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Kitzbühel – Christmas Markets in Austria
Kitzbühel Weinachtsmarkt

Dates : 28.11.2018 – 26.12.2018

Opening times : 14:00 – 20:00

Mo. 24.12. 10.00 – 14.00
25. + 26.12.2018 14.00 – 18.00

Advent in the Mountains – When the scent of Mulled wine and gingerbread is wafting on the crisp, evening air through the snow-covered towns, then it is Advent time once again in Kitzbühel. The Kitzbühel Christmas Market is ‘the place’ to enjoy the magical atmosphere of Advent time. There is so much to see and do – there are nativity plays and concerts, for the children there is the St.Nicolaus weekend, the St. Nicolaus procession with the ‘Krampus’!, then there are pony rides, small petting zoo, and the Children’s Advent calendar competition and much more. There is the historical glockenspiel in the Katharinenkirche . In the nearby village of Reith there is a very special Advent Calendar in the form of 24 decorated buildings which are opened one each day throughout Advent, the local people show their hospitality by offering Glühwein, biscuits and traditional Christmas music. On 3 and 6 December, the Festivals of St. Barbara and St. Nicholas are celebrated according to the old traditions.

Every Friday night throughout Advent there is a torch lit procession led by storyteller Reinhard Juen, who tells the legends of the famous Streif, and where the Advent is celebrated at Rasmushof, young and old stand, in a “forest” of Christmas trees listening to his festive, skiing history tales, then the walk continues towards the Hahnenkamm cable car, those wanting to take the ride up, in the beautifully decorated cable car, to the legendary Hahnenkamm do so, the others make their way back.

( The Hahnenkamm is home of the annual World Cup ski races, including the circuit’s most important event, the downhill race on the famous Streif slope. This downhill is counted as one of the toughest downhill competitions in the World Cup.)

One of the Highlights of Advent are the appearance of the Wiltener Sängerknaben (Wilten Boys’ Choir)

Heavenly Advent on Rasmushof

Just 5 minutes from the busy city centre, and yet in a completely different world, Heavenly Advent is celebrated at Rasmushof directly next to the near-vertical slopes of the famous Streif. Here, on the Christmas lawn, the magic of Christmas is almost tangible. An entire “forest” of decorated Christmas trees, with thousands of shiny baubles, twinkling lights, the smell of home-made cookies and spicy, fragrant Glühwein, bring to mind the Christmases of our childhood. Here you are able to sample regional delicacies such as home-baked bread with a selection of spreads, freshly roasted chestnuts, Stollen and Gingerbread. There is even more to see at weekends during the season of Advent with children’s afternoons, trumpeters and the petting zoo

The Battle of the Hahnenkamm. 26th January 2019, from 11.30am. The Streif uphill, 860 meters from start to finish.
Skiing in Kitzbühel

79th Hahnenkamm Races 21st to 27th January 2019

Christmas Markets – Weihnachtsmarkt – Marche de Noël – Mercatino di Natale – Mercados de Navidad

Austrian Christmas Markets or Weihnachtsmarkt,have now become popular and are a welcome and familiar sight in many of the cities, towns and villages throughout Europe during the season of Advent.
Whether visiting a local Christmas Market or taking a Christmas Market Tour, the wonderful festive atmosphere will be sure to lift your spirits and bring the Christmas cheer a little closer.
Wrap up warm and wander along the rows of pretty wooden chalets taking in the rich, warming aromas associated with Christmas such as hot roast chestnuts, grilled bratwurst sausages, crepes or pancakes, Stollen, hot doughnuts, gingerbreads and Gluhwein or Mulled wines or ciders. You can sample the marzipan figures, chocolate covered fruits or one of the many festive delicacies on offer from around the world. There are all kinds of Christmas gifts and decorations, especially traditional things such as tree decorations, wood carvings, crib figures, traditional toys, candles, hand-knitted jumpers, lambskin slippers and glassware, you will be able to find that special little something that will be a unique gift for someone to treasure. Children will be excited to meet with Santa Claus and maybe, just maybe!! there will be a little present for them too!

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