Hartenstein Sachsen Markt Stadtansicht Weihnachten - So geht Sächsisch

The German Christmas country is the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). Here, folk art and customs traditions revolving around Christmas have developed out of the mining industry for centuries. Miners’ parades, Christmas pyramids, candle arches and Christmas trees are an integral part of the decorated homes and the Christmas markets that can be found in almost every town. Thus, the Ore Mountains attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year during Advent.

Our Ore Mountains Corona Christmas Documentation

However, not so in 2020 – the marketplaces of the towns in the Ore Mountains looked completely different than usual during this Christmas season. So few passers-by have not been seen here, apart from wartime, probably for centuries. Due to the Corona pandemic, the classic Saxon Christmas markets, packed with booths and stalls, were largely absent. Hence the large-scale Christmas symbols were able to claim the places for themselves and so there was, at least photographically, the unique opportunity to record the Ore Mountains marketplaces completely focused on lights, pyramids, candle arches and Christmas tree. And so we went on a photographic tour through the Erzgebirge and the adjacent Erzgebirge foothills…

We already presented a smaller summary of our material in our PanoramaStreetline Instagram Account.

Schneeberg Town Hall Saxony Christmas Market

Schneeberg | Town Hall at the Marketplace

Bergstadt Schneeberg

Let’s start with one of the most prestigous Christmas places in the Ore Mountains, the marketplace of Schneeberg. The mountain town (german Bergstadt) will celebrate its 550th anniversary in 2021 and is also considered the baroque town of the Ore Mountains. At the marketplace, the neoclassical town hall stands at the low-lying northwest end. To the southeast, the marketplace rises narrowing towards St. Wolfgang’s Church, Schneeberg’s landmark towering over the town.

Schneeberg Markt Weihnachtsmärkte Pyramide Erzgebirge Stadtansicht Corona 2020

Schneeberg | Market with christmas pyramid, christmas tree looking towards the southeast

Saxony Schneeberg Christmas 2020 Germany Saxony Schneeberg Christmas Corona
Schneeberg | Marketplace Schneeberg | Marketsquare and St Wolfgangs Church

Christmas Market Annaberg-Buchholz

The town on the Pöhlberg mountain is the district capital of the Erzgebirge district and, in a sense, also the capital of the Ore Mountains (Zwickau and Chemnitz lie in the foothills of the Ore Mountains). The magnificent town hall dominates the market, from which the steep Große Kirchgasse leads up to St. Anne’s Church, which is also towering above the town as its landmark.

Weihnachtsmarkt Annaberg-Buchholz 2020 Erzgebirge

Annaberg-Buchholz | Market with pyramid, christmas tree, advent calendar and the town hall

Annaberg-Buchholz Erzgebirge Saxony Ore Mountains Annaberg-Buchholz Saxony Erzgebirgskreis Christmas
Annaberg-Buchholz | Marketplace Annaberg-Buchholz | Marketsquare


In 2021, the mining town of Marienberg will celebrate its 500th anniversary – it is an example of a planned town and was laid out in the 16th century with a chessboard-like layout after silver was found. In the centre is a large square market square with the Renaissance town hall on its north side.

Marienberg Saxony Sachsen Erzgebirge Weihnachten Ore Mountains

Marienberg | Town Hall and Pyramid on the marketsquare

Christmas Market Lößnitz

The town of Lössnitz is one of the oldest towns in the Ore Mountains and was founded as early as 1170 by the Burgrave of Meissen. On the steeply rising market square stands the town hall with a portal dating from 1601 and in the background the classicist town church of St. Johannis.

Lössnitz Saxony Ore Mountains Christmas 2020 Corona

Lößnitz | Market Square with the town hall on the right edge

Loessnitz Erzgebirge Christmas Treet Pyramid Decoration Lössnitz Ore Mountains Town Hall at Christmas Lighting, Saxony
Lößnitz | Market Square Lößnitz | Town Hall


The small town of Hartenstein still belongs to the Ore Mountains, but is already in the Zwickau district. The small market square, which is well worth seeing, is lined with the town hall and several half-timbered houses, but at the same time it is cut through by a main road. Our cover picture above this blog post is from Hartenstein’s market square.

