Advent markets

Advent and Christmas markets

Salzburg and SalzburgerLand

Christkindl market at Domplatz square

With its more than 525-year history and around 100 exhibitors, the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt is one of the oldest and most beautiful Advent markets in the world. From 22 November to 26 December 2018, numerous national culture and traditional events enrich the Programme with free choir singing, trumpet fanfares and visits of the “Christkindl”.

Hellbrunn Advent Magic

The castle façade as a giant Advent calendar, 400 Christmas trees with 13,000 red balls and an eight-metre tall Christmas angel: The Hellbrunn Advent Magic opens a world full of magic and fantasy from 22 November to 24 December 2018. In the “Kinderweihnachtswelt” (“Children’s Christmas World”), children are enchanted during the lead-up to Christmas.

Wolfgangsee Advent

The 11 metre high Advent candle of St. Gilgen, the comet of Strobl and the peace light lantern of St. Wolfgang show ships the way across Wolfgangsee lake. The view on the markets from the water is just as charming as the markets themselves. From 23 November to 23 December 2018, the magic of the Salzkammergut region will be unfolded here.

Salzburger Mountain Advent

The ambitious mountain advent in the Grossarl valley creates a conscious counter-world to the hectic prehistoric pastimes: On the four Advent weekends, visitors each Friday to Sunday enjoy the mysticism of the wintry mountain scenery and the special atmosphere with Krippenweg, Christmas forest, Engerl post office, Christkindwerkstatt, gingerbread and burnt almonds.

St. Johann Light Advent

From 22 November to 23 December 2018, the illuminated Pongau Cathedral in St. Johann is the backdrop for the light Advent. Light installations, Pongau region delicacies, craftsmanship, lots of music and a stylish crystal lounge show visitors an Alpine Christmas wonderland, reminiscent of childhood dreams.

Katschberg Advent Trail

“Christmas at 1,750 metres’ height” promise the seven-kilometre-long Katschberg Advent trail which can be hiked four times a week from 28 November to 23 December 2018. We ascend on the “Wichtelweg” or in the horse-drawn carriage. Untouched nature awaits us with music, Lungau region culinary treats and entertainment in the barns at various stations.




Innsbruck Christmas mountain festivities

From 15 November 2017 to 6 January 2018, the Innsbruck Christmas mountain festivities took place every day from 11 am to 9 pm. A total of six Advent markets invited you to get together, stroll around and enjoy. The oldest Christmas market took place in front of the Goldenes Dachl (the Golden Roof), the highest is at Hungerburg with a magnificent panoramic view of the city.

Kitzbühel Christmas market

From 23 November to 26 December 2017, the glamorous sports town Kitzbühel was all about peace and joy. The festive opening of the Christmas market took place on 23 November 2017 at 6 pm. The programme highlights was the St. Nicholas procession on December 6 and the Christmas reading with ‘Bergdoktor’ actor Hans Siegl and Ferry Öllinger (SOKO Kitzbühel) on 10 December 2017.

Achensee Christmas

On the largest lake in Tirol, the Advent season was celebrated in a particularly charming way from 25 November to 23 December 2017. A cruise across Lake Achensee with festive folklore music following the motto “Christmas like in the olden days”, for example, will delight. St. Nicholas also comes by boat and during the mountain Advent at the Fischergut fishing lake in Pertisau, there are nativity plays, local handicrafts and stories at the life-sized Advent wreath.

Tirolean mountain Christmas at Lake Achensee

If you wanted to learn more about old customs at Lake Achensee, you should have visited the Tirolean mountain Christmas in Achenkirch from 02 to 24 December 2017. It took place already for the 18th time in the historic Sixenhof, the Local History Museum Achental. Life-size figures, living animals, Alpine stories about the birth of Christ or the special fruit bread by the local bakers made the “Bergweihnacht” unforgettable in the centuries-old stable at Sixenhof.

Advent market in Hall

An over-dimensional Advent calendar on the facades of the medieval town centre, Advent music with brass bands and choirs, as well as a delightful children’s programme with fairy tales, fire shows and handicraft workshops awaited visitors at the Advent market in Hall from 24 November to 23 December 2017.




Upper Austria

Wolfgangsee Advent

Since its premiere in 2003, the Wolfgangsee Advent has been one of the most beautiful Advent markets in Austria. You traverse the lake from one splendidly decorated Advent location to the next with the ships of the Wolfgangsee lake fleet. In St. Gilgen, Strobl and St. Wolfgang, a varied and enchanting offer with a total of 150 Advent huts, crafts, nativity exhibitions, local specialities, music events and angel studio with post office awaited visitors. From 22 November to 24 December 2018 and New Year’s Eve market.

Castles Advent Traunsee

At Seeschloss Ort and Landschloss Ort in Gmunden, the central focus points of the Christmas exhibition are the artistic exhibits and handcrafts of about 130 exhibitors. Visitors can watch the production and find wonderful Christmas gifts here. The programme is rounded off with daily concerts by singers and music groups from the region. Was open from 24 November to 17 December 2017 on Fridays (1 pm to 7 pm), on Saturdays and Sundays (11 am to 7 pm).

Advent in Mondsee

The St. Michael’s Basilica in Mondsee is a unique Baroque jewel and the sparkling centre of the “Advent in Mondsee”. Directly in front of its imposing portal, the beautifully decorated forecourt is all about the culinary specialities of the Mondsee lake region. In the impressive cloister of the former monastery, exhibitors from the region present local crafts such as ceramics, jewellery, lambskin products and much more. From 30 November to 23 December 2018 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Ischl craftsmen Christmas market

The former, splendid drinking hall in the centre of Bad Ischl is an architectural jewel from the early 19th century. Every year in Advent, it houses the traditional “Christkindlmarkt der Ischler Handwerker” (Ischl craftsmen Christmas market). From 24 November to 21 December 2017, local traders presented their products here every day, such as hats, clothes and wooden art.

“Old Town Steyr” Advent market

The traditional Advent market took place daily from 17 November to 23 December 2017 (11 am to 9 pm) on the historic town square of the Christ Child city of Steyr. One of the special highlights of the ‘Christkindlstadt’ Christmas programme was the “Schmiedeweihnacht” on the 9th and 10th of December 2017. On Friday 8 December 2017, blacksmiths were celebrated! Then 40 blacksmiths from the region showed their unique craft at the open fire. Other special features were the Advent brass band and the Steyr Christ Child.

Christmas market promenade in Steyr

Around 30 exhibitors on the promenade pampered visitors from 17 November to 17 December 2017 from Friday to Sunday and on 22 & 23 December with culinary delicacies such as local gnocchi, raclette bread, Ischl gingerbread, potato locks, waffles, pine schnapps, Christmas cider, punch and mulled wine. The finely-selected assortment surely also included a few Christmas gifts, such as honey products or candles from beeswax.


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