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Christmas Markets in Graz

18 Nov - 24 Dec 2017

In addition to its 13 Christmas markets, all of which are within easy walking distance of one another, Graz offers plenty of additional highlights during the Advent season: the nativity scene made of ice with its life-size figures, the Advent calendar projected onto the town hall, or the nativity trail are just a few of the seasonal highlights on offer.

Arts and Crafts Market on Färberplatz
Friday, to Tuesday,:

Thirty years of handicraft on Färberplatz - quality is a tradition here. Members of "Steirische Initiative Kunsthandwerk" offer first class creations made of clay, wood, glass, metal, textiles, leather, wax, ... - originality and zeitgeist founded on solid craftsmanship. Also unique in Graz is the variety of huts and stalls where artists offer their own products. Live musical variety is presented on all four weekends.

Arts and crafts on Mehlplatz
Friday. to Wednesday

At the much loved arts and crafts market on Mehlplatz, once again the Advent huts are certainly a highlight with their distinctive design. During the day, they open up to reveal what is inside them; at night, they shine like gleaming crystals. Alongside exquisite arts and crafts, delightful treats are for sale here.

Old town traditional Christmas Market in the Franziskanerviertel
Friday to Wednesday

This is the oldest Christmas market in the city. Styrian handicraft, farm-produced specialities and punch and mulled wine provide heart-warming cheer.

Children's Christmas market - Kleine Neutorgasse
Friday to Wednesday,:

At the children's Christmas market in Kleine Neutorgasse, right in front of the Franciscan church, children's eyes light up at the sight of a carousel, a nostalgic big wheel and sweets, which help make time fly for those eagerly awaiting Christmas.

Every Wednesday it's "1 euro day" in the children's paradise at the entrance to the church, with nostalgic big wheel, children's carousel, fairy tale train, duck game and a stand offering candyfloss. The stands offer children's punch as well as the traditional dessert made with beaten egg white and sugar, called “Schaumbecher”, all for 1 euro.

WonderLEND on Mariahilferplatz
Friday to Tuesday

This year WonderLEND will follow more silent paths: there will be curling and mulled wine, as well as small servings of jazz and classical music, temporary market stalls with merchandise from the district, contemplative readings and mini workshops. Reservation required: T +43/650/3054725,

Children's Winterworld on Karmeliterplatz
Discover a world of unforgettable experiences for the little ones on Karmeliterplatz. Hours of excitement and fun will help while away the time waiting for Santa Claus to arrive, and get you all in the festive mood.

Children’s winterworld on Karmeliterplatz:
A themed play area with plenty of attractions for our little ones, created on Karmeliterplatz.

Eis-Café on Karmeliterplatz:
Christmas festivities in the "Ice Café" subject to prior reservation!

Ice Skating rink:
Ice skating on Karmeliterplatz: The centrepiece of Winterworld on Karmeliterplatz is the 600-square-metre ice rink. Ice skating, curling and ice hockey are all on offer, with all the necessary sports equipment available for hire. Groups please make a reservation!

Curling games on the ice rink on Karmeliterplatz
Reservation required.

Information:<,, T +43/699/10032838

“Aufsteirern”-Christmas market on Schlossberg hill:
Year after year, the "Aufsteirern" Christmas market on Schlossberg hill in Graz offers a very special pre-Christmas atmosphere in that most cheerful period of the year. On all four weekends before the great event, above the roofs of Graz you will find culinary products and beautiful handicraft from Styria.
A musical programme providing a festive atmosphere and the Peter-Rosegger-torch-lit walks make for serene and unforgettable moments. With the Schlossbergbahn (funicular railway) you will be taken directly into the "Aufsteirern" Christmas world, thus escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.

“Advent Paradise” - in Paradeishof courtyard
Saturday, 21.11. to Thursday 31.12.2015:

In the Paradeishof, the courtyard within Kastner & öhler, there will be an Christmas market featuring handicraft and punch stands:


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The Graz Advent Calendar

Ice Nativity (c) Graz Tourismus - Harry Schiffer

Advent Calendar

Every evening the Graz City Hall is transformed into a giant Advent calendar. From December 1st, Advent motifs projected onto the facade prepare the way for Christmas.

4.30p.m. to 12a.m.

Christmas Markets
The Graz Christmas markets in the picturesque Old Town (Franziskanerviertel, Faerberplatz, Mariahilferplatz, Mehlplatz, Glockenspielplatz and Hauptplatz) all lie within comfortable walking distance of each other.

Christmas Market in front of the City Hall
Atmospheric Christmas market on the Hauptplatz
When leading up to Christmas - it becomes frosty in Graz - and we all feel like getting closer together. Thus, right in front of the town hall, a little village is created where we feel warm and comfortable. Traditional handicraft and all sorts of delights for body and soul will warm visitors’ hearts. The Engelsspiel-Pavillon offers space for events and shows, brandy punch warms the senses and the carousel is fantastic fun for kids.

