THE CALENDAR OF ADVENT

From December 1st to 24th, every evening at 5 pm
 
Every evening at 5 pm, the street lighter with 11 small light carriers descends the main staircase of the Town Hall to open a window of the Advent Calendar.
Then he guides the children in the garden of the penumbra and lights a candle of the Advent wreath that is erected there.

A mysterious voice then tells a short story appealing to the Saint of the day or the image hidden behind the window that has just opened.

Thus, each window makes you discover the religious heritage, the rites and customs of the Alsatian Christmas as well as the legendary characters of our region.

Christmas carols, distribution of cakes «Wiehnachts bredele», toys and other small gifts, to the delight of young and old people, accompany this ceremonial.

THE CHRISTMAS MARKET OF GOBLINS

From December 1st to 24th and from the 26th to the 30th : Monday to Thursday from 3 to 7 pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm - Place de l'Hôtel de Ville.

In TURCKHEIM, from December 1 to 24, the goblins will open the doors of their Christmas market. Throughout the Advent season, a small imaginary world will take the place of the City Hall: a magical village, made of original wooden houses and all different from each other, built by the little hands of the goblins.

It is by going to the traditional Advent Calendar that you will now discover this magical decor dedicated to children. You will be able to appreciate the work of the local or regional artisans distributed in this village made up of ten houses, where the children will be able to have fun by helping the goblins during a survey through the City, but also to share with them their dreams, through the Well of Wishes.

Every evening at 5 pm, young and old alike will attend the opening of the shutters of the Calendar, orchestrated by the small light carriers guided by the street lighter , who will make you discover each day an image resulting from the historical and religious heritage, rites and customs and legendary characters from our region. A ceremonial accompanied, according to the days, of carols of Christmas, distribution of small presents, recipes or cupcakes.

For twenty-four days, from 3 pm to 7 pm, the rooms of the “Décapole” and the Brand located under the Hotel de VIille are transformed into “Wiehnacht's Stewala”, a real Christmas café for artists where the artisans and artists of the city exhibit their work. Creations in the form of a small market.

Enjoy your visit and extend your evening in Turckheim by joining our unique and authentic Night Watchman. Every evening at 9pm, from the “Corps de Garde” building, our Night Watchman perpetuates a tradition dating back to the 16th century. Dressed in a period costume, wearing tricorn, halberd, horn and lantern, he invites you to accompany him in his round through the alleys of our medieval city to tell you stories and legends of Turckheim.

In partnership with the City of Turckheim, the Artisans and Service Providers and the Tourist Office, come to discover this wonderful world as well as the courtyards and shops of the city center.

Visitor friends take the time to let yourself be carried away by the magic of the goblins Christmas market.

by the Association '' Noël à Turckheim ''.

LE WIEHNACHT'S STEWALA (Christmas coffee)

From the 1st to the 24th and from the 26th to the 30th of December from Monday to Thursday 3pm – 7pm, Friday – Saturday and Sunday 10am – 7pm  “Brand” and “Decapole” Halls - City Hall

The rooms of the “Decapole” and “Brand” of the Town Hall are transformed into “Stewala”, a café of the artists, to welcome you and warm you up.

The local associations serve you a coffee, hot chocolate and mulled wine, accompanied by our traditional “bredele” (Christmas cookies) and sweetness of season. Small tables topped with red and white create a warm and friendly atmosphere, and allow you to take a nice break.

This café is also the café of the local artisans, since they expose their creations and demonstrate their knowledge, in the form of a small market.

You can admire beautiful fir trees, kings of our forests, with the traditional decor of yesteryear.

An entire showcase is dedicated to the wonderful glass balls of “Meisenthal”, made available to us by the International Glass Art Center.

This is also, where you can listen to storytellers and singers and discover an exhibition of old toys from your childhood

THE HOUSE OF CHRISTMAS

The Christmas house nestled near the Advent Calendar. You will discover the history of the bishop of Myra, Asia Minor city (Turkey), Nicolas died there December 6: he was known for his great generosity, and became in the Middle Ages the patron of schoolchildren. The story of the Gingerbread Man will also be told during puppet shows. Come quickly discover this pretty house.

ROUND OF THE UNIQUE AND AUTHENTIC NIGHT WATCHMANN

From December 1st to 23rd and from December 26th to 30th: every evening at 9 pm - Corps de Garde

Come participate and discover the unique and authentic Night Watchman who dressed in period costume wearing halberd, tricorn, lantern and horn, performs his round every night at 9 pm evoking the history of the city while punctuating the anecdotes and its song in Alsatian, thus perpetuating a tradition whose written traces go back to 1540.

Spend the New Year's Eve with the night watchman who will make an exceptional round on December 31st at midnight. He will present his wishes to you and the authorities of the City and invite you at the end of the round to share the glass of friendship in the hall of the “Decapole”


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