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Tessa Mellinger

von Tessa Mellinger

November 15, 2019

Winter

How the Seefeld Christmas Market got its Christmas tree: a pre-Christmas story

We were on a mission: for months, the forests of the region were roamed, every fir and spruce closely examined and scrutinized. Until finally we found him. The one, the right one. The perfect Christmas tree for the Seefeld Christmas market. The requirements are high, because it has to fulfill an honorable task: Decorated with its colorful fairy lights and baubles, it makes the Christmas market and the faces of its visitors shine. This year, I was allowed to be present during the preparations and the erection of the most beautiful tree.

A Christmas tree in a class of its own

The men of the Seefeld municipality and forester Rudi Saurwein took me along this year to the traditional setting up of the Christmas tree, taking me back to my childhood. Only this time the search turned out to be a bit bigger than in my childhood - 15 meters tall, to be exact. An oversized Christmas tree search, so to speak. By the way, the perfect tree is a spruce and a true Seefeld native. It was found not far from the Christmas market, in the Kirchwald district of Seefeld. "I counted 43 rings of life," Rudi tells me later. "If I haven't miscounted...", he adds with a wink.

How the Seefeld Christmas Market got its Christmas tree

To bring the spruce - it's a real doozy - to the village square in Seefeld, the truck, which weighs tons and has a lot of horsepower, first had to come up the narrow road. With the help of its crane, which can lift a proud 2 tons to 17 meters, Rudi (who of course weighs considerably less) is first lifted to the lofty heights. He attaches several ropes to the spruce so that it can be lifted later. Otherwise, the branches would break off when it topples over, causing great damage to the spruce. After only a few minutes, Rudi is finished and the buzzing of the chainsaw can already be heard. The sight of the huge spruce suddenly rising into the air with the help of the crane and hovering several meters above the ground is impressive.

Very carefully, the men set them down on the crane and place them horizontally. The branches are carefully tied to transport them safely. Then follows a careful transport into the Seefeld pedestrian zone. The huge tree causes quite a stir among visitors to the pedestrian zone. Arriving at the village square, the spruce is lifted into the air once more to finally erect it at its new home. After a few hours, Rudi Saurwein, Markus Schatz from the Seefeld building yard and their men have made it. The beautiful spruce is now enthroned directly in front of St. Oswald's Church, where it watches over the Christmas market. This sight has already triggered tingling in my stomach and anticipation: Soon it will finally be time! It won't be long now until the Christmas market opens.

By the way, the spruce is decorated a few days after it is put up. Decked out with red baubles and warmly glowing fairy lights, you can soon admire it at the Seefeld Christmas market! Also the huts and another wonderful highlight of the Christmas market, the Glockentum, follow only a few days after the erection of the Christmas tree and this time in beautiful sunshine.

If you want to watch the construction of the Christmas market live, you can take a look at the webcam in Seefeld here!

Romantic Christmas Market in Seefeld

On November 29, the Christmas market in the Seefeld pedestrian zone opens its doors. Many small, lovingly designed stalls await you with warming mulled wine and punch, delicious Kiachln and delicacies and homemade products and gift ideas. This is the beginning of perhaps the most beautiful time of the year, the Advent season. At the Christmas market you can spend starry hours with your loved ones and count the days until Christmas. What you can expect this winter at the Seefeld Christmas Market and in the Advent season in the whole region, you can read here.

Christmas market in Seefeld, decorated with a magnificent Christmas tree

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