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Graz – Christmas Markets in Austria
Graz Weinachtsmarkt

Date : 23.11.2018 – 24.12.2018

Official opening of the Christmas Markets in Graz : 23.11.2018. Time :  16:00 – 16:30

An event not to be missed! The traditional “Krampus and Perchten” procession taking place in Graz on Sunday, the 2nd of December 2018 (between 4 pm and 6 pm)

Discover Graz and its numerous Christmas markets, conveniently located within walking distance! The oldest Christmas market takes place around the Franciscan church. Styrian arts and crafts, regional farm products, hot punch and mulled wine warm the heart. Close by is the Christmas market in front of the City Hall with the giant Christmas tree and the old fashioned merry‐go‐round for children. Watch out for the huge advent calendar on the façade of the City Hall.
If you want to combine your Christmas shopping with a good cause and some good entertainment, you’re in the right place at Eiserne Tor. This market is run exclusively by local charity organisations and the proceeds go to selected charity projects.
And not to miss the monumental ice sculpture in the Landhaushof depicting the nativity scene. This magical Christmas manger, made with about 50 tons of crystal‐clear ice, is sure to be an amazing – if transitory – work of art again in 2016. Quite unique: The Office for Christmas Carols. Since 1991, the Office for Christmas Carols has been the number 1 address for all questions and issues regarding to both Alpine and international carols, lyrics, stories and poems of the festive season. Besides an extensive library of sheet music, the knowledgeable and friendly staff also offers Christmas carol search service. From here, lyrics and sheet music are sent all over the world.

Experience the beautiful façade of the Graz Rathaus (City Hall) transformed into a huge, illuminated Advent calendar at dusk. From December 1st, Advent motifs projected onto the façade prepare the way for Christmas.

Why not “Take the Train”….The small and friendly fun train takes its warm, comfortable passengers on a ride through the old town of Graz. It runs between the Advent markets and is a real blessing when you are worn out from shopping and visiting the Christmas sights. Starting point: Advent market in front of the Rathaus/Hauptplatz.

The Christmas Tree in the Hauptplatz can not be missed with 25,000 lights twinkling on it.

Advent Market in front of the City Hall

Dates : Friday, 23.11. to Monday, 24.12.2018
Opening hours: daily 10 am - 10 pm,
Gastronomic stalls: 10:00 - 22.00 | 24.12. 10 am  - 2 pm
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.
Photo: advent-christkindlmarkt-am-hauptplatz-© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer.

Advent stalls at Eisernes Tor

Dates : Friday, 23.11. to Sunday, 23.12.2018
Opening times : daily 3 pm - 10 pm
All together for a good cause – the Advent stalls at Eisernes Tor. 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.

Photo:advent-genuss-am-eisernen-tor-© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer.

Arts and Crafts Market on Färberplatz

Dates : Friday, 30.11. to Sunday, 23.12.2018
Opening times : Opening hours Mon – Thu: 11.00 - 19.00, Fri/Sat: 11.00 – 20.00, Sun: 12.00 – 18.00
Gastronomic stalls: Mon – Thu: 11.00 – 19.00, Fri, Sat: 11.00 – 22.00, Sun: 12.00 – 18.00
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. 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.
Photo: advent-kunsthandwerksmarkt-am-farberplatz-© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer.

“Weihnachten zu Hause in Graz”

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 exquisite mulled wine set around the well-loved “Steirerhütte” [Styrian hut].

“Cool” art: the ice nativity scene

It’s the magical attraction during Advent: the ice nativity scene in the Landhaus courtyard. Ice sculptor Kimmo Frosti shapes 45 tonnes of ice into a unique work of art. Incidentally, the Graz ice nativity scene is the first on this scale in the world.

Arts and crafts on Mehlplatz

Dates : Friday, 23.11. to Monday, 24.12.2018
Opening times : daily 11 am - 8 pm
gastronomic stalls: 11 am - 10 pm
24.12. 10  am - 2 pm
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.
Photo : advent-kunsthandwerk-am-mehlplatz – © Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer

Advent on Glockenspielplatz

Dates : Friday, 23.11. to Sunday, 23.12.2018
Opening times : daily 11 am - 8 pm
gastronomic stalls : 11 am - 10 pm
24.12. 10  am - 2 pm
This year too, the Advent 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.
Photo : adventmarkt-am-glockenspielplatz-© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer.

Old town traditional Christmas Market in the Franziskanerviertel

Dates : Friday, 23.11. to Monday, 24.12.2018
Opening times : daily 11 am - 7 pm,
Gastronomic stalls : 12 am - 9.45  pm | 24.12. 10  am - 2 pm
This is the oldest Christmas market in the city. Styrian handicraft, farm-produced specialties and punch and mulled wine provide heart-warming cheer.

