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Christmas Season in Graz

During Advent, as the four weeks that lead up to Christmas are called in Austria, Graz literally lights up at night. All the main streets and squares are festively decorated, some in traditional fashion, some more adventurously...

Christmas Graz © Graz Tourismus GmbH

One could very well argue that Graz is the Advent capital of Austria. The entire town delights in coming together after work for roasted chestnuts and a glass of mulled wine at one of the numerous Christmas Markets. During this time of year, Christmas markets are the perfect place to meet friends and shop for small Christmas presents, or souvenirs, such as Christmas tree ornaments, hand-made candles, and other trinkets. The unique  scent of roasted nuts, Christmas punch, and gingerbread wafts through the air and adds to the special atmosphere.

Another attraction is the huge ice manger with life-sized figures carved from solid ice, displayed in the Italian-Renaissance courtyard of the local government building. Christmas in Graz is also the season for a concert series performed in concert halls and churches. And at the “Office for Christmas Songs,” those interested in local culture can get lyrics to traditional Christmas Carols and stories about the region.