Trier Christmas Circus attracts small and tall with holiday fun

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  • By Iris Reiff
  • 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
This year is the sixth time, the ancient Roman city of Trier will become the site of a spectacular holiday event, the Trier Christmas circus, located in a tent at the city's Moselauen fairgrounds.

The city circus offers shows for anyone interested in seeing acrobatic acts, clownery and small animal acts Dec. 17 until Jan. 2. The circus is especially attractive to families with small children and all circus lovers, and Santa Claus will celebrate with the visitors.

Highlights of this year's show include Anthony Wandruschka, a world-famous trapeze artist, who has performed with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in the U.S., a lively African dance, and entertainment Limbo-Show. People can also see performances by a fire breather and animal trainers. Ponies, pigs, geese, dogs and a few other animals can also be seen in the circus arena. Karl Trunk received three prizes during the world-famous 33rd International Circus Festival of Montecarlo for his first-class animal acts. There will be no large animal acts at this year's event.

In years past, the Trier Weihnachts circus show has been well-liked when it has come to the city. Every year, base members receive a warm welcome from the circus staff at the event.

The debut takes place 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and a separate lobby festival tent will be set up for this event. It will be decorated for Christmas with food, beverages and musical entertainment to set visitors in the mood for the holidays. Free snacks will be available after the show. Snacks and beverages can be purchased prior to shows and during intermissions.

Tickets, which typically sell fast, can be reserved at or by calling 0172-830-5699 - ask for Mr. Oliver Haeberle.

The circus also has its own webpage at

Spangdahlem Sabers will receive an entry price discount when presenting a valid ID card at the cashier and will only pay 10 Euros per seat to attend shows after Dec. 20. Ticket prices from the debut range from 10 to 25 Euros, depending on the locations of the seats.
Special offers are not valid for the special front row seats on any day of the show.

Shows will take place daily at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. except for Dec. 17, the day of the debut, and Jan. 2, when there is one show at 11 a.m. and a second show at 3:30 p.m. There will be no shows on Dec. 24 or on New Year's Day.

A visit to this circus makes a nice Christmas treat. It is recommended to show up about 30 minutes early in order to find parking, purchase tickets and locate seats before the show starts. Shows are about 2.5 hours long.