Aufsteirern Christmas market, Schlossberg

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Christmas Markets in Graz and Styria

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 4.30 pm until midnight. Here are just a few festive highlights.

Advent Market in Front of City Hall

As the chill of winter sets in, we huddle together for warmth. In Graz at the Advent Market in front of City Hall, there is a welcoming village of stalls, offering traditional handicrafts and wonderful treats for the body and soul. The local festive drink is "Feuerzangenbowle" - a blend of wine and rum set on fire - so no worries about keeping warm. The much-loved children's carousel will keep the kids entertained.

Where: In front of the City Hall, Hauptplatz
When: 22 November – 24 December 2019
Opening hours: Daily 10 am – 10 pm / Open 10 am – 2 pm on Christmas Eve

 

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Christmas market Graz

Christmas market Graz

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Graz

Old Town Traditional Christmas Market, Franciscan Quarter

The oldest Christmas market in Graz is to be found around the Franciscan church. Styrian handicrafts, farm-produced specialties, Punsch, and Glühwein provide heart-warming cheer here at the Old Town Traditional Christmas Market. At the entrance to the church, a nativity scene complete with real sheep, a carousel, and toys makes children's eyes light up.

Where: Franciscan church
When: 22 November – 24 December & 26 – 30 December 2019
Opening hours: Daily 11 am – 7 pm; food stalls open 12 noon – 9.45 pm / Open 10 am – 2 pm on Christmas Eve / Open 3 pm – 9.45 pm from 26 – 30 December

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Christmas time in Graz

Christmas time in Graz

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Christmas Market on Glockenspielplatz

The square under the magical Glockenspiel, much loved by visitors to Graz all 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
When: 22 November – 24 December & 27 – 31 December 2019
Opening hours: 11 am – 8 pm, food stalls: 11 am – 10 pm / Open 11 am – 2 pm on Christmas Eve / 27 – 30 December 11 am – 10 pm / 31 December 12 noon – 12 am

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Christmas time in Graz

Christmas time in Graz

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WonderLEND on Mariahilferplatz

During the run-up to Christmas, Mariahilferplatz turns into WonderLEND, offering a big wheel, curling rink, and an opportunity to browse gifts with a low-volume, alternative musical programme as an alternative to typical, pre-Christmas bustle.

Where: Mariahilferplatz
When: 22 November – 23 December 2019
Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 4 pm – 10 pm; Saturdays from 12 pm – 10 pm; Sundays 12 pm – 8 pm

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Advent market WonderLEND at Mariahilferplatz

Advent market WonderLEND at Mariahilferplatz

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Graz

City Hall Advent Calendar

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

Where: on the facade of the City Hall, Hauptplatz
When: 1 – 24 December 2019
Opening hours: Daily from 4.30 pm – midnight
 

 

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City Hall Advent Calendar

City Hall Advent Calendar

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Ice Crib in the Landhaushof

Since 1996, a unique nativity scene carved out of crystal clear ice has been displayed each year in the Landhaushof, a beautiful renaissance yard in Graz. This Ice Nativity Scene ("Ice Crib") with its life-sized figures has become a favourite attraction of the Graz Advent festivities.

Where: Landhaushof, Herrengasse
When: Start of work: 29 November 2019; completion: 30 November 2019; official opening: 30 November 2019 at 6 pm.
Opening Hours: Daily from 6 pm – 9 pm

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Ice nativity scene, Graz

Ice nativity scene, Graz

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Graz

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: 29 November – 23 December 2019
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm; Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm; Sunday: 12 noon – 6 pm. Food stalls: Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm; Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm; Sunday: 12 noon – 6 pm.

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Christmas time in Graz

Christmas time in Graz

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Graz

Other Christmas events and markets include:

  • Advent stores At Eisernes Tor every Friday: 22 November – 23 December 2019
  • Arts and crafts market on the Mehlplatz: 22 November – 24 December 2019
  • Children's Advent Fair at Kleine Neutorgasse: 22 November – 24 December 2019
  • Crafts from all over the world at Tummelplatz: 22 November – 24 December 2019
  • Children’s Winterworld on Karmeliterplatz, featuring entertainment and a 1,000 m2 (10,800 sqft) ice skating rink with curling and ice hockey: 22 November – 24 December 2019
  • Aufsteirern” Christmas market on the Schlossberg hill on the weekends: 22 November – 22 December 2019
  • Christmas market at Südtiroler Platz: 22 November – 23 December 2019
  • Events at the Joanneum Quarter: 22 November – 23 December 2019