The Schwibbogen is a candle arch from the Erzgebirge. It’s a Christmas decoration that can be found in almost any home in the region. The Schwibbögen is an integral part of the Erzgebirge folk art.
Erzgebirge folk artists have produced a variety of forms and motifs. One of the best known is the candle arch. In addition to the round Schwibbögen there are also Schwibbögen that come as a triangle.
The Dresdner Striezelmarkt has the largest walk-in Schwibbogen.
In the body of the Arch (rarely on top) are scenic representations that are lit by candles. The artwork is mostly set up on pedestals.