One of the most well-known Erzgebirge wooden crafts is the candle arch. The Erzgebirge candle arch is a traditional Christmas decoration that shows figurines in scenes of everyday life, Christmas traditions like the nativity, carolers singing, religious scenes, angels, Santa Claus, or historical cityscapes. An arch of candles or light goes over the figurines, but most are now lit with electricity or batteries instead of real candles for safety reasons. Each piece of the German candle arch is made by hand in the Erzgebirge and would make a gorgeous addition to your home decor or Christmas decorations. Erzgebirge wooden ornaments also make a unique gift for the special people in your life. All our German Christmas candle arches come with a two-year warranty and will bring joy to the holiday season for years to come.
The candle arch has been a symbol of Christmas for more than 250 years in the Erzgebirge. Blacksmith Johann Teller made the first candle arch in Johanngeorgenstadt as a wrought-iron work in 1726. The form of the arch goes back to the Erzgebirge mining days because the miners would hang lamps around the outline of the mine entrance. This showed a beautiful light display right before they went on holiday for Christmas. Around the holidays today, you can still see home windows in Erzgebirge lit with candles from these candle arch decorations we have available on our website. We carry the different wooden crafts you can find in the original Seiffener Volkskunst shop in Germany, so bring a piece of history home this Christmas.