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Cottbus Winter Wonderland

When the days grow shorter, Cottbus has many reasons for rejoicing: In November, the International FilmFestival Cottbus beckons. In autumn, the State Theatre stages premières for lovers of fairy tales, theatre and musical theatre fans. As of October, the Cottbuser Musikherbst (Musical Autumn) organises numerous concerts and at the Weltspiegel cinema, the event calendar vastly expands. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, the Christmas Market of a Thousand Stars is open and the sparkling glow from more than 1,400 Moravian Stars adorns the huts offering almond-flavoured mulled wine and artisan goods. In the Baumkuchen shop, liquid chocolate drips onto tender cake throughout the day – an appetising sight for all onlookers. On the third Sunday of Advent, the Advent Market at Branitz Palace gives an inkling of the charm of a princely Christmas and its rich offerings.