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Enjoy the highlights of Advent in Graz, the capital city of Styria. Let yourself be enchanted by the romantic lights, the gleaming ice crib, the giant Rathaus Advent calendar and the spectacular Christmas Markets.
The Graz 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.
Where: 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, punch 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.
Where: Franciscan church


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.
Where: Färberplatz


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.
Where: Glockenspielplatz


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. Reservation required: Tel. +43 (0) 650 3054725,
Where: Mariahilferplatz


City Hall Advent Calendar

Experience the beautiful facade of Graz City Hall transformed into a huge, illuminated Advent Calendar at dusk.
Where: 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.
Where: Landhaushof, Herrengasse

For further information on Christmas Markets in Austria for UK visitors, please contact our Holiday Information Line:
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Advent Market in Front of the Graz City Hall

  • Christmas Market Graz, Styria © Österreich Werbung / Achim Meurer Christmas Market Graz, Styria © Österreich Werbung / Achim Meurer

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