World-famous Christmas markets, such as the Salzburg Christmas Market at the Cathedral and Residenz Squares, pull in thousands of visitors every year from near and far in their magical spell. Despite its size, this Christmas Market is a place where real Salzburg folk culture with its traditions is lived and maintained. In addition to the high-quality range of the many Christmas decorated stalls, from arts and crafts to the culinary art, an extensive offering provides the Christmas atmosphere. Throughout the county, there are also many small markets boasting homely atmosphere and authentic traditions.
Traditions at Advent
The impressive sound from the best brass sections in the county can be heard in the traditional trumpet fanfares at the Salzburg Christmas Market. This brass fanfare event was first staged in 1952 by Tobi Reiser and the musicians deliver a special acoustic Advent magic from the Bell Tower, the Christmas Museums’ terrace and from the Cathedral arches. This brass music is an integral part of the cultural framework also at many other Christmas markets. The Christmas story is told by amateur actors during various nativity plays.
Christmas bakeries and craft workshops
At many Christmas markets, the visitors themselves are active. Together with experienced bakers, they create Christmas baking classics such as cinnamon stars, vanilla crescent biscuits, Linzer eye biscuits and fruity Christmas bread. Of course, these fragrant biscuits are then enjoyed with a cup of Glühwein (mulled wine). The traditional Advent wreath is braided by skilled hands from pine needles and adorned with four candles – one for each Sunday in Advent. With these traditions, one can prove themselves and their craftsmanship, and be en-wrapped in the art of the Advent time. Kids especially love to craft straw stars and Christmas tree ornaments out of felt, while the Christmas fairy tales deliver great anticipation for Santa Claus to both big and small visitors at the Advent markets.
Innergebirg Christmas Markets
01.12 to 23.12.2017: Salzburg Mountain Advent in Großarl
Arts and crafts and specialities from the region are offered in about 30 small “Alpine huts”, while singers, musicians and shepherds provide the atmospheric programme. A real speciality is the village crib with life-size and hand carved Nativity figures, which also forms the beginning of a lovingly designed nativity trail. Around 15 hand-made cribs of various styles can be found here on the way to the parish church. The smaller visitors also have a varied programme with a biscuit bakery, Christmas workshop, “Christmas forest” with carved animal figures, fairy tale room and an Angel post office. Dates: each Friday/Saturday/Sunday (except 24.12) as well as 05.12.2017.
08.12 to 10.12.2017: Advent of Cultures in Wagrain-Kleinarl
The Advent of Cultures characterises the message of peace from “Silent Night! Holy Night!”, where every year a different guest country brings its regional products and craftsmanship from the respective nation to Wagrain. This year, Sweden will provide the international flair with culinary tastes and Nordic Christmas delicacies at the Christmas market (8th-10th December, 2017).
25.11 to 23.12.2017: Advent in the Mountains in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee
The romantic “Advent in the Mountains” in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee is shaped by contemplation, silence and reflection. The market is surrounded by wooden Angel gates, has a giant Advent wreath decorated with baubles and wooden stars, the Advent stage is reminiscent of a cosy Christmas parlour and the wooden huts smell of regional delicacies. Events such as the Altenmarkter Herberg.Search, the Smudging Hike “Natur g’ spürn’, the Krampus Run on the market square or the Advent singing complete the program. Dates: every Saturday/ Sunday from 14:30.
23.11 to 23.12.2017: Advent of Light in St. Johann in Pongau.
The Advent of Light in the Park, in the city park of the Pongau District Town, lights up both children’s’ and adults’ eyes in the truest sense of the word. Lighting hanging on buildings and trees enchants the Advent market, where regional traditions are shown and Pongauer specialties offered. About 30 wooden huts turn the park into a cosy Christmas village. Dates: every Thursday to Sunday from 12.00 until 20.00.
29.11. to 23.12.2017: Katschberg Advent Trail
The magic of Christmas far from kitsch and commercialism. The ideal geographical position at about 1,700 metres above sea level is a guarantee for a wintery snow-covered trail. From the first Advent weekend to the second day of Christmas on 25th December, the Advent Trail is open four times a week with its many Advent huts and stands.
