Status: 10.12.2023, 18:00 PM
By: Patrick Staar
St. Nicholas was closely surrounded at the "Magic of Lights" in the center of Lenggries. © Patrick Staar
Well over 3000 visitors came to the Lenggries "Magic of Lights" at the weekend and were amazed by the individual offers. This year, a lot of clubs were represented.
Lenggries – For 15 years, the Lenggries advertising association has been organising the "Magic of Lights", and every year this extraordinary Christmas market attracts a little more visitors. "We previously thought that 3000 visitors would be nice," says deputy chairman Sepp Müller. "In fact, there were a lot more people." This is not the only reason why he is "highly satisfied" with the course of events.
Lenggrieser Lichterzauber has been a permanent institution for 15 years
Leonhard Weinbuchner from Gaißach has followed the development of the "Magic of Lights" from the very beginning. He remembers well when there were only a few stalls set up between the town hall and the church. In the meantime, 47 exhibitors are participating, and the Christmas market extends over the entire town centre. Weinbuchner thinks he knows the reason for the success: "All the local clubs are involved, there's no trick. The 'magic of lights' is not such a typical tourist thing." The Christmas market is a highlight from the first to the last metre. That's why he comes to Lenggries every year, "no matter if it's raining or snowing".
After Karin Wünsch and Stefanie Pfeiffer arrived at the Christmas market, they first took care of a fallen metal frame to which lanterns were attached. "So, everything saved," they said with satisfaction. "Now let's have a good time. We're looking forward to going to the tried-and-tested booths and meeting people."
47 exhibitors are spread over the town centre
For six-year-old Katharina – and many other children – the "Penzberger Beaschdn" were probably the biggest attraction. The little girl didn't let herself be intimidated by the creepy masked devils, witches and mountain mandls, pressed herself against one of the figures and let herself be photographed. "She doesn't give a shit," said the mother, laughing.
Cheers: Leonie Völkl pours Simone Schöffmann. © Patrick Staar
It had been planned for a long time that the Beaschdn would visit Lenggries, but it never worked out. This time, coincidence helped: The people of Penzberg met on the Brauneck for their Christmas party, and so it was obvious that they would stop by the "Magic of Lights". It was very well received," Müller said happily. "They've got a real fan club behind them."
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If you asked around the exhibitors, there was probably no one who was not satisfied with the turnover. "We don't take much home with us anymore," said Franz Dosch of "Stiroischn Edelbrandde und Liköre" from Gaißach-Untermberg. The sales quota in Lenggries is traditionally close to 100 percent. The fruit for their brandies comes from their own garden on the Sunntratn.
Leonie Völkl from Florian Ballmann's mobile bar also had every reason to smile. Sales of the sweet-smelling Feuerzangenbowle are going very well: "People are enthusiastic about the fire bowl, it's a real eye-catcher." At Brettsport Oberland, parents were able to buy T-shirts and the children could grill marshmallows over a fire bowl. This concept has worked, Isabella Katenegger summed up: "We got into conversation with many parents."
The schnapps of Franz Dosch © Patrick Staar were in great demand
The "Initiative for Children with Cancer" has been represented in Lenggries for twelve years. 13 women bake 600 gingerbread cookies for the Christmas market according to the same recipe. "In recent years, we have always been sold out at 20 p.m., and this time it is also going very well," reported Regina Kuhnhäuser. "We have a lot of regular customers who come every year." There is a good reason why she sells gingerbread. "My daughter was once affected by cancer herself," Kuhnhäuser explained. "When she was healthy, she said. Mom, please let us support the club."
The forest kindergarten Auenland from Lenggries-Leger has been there for a similar amount of time. The children were able to bake bread on a stick and grill sausages. "The children love it," said director Angela Elsenbruck, adding with a laugh: "Most of the time, however, the parents have to finish baking and grilling the things because they don't have enough patience."
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The St. Josef kindergarten sold home-baked and home-made products. An eye-catcher were the gnome figures made of fir branches, which had been made by a mother. The idea of a "human jukebox" was also original. Visitors were able to choose a CD and donate it – and the kindergarten teachers then sang the selected Christmas carols. "It's going well," said Uschi Heidacher.
Many clubs represented
Around 21 p.m., the 'magic of lights' came to an end, half an hour later it began to rain. "We were very lucky with the weather," Müller said. The cooperation with the building yard and fire brigade is "a dream". The set-up and dismantling of the stands is a matter of course. He was particularly pleased that more clubs were represented this time. "It's important that they have income for their work – that's why we do that in the first place."
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