Hartenstein bei Zwickau, Marktplatz zu Weihnachten mit Fachwerkhäusern Hartenstein bei Zwickau Fachwerkhaus Weisses Ross Weihnachten 2020
Hartenstein | Market with Christmas Pyramid Hartenstein | half-timbered house Weißes Roß
Fachwerkhäuser in Sachsen, Kreis Zwickau Saxony Germany Christmas Time in the Ore Mountains
Hartenstein | christmas mood Hartenstein | christmas market with town hall

Aue, Olbernhau, Seiffen, Eibenstock

The following Christmas images show places and Christmas atmosphere in the Erzgebirge towns of Aue, Olbernhau, Eibenstock and the Christmas toy village of Seiffen/Erzgebirge.

Weihnachtsmärkte Sachsen und Erzgebirge, Aue

Aue | Altmarkt with Christmas Pyramid

Seiffen Ore Mountains Toy and Christmas Village, Town Hall Olbernhau Saxony Ore Mountains at Christmas
Seiffen/Erzgebirge | Town Hall (Rathaus) Olbernhau | City Museum with pyramid
Saxony Ore Mountains Eibenstock Snow Christmas with pyramid Aue Weihnachtspyramide Sachsen Erzgebirge
Eibenstock | Kirchplatz Aue | Altmarkt

The Montanregion Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří has been a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019. This includes the historic old towns of Annaberg, Marienberg and Schneeberg.


Because of their proximity but also because of their own mining history, many towns in the foothills of the Ore Mountains are closely linked to the Ore Mountains in their Christmas traditions and so you will also find Christmas markets here that feature typical Ore Mountain symbols, especially in the former coal-mining town of Zwickau, which has always been regarded as the gateway to the Ore Mountains.

Zwickau Gewandhaus Weihnachtsmärkte Weihnachtspyramide

Zwickau | Christmas market with town hall and Gewandhaus

Gewandhaus Zwickau Christmas Market with Christmas Tree Zwickau Weihnachstmärkte in Sachsen
Zwickau | Market and Gewandhaus Zwickau | Schwibbogen (Candle arch) with miners
Werdau Weihnachtsmarkt Foto Abendstimmung Corona Jahr Crimmitschau Saxony Christmas time and mood, pyramid and tree in Saxony
Werdau | Marketsquare and Town Hall Crimmitschau | Marketsquare and Town Hall
Fraureuth Saxony Christmas Market Beiersdorf Saxony Fraureuth Christmas Time
Fraureuth | Weihnachtspyramide Beiersdorf | protestant Church, Christmas


Finally, a look at the neighbouring Vogtland, which borders the Erzgebirge mountains to the west and is part of the same low mountain range. Here we show, among other things, the Corona Christmas markets of the former Reuss residence town of Greiz and the old textile town of Reichenbach in the Vogtland.

Greiz Thuringia Vogtland Christmas at Neues Schloss

Greiz | The New Castle (Neues Schloss) with christmas decoration

Greiz Marktplatz Weihnachtsmärkte Corona 2020 Greiz Weihnachtsmarkt Rathaus Town Hall Christmas Tree
Greiz | Marketsquare and City Hall Greiz | Weihnachtsmarkt 2020
Reichenbach Vogtland Sachsen, Saxony Christmas Market and Town Hall Postplatz Reichenbach Vogtland, Weihnachten Weihnachtsbaum Beleuchtung
Reichenbach | Town Hall in christmas decoration Reichenbach | Postplatz
Neumark Saxony Christmas Market with Town Hall and pyramid Gera Vogtland, Thüringen, Weihnachtsbaum am Marktplatz mit Rathausturm
Neumark | Marketsquare and Town Hall Gera | City Hall and christmas tree