In the 13 Silent Night locations in SalzburgerLand, Tirol and in Upper Austria, many atmospheric, pre-Christmas events take place. Many of them have to do with the 200-year anniversary of “Silent Night”. Others, on the other hand, are traditional events such as concerts, Christmas markets or nativity exhibitions.
Christmas romance at Stille-Nacht-Platz (Silent Night Square)
Oberndorf and Laufen offer an unforgettable experience: A tour of two Christmas markets, each one on different sides of the Salzach river, but connected by a bridge and by the historic two-town tour.
At the Silent Night Square adjacent to the famous Silent Night Chapel and in Laufen town park, visitors were able to enjoy the excitement of the Christmas market and an attractive supporting programme with tower trumpeters and horse-carriage rides.
Silent Night Square Oberndorf | 23rd of November to the 24th of December 2017, every Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, as well as from 10 am to 8 pm from Friday to Sunday
Opening of the special exhibition in the Celtic Museum Hallein
On the 25th of November 2017, the Celtic Museum Hallein opened its special exhibition “Christmas with Katharina and Franz Xaver – from the Silent Night estate of the Gruber family”. The Celtic Museum Hallein administers, among other things, the most comprehensive Silent Night archive in the world, as well as numerous documents and objects from Franz Xaver Gruber’s estate, the composer of the music for the song “Silent Night”.
Celtic Museum Hallein | 25th of November 2017
Historical Silent Night pageant “Yearning for Peace in the World”
The historical pageant in Oberndorf/Laufen impressively told the story of how the world-famous song “Silent Night! Holy Night!” came into existence. Visitors experienced a Advent Singing production as a dramatic performance featuring many advent songs and festive music from the region. The show started at 5:30 pm in the midst of the romantic festive atmosphere of the Christmas market at the Silent Night Square in Oberndorf, in front of the famous chapel. After a lantern march to Laufen on the Silent Night theme trail, visitors enjoyed the performance of the historical Silent Night pageant in the Salzach hall in Laufen.
Oberndorf near Salzburg | 2nd/3rd/9th/10th of December 2017, (on each Saturday at 7 pm, each Sunday at 4 pm) | Information and tickets available at www.stillenacht-oberndorf.at
Dramatic tour with the actor Heimo Thiel in the role of the famous composer and choirmaster Franz Xaver Gruber. An entertaining sightseeing tour through the city for the entire family.
Hallein | 2nd/9th/16th/23rd of December 2017, at 3 pm and 4 pm respectively
Silent Night Christmas Wagrain
During the entire pre-Christmas period, there is just so much on offer at Wagrain-Kleinarl. Festively cosy Christmas markets with baking for children took place on the 3rd, 9th and on the 23rd of December 2017. During the “Advent of Cultures” that took place from the 8th to the 10th of December, the guest country Sweden was exhibited among the domestic exhibitors. Advent concerts, readings, torch-lit hikes and horse-drawn sled rides took also place in Wagrain. On the 9th of December, visitors to the Christmas post office in Karl-Heinrich-Waggerl House were able to festively decorate their Christmas mail. On the 24th of December, visitors were attuned for the Christmas service at 11 pm with romantic trumpet music from 10:15 pm at the parish church, and on the 26th of December 2017, the commemorative mass for Joseph Mohr was said.
Wagrain | 3rd to the 26th of December 2017
Christmas market and art exhibition in Hintersee
As part of the Christmas market run by the Hintersee farmers, there was a wonderful exhibition in the Parochial House, as well as in the Kunsthaus (gallery) with a wide variety of creative treasures on display from talented artists and craftspeople in Hintersee, as well as the “Feichtnstoa Teifin”. The torch-lit hike to the Joseph Mohr Chapel started at 6 pm and was accompanied by brass-band music from Trachtenmusikkapelle Hintersee (a group that plays traditional brass-band music while wearing local traditional clothing). From 7 pm onwards, the contemplative and tranquil Advent hour was accompanied by music groups as well as Christmas-related readings in Hintersee parish church.
At Hintersee parish church | 2nd to the 3rd of December 2017
Christmas market in Mariapfarr
Christmas decorations, artistic handicrafts, a nativity scene with real animals, traditional brass-band musicians (Weisenbläser) and fine delicious treats from Lungau awaited the visitors to the Christmas market in Mariapfarr.
Mariapfarr | 3rd of December 2017
Opening of the Silent Night museum in the Pflegerschlössl building
Festive opening of the Christmas market in Wagrain beside Pflegerschlössl.
