advent markets lie within walking distance of one another and all opening times plus a calender of events can be found on the Advent in Graz
website. The markets are especially magical against the backdrop of the city's Christmas lights which are lit daily from 04:30 p.m. - midnight
. Here are just a few of the festive highlights in Graz.
Advent Market in front of the City Hall
As the chill of winter sets in, we huddle together for warmth. In Graz at the Advent Market in front of the City Hall
there is a welcoming village of stalls, offering traditional handicrafts and wonderful treats for the body and soul. The local festive tipple is "Feuerzangenbowle" - a blend of wine and rum set on fire - so no worries about keeping warm. To keep the kids entertained there is a much-loved children's carousel.
In front of the City Hall, Hauptplatz
Old Town Traditional Christmas Market in the Franciscan Quarter
The oldest Christmas market in Graz is to be found around the Franciscan church. Styrian handicrafts, farm-produced specialities, Punsch and Glühwein
provide heart-warming cheer here at the Old Town Traditional Christmas Market
. At the entrance to the church a nativitiy scene complete with real sheep, a carousel and toys makes chilren's eyes light up.
Arts and Crafts Market on Färberplatz
The Arts and Crafts Market on Färberplatz
is no longer a secret rendezvous for lovers of genuine handicrafts. Here everyone can find top-quality wares made from cloth, clay, wood, metal, paper, wax and glass.
Christmas Market on Glockenspielplatz
The square under the magical Glockenspiel, much loved by visitors to Graz year round, becomes a hub of conviviality during the festive season. Alongside the unique arts and crafts for sale at the Christmas Market on Glockenspielplatz
, local direct marketers and caterers offer delicacies from Styria
. A wide range of handicraft demonstrations encourage young and old to join in.
WonderLEND on Mariahilferplatz
This year WonderLEND
will follow more silent paths. There will be curling and mulled wine, small servings of jazz and classical music, market stalls with merchandise from the district, contemplative readings and mini workshops, plus a nostalgic big wheel for families.
City Hall Advent Calendar
Experience the beautiful facade of Graz City Hall transformed into a huge, illuminated Advent Calendar
at the facade of the City Hall, Hauptplatz
Ice Crib in the Landhaushof
Since 1996 a unique nativity scene carved out of crystal clear ice has been displayed each year in the so-called Landhaushof, the most beautiful Renaissance yard in Graz. In just a few years, the Ice Nativity Scene
("Ice Crib") with life-size figures and a massive ice formation has established itself as the popular favourite of the Graz Advent festivities.
For further information on Christmas Markets in Austria
for UK visitors, please contact our Holiday Information Line
Freephone: 00800 400 200 00 (calls from UK landlines / mobiles won't be charged)