After Christmas the gastronomic stalls will be

opened again from 26 December to 30th December from 15.00 – 21.45. For the New year’s party the gastronomic stall will be open from 12.00 – 2.00.
Photo : advent-altgrazer-christkindlmarkt-im-franziskanerviertel-© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer.

Children’s Advent market Kleine Neutorgasse

Dates : Friday, 23.11. to Monday, 24.12.2018
Opening times : Mon – Thu 12 am - 8 pm,
Fri – Sun & public holidays 10 am – 8 pm, 24.12. 10 am - 5  pm
At the children’s Advent 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”.

After Christmas the gastronomic stalls will be opened again from 26 December to 30th December from 15.00 – 21.45. For the New year’s party the gastronomic stall will be open from 12.00 – 2.00.
Photo : kinder-advent-kleine-neutorgasse-riesenrad-© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer.

Crafts from all over the World on Tummelplatz

Dates : Friday, 23.11. to Monday, 24.12.2018
Opening times : daily 10 am - 7 pm | 24.12. 10 am - 2 pm

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.
Photo : advent-buntes-aus-aller-welt-am-tummelplatz-© Graz Tourismus.

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Children’s Winterworld on Karmeliterplatz

Children’s Winterwonderland

Dates :Friday, 23.11. to Monday, 24.12.2018
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.

Mon – Fri, 14.00 – 18.00, Sat/Sun/hol, 10.00 – 18.00, 24.12.2018: 10.00 – 14.00

A themed play area with plenty of attractions for our little ones, created on Karmeliterplatz.

Eis-Café on Karmeliterplatz

23.11. – 24.12.2018
Mon – Fri, 14.00 – 19.00, Sat/Sun/hol, 10.00 – 19.00, 24.12.2018: 10.00 – 14.00
Christmas festivities in the “Ice Café” subject to prior reservation!

Ice Skating rink

23.11.2018 till 27.01.2019
daily: 09.00 – 18.00, 24.12.2018: 09.00 – 14.00
Ice skating on Karmeliterplatz: The centre-piece 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!
Photo : advent-winterwelt-karmeliterplatz-eislaufen-© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer.

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.

“Aufsteirern”-Christmas market on Schlossberg hill

Fri – Sun in Advent. 2018
11 am - 8 pm
23. – 25.11.2018
30.11 – 02.12.2018
07. – 09.12.2018
14. – 16.12.2018
21. –23.12.2018
Sat, Sun/public holdiay: 10.00 – 20.00
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 marking the 170th anniversary of the birth of Styria’s regional poet, 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.
Photo : aufsteirern-advent-am-schlossberg-© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer.

Christmas Market on Südtiroler Platz

23.11. – 23.12.2018
Gastronomic stalls: Mon – Fri 12 am–10 pm, Sat/Sun/Hol 11 am–10 pm, 24.12. closed
The quaint ambiance of this small yet all the more refined Christmas market and the very good quality of the mulled wines delighted visitors from the very first day and quickly spread as an insider tip throughout Graz.

WonderLEND on Mariahilferplatz

23. – 25.11.2018
30.11 – 02.12.2018
07. – 09.12.2018
14. – 16.12.2018
21. –23.12.2018
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

Ferries Wheel at „Wonderlend“ on Mariahilferplatz: Great offer for families – the nostalgic ferries wheel. Enjoy breathtaking views of the festively decorated old town.

Opening hours:
Fri – Sun: 11.00 – 20.00, Sat, Sun/public holiday: 10.00 – 20.00
Photo : advent-wonderlend-mariahilferplatz-© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer.

Advent Paradise

Friday, 23.11. to Sunday, 23.12.2018

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

Mon – Sat: 12.00 - 01.00  Closed on Sundays

New Year’s Eve in Graz

At the strike of midnight, the whole of Austria waltzes to the Blue Danube. This is best experienced in the thick of the crowd who gather in the Old Town of Graz to enjoy its varied New Year’s Eve programme and to bring in the new year together.

HAUPTPLATZ SQUARE – Brilliant year-end of superlatives
31.12.2018 from 9 pm

Look forward to an unprecedented spectacle in the middle of Graz! For the first time water, fire, laser and light are united in an impressive show and provide an overwhelming performance in front of the wonderful backdrop of the Graz Town Hall. Fascinating video projects on a  water screen inspire and turn the New Year’s Eve into an unforgettable highlight.

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