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Advent in Tirol, SalzburgerLand and Upper Austria

Advent events and Christmas markets in the locations of "Silent Night"

“Silent Night” celebrates its 200th anniversary, and the Silent Night locations offer an enchanting Advent programme: SalzburgerLand, Tirol and Upper Austria – places that over time and in various ways became linked to the song “Silent Night” or its authors.

In Advent 2017 and 2018 enthralling events will be held that showcase the thirteen different "Silent Night" locations. The festive "Silent Night" events include traditional concerts, Christmas markets and manger exhibitions.

  • Advent in Hallein © Stefan Zenzmaier Advent in Hallein © Stefan Zenzmaier

An eventful history:

  • 200-year jubilee

    In 2018 the world-famous song of peace “Silent Night” celebrates its 200th anniversary with a large number of activities.
  • Construction of the chapel

    Between 1930 and 1936 the Silent Night Chapel is constructed in Oberndorf at the location of the original Church of St. Nicholas. The church’s original furnishings are integrated into the chapel. 
  • Gruber dies in Hallein

    Franz Xaver Gruber dies in Hallein in 1863 at the age of 76 as a respected and relatively affluent man.
  • Gruber confirms penmanship

    On 30 December, Franz Xaver Gruber writes a letter clarifying the authorship and origins of the lyrics and melody.
  • Mohr dies in Wagrain

    Joseph Mohr dies of lung failure on 4 December 1848 in Wagrain.
  • Gruber composes the melody

    On 24 December, Joseph Mohr asks Gruber to compose a melody to his poem. That evening they sing the song in two-part harmony – accompanied only by Mohr on the guitar.
  • Mohr writes the lyrics

    In 1816 Joseph Mohr writes his poem “Silent Night! Holy Night!”.
  • Joseph Mohr is born

    Joseph Mohr is born on 11 December 1792 out of wedlock in the city of Salzburg and spends his childhood and youth there in impoverished conditions.
  • Franz Xaver Gruber is born

    Franz Xaver Gruber is born on 25 November 1787 in Hochburg-Ach. He initially is to learn the weaving trade but his schoolteacher recognises the boy’s musical talent.
  • 2018
  • 1930
  • 1863
  • 1854
  • 1848
  • 1818
  • 1816
  • 1792
  • 1787

"Silent Night" from all sides


Advent in Tirol, SalzburgerLand and Upper Austria

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