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South Africans in Germany

Happy New Year

Although some towns will keep their Christmas lights on until the second week in January, it can feel a bit quiet and dull, especially after the Christmas festivities.
If you need some inspiration to keep yourself busy or to lift your mood, we have some activity suggestions below.

For those who suffer from the lack of sunshine, or (SAD), you can find information and tips on our Seasonal affective Disorder page.


Season Winter
Time Winter Time. One hour behind South Africa
Weather The temperatures averages between -2.8 °C and 2.1 °C.
It can of course be much colder, depending on the location.
Snow is likely in the mountain areas.
Coastal cities have a milder climate and the possibility of snow is low.
January is the coldest month in Germany, and also the darkest
The average daily sunshine hours is 1.6

School Holidays

Holidays Season Date Information
Weihnachtsferien Just before Christmas until early January

Public Holidays

Holiday Date Bundesländer
New Year 1 January all
Epiphany (Heilige Drei Könige) 6 January BW, BY, ST


Holiday Date Bundesländer

Festivals and Events

Event Date Information
New Year’s Eve (31 December) This year there is again a ban on fireworks. This is to keep people from injuring themselves and needing medical attention.  German New Years Traditions
New Years Run in Berlin (Berliner Neujahrslauf ) Cancelled due to the Corona Pandemic Berliner-Neujahrslauf
Christmas Gardens Stuttgart 18 Nov 2021  until 16 Jan 2022 Christmas Garden
Besenwirtschaft or Strausse Winter Besenwirtschaft
New Years Concerts (Classical) Search in your area.  Mostly Classical Music

Fun activities

Snow Info

Foods to try

January is time for comfort food, think hearty stews, soups, roasts and potatoes. Sauerkraut and Rotkohl are still very much in season.
Traditional Food for New Year’s day is Pork and Sauerkraut.
Here are some more info on traditional New Years Eve and Day dishes.
This site explains the significance of the food.

Fruit and Veggies in Season


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