Some markets focus on giving back to the community, such as the Charity-Market at Eisernen Tor. All the income from this market is donated to various charity organizations.
What better Christmas gift than something lovingly made by hand? Graz’ Christmas Markets sell lots of local handcraft and, depending on where you go, will surprise you with thoughtful, unconventional souvenirs.
On Färberplatz square, you can find a colorful collection of arts and crafts, some more traditional, some eccentric and artsy. Tummelplatz square is home to a multi-cultural, Bohemian market that emanates a cloud of frankincense and myrrh. Browse colorful fabrics, and handcraft made from smooth wood, silver, and other earthy materials.
For a more traditional market, head toward the Altgrazer Christkindlmarkt on Franziskanerplatz square, which is the oldest in the city. A smaller collection of stands sell local crafts like Austrian Christmas tree ornaments and of course fragrant Glühwein and other Advent specialties. The market inside the courtyards of Graz’ Joanneumsviertel brings you a curated group of regional artisans that put a creative spin on wood-carving, textiles, jewelry, and more. If you’re looking for an unconventional gift with a Styrian touch, this is a great place to find it.
Be sure to visit the "Aufsteirern" Christmas Market on the Schlossberg, the small mountain in the heart of the city. The Schlossberg funicular takes travelers directly to the market. Here, you will find stands selling local arts and crafts, as well as mulled wine and regional specialties. Enjoy the idyllic atmosphere paired with views over the city. The market is open from Friday to Sunday.
This Christmas classic is also called mulled wine, and it's a staple at Graz' festive markets. Spices like cloves and cinnamon give it a warm, home-y aroma. Here is the recipe...
Every Austrian grandmother has her special recipe of these vanilla Christmas cookies. They are sweet, soft, and disappear faster than any other dessert. Here is the recipe...
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