Munich's annual highlight is the Oktoberfest (October festival). Millions of visitors gather here each year when the Oktoberfest starts with the famous words "O'zapft is!" ("Tapping has started!").
Here are the Oktoberfest dates for the next few years:
2012: September 22 to October 7
2013: September 21 to October 6
2014: September 20 to October 5
Have a look at the "Wies'n", the local name for the Oktoberfest: www.oktoberfest.de
Every year the contemplative pre-Christmas period is sweetened by mulled wine and gingerbread at the various Christmas markets.