Dates: 29th November to 23rd December, 2017. Wednesday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday, from 14.00 until 20:30. Monday, 25th December from 14.00 to 20.30
1.12 to 24.12.2017: Pilgrimage Advent in Maria Alm
Maria Alm is decorated in beautiful Advent dress. This impressive pilgrimage church is a wonderful display of lights and numerous Advent concerts. At the Christmas market with its small wooden huts, fine craftsmanship and nativities exhibitions are shown. Dates: 1st 24.12 Friday to Sunday, 16.00 to 20.00
1.12. to 23.12.2017: Advent Magic in the Tamsweg Palace Park
Fairy lights and garlands, the smell of cinnamon and biscuits is in the air, festively decorated stands attract your attention, and in the background you hear Merry Christmas carols – this is the magic of Advent in the Tamsweg Palace Park at Christmas time. Dates: every Friday and Saturday (17.00 to 22.00) / Sunday (16.00 to 21.00)
2.12 to 23.12.2017: Advent Magic in St. Michael in Lungau
Wonderfully decorated Christmas stands with farm produce, bakery and confectionery goods, a Christmas workshop and a cultural program in the centre of St. Michael shine brilliantly in the Advent time and make it a real meeting place. Dates: every Saturday/Sunday from 16.00 to 20.00.
Außergebirg Advent Markets
24.11 to 31.12.2017: Wolfgangsee Lake Advent
Visitors to the Wolfgangsee Lake Advent can experience “Advent like back then” in the towns of St. Gilgen, Strobl and St Wolfgang. In St. Gilgen, an eleven metre high candle and around 50 large candles point the way to the Baroque Christmas market. Strobl is transformed in a romantic nativity village and in St. Wolfgang you can look over the shoulders of many old craftsmanship masters as they work. With the boat, you can travel from place to place in a particularly attractive way – passing the 19-metre high floating lantern, the illuminated oxen cross, the wedding cross in front of the Falkenstein Wall and a floating Advent hut. Dates: St. Wolfgang. Open Daily from 24.11 to 23.12. St. Gilgen and Strobl: 24.11 – 16.12 and then each Thursday through Sunday. From 26th to 31st December, the New Year’s Eve markets take place.
17.11 to 31.12.2017: Advent of the Villages in the Fuschlsee Region
For the seventh time, the “Advent of the Villages” invites you again this year to discover the small atmospheric Christmas markets in the holiday region of Fuschlsee. This ancestral tradition is still classically celebrated in six towns. The focus this year is once again on families. Ancient customs and traditions are still alive at the Christmas markets in the Ebenauer Fountain Garden, at the Guggental Church, under the lime tree in Faistenau and at the Jagdhof on the Fuschlsee. Visitors will find there magical arts and crafts, lovingly made gifts, finely scented Advent Wreaths, as well as bread from dried pears or smoked meat. Every Christmas market offers a children’s program, such as baking biscuits, Christmas decoration crafts and much more.
9.11.2017 to 6.1.2018: Advent with Smoke and Tradition in the Salzburger Lake District
The custom of smudging in SalzburgerLand has always been maintained – with this bad energy should be banished and space created for something new. In the Salzburger Lake District, herbs and the knowledge of their healing powers play a special role. Here, the traditional Advent season begins with the opening of the Christmas Market at the lake and the Lantern Trail in Mattsee, where around 50 handmade lanterns display Christmas motifs and tales. On the Advent weekends, visitors are attracted to a romantic Christmas market in the monastery cellar while the twilight cruises are very atmospheric. In Seekirchen, the Advent Saturdays are based around the family, while in Neumarkt at the Winter Solstice on 16th December there is a Christmas market at the Castle Sighardstein. In the organic village of Seeham, the Advent and Christmas season is encompassed by fragrant incense herbs. A herbal scents light trail, workshops with herbal experts, mystic torchlight hikes through the Devil’s Ditch and a Christmas market in the Reitergut in Grabensee provide the unique Christmas experiences.
18.11.2017 to 6.1.2018: Christmas with animals at Gut Aiderbichl in Henndorf
Visitors to the Christmas Market at Gut Aiderbichl in Henndorf are greeted with a large Nativity scene with animals, regional traditions, handicrafts and special gift ideas. Children can bake gingerbread, craft Nativity scenes or watch horseshoes being fitted.
