Candle Arches


Should you journey through the towns and villages of the Erzgebirge at Christmas time, you would see the warm glow
of beautiful arch-shaped candelabras in the windows of the houses. For more than 250 years, candle arches (Schwippbögen)  have been associated with the Erzgebirge Christmas and become an inseparable part of the festive decorations.
As the story goes, the arched shape has its origins in the mining industry. On Christmas Eve at the pit, the miners
would hang their lighted lamps in a a semi-circle around the entrance of the mouth of tunnel leading to the mine,

marking the last shift before Christmas.