Advent crown

It is the ultimate symbol of the Advent season. It is hard to imagine the Christmas build-up without the Advent crown and its four candles, found inside churches, kindergartens and many homes.

Girl lighting candles on the advent crown
Picture: Girl lighting candles on the advent crown Picture: © R. Lemitz

Erfurt's advent crown has been displayed at the Christmas market since 2004. Its location on the cathedral steps creates a link between the market and the monumental ensemble of St. Mary's Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus and it acts as a reminder that Christmas is coming.

At 11:15am on each of the last four Sundays before Christmas, children from various kindergartens light the Advent candles that they have made and put on a small Christmas performance. A different Christian symbol is used on each of the Sundays.