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11 tips for the time between the years

Highlights between Christmas and New Year's Eve

Brandenburg Gate Berlin in Winter
Brandenburg Gate in Winter © Getty Images, Foto: golero

The time between Christmas and New Year's Eve is usually a quiet time, the Christmas presents have been unwrapped and the stollen eaten. Some are still frantically planning their New Year's Eve party and looking for the fondue set, others use the time for a personal review of the year.  But of course there's also a lot going on on Berlin's stages between the years. We have put together 11 highlights of plays, operas, concerts and annual reviews for you - so boredom doesn't stand a chance. 

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Tip 1: The Flower of Hawaii

Komische Oper Berlin
Komische Oper Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Lively and witty: Barrie Kosky's production of Paul Abraham's operetta gives you a chance to get your groove on before the year comes to an end. With fiery vows of love in the South Seas and lively jazz music, the Komische Oper is the place to be. Katharina Thalbach as emcee will guide you through the entertaining confusion until everyone is in each other's arms at the end.

When: December 30

Where: Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstraße 55, Mitte

Tip 2: Film music evening: Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella

© Friedrichstadt-Palast, Foto: Bernd Brundert

"A silver-interwoven dress with a train to the ball - but a princess it is not." No Christmas without "Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella".  And those who finally want to see it riding through the forest to the castle not on TV but on the big screen can do so on 27 December Friedrichstadt-Palast.
The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg will play the famous film music live.

When: 27 December

Where: Friedrichstadt-Palast, Friedrichstraße 107, Mitte

Tip 3: Roncalli Christmas Circus

Circus tent
Circus tent © Steward

Come in, come in: Great fun, unforgettable moments and an evening full of adventure await you at the Roncalli Christmas Circus. Look forward to fascinating highlights when the Roncalli Christmas Circus presents its varied programme full of Christmas magic and circus magic in the festively decorated ring.

When: until 2 January 22

Where: Tempodrom, Möckernstraße 10, Kreuzberg

Tip 4: Der kleine Bratapfelräuber

Theatre for children at FEZ Wuhlheide
Theatre for children at FEZ Wuhlheide © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Who stole the baked apple? Mambuso, the Dalmatian bear, has stolen it and caused chaos, which only Father Christmas can sort out in the end. The musical theatre Rumpelstil presents this entertaining play with lots of musical fun for children between the ages of five and twelve.

When: 27 and 28 December

Where: Astrid Lindgren Stage at FEZ-Berlin, Straße zum FEZ 2, Marzahn

Tip 5: Gayle Tufts - Here's to a new one! The end-of-year show with Gayle Tufts

inside Komödie at Kurfürstendamm
Theater und Komödie am Kurfürstendamm © Foto: Thomas Grünholz

The year is coming to an end, and probably hardly anyone will mourn it. And with Gayle Tufts you have the perfect finale to this rather difficult year. The entertainer looks to the future with hope, dances, sings and makes you laugh at all the madness.

When: 29 and 31 December

Where: Komödie am Kurfürstendamm at the Schiller Theatre, Bismarckstraße 110, Charlottenburg

Tip 6: Jewels

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
© Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Foto: Gordon Welters

Inspired by glowing diamonds, rubies and emeralds, the ballet beguiles you with the perfect combination of music and movement. In three acts, Jewels will take you to romantic France, jazz-era America and tsarist Russia, with the melodies and dance styles to match.

When: 29 December

Where: Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Unter den Linden 7, Mitte


The Heimathafen Neukölln
Event in the Heimathafen Neukölln © visitBerlin, Foto: Philipp Ganzer

The troupe from the improv theatre Die Gorillas also looks back on 2021 - and you can share your personal moments with them and the audience. At your shouts, the Gorillas will perform dark tragedies, sing arias or turn the retrospective into a hip-hop parody. No one knows what the evening will bring - but great fun is guaranteed.

When: 28 - 30 December

Where: Heimathafen Neukölln, Karl-Marx-Straße 141, Neukölln

Tip 8: Der Diener zweier Herren 

Interior view of the Berliner Ensemble
Berliner Ensemble interior view © Moritz Haase

Goldoni's comedy has lost none of its momentum over the centuries when Truffaldino, as the servant of two masters, gets into ever greater entanglements and completely absurd situations. The production at the Berliner Ensemble poses topical questions about community, belonging and home while retaining the spirit and fun of the commedia del arte.     

When: 30 December

Where: Berliner Ensemble: Großes Haus, Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1, Mitte

Tip 9: Georgette Dee & Terry Truck: DezemberLicht-Geschichten

Tipi am Kanzleramt in Berlin: cabaret
TIPI AM KANZLERAMT © Foto: Darek Gontarski / Gestaltung:

Great emotions even in small moments - Georgette Dee sings and talks about them in the Tipi am Kanzleramt. The diva is a master of the grand gesture as well as the quiet tones, she moves with her rousing chansons and provokes with her sharp tongue.  And so she makes light of the heavy and brightens up the dark winter time.

When: 27 December

Where: Tipi am Kanzleramt, Große Querallee, Tiergarten

Tip 10: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

© visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

At the performance of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, you not only hear the music, but immerse yourself in it and let it take you into new dimensions. Accompanied by spectacular 360° projections and a fantastic laser show, the music takes you into the depths of the cosmos and the shallows of the human soul.

When: 29 and 31 December

Where: Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, Prenzlauer Berg

Tip 11: Poetry Slam Best of 2021

Exterior view of the Volksbühne Berlin
Theater Volksbühne © Volksbühne

The best comes at the end: At the Poetry Slam Best of 2021, the best of the year will compete in the final battle. And you can decide who deserves the crown. Look forward to newcomers and old hands in the Berlin poetry slam scene as they thrill and enthrall you with their virtuoso words, phrases and texts.

When: 30 December

Where: Volksbühne - Großes Haus, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Mitte

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does not smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face the rich cultural life of Berlin - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog. All posts