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How Upper Austria’s Christmas markets want to save electricity

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Cities and markets rely on LEDs and shorter lighting periods. In Wels, for example, a 1.7 km long light path shines with 700,000 LED points and crystals, Linz lets 400,000 LED lights shine as stars, angels, garlands and more, Steyr uses LEDs like the Steinbacher Advent and in Gmunden it stays in the Early “dumper”.

The Christmas markets Hauptplatz, Pfarrplatz and in the Volksgarten in Linz will be open from November 19th to December 24th. In the Volksgarten and on the main square, there are no radiant heaters and the lighting of the Christmas tree on the main square has been reduced, the APA learned from the city. 2020/21 – without the Christmas market and therefore less lighting on the main square and in the Volksgarten – 12,400 kWh were consumed from the first day of the Christmas market to January 6th.

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At this year’s Advent, which takes place for the first time on Linz Cathedral From the first weekend in Advent, no heating pads will be set up, the huts will be illuminated with LEDs and even a bicycle-operated carousel will save energy. They rely on silence and the Mariendom as the focal point. An eye-catcher is likely to be an extraordinary Advent calendar, which was designed by five artists with disabilities from KUNST St. Pius at the Caritas location in Peuerbach and provided with quotations from the Bible by cathedral priest Maximilian Strasser.

In catfish you save yourself the discussion about the Christmas lights thanks to the energy-saving LED lamps. Nevertheless, this year it will be around 20 percent shorter and just doing away with all radiant heaters for visitors to the Christmas World (from November 18) saves a total of 60 percent of energy, according to the magistrate. Thanks to LED lights, Steyr needs 18 kWh for 50 days of lighting from the first weekend in Advent, “half of what you would need with normal lighting,” according to the magistrate. With it, groups of Christmas trees shine on the town square. The Advent market in the old town – not organized by the city – opens on November 18th.

In Gmunden there is a standl market in the city center with regional products on the Advent weekends (incl. Friday) and on December 8th. The LED lighting is reduced, instead of Candlemas (February 2nd) this year only until January 7th and not switched on in the morning. From dusk, the city shines as usual. However, the popular Castle Advent will be missing this year. The ARGE “Schlösser Advent” states on its homepage the increased effort and the lack of planning security due to the pandemic, but also the conversion of Landschloss Ort into a hotel, “whose area and interior will no longer be available for this year and the coming years”. as a reason to end the popular event.

The known Steinbach Advent Calendar opens a window on the houses in the town square every day at 5 p.m., and the Christmas lights have been invested in LEDs. The Advent market takes place on December 8th and the weekends before and after. From November 18th, the basilica in Mondsee will shine in Christmas splendor. The Advent market on the market square and in the Gothic cloister of the former Benedictine palace once again offers the original and the extraordinary.

Corona measures are currently not known, if there are federal regulations, all market operators agreed that they would of course be followed.

Source: Nachrichten

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