Klöppeln - bobbin lace making
Schneeberg is one of the centres of bobbin lace making in the Erzgebirge. I know of at least four private teachers and two bigger associations where you can take classes and learn doing this yourself. The Fakultät Angewandte Kunst (College of Applied Art) Schneeberg, a department of the Westsächsische Hochschule (College of Applied Science) Zwickau is the only college in Germany that offers classes in bobbin lace making that lead to a college degree (Bachelor of Arts).
The art of bobbin lace making is documented in the Erzgebirge region since the 16th century. It helped after the silver rush was over and people looked for other ways to make a living. In 1910 a "Schneeberger Spitze" was created by Paul Rudolph, which uses a slightly thicker yarn, thus is longer-living, not as fragile compared to the older lace, but the designs - modern style, naturalistic (Art Nouveau era!) - are still airy, beautiful, very varied.
You can buy the products in Schneeberg's artisan's shops around Markt square. The Folk Art museum has a nice selection to watch, too. And of course the locals own them - see pic 3, here as small curtains.
- Arts and Culture
Schneeberg is one of those Erzgebirge towns where Advent and Christmas season are pure magic. The Christmas market takes place on Markt square and is open from Saturday before 1st Advent till 4th Advent.
Of course there is the usual pyramid, Schneeberg's one being particularly beautiful IMO - see pics 4 (from 2008) and 5 (from 2012). The stage is right in front of the town hall; every day from afternoon on orchestras and choirs perform Christmas music there. The number of stalls in Schneeberg is not too large, but you can get everything expected, from typical food like Glühwein, Stollen, and Glühwein over glass products and original Erzgebirge Christmas items to socks, hats and scarves (and the shops on Markt square and in the side streets sell enough of that stuff anyway.) I thought the stalls are beautifully decorated - really cute. And there is enough room between the stalls - even if many people visit you don't feel claustrophobic, a big plus. They have a mini train and other attractions for kids, too.
Like everywhere else in the Erzgebirge mountains at this time of year the windows/houses in town are beautifully decorated with candle arches, angel and miner figures etc. It is a magical ambience when it gets dark and the lights are on. Watch out for events like Hutzennachmittage/-abende, Lichtlfest (Festival of Light) with Miners' parade on second Advent and Christmas/Advent concerts in the churches.