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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.

When the city shines ...

Advent in Graz

Every year on 19 November, the provincial capital of Graz turns into one big Christmas wonderland with dozens of attractions. For instance, the following season highlights have visitors flocking to the romantic lanes:

A city that shines 
The Old Town of Graz is a romantic place at any time of the year – but especially so when it’s lit up by Christmas lights. Have you ever wondered why the Christmas trees in Herrengasse hang upside down? Artist Werner Stadler knows why: If the trees were the right way round, you would only see their trunks and the bottom branches. An unusual yet effective idea – that you should definitely see four yourself!

Illuminated town hall
Every year, a huge advent calendar is projected on the front of the city’s town hall.  

Christmas markets 
If you like Christmas markets, you will love the Advent season in the Capital of Delight! A variety of Christmas markets invite you to take a Christmassy stroll. All of them can conveniently be reached by foot.

other highlights

  • the Christmas tree in front of the city’s town hall
  • the Office for Christmas Carols at Steirisches Volksliedwerk  
  • the fairy-tale forest at Schlossbergplatz square: area without pressure to consume
  • Advent at the city’s churches and “Fröhliche Weihnacht” exhibition at the Diocese Museum
  • Graz Nativity Trail in the shopping windows of Stempfergasse
  • “Adventbim” tram 
  • ice skating at Karmeliterplatz square: 1,000 m² ice skating rink right in the city centre

There are also numerous opportunities to celebrate the last hours of the waning year in the surrounding region of Graz, for instance during the New Year’s Eve torchlight procession through Hirschegg or at the New Year’s Eve gala at Therme NOVA spa.  

Advent in Graz | © Graz Tourism | Harry Schiffer
Advent in Graz | © Graz Tourism | Harry Schiffer
Advent in Graz | © Graz Tourism | Harry Schiffer

The pre-Christmas season in Graz also includes numerous events

ADVENT OF THE SHORT PATHS

From traditional Christmas carol singing to contemplative choir and music performances. And from the Perchtenlauf to the children's programme with handicrafts.  

The Graz Ice Crib is a magical attraction: the ice cot in the beautiful Renaissance courtyard. Every year, ice artist Kimmo Frosti sculpts 35 tonnes of ice into a unique work of art. 

By the way: the Graz Ice Crib is the world's first and still the only ice cot of this size! 

The turn of the year is celebrated in Graz with a spectacular light and water show on the Hauptplatz. During the day, special New Year's Eve city tours attract visitors.  

„Be glad it's Christmas“

MAGICAL MOMENTS, CHRISTMAS MIRACLES AND MORE

The fixed points include Advent at Piber Castle, Advent markets at the Hüblerhof or at the Kesselfallklamm in Semriach or the Packer Bergadvent. Children can shorten the wait for the Chirstkind with a Christmas walk at the Lipizzaner stud farm in Piber. 

At "Fir grass" in the Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing you can enjoy the quietest time of the year - accompanied by contemplative Advent stories, while making straw stars or in front of the cosy fire in the farmhouse parlour. 

The beautifully illuminated "Skyline", the Christmas market on the main square and the Advent magic at the Murhof Golf Club in Frohnleiten are among the Advent highlights, as are the cot exhibition at Rein Abbey, the Chirstkindlmarkt on the streets or the star hike on the Laßnitzhöhe. 

In the Graz region, the pre-Christmas period is just as you'd dream it would be: romantic and contemplative. But thanks to numerous Advent markets, events and concerts, it is not quite so quiet ...

Advent start at GenussBauernhof Hillebrand

Premstätten
26 Nov. 2022
from 08:00 o'clock
In addition to mulled wine and punch, a variety of different biscuits will be on offer in Premstätten.
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Graz
26 Nov. - 17 Dec. 2022
from 10:30 o'clock
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Graz
26 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2022
from 11:00 o'clock
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Graz
26 Nov. - 17 Dec. 2022
from 15:00 o'clock
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Advent exhibition "be-sinn-liches Zuhause" ("meaningful home")

Bärnbach
26 Nov. - 09 Dec. 2022
from 08:00 o'clock
Take a little time and get in the mood for Christmas with a tour of the Blütenhaus in Bärnbach.
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Exhibition of the artists

Semriach
26 - 27 Nov. 2022
from 09:00 o'clock
Around 20 artisans from Schöcklland present their works in Semriach.
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Mountain Advent in Semriach

Semriach
26 - 27 Nov. 2022
from 09:00 o'clock
At the Mountain Advent in Semriach, you can expect not only an atmospheric Advent market, but also pony rides and...
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Christmas tree lighting-up ceremony

Graz
26 Nov. 2022
from 16:30 o'clock
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Graz
26 Nov. - 17 Dec. 2022
from 16:00 o'clock
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Opening of the ice nativity scene

Graz
26 Nov. 2022
from 17:00 o'clock
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Bärnbach Advent Market

Bärnbach
26 Nov. 2022
from 10:00 o'clock
Advent market in the centre of Bärnbach, with arts and crafts, Barbara celebration and regional delicacies.
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Übelbacher Advent Magic

Übelbach
26 Nov. - 03 Dec. 2022
from 13:00 o'clock
A carriage ride at the Advent market in Übelbach has its charm.
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