Experience the Christmas story live! In keeping with this motto, Solothurn’s state and free churches present a dramatised version of the Christmas story. Christmas is an event that aroused – and still arouses – interest everywhere.
Visitors can step back in time, so to speak, to the first Christmas night via the Bieltor gate, the Baseltor gate or the Kreuzacker bridge – and the story begins! At the two gates and on the Kreuzacker bridge, you will see officials accompanied by Roman soldiers carrying out a census of the population – according to the decree of Caesar Augustus. King Herod has set up his royal household on the steps of St. Ursen Cathedral and is discussing with his advisers the unsettling rumours of a new-born king, brought to his attention by three wise men from the East. Trumpeters blow fanfares and make visitors to the city sit up and take notice. At Märetplatz square, the focal point of the action, you will find Mary and Joseph and the new-born babe in the manger. The three wise men from the East move through the city with their caravan in search of the new-born king so they can offer him their gifts.
A group of shepherds are watching their flocks at Friedhofplatz square and regularly set off to look for the new-born child announced to them by the angels.
As a grand finale, visitors are encouraged to join in the Christmas carols in front of the manger at Märetplatz square.