Every Sunday: kids’ day on Hauptplatz square

Traditional Christmas Market in the Franciscan Quarter
The oldest Christmas market in Graz is to be found around the Franciscan church. Styrian handicrafts, farm-produced specialities and punch and mulled wine provide heart-warming cheer. At the entrance to the church a little paradise with carousel, toys and nativity scene, complete with real sheep, makes children's eyes light up.
Arts and Crafts Market on Faerberplatz
Thirty years of handicraft on Färberplatz - quality is a tradition here. Members of "Steirische Initiative Kunsthandwerk" offer first class creations made of clay, wood, glass, metal, textiles, leather, wax, ... - originality and zeitgeist founded on solid craftsmanship. Also unique in Graz is the variety of huts and stalls where artists offer their own products. Live musical variety is presented on all four weekends.
Advent Stands at the Eiserne Tor (in the centre of the pedestrian zone)
All together for a good cause! Christmas shoppers meet up here to enjoy mulled wine, mulled cider, hot fruit punch or an alcohol-free hot drink accompanied by a delicious snack. These stalls are run by charitable organisations, so all profits go towards a range of aid projects
Crafts from all over the World on Tummelplatz
For more than 20 years now, bohemians, globetrotters and craftspeople from different nations have been meeting up here to offer their colourful range of hand-made glassware, painting and Christmas ornaments. Silver and wood-crafted art works as well as pottery and items from countries afar such as frankincense, myrrh and incense sticks for moments of contemplation all await you. Add to this woollen textiles from Peru for long cold winter days and the odd curiosity that enchants or amazes. The colourful variety of objects in this Advent market is augmented at the weekends by attractive artistic gigs.
Advent Market on Glockenspielplatz and Mehlplatz This year too, the Christmas market on Glockenspielplatz revels entirely in "Styria" as its theme. Styrian vintners serve best quality wines, fruity cider as well as home-made mulled wine, punch and delicious, sugar-flamed "Feuerzangenbowle" punch. You can enjoy more culinary delights at Glöckl Bräu next door. In addition to the appropriate musical accompaniment, the Christmas market on Glockenspielplatz also offers beautiful Styrian handicrafts.
Joanneumsviertel quarter
Joanneum Quarter: a new urban place for art and culture at the heart of Graz- and a place in which modern design meets pleasure for the senses on the highest level. During the period of Advent, the clear architecture of the inner courtyard blends with illuminated Christmas stalls, where you can experience the artistic influence of this environment. You can find both culinary delights and extraordinary ideas for presents. Enjoy home-made mulled wine and delicious Christmas cookies remote from the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle. Additionally, live DJs wrap the breathtaking ambience of Joanneumviertel with a unique sound-cloud of electronic music and international beats.

Ice Nativity Scene in the Landhaus Courtyard
In the past few years the monumental ice sculptures in Graz have become a draw for both visitors and local residents. As in past years, the well-known ice sculptor Gert J. Hoedl and his international ice-sculpting team will create a magical Christmas nativity scene out of ice in the Landhaus courtyard. Made with about 50 tons of crystal-clear ice, the crib is sure to be an amazing - if short-lived - work of art again this year.

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Graz Christmas Market - Hauptplatz
Advent Package
The gleam of Christmas lights, the atmospheric Advent markets, the huge ice nativity scene, the illuminated Advent calendar on the city hall and so much more - Graz in the festive season. Enjoy a whole weekend of these magical Christmas scenes and book your hotel in good time. Special offers and “Stay three nights, pay two” can be found on
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The Office for Christmas Carols...
A natural part of the Christmas season: singing carols together and reading stories and poetry about Advent. The Office for Christmas carols is a unique service point run by the Styrian Center for Folk Music (Steirisches Volksliedwerk) in Graz, offering information about Christmas songs, texts and tunes. Their motto is “really singing again”, because “everyone can sing!” and with this aim they provide a free range of around ten thousand songs, texts, poems, tunes and sayings that are just waiting to be sung, read, listened to and enjoyed by family and friends.

Since 1991, the number of enquiries received by the Office for Christmas Songs has been steadily rising: over 1,100 visitors come in person not to mention countless requests by phone and fax from Austria and abroad. And if you want to find out how it should really sound you can even have it sung to you, so that you get it just right on Christmas eve! The Office for Christmas Songs is located in the inner courtyard of the Graz Landhaus. Mon-Fiday 9a.m. to 6p.m.
Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sporgasse 23
More detailed information: Steirisches Volksliedwerk
Tel. 0316-838099
Advent Train
Travel through the Graz Old Town in the comfort and warmth of the little Advent train! The ‘track' runs from the Hauptplatz through the city centre at the family-friendly price of € 1.50 per adult.and € 1.00 per child
daily 12.00 - 7 p.m
Further information:
Citymanagement Graz
Messeplatz 1/Messeturm
8010 Graz
Tel.: 0043/316-8075-69
Fax: 0043/316-8075-35
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Ferries Wheel at “Wonderlend” on Mariahilferplatz

Great new offer for families - the nostalgic ferries wheel. Enjoy breath-taking views of the festively decorated old town.
€ 3,00 per person
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