Tourismusverband Erzgebirge e.V.
Adam-Ries-Straße 16
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz

It’s the beating heart of an Erzgebirge Christmas: proud men parading through their mining towns dressed in ceremonial costumes. Over 15 mining processions, complete with rousing mining music, welcome visitors to the festive season in the Erzgebirge.

Many of these old mining traditions have their roots in religion, and this is reflected to this day in the devoutness of the people, and in their seasonal customs, their music and their art. The miners’ costumes are based on historical templates, with their style, colour and accessories identifying the wearer’s district, the historical period they are from, and what role they play in mining in Saxony.

Parades take place on public holidays in the mining towns and administrative centres, to honour and demonstrate obedience to public dignitaries. Erzgebirge residents continue to regard the mining parades as an important cultural tradition.

The Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region bears extraordinary witness to the far-reaching influence of mining on all aspects of society, including the traditions, ideas and values that are both living and intangible parts of Erzgebirge culture.

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A Christmas break
Mining parades, Christmas market, the "Mettenschicht" (final shift) celebrations, the "Neunerlei" Christmas meal with its nine dishes and the scent of incense on the air – that's what Christmastime in the Erzgebirge is all about. The Erzgebirge region welcomes you with unique seasonal events and traditions – as alive today as they were in times gone by.
  • Experience the warmth and the traditions, the craftsmanship and the delicacies of the famously hospitable Erzgebirge region at Christmas. Feel the magic of Christmas all around with Schwibbögen (traditional arched candle holders) in all the windows.
  • Watch the toy-makers at work crafting traditional wooden figures, and take a piece of the Erzgebirge home with you. 
  • Enjoy the wintry peace of nature on walks and hikes through the Erzgebirge.
   A warm welcome awaits you – book your Christmas break online here.

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Christmas markets

Foto: 360grad-team
27.11.2019 - 22.12.2019 Marienberg

Marienberger Weihnachtsmarkt

Im Herzen der Renaissancestadt Marienberg öffnet vom 27.11. - 22.12.2019 der Weihnachtsmarkt seine...

Foto: Touristinformation Schneeberg,
29.11.2019 - 22.12.2019 Schneeberg

Schneeberger Weihnachtsmarkt

Schneeberg erstrahlt im weihnachtlichen Lichterglanz.

Die große nächtliche Bergparade findet am...

Foto: Anke Gläßer,
29.11.2019 - 22.12.2019 Kurort Seiffen

29. Seiffener Weihnacht

29. Seiffener Weihnacht

Foto: Maximilian Weishäutel, Gästeinformation Kurort Oberwiesenthal
29.11.2019 - 24.12.2019 Kurort Oberwiesenthal

Wiesenthaler Advent

Kleiner Adventsmarkt mit erzgebirgischen Weihnachtstraditionen: Pyramide anschieben, Aufführung der...

Miners’ parades

Foto: TVE Studio2Media
13.12.2019 - 15.12.2019 Lößnitz

Lößnitzer Weihnachtsmarkt mit Großem Bergaufzug

Große Bergaufzug am Sonntag, den 15. Dezember um 17:00 Uhr mit Übertragung auf Videogroßleinwand. 


Foto: Touristinformation Johanngeorgenstadt
14.12.2019 - 15.12.2019 Johanngeorgenstadt

Original Johanngeorgenstädter Schwibbogenfest mit...

Bergaufzug am 14.12. um 13:45 Uhr

Im Lichterglanz des Schwibbogens lädt Johanngeorgenstadt am Samstag,...

Foto: Eva Schalling, Touristinformation Seiffen
14.12.2019, 15:30 Uhr
Kurort Seiffen

Bergparade in Seiffen

Große Bergparade mit über 400 Trachtenträgern

Foto: Wolfgang Schmidt,
14.12.2019, 17:00 Uhr

Bergparade in Schwarzenberg

Der absoluten Höhepunkt des Schwarzenberger Weihnachtsmarktes ist die Bergparade.


Overview of all Christmas markets and mining parades

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Foto: Stadt Marienberg/ 360 Grad Team
Zinnkammern Pöhla / Foto by BUR
Frohnauer Hammer / Foto WFE

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