Navigation Content Activities in Austria

Christmas Markets in Salzburg

The pealing of countless church bells reminds us that Christmas is near, and the Salzburg Christmas markets will fill you with warmth as you look out to the city's snow-covered roofs, domes and towers.

Salzburg Christmas Market © Tourismus Salzburg

It is the season for a romantic walk across the city's hilltops, affording a breathtaking view of the city. After descending back down to town, the merry bustle of the Salzburg Christmas Market touches all. The smell of punch and toasted almonds, hot roasted chestnuts and freshly baked apples envelopes your nose, and the vendors' gingerbread hearts, nativity figures, Christmas tree ornaments, toys and snug knitwear are irresistible.

Salzburg's Christmas Market
Salzburg's Christmas Market, mentioned as far back as the 15th century, is located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress and around the venerable Cathedral of Salzburg. An extensive programme of events such as choral singing in front of the cathedral, "Turmblasen" (wind instruments) on Residenz Square and nativity exhibits in the Residenz courtyard awaits you.
Where: On Cathedral and Residenz Square, in Salzburg's historic city centre.
When: 20th November - 26th December 2014
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 08:30 p.m., Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 09:00 p.m., Saturday & Holidays: 09:00 a.m. - 09:00 p.m., Sunday: 09:00 a.m. - 08:30 p.m., 24th December: 09:00 a.m. - 03:00 p.m., 25th & 26th December: 11:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.

Advent Magic in Hellbrunn
A courtyard, a path lined by torches and an oversized Advent calendar are part of the Hellbrunner Adventzauber. Romantic booths, tempting treats and pre-Christmas gift ideas add to the charming atmosphere. Children can enjoy a sledge ride drawn by real reindeer, and an exciting entertainment programme between the orangery and the park will assure festive Advent afternoons at Hellbrunn Palace for all.
Where: In Hellbrunn Courtyard
How To Get There: 20 minutes on Bus 25 from Salzburg city centre, included in the Salzburg Card.
When: 20th November - 24th December 2014
Opening Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 01:00 p.m. - 08:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 10:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m., from 1st December also Monday & Tuesday: 01:00 p.m. - 08:00 p.m.

Christmas Market on Mirabell Square
The Christmas Market on Mirabell Square has become a centre of attraction for young and old over the last few years. Culinary delicacies, mulled wine and lovingly decorated stalls invite visitors to stop and browse. This centrally located market is easily accessed opposite the bus stop and car park and just a few minutes' walk from the train station.
Where: Mirabell Square, Goethestraße
When: 20th November - 24th December 2014
Opening Hours: Sunday - Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m., Thursday: 09:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 09:00 p.m., 24th December: 10:00 a.m. - 03:00 p.m.

Advent Market St. Leonhard
The Advent Market St. Leonhard is located near the pilgrimage church. Try out the traditional gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, punch and children's bakery, and be inspired by the array of tasteful gifts on display. There is also an entertainment programme with brass bands and Advent events.
Where: Next to St. Leonhard Pilgrimage Church
When: every Saturday and Sunday and on 8th December from 29th November - 21st December 2014
Opening Hours: Saturday: 02:00 p.m. - 07:00 p.m., Sunday and 8th December: 11:00 a.m. - 07:00 p.m.

Advent Market in the Hohensalzburg Fortress Courtyard
Featuring local arts and crafts, charming gifts, Christmas treats and a lively social programme. With the Salzburg Card you have free entrance to the fortress, from where you will enjoy great views of the city.
Where: Fortress Hohensalzburg
When: 28th November - 21st December 2014
Opening Hours: Friday - Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 07:00 p.m.

Advent Music in Salzburg

Salzburg Advent Festival
Year after year, nearly 200 participants on stage and behind the scenes of the Large Festival Hall make sure that the Salzburg Advent Festival lives up to its outstanding reputation. An intimate, unforgettable event that has become a fixture of Salzburg's Christmas line-up.
Where: Scenic oratorio at the Great Festival Hall, Residenzplatz
When: 28th November - 14th December 2014

Salzburger Advent
The programme of the Salzburger Advent at St. Andrew's Church will take you on a contemplative journey back to the Christmas of your childhood. A memorable Advent experience for every generation with over one hundred performers. Lovingly staged and presented.
Where: St. Andrew's Church on Mirabell Square
When: 29th November - 14th December 2014

Advent in the Region of SalzburgerLand

Advent at Lake Wolfgangsee
Not far from the city of Salzburg you will find the beautiful Lake Wolfgang. The peaceful glow of lanterns across the water draws guests from near and far to the Wolfgangseer Advent. There is a joyful anticipation of Christmas and visitors are able to experience fascinating customs still in practice today. Take, for example, the Advent candles that light up St. Gilgen from 04:00 p.m. onwards, or the special festive boat trips that take you to St. Wolfgang.
Where: St. Gilgen, Strobl and St. Wolfgang
How To Get There: Bus 150 departing from in front of Salzburg's main railway station takes you to the town of St. Gilgen more or less every 50 minutes.
When: 21st November - 31st December 2014
Opening Hours: Thursday & Friday: 12:00 - 07:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 07:30 p.m., from 26th - 31st December: 02:00 p.m. - 07:00 p.m.

"Silent Night" Town Oberndorf
Not only the unique ambience, but also the craftwork fascinates visitors at the Christmas Market in front of the world famous Silent Night Chapel where the Christmas carol was born. Admire the wood carvings and hand-made decorations while listening to Christmas music with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.
Where: Silent Night Chapel
How To Get There: The regional train S1 or S11 from Salzburg takes you to Oberndorf in 25 minutes.
When: 22nd November - 24th December 2014
Opening Hours: 22nd & 23rd November: 10:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m., Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m., Friday - Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m., 8th December: 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m., 24th December: 10:00 a.m. - 06:30 p.m.

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)