Advent market in Graz | © Graz Tourismus | Rene Walter Advent market in Graz | © Graz Tourismus | Rene Walter
Christmassy highlights are waiting for you

Christmas Season

The word “advent” means “arrival”. It’s a time of joyful anticipation and busy preparations for Christmas. Plus, it’s a time when the Graz Region shines with special splendour.

Numerous Christmassy highlights are waiting for you in an around Graz, helping you pass the time until Christmas Eve.



As early as mid-November, the provincial capital of Graz becomes a Christmas wonderland with many attractions. Among others, the following Christmas highlights attract visitors to the romantic alleys: The old town of Graz is romantic - especially when it is illuminated in atmospheric Christmas lights, as in Herrengasse. But why are the Christmas trees hanging upside down in Stempfergasse? Artist Werner Stadler explains: If the trees were hung "correctly," you would only see the trunk and the large branches from below. An idea that is as unusual as it is effective - and one that you should definitely see for yourself! The facade of the town hall shines as a giant Advent calendar in the most colorful colors. If you like Christmas markets, you will love the GenussHauptstadt in the run-up to Christmas! A variety of Christmas markets invite you to stroll and linger - all of them within easy walking distance.

Selfie-Spot in Graz | © Graz Tourismus | Harry Schiffer
Advent in Graz | © Graz Tourismus | Harry Schiffer
Advent in Graz | © Graz Tourismus | Harry Schiffer

ADvent in The Graz Region 

The surrounding area of Graz also sparkles and glitters: the nativity scene exhibition at Rein Abbey is a special experience. The winter magic and Christmas market at Rabenstein Castle promises a romantic atmosphere. The life-size wooden nativity scene in Laßnitzhöhe, which shines year after year in the spa gardens, is impressive.

Special crafts and regional specialties are the focus of the small but exquisite Advent market at Piber Castle. Here, at the Piber stud farm, is also where the world-famous Lipizzaner horses are bred before the best of them are sent to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

magic moments

time for light

Just a few kilometers north of Graz, you will notice the romantic "skyline" of Frohnleiten, which is especially worth seeing during the Advent season. Lumagica, a fascinating park of lights at the Murhof near Frohnleiten, offers an unforgettable experience for the whole family with more than 300 illuminated objects. You embark on a magical journey into a glittering wonderland, past an enchanted world with glowing forest creatures, majestic figures and a wondrously illuminated natural backdrop.

spa enjoyment

time for warmth

The NOVA Köflach thermal spa is located to the west of the provincial capital of Graz, in the Lipizzanerheimat region. Feel good and enjoy - with more than 1,000 m2 of thermal water, you can unwind in the 34.5°C water and enjoy a relaxing pre-Christmas experience. The breathtaking sauna world with panoramic views and numerous other attractions leave nothing to be desired as a source of strength and energy.

active cultural enjoyment

Time for experiences

The winter circus of Cirque Noël at the Orpheum in Graz invites you to be amazed over the Christmas holidays. The award-winning company Cirque Le Roux showcases the many facets of new circus with its two productions "The Elephant in the Room" and "A Deer in the Headlights".



It's easy to shake off the stress of Christmas in the Graz Region. Simply get out into the clear winter air, take a deep breath and set off! As rich in contrast as this region is, the winter hiking offers are just as varied - from leisurely walks in the flatlands to snowshoe or ski tours on wonderfully snow-covered peaks. In and around Graz as well as in the south, you can go for wonderful hikes and walks in the cold season. Except for a few days a year, the paths here are free of ice and snow. The mountains surrounding Graz are particularly suitable for ski tours and snowshoe hikes.

Winter hiking | © TV Region Graz | Mias Photoart
skiing at Salzstiegl | © TV Erlebnisregion Graz | Mias Photoart
Ice skating | © TV Erlebnisregion Graz | Mias Photoart

Advent in the Graz Region - all events at a glance

Symbolbild Percht | © Graz Tourismus-Harry Schiffer

Perchtenlauf Premstätten

16 Nov. 2024
from 17:30 o'clock
Numerous Perchten groups are up to mischief in Premstätten.
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Cooking on an open fire | © Stadtgemeinde Frohnleiten

Schrems Easter market

16 - 17 Nov. 2024
from 12:00 o'clock
Handicrafts and culinary specialities with an extensive supporting programme offer something for everyone.
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Weihnachtsmarkt Premstätten

Christmas market organised by the Premstättner Handarbeitsrunde

22 - 23 Nov. 2024
from 09:00 o'clock
Find handcrafted Christmas gifts for loved ones, in Premstätten.
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genussreise im volksumdemuseum | © volkskundemuseum-graz

Genussreise "Honigliche Weihnachtszeit"

30 Nov. - 21 Dec. 2024
from 10:00 o'clock
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Fir grass & Lebzeltstern smokehouse | © Region Graz - Harry Schiffer

Tannengraß & Lebzeltstern

30 Nov. - 08 Dec. 2024
from 11:00 o'clock
A special kind of Advent event for the whole family, where old traditions can be rediscovered.
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Frohnleiten im Advent | © Region Graz - Harry Schiffer

St. Nicholas, Kinderkrampuslauf & Perchten

05 Dec. 2024
from 17:00 o'clock
St. Nicholas arrives with a crowd of child-friendly Krampuses and distributes small gifts.
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mariahilferkirche | © graz-tourismus-harry-shiffer

Abendmusiken - Kleine Adventkonzerte

07 - 21 Dec. 2024
from 16:00 o'clock
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Burg Rabenstein bei Nacht | © René Vidalli

Winter magic

06 - 08 Dec. 2024
from 10:00 o'clock
The Winter Magic at Rabenstein Castle will take place this year with a Christmas market.
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Frohnleiten Christmas Market

11 - 15 Dec. 2024
from 09:00 o'clock
A Christmas market with a special flair, with programmes for young and old in Frohnleiten.
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Adventkonzert | © Singkreis St. Barbara

Advent concert Singkreis St. Barbara

15 Dec. 2024
from 17:00 o'clock
The St Barbara Singing Circle and the Lipizzanerheimat Chamber Orchestra give an atmospheric concert.
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Grieskindlmarkt am Nikolaiplatz - Der nachhaltige Weihnachtsmarkt | © Graz Tourismus - Harry Schiffer

Grieskindlmarket on Nikolaiplatz square

22 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2024
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Aufsteirern-Advent am Schlossberg | © ivents - Erwin Scheriau

“Aufsteirern”-Christmas market on Schlossberg hill

22 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2024
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Graz Region

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