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Welcome to Saxony, the land of Christmas

Every year, we wait for this very special time, when the trees and meadows are blanketed in the first fall of white flakes, and everything around them is transformed into a magical winter landscape. A celestial silence reigns over the land, almost enveloping it. Radiant candle arches light up windows, candles are lit everywhere, the aromas intensify, and the excitement of the pre-Christmas period captures our hearts.

A performance by Saxony's famous boys' choirs is a special Advent experience. Many Saxons also consider the church services and concerts to be part of the festivities, and these are open to everyone. Over the next few pages, you will find suggestions and information on how to enjoy this contemplative time in Saxony.

A hot punch warms the soul as the first snowflakes fall over the thousands of lights of the market stalls. We invite you to have stroll through one of the world's oldest Christmas markets, the Dresden Striezelmarkt. Or want a real insider tip? Then be captivated by the historic, romantic atmosphere of the Christmas market at Königsstein Fortress. From Annaberg-Buchholz to Dresden and Leipzig to Zittau, Saxony's authentic Christmas markets thrill visitors from all over the globe.

With cinnamon sticks, almonds and sweet raisins, Christmas is also a time for delicious treats. And Christmas in Saxony would be inconceivable without the Dresdner Christstollen. Another Saxon delight was popular even back in the days of the royal Saxon court - the Pulsnitzer Pfefferkuchen. Over the next few pages of Saxon Christmas traditions, you'll learn more about Saxony's culinary Christmas specialities.

Still looking for an original Christmas gift? Be it modern or traditional, Ore Mountain wood art is a unique craft. The detailed, elaborately worked pyramids, candle arches and figurines make for eye-catching festive decorations at Christmas time.

The following pages contain all the information you need about Christmas in Saxony.

Advent reflection

Leuchtende Herrnhuter Sterne in der völligen Dunkelheit.

Christmas melodies and carols are the best lead-in to Advent. (Photo ©

Christmas markets

Blick von oben über das funkelnde Areal des Striezelmarktes.

From large, traditional Christmas markets to real insider tips, Saxony has a lot to offer. (Photo © santosha57 / Fotolia)

Saxon Christmas traditions

Nahaufnahme einer erzgebirgschen Holzfigur in Form eines Bergmanns mit angedeutetem Blasinstrument.

The miner is a traditional Christmas motif originating in Saxony's Ore Mountains. (Photo ©

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