The Munich Christmas tree on Marienplatz

Christbaum in München auf dem Marienplatz, Foto: muenchen.de

This year's Christmas tree comes from the district of Burghausen

Munich has a Christmas tree once again. During the early morning hours, the professionals of the Munich Fire Service erected the landmark of the Munich Christmas Market on Marienplatz.

At 10am it was officially presented on Nov 8th, 2017. This year the tree comes from the district of Burghausen. Munich residents will be able to see it fully illuminated for the first time at the opening of the Christmas Market on Nov 27th.

This year’s Munich Christmas tree was presented for the first time on Nov 8th, 2017. Impressions of the spruce and words of praise from mayor Josef Schmid in the video.

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Der Christbaum 2017 am Marienplatz, Foto: muenchen.de/Leonie Liebich

When the tree is erected, what happens next?

Mayor Josef Schmid, director of the Department for Employment and Economics, and Hans Steindl, first mayor of Burghausen, presented the new Christmas tree on November 8th. Employees of the construction department are gradually bringing the little lamps that will illuminate the tree from November 27th. The tree will then serve as a hallmark of the Munich Christmas Market until December 24th.

How many lights create the sea of lights on the tree?

A sea of lights made of 2,500 small lights will make the Christmas tree gleam in the centre of Marienplatz – on Nov 27th for the first time. Particularly during the darkness of evening, the sight of the sparkling tree gives an atmospheric ambience to Christmas. The installation of the small lights requires special logistics. Members of the street-lighting section of the construction department are responsible for this.

Der Christbaum 2017 am Marienplatz, Foto: muenchen.de/Leonie Liebich
The tree still has a long career in front of it.

What happens to the tree after it has been used for the Christmas Market? 

Between November 27th and December 24th, the tree forms the glistening centrepiece of the Christmas Market. But it will shine there until January 6th, 2018. On January 10th, the professionals of the Munich Fire Service will dismantle it. Its career is not finished by a long way. The tree is to be used as a maypole.

 

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