30.11 to 24.12.2017: Christmas Market at the Silent Night Square in Oberndorf
At the Christmas Market in Oberndorf, the world famous Christmas Carol “Silent Night! Holy Night!” is the main attraction as it was sung here for the first time in Oberndorf almost 200 years ago. The Christmas Market on the Silent Night Square, directly in front of the Silent Night Chapel, with its lovingly decorated stalls, Christmas wood carvings, sweet treats and seductively scented mulled wine attracts visitors from near and far. Dates: every Thursday through Sunday.
25.11 to 17.12.2017: Christmas Market St. Leonhard
The Christmas Market at St. Leonhard is focussed on the idea of charity, with all the net proceeds going to the Lebenshilfe Salzburg. In addition to arts and crafts from Austria, Bavaria and South Tyrol, there are romantic carriage rides, the Stable of Bethlehem with live animals and an Advent bakery for atmospheric moments. The traditional trumpet fanfares and the carol singing by Salzburg singing and music groups are very impressive. Dates: every Saturday/Sunday as well as on the 8th December, 2017.
2.12 to 17.12.2017: Farmer’s Advent Market in the Glanegg Estate
An insider’s tip among the Christmas markets around the gates of Salzburg is the Farmer’s Advent in the historic Glanegg Estate. Not only the ambience is unique here, but also the range of culinary art and handicrafts is exceptional. Produce from the Mayr-Melnhof Grange such as wild sausages, venison ham and game meat are also available here, as well as Schnapps, marmalades and Christmas pastries from the farmers of the surrounding area along with hand-crafted wood, glass, ceramics and textiles. Dates: every Saturday/Sunday.
Salzburg City Christmas Markets
23.11 to 26.12.2017: Salzburg’s Christmas Market
The Salzburg Christmas Market, on the Cathedral and Residenz Square, is the largest and oldest Christmas market in Salzburg. The roots of the former “Junk Market” go back to the 15th Century. In its current form, the market has been around since 1974. Visitors can expect a finely-tuned range of arts and crafts, toys, Christmas gift ideas and culinary delights. One of the highlights is the trumpet fanfares on the Advent Saturdays when the Salzburg Brass Bands play Christmas music from three towers around the Residence Square.
23.11 to 24.12.2017: Hellbrunn Advent Magic
The pre-Christmas romance at the Hellbrunn Christmas Market, around the Hellbrunn Palace, is hard to beat. Here in the Advent time, there is a fairy tale forest created from over 400 pine trees and decorated with 13,000 red baubles and lights, which really makes the Christmas Market shine in the darkness. Visitors to the lovingly decorated stalls experience arts and crafts, original gift ideas and culinary specialities, while the kids can enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, and a Christmas post office.
17.11.2017 to 06.01.2018: Star Advent and Winter Market
The Star Advent opens its doors from mid November in the “Star Arcade” of the Sternbräu, located between the Getreidegasse and the Griesgasse. Adults find here many handmade gift ideas, and the children marvel at the Nativity scenes, enjoy fairy tales and the colourful Christmas ornaments. After the Christmas holidays, the Star Advent is once again this year continued as “The Winter Market” up to 6th January, 2018.
23.11 to 24.12.2017: Christmas Market on the Mirabell Square
Hand-carved Nativity scenes, selected jewellery, handcrafted clay objects, smoked products, beeswax candles and much more can be found at the Christmas Market at Mirabellplatz, directly in front of the impressive setting of the Mirabell Palace. Dates: Open daily from 23rd November to 24.12.
25.11 to 23.12.2017: Christmas Market in the Franciscan Palace
In the “Franziskis Palace”, a former fortification on the Kapuziner Mountain in Salzburg, the waiting time to see the Baby Jesus is shortened with a spicy Christmas market. Produce from the Austrian taste regions meet regional crafts here. A shuttle service takes visitors from the Linzergasse or from the Kapuziner Monastery comfortably to the Christmas Market. Dates: every Saturday/Sunday, 11.00 until 18.00.
Overview of all Christmas Markets in SalzburgerLand