According to tradition, the first Christmas songs were sung by the angels above the crib to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. Historically, the first Christmas songs were songs of joy evoking the Nativity, sometimes even rhythmic chants or dances. During the Middle Ages, the “mysteries of the Nativity” were a popular theater form where are staged chapters of the New Testament concerning Jesus’ birth. These scenes were accompanied by specific songs, kind of Christmas carols. Today in Alsace that kind of theater is still alive with the representation of a Christmas story on the forecourt of the church St-Thiebaut in Thann (in the south of Alsace near Guebwiller) during the Advent time.
Advent concerts and Christmas in Riquewihr
For many years, the Protestant church Sainte Marguerite in Riquewihr regularly hosts concerts. The period before Christmas is particularly active. Here is the program of this year.
27/11/2015 — Christmas concert by Gospel Friends du Bouclier à 20:15.
The Gospel Friends du Bouclier, with its 30 choristers, is coming from Strasbourg.
04/12/2015 — Christmas concert by Choeur d’hommes de Riquewihr – 20:15.
Le Chœur d’Hommes de Riquewihr is well known in Alsace. It is a formation of more than thirty singers, men of 18-70 years, which has over 2 decades of experience.
11/12/2015 — Concert of the Corsican ensemble Cirnese – 20:00.
Cirnese is a musical ensemble of nine singers and musicians. A Corsican musical color combining traditional singing and modern music. From the polyphonic song to the farthest instruments of the island, Cirnese strives through his creations and combines the island heritage with other musical styles that travel the world.
17/12/2015 — Concert of the Ensemble de Cuivres du Conservatoire de Colmar together with the children of the school of Riquewihr – 19:30
The Ensemble de Cuivres du Conservatoire de Colmar (Colmar Conservatory Brass Ensemble) performs regularly in Alsace. Its 26 musicians, students and graduates, are supervised by teachers of the conservatory.
It is a brass band, an orchestra of English tradition consisting of brass horns, violas, trombones, euphonium, tuba and percussion.
24/12/2015 — Traditional Christmas songs and carols by Choeur d’hommes de Riquewihr – 18:00
27/12/2015 — Concert of the Sun Gospel Singers – 17:00
The Sun Gospel Singers are a Gospel choir from Hautepierre (Strasbourg). They bring together 40 singers of all ages, from different social and cultural backgrounds, regardless of race, nationality or religion. The choir was founded in 2003 on the initiative of Pastor Frédéric Setodzo.
All concerts listed above will take place at Sainte-Marguerite church in Riquewihr.
Stay in a beautiful accommodation with a festive Christmas atmosphere
To make your visit in Alsace a memorable one, stay at les Remparts Riquewihr – in one of our new holiday apartments, set in a historic winery facing the vineyards of Riquewihr.
We also have a holiday home in the beautiful mountain village of La Vancelle. La Vancelle is a haven in a prime location opposite the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg. It is away from the noise and bustle but easily accessible in all seasons.
Riquewihr and Vancelle are very practical bases for visiting and touring throughout Alsace, Vosges and even nearby Germany and Switzerland.