Wagrain | 3rd of December 2017
Special post office at Silent Night Square in Oberndorf
The special, all-year-round Silent Night post office in Oberndorf has existed since 1968. Besides the Christkindl in Steyr, it is the second most important one in Austria. Visitors were able to send their Christmas cards and letters throughout the world using the special stamps and postmarks.
Special post office Oberndorf | 8th to the 23rd of December 2017, daily from 10 am to 4 pm, 24th of December from 9 am to 12 noon
Singing Christmas carols with the Gruber family
Educational programme for families with the soprano singer Martina Mathur.
Celtic Museum Hallein | 9th of December 2017, at 10 am and on the 23rd of December 2017, at 2 pm
Christmas concert by the Liedertafel choir Oberndorf
Torch-lit hike to Pilgrimage Church Maria Bühel followed by a Christmas concert.
Oberndorf / Maria Bühel: 16th of December 2017
Gruber-Mohr memorial service and torch-lit hike
On the 24th of December at 3:30 pm in Arnsdorf, prayers were said at the manger in the Pilgrimage Church “Maria im Mösl” and a commemoration ceremony took place at 4:30 pm at Silent Night Square in Arnsdorf in order to honour the song’s creators. The guided torch-lit hike subsequently moved to the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf. The festive torch-lit procession was accompanied and enclosed by a group from the Trachtenmusikkapelle Lamprechtshausen playing music. The “Silent Night Prangerschützen Arnsdorf” (groups wearing traditional “Trachten” clothing that fire muskets and small canons to mark special occasions) marked the hike’s halfway point. Arriving on the nostalgia train run by the local Salzburg rail company guaranteed to make the whole experience even more special. Departure on the 24th of December 2017 was at 3:15 pm from the local train station in Salzburg. The return journey was from Oberndorf at 6:30 pm.
Special Exhibition “Silent Night 200 – History. Message. Present.”
The special exhibition is dedicated to the history, message and present of the song in six chapters – based on the six verses. It also addresses the immaterial character of the song as a piece of cultural heritage.
Salzburg Museum | 29th of September 2018 to the 3rd of February 2019 | www.salzburgmuseum.at
Salzburg Advent Singing (Festival) “Silent Night”
At the 2018 Salzburg Advent Festival, all three initiatives unite in a special relationship. The Salzburg Advent Festival takes place on the world-famous stage of the Salzburg Festival at the Großes Festspielhaus, focusing on the genesis of Silent Night.
Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg | 30th November to the 16th of December 2018 | Information available at www.salzburgeradventsingen.at
Advent concerts in St. Peter
While at school, Joseph Mohr was a singer and violinist in the university choirs and in the Benedictine Monastery St. Peter in Salzburg. During the pre-Christmas period, Advent concerts full of festive atmosphere are performed in the oldest monastery in Salzburg, featuring chamber music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other composers, as well as Advent and Christmas songs.
Romantic Monastery Hall St. Peter | Dates and tickets available at www.nachmittagskonzerte.at
Salzburger Hirtenadvent 2018 “Sonst bliebe es ein Traum” in a musically amended version from Andreas Gassner und Josef Radauer.
Große Aula at University Salzburg | 07th to the 16th December 2018 | Information available at www.hirtenadvent.at
Salzburger Adventserenaden (Salzburger Advent serenades)
The famous Salzburger Advent serenades „Es wird scho glei dumpa“ performed in the Gothic Hall of the St. Blaise’s church.
Gothic Hall of the St. Blaise’s church | 01st to the 23rd December 2018 | Information available at www.adventserenaden.at
Orig. Salzburger Advent® “The eternal song – Silent Night! Holy Night!”
The Salzburger Advent singing at the St. Andrew’s church at Mirabellplatz.
St. Andrew’s church | 01st to the 16th December 2018 | Information and tickets available at www.salzburgeradvent.at
Hirtenspiel “A B’sondere Zeit”
A charity concert of the “Salzburger Landeshilfe” at the Mozarteum Salzburg (Big hall) with a play of local shepherds.
Mozarteum, Big hall | Dates and tickets available at www.adventsingen.com
Salzburger Christkindlmarkt at Dom- and Residenzplatz
The traditional Salzburger Christkindlmarkt is one of the most beautiful and oldest christmas markets of the world. The specific feature is the christmas tree at Residenplatz, that is provided every year by a different Silent-Night-Region. In 2017 the christmas tree had its’ origin in Lamprechshausen/Anthering. Oberndorf will provide the tree for the anniversary year 2018.
