy caters to a range of tastes, offering diversity mirroring the festival itself. Since 2003, the “Market of Ideas” boasts around 50 stands serving entirely organic food.

From flavourful Indian thalis and home-made burgers to delightful sweet treats, there are options for every palate. Multiple vegetarian and vegan organic dishes are also available. Full list here.

Art Installations

No Tollwood Festival is complete without a variety of art installations and sculptures. This year’s theme is “Fire and Ice”. And of course, you’ll find Toolwood’s own talking and singing Christmas tree there too!

Amidst the winter festival’s entrance, a proud tree springs to life each afternoon, engaging the audience with stories and a live performance of Christmas songs from diverse cultures.

This unique tree shares daily Christmas tales in various languages—Ukrainian, Arabic, English, Spanish—illuminating the multicultural spirit of Munich and the global celebration of Christmas.

Winter Tollwood: Children / Family Programs

The Tollwood kids’ program, aligned with the festival’s “Art” theme, offers diverse (free) activities daily. Kids get hands-on with crafts , making instruments, theater masks, and art in different styles (offered Monday-Saturday).

It’s a space for them to explore their artistic flair. With rallies every Sunday and LILALU trial days on Saturdays (Nov. 25-Dec. 16), it’s an eventful time. You can then wrap up the day with a bedtime story—exciting, funny, or peaceful (every day until Dec. 12).

Winter Tollwood: Additional Events To Know

Fire Performances

The dramatic potential of fire, viewed often as a perilous and uncontrollable force, has been redefined as a cleansing and art-enriching element by the Maori and the Aborigines. At the fire show, diverse fire artists showcase their mesmerizing performances daily, all with free admission.

New Years Eve Events

Ring in 2024 at Tollwood with vibrant music and celebrations! Bands and DJs across three areas on Theresienwiese guarantee an amazing party vibe.

Enjoy attractions like portrait stilt theater, palm and card reading by Robert Alcazane, and the traditional midnight waltz across all areas. Indulge in food, drinks, outdoor bars, and fires to close out the year in style.

Any Other Winter Tollwood Highlights We Should Add to The List?

Let us know in the comments!

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