Welcome to the weekend! Whether you're busy with family or looking for more social events outside the house, here are a few entertaining and relaxed ideas.
1. Hear film music by Luxembourg Military Band
What: Under direction of Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Claude Braun
Where: Philharmonie, 1 Pl. de l'Europe, 1499 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Friday, 23 December at 8pm - info & tickets
The Luxembourg Military Band, known locally as the Musique militaire Grand-ducale, was founded in 1842 and has been a major contributor to Luxembourg's musical heritage. This year it celebrates its 180th anniversary with a Christmas concert at the Philharmonie. The programme encompasses a film music selection from Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, Nina Rota and John Williams. A magical evening that will be!
© Eric Engel / Philharmonie
2. Take a walk through art on Saturday
What: 17-19 Century artwork
Where: Villa Vauban, 18 Av. Emile Reuter, 2420 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Saturday, 24 December between 11am-4pm - more info here
The permanent art exhibition at Villa Vauban takes visitors on a journey through three centuries of artistic creation: from the Dutch 17th century through dream locations in Italy to French paintings from the 19th century. There's an immersive video projection at the start of the tour to help you discover the works, and free guided tours are offered Fridays at 7pm. But maybe a vist is nice too for a calm Saturday, 24 December (the museum is closed on Sunday).
3. Put on some Christmas moves
What: Fiestas in town
Where: De Gudde Wëllen and Mesa Verde
When: Sunday, 25 December as of 10pm
If you're looking for a cool party on Christmas Eve, head to de Gudde Wëllen, who always put on something great across two floors with several DJs. If you prefer grabbing some vegetarian food before, combine it with a Christmas Party at Mesa Verde, a lovely restaurant in the City who are bringing in several Santa DJs too.
4. See spectacular circus show
What: For all ages
Where: Glacis - Google Maps
When: Between now and 8 January - tickets & showtimes here
The annual circus show on the Glacis is back for a run of shows throughout Christmas and early January. See acrobats in action on both the stage and in the air, watch their incredible costumes and skill and be charmed by the state lighting and sound effects. This year's programme is titled UKRAINE UNITED, with the circus tent lit up in blue and yellow.
© Facebook / Cirque du Lux
5. Stream festive films
What: New releases and old classics
Where: Whichever streaming service you use
Christmas is great for enjoying some old film classics or new releases. Here are a handful of recommendations, both exciting or thrilling, more family-friendly as well as comedy.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Netflix) is truly brilliant, reinventing the classic story of a wooden puppet through stop-motion. Or see Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix) starring Daniel Craig about a world-famous detective who heads to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery murder. Thirteen Lives (Prime) will bring you to tears (but there's a happy end), which is about the Thai cave rescue of 13 trapped school boys. Lastly, if you have Apple TV, watch Spirited, a musical version of Charles Dickens' story of a miserly misanthrope who's taken on a magical journey.
6. Hike through the Guttland
What: Stunning circular trail
Where: Start and finish at Parking St. Roch chapel, Reimberg - Google Maps
Little ponds, bark mulch paths, a stream winding through the mysterious Schankegriecht valley, numerous narrow wooden bridges, and lots of peace to recharge your batteries. This 5km Guttland trail begins in Reimberg at the St Rock chapel, before leading into the forest and valley. A lovely hike with plenty of variation that takes under 2 hours.
© Visit Luxembourg
7. Win at board games
What: By Social Gaming Luxembourg
Where: Bei de Minettsdäpp, 8 Rue Berwart, 4043 Esch an der Alzette - Google Maps
When: Friday, 23 December at 6.30pm - more info here
Every Friday is board game night at Bei de Minettsdäpp in Esch. Whether you're a true board game master or discovering games for the first time, everyone is welcome for a drink and game. Feel free to walk in between 6.30pm-10.30pm.
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