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Christmas Markets in Graz

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.

Savouring Advent in Graz © Graz Tourismus
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 front of Graz 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
When: 23nd November - 24th December 2013
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m., Gastronomic stalls: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., 24th December: 10:00 a.m. - 02:00 p.m.
www.visitgraz.com

Traditional Christmas Market at 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. 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
When: 22nd November - 24th December 2013
Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00 a.m. - 07:00 p.m., Gastronomic stalls: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., 24th December: 10:00 a.m. - 02:00 p.m.
www.visitgraz.com

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
When: 29th November - 23rd December 2013
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 07:00 p.m., Sunday: 12 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
www.visitgraz.com

Advent 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 exquisite arts and crafts for sale, local direct marketers and caterers offer delicacies from Styria. A wide range of handicraft demonstrations encourage young and old to join in.
Where: Glockenspielplatz
When: 22nd November - 24th December 2013
Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m., Gastronomic stalls: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., 24th December: 10:00 a.m. - 02:00 p.m.
www.visitgraz.com

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. Reservation required: adventadvent@wonderlend.at
Where: Mariahilferplatz
When: 22nd November - 23rd December 2013
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday: 04:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
www.visitgraz.com

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
When: 1st December - 24th December 2013
Opening Hours: Daily: 04:30 p.m. - midnight
www.visitgraz.com

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 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
Official Opening: Saturday 30th November 2013, 06:00 p.m.
www.eiskrippe.com

For further information on Christmas Markets in Austria for UK visitors, please contact our Holiday Information Line:
UK: 0845 1011818 (local rate)
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Email: holiday@austria.info