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.
|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
Festivals and Events
|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|
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.