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Christmas Markets in Graz

Christmas in Graz, November 17 – December 24, 2017

Christmas in Graz – this means arriving in an urban world of magic comprising romantic markets, glittering alleys and an enchanting atmosphere anticipating Christmas that captivates both young and old alike. Over these few weeks, Graz presents itself as the Capital of Delight for all the senses.

14 Advent and Christmas markets

The time leading up to Christmas is the time for markets. The Advent and Christmas markets open in Graz on Friday November 17th. All of them are arranged with loving attention and present their various special themes till December 24th. There’s also another outstanding feature of the Advent markets in Graz: the route from one to the next is easily covered on foot. We call it the “Advent of short strolls”.

A trip through the Christmas markets of Graz:

  • The route along Herrengasse high street, resplendent in Christmas decorations, leads towards a highlight in Hauptplatz main square: the huge Christkindlmarkt on the Hauptplatz. This festive village in the centre of the city, featuring traditionally-styled huts and stands, offers everything to delight the palate, heart and soul. The new pavilion entertains not only with its “Engelspiel” feature but also offers space for small shows and events. Anyone indulging in pre-Christmas delights at the Christkindlmarkt after dusk gets the best view of the Advent calendar, brilliantly projected onto the façade of Graz Town Hall


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  • Counting among the true yuletide classics are the many arts & crafts markets, which have been enormously popular for decades. Anyone who values style, handicraft and quality is sure to find the perfect item. Indeed, many a little last-minute gift has been tracked down here … The arts & crafts market on Färberplatz square, along with those on immediately neighbouring Mehlplatz square (with designer-Advent-huts!) and on Glockenspielplatz square, invite you to a cheerful stroll in the heart of the historic city centre.


  • Just as popular is the market on Tummelplatz square which, for 20 years now, has drawn Bohemians, globetrotters and craftspeople from lands afar to Graz. This underlines the theme of “eclectic crafts from all over the world” – browse unique fabric items, brightly coloured handicrafts in silver and wood, whilst revelling in the emotive aromas of frankincense, myrrh and incense sticks


  • Not so far away, the Charity Market at Eisernes Tor merges yuletide atmosphere with charitable purpose. The proceeds from mulled wine, hot fruit punch and the like pass to a wide variety of aid projects.


  • Just a few steps along the narrow alleys to the west of Hauptplatz square bring you to the Franziskanerviertel district, there to encounter the Altgrazer Christkindlmarkt, the oldest Christmas market in the city, bringing Styrian delights and rural traditions to the centre.


  • There’s a busy, modern and urban atmosphere right by the new Joanneumsviertel. Awaiting guests in this hotspot in the heart of the city are exciting architecture, inspiring design and top-quality catering, providing a veritable feast for the senses. Anyone on the lookout for out-of-the-ordinary Christmas gifts is sure to find something at the “STIKH – Steirische Initiative Kunsthandwerk” market in Lesliehof and Lesehof courtyards.


  • Carrying on across the River Mur, the “Weihnachten zu Hause in Graz” market on Südtiroler Platz square awaits. Experience the heart-warming cheer with Styrian treats and mulled wine set around the well-loved “Steirerhütte” [Styrian hut].


  • Moving on from Südtiroler Platz along Mariahilferstrasse street to the heart of the suburb by the Mur: “WonderLend” promises a chill-out atmosphere in the city’s up-and-coming creative district, complete with unusual and individual designer products and gift ideas.


  • “Aufsteirern” celebrates all that is Styrian in Graz not only in its September fair – leading up to Christmas too, the “Aufsteirern” Christmas market on Schlossberg hill delivers cheer way above the city’s roofs.


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    The Graz Advent Calendar

    Ice Nativity (c) Graz Tourismus - Harry Schiffer

    Graz Christmas Market - Hauptplatz
    Being a child (again) at Advent

    What would Advent be without children? For all the little guests, Advent in Graz has a lot to offer: the Children’s Advent market on Kleine Neutorgasse street lifts kids’ spirits sky-high – and not just on the nostalgic big wheel! Their eyes light up at the sight of the carousel, fairy tale train, “Schaumbecher” dessert treats and candy floss. It’s a similar reaction at the Children’s Winterworld on Karmeliterplatz square, where a 700 m2 ice rink awaits skaters, both small and large. No chance of boredom in the kids’ tent thanks to the biscuit-baking studio, creative workshop, story-telling, playground and Advent nursery rhyme singing.

    If that feels like enough walking, then the Adventzug train conveys both young and old through the historic centre – from one market to the next. Operating again this year is the Adventbim, a veteran tram festively decked out and inviting you to ride along through the Christmassy city.


    “Cool” art: the ice nativity scene

    What else is going on

    The Graz Advent programme includes many more festive events brimful of the anticipation of Christmas. Christmas carols, gospel concerts, regional choirs and music groups, guided Advent tours and the mock-satanic “Krampus- und Perchtenlauf” parade on Nov 26, 2017 provide settings for contemplation, the perfect mood and that joy of looking forward to the festival of the year.

    Check out all the information about the events at: www.adventingraz.at
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