In Germany, many productions of "The Nutcracker" are performed after the Christmas holidays. Before buying tickets, which can be done at, check out how previous attendees rated shows. No need to be fluent in German to understand what a 1-out-of-5-star rating means!

Get the kids spruced up for a cultural outing and check out one of these productions within reasonable driving distance of U.S. military installations in Germany:

• Bonn, Beethovenhalle, Jan. 21, tickets from 37.30 euros.

• Karlsruhe, Jan. 27, tickets from 36.35 euros.

• Karlsruhe, Opernhaus, Feb. 3, tickets from 10.40 euros.

Prices are for adult tickets; children’s tickets are available at discounted prices. Entries from

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