German Christmas Light Arch- Schwibbogen

Like most well known Christmas Decorations, the German Christmas Light Arch or Schwibbogen has its roots in the Erzgebirge. On Christmas Eve, the minors would hold a special prayer service and meal in the mines. They would hang their lanterns in an arch pattern on the wall. This would fill the room with beautiful light.

Authentic German Erzgebirge Handcraft 3D-Double-Arch - Miner - 72x40x5,5 cm / 28x16x2 inches - Michael MüllerAuthentic German Erzgebirge Handcraft 3D-Double-Arch – Miner – 72x40x5,5 cm / 28x16x2 inches – Michael MüllerAuthentic German Erzgebirge Handcraft 3D-Double-Arch - Miner - 72x40x5,5 cm / 28x16x2 inches - Michael Müller

 

After the late 1700s,  the arch of minor lamps was recreated in a smaller model that was set in windows. A row of candles at the top of the arch, and special symbols underneath. They were made as gifts to the mining guilds, and were originally made from metal. Later as the mines of the Erzgebirge were tapped out, the minors switched over to making Christmas Decorations like Pyramids and Nutcrackers to support their families… they naturally built small Schwibbogen from to sell. Originally, they were lit by candles… but like many other decorations, the switch was made to electric light.

KWO Schwibbogen Candle Arch Erzgebirge German Smoker SMK211X68KWO Schwibbogen Candle Arch Erzgebirge German Smoker SMK211X68KWO Schwibbogen Candle Arch Erzgebirge German Smoker SMK211X68

 

And thankfully, in the past few years it’s been possible to buy them with a light kit for the United States, as well as replacement bulbs for the candles.

Today a setting a Schwibbogen in the window takes on whole new meaning. At the beginning of the 2020 Covid 19 Pandemic, people placed a German Christmas light arch in the window of their home as a sign of solidarity… as light against the darkness, as a way of brightening up a dark time.

Dregano Carolers Village Schwibbogen Candle Arch, GermanyDregano Carolers Village Schwibbogen Candle Arch, GermanyDregano Carolers Village Schwibbogen Candle Arch, Germany

 

German Christmas Light Arch- a Schwibbogen

They aren’t just for Christmas anymore! These beautiful lights against the darkness can be set up year round.

Traditional Schwibbogen have 11 Lights over the arch, and symbols related to mining or the Erzgebirge. Often you will see the famous small round Seiffen Church, a symbol of the area. Today’s light arches are much looser in their interpretation… Houses, snowmen, singers, trees, if you can dream it, you will find it in a modern Schwibbogen. Some are battery powered, some must be plugged in… check before you order.

With so many different interpretations and styles… Which is the perfect one for your home?

Elaborate Schwibbogen!

These are amazing! Lots of carving and figures… Kids (and adults) can spend hours admiring the details. Set one in the window, or on a sideboard. They electric lights make them safe.

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Schwibbogen for REAL CANDLES

These don’t plug in, and they aren’t  battery operated. They require candles and a bit of care (keep them away from curtains!)

Müller German candle arch Carolers, small village, length 47 cm / 19 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen MU 12416Müller German candle arch Carolers, small village, length 47 cm / 19 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen MU 12416Müller German candle arch Carolers, small village, length 47 cm / 19 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen MU 12416Seiffener Volkskunst German Candle Arch Christmas, Length 25 cm / 10 inch, Natural, Original Erzgebirge SV 15302Seiffener Volkskunst German Candle Arch Christmas, Length 25 cm / 10 inch, Natural, Original Erzgebirge SV 15302Seiffener Volkskunst German Candle Arch Christmas, Length 25 cm / 10 inch, Natural, Original Erzgebirge SV 15302Seiffener Volkskunst German candle arch, length 25 cm / 10 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by SV 15303Seiffener Volkskunst German candle arch, length 25 cm / 10 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by SV 15303Seiffener Volkskunst German candle arch, length 25 cm / 10 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by SV 15303Müller German candle arch Nativity scene with manger, length 30 cm / 12 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen MU 12314Müller German candle arch Nativity scene with manger, length 30 cm / 12 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen MU 12314Müller German candle arch Nativity scene with manger, length 30 cm / 12 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen MU 12314ISDD German candle arch Carolers, small village, length 32 cm/19 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenISDD German candle arch Carolers, small village, length 32 cm/19 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenISDD German candle arch Carolers, small village, length 32 cm/19 inch, natural, original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenSeiffener Volkskunst German Candle Arch, Length 25 cm / 10 inch, Natural, Original Erzgebirge SV 15305Seiffener Volkskunst German Candle Arch, Length 25 cm / 10 inch, Natural, Original Erzgebirge SV 15305Seiffener Volkskunst German Candle Arch, Length 25 cm / 10 inch, Natural, Original Erzgebirge SV 15305

 

 

Electric or Battery operated Candle Light Arches from the Erzgebirge

These special Schwiboggen are all hand carved in the Erzgebirge. They cost a little more, but these pieces are destined to become family heirlooms. With careful handling and storage, they can last for year.s

 

Richard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch Nativity Scene, Length 75 cm / 30 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch Nativity Scene, Length 75 cm / 30 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch Nativity Scene, Length 75 cm / 30 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch LED Winter Children, Length 40 cm / 16 inch, Natural, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch LED Winter Children, Length 40 cm / 16 inch, Natural, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch LED Winter Children, Length 40 cm / 16 inch, Natural, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch Nativity Scene, Length 48 cm / 19 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch Nativity Scene, Length 48 cm / 19 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch Nativity Scene, Length 48 cm / 19 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch Village of Seiffen, Length 80 cm / 32 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, with Music Box, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch Village of Seiffen, Length 80 cm / 32 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, with Music Box, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch Village of Seiffen, Length 80 cm / 32 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, with Music Box, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch, Nativity Scene, Length 80 cm / 31 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch, Nativity Scene, Length 80 cm / 31 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Candle Arch, Nativity Scene, Length 80 cm / 31 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Exhibition Workshop, Length 48 cm / 19 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Exhibition Workshop, Length 48 cm / 19 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser SeiffenRichard Glässer Seiffen German Exhibition Workshop, Length 48 cm / 19 inch, Natural, electrically Illuminated, Original Erzgebirge by Richard Glaesser Seiffen

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