Salzburger Christkindlmarkt at Salzburg’s Old City | 22nd to the 26th December 2018 | Information available at www.christkindlmarkt.co.at
Silent Night Laternenspaziergang (lantern walk)
Silent Night lantern walk in Bergheim/Maria Plain.
Silent Night lantern walk | Information available at www.bergheim-tourismus.at
Manger exhibition of the Zillertal manger manufacturer Johann Eberharter (1925-2003)
There will be three large indoor mangers in oriental style, which will be exhibited together for the very first time.
FeuerWerk – HolzErlebnisWelt Fügen | 2nd of December 2017 until the 2nd of February 2018
Mayrhofner Advent at Waldfestplatz
Traditional music during Advent, children’s programme, artistic handicrafts from the Zillertal valley and delicious delicacies. Entry is free!
Mayrhofen | 2nd/3rd/8th/9th/15th/16th/17th/22nd/23rd of December 2017, starting from 5 pm
(on weekends sometimes also at 3 pm)
“Mauracher & Mohr – the story about the Silent Night”
Wonderful evenings full of music and lyrics.
Festhalle Fügen | 7th/9th/10th/15th/16th/17th of December 2017
Christmas market with Christmas processions
Inner courtyard Schloss (Castle) Fügen | 9th/16th of December 2017
Klöpfelsingen (Traditional carol singing on Thursdays during the Advent period) in Mayrhofen
The Männergesangverein Mayrhofen (Mayrhofen male choral society) and Bundesmusikkapelle Mayrhofen (brass band) were “Klöpfelsingen” again this year at Mayrhofen’s most beautiful places and squares to perform their songs and melodies to the public. In Hollenzen, the village well glowed in a beautiful glance. The men and brass-music musicians began their performance for locals and guests alike at 6.30 pm.
Mayrhofen | 21st of December 2017, starting from 6:30 pm
“Altstadt Steyr” Christmas market
The unique ambiance of the Christmas town Steyr was underlined during the Christmas period with the wonderfully festive atmosphere that existed at the Christmas market in “Altstadt Steyr” at the town’s historical square.
Steyr | 17th of November to the 23rd of December 2017, daily from 11 am to 9 pm, New Year’s market from the 25th to the 31st of December, daily from 11 am to 9 pm
Christmas Market Promenade
A Christmas market full of atmosphere at Steyr Promenade. With delicious foods and a big selection of Christmas-gift ideas.
Steyr | 17th of November to the 23rd of December 2017, every Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and on the 8th of December 2017 from 11 am to 8 pm, food available up to 9 pm
Christmas in Lamberg Castle
Exclusiveness, reflection, art and artistic handicrafts were on offer at the Christmas exhibition in Lamberg Castle in Steyr with its magical flair. Exclusive sales exhibitions for Christmas jewellery, blacksmith art, ceramics, mangers and much much more besides.
Steyr | 18th of November to the 17th of December 2017
Steyrer Kripperl (Steyr Nativity Pageant)
Since in and around the year 1850, there were two wandering Nativity pageants in the Steyr area, which performed pieces of theatre in the taverns and public houses. It can be assumed that both these Nativity pageant groups merged to create the Steyrer Kripperl at a later stage. On the under-stage area with the stall in Bethlehem, religious scenes are played out. On the middle stage are the houses of the trades people and retail traders. The upper stage shows Steyr as a Biedermeieresque nativity town and is the stage on which worldly happenings play out.
Innerberger Stadl, Grünmarkt 26, Steyr | performances starting from the 19th of November 2017.
Show times, tickets and dates at www.steyr.info
Christmas market in Hochburg-Ach
Kirchenplatz Maria Ach | 24th to the 26th of November 2017
Steyrtal Museum Train
Travel on the steam locomotives of the Steyrtal museum train through the romantic landscapes of the Steyr valley from Steyr to Grünburg and into the Christmas calendar village Steinbach on the Steyr.
Steyr Local train station – Grünburg advent train station and Christmas train journeys on the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 17th, 31st of December and on the 5th of January 2018
Christmas at the Ried brewery
The Ried brewery invited its guests to enjoy a traditional Christmas market. The large grounds of the brewery became a large Christmas market with woodcarvings, ceramics art, sculptures made from concrete, jewellery, painted lanterns and Christmas baubles, as well as some delicious culinary delicacies.
Ried im Innkreis | 3rd of December 2017
Steyrer Schmiedeweihnacht (A blacksmith Christmas in Steyr)
Blacksmiths showed their skills with working metal at the fire and they let the sparks fly at the town square!
Steyr | 8th to the 10th of December 2017