Dates: 01.12. – 21.12.2018 (Fridays-Sundays)
Mayerhofen – Where the Zillertal Valley shows its traditional and peaceful side
Advent is a time at which hidden treasures are discovered in Mayrhofen. In the run-up to Christmas, the popular holiday resort in the Zillertal Valley fills with winter romance and age-old customs. Guests and locals immerse themselves in a marvellous world of time-honoured traditions at the Forest Festival Square. Relaxed skiing fun on perfect pistes awaits winter-sports lovers. Snow shoe hikes, toboggan runs and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the untouched winter landscape offer unforgettable natural experiences and are the perfect way to relieve stress. In the Zillertal Valley, the Advent season is awaited with great anticipation. These are the weeks in which the first snow romantically covers the landscape. People are happy to wind down and enjoy the peace and anticipation of Christmas. It is also the time at which age-old customs and beloved traditions are fostered. And that is what makes Advent in Mayrhofen so special. In the run-up to Christmas, the usually lively destination shows off its tranquil and peaceful side. There are many stories to discover – and the romantic Waldfestplatz is the perfect place to do so.
The Waldfestplatz becomes a world of winter romance
During Advent, age-old, local traditions and pure winter romance come together at the Forest Festival Square to mark the run-up to Christmas in the Zillertal Valley. Over the four-week Advent period, true enchantment is offered every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The many candles and open fires adorn the square in an atmospheric light. Visitors are treated to the harmonious sound of the wind orchestra and the alluring fragrance of Christmas biscuits and mulled wine. Craftspeople present their tradition-filled work on numerous stalls: wooden carvings, classic Christmas cribs and even robust, comfy slippers known locally as Doggln, which are greatly popular in the winter months. There are theatre shows and performances by traditional choirs, offering musical best wishes for the New Year. Children particularly enjoy the elf bakery where they can bake their own cakes. Of course, the highlight is on 6 December when St. Nicholas arrives. The Forest Festival Square can be reached from the main street in Mayrhofen via a short, well-lit, signposted path through the romantic Scheulingwald Forest.
Advent and winter sport in Mayerhofen
For many winter-sports lovers, the run-up to Christmas in Mayrhofen is somewhat of a secret treasure. Winter has already sowed its seed – the perfect situation for stress-free days in the snow. Excellent snow conditions attract visitors to the Ahorn and Penken pistes, which stretch for 159 kilometres – from pleasant panoramic descents to the famous Harakiri run with an average gradient of 78 percent. Excursions through the winter landscape are also particularly attractive at this time of year. Head into the silence of the tributary valleys with snow shoes or a toboggan, take a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh or enjoy a torchlight hike after dark. Such great and diverse winter enjoyment can rarely be achieved as in the Advent season in Mayerhofen. Attractive Advent magic packages offer the perfect combination of Pre-Christmas romance and winter sport at reasonable prices.
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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