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    Christmassy highlights are waiting for you

    advent in der region graz

    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
    „Be glad it's Christmas“

    Highlights in Graz Region

    Advent in the surrounding region

    Celebrate the most peaceful time of the year with the “Tannengraß und Lebzeltstern” program, listening to old Advent stories, making straw ornaments and sitting in front of the fire in the cosy farmhouse parlour at the Austrian Open-Air Museum in Stübing.

    Enjoy the beautifully illuminated “skyline“, the Christmas market at Hauptplatz and the advent celebrations at Murhof Golfclub at Frohnleiten. Visit the nativity exhibition at Rein abbey or a Christmas market at Hüblerhof in Semriach. Or take part in a Christmas star hike through Lassnitzhöhe and visit the Christmas market 

    At the west of Graz Region, you can experience a picture-perfect Christmas season full of magic and romance. Plus, there are plenty of Christmas markets, events and concerts to make your Christmas experience even more magical.

    St. Barbara’s Day celebrations on 4 December at the former mining towns of Köflach, Bärnbach, Rosental and Kainach in honour of their patron. At Alt-Kainach castle and Piber Castle evocative advent markets take place.

    Perchte | © TV Region Graz | Mias Photoart
    Crib Exhibition | © TV Region Graz | Mias Photoart
    Christmas Time | © Region Graz | Tom Lamm

    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 ...

    Opening of the Christmas Markets

    Graz
    18 Nov. 2022
    from 16:00 o'clock
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    Advent Market St. Radegund

    St. Radegund bei Graz
    18 - 20 Nov. 2022
    from 19:00 o'clock
    Lovingly designed handicrafts are presented in St. Radegund.
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    “Aufsteirern”-Christmas market on Schlossberg hill

    Graz
    18 Nov. - 18 Dec. 2022
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    Advent market at the Kesselfall

    Semriach
    19 - 20 Nov. 2022
    from 12:00 o'clock
    Close to the Kesselfallklamm gorge in Semriach, at Gasthof Sandwirt, this traditional Advent market takes place.
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    Christmas tree lighting-up ceremony

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

    Graz
    26 Nov. 2022
    from 18:00 o'clock
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    Köflach Krampus Run

    Köflach
    26 Nov. 2022
    from 18:00 o'clock
    Numerous Krampus groups are up to mischief in Köflach.
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    Fir grass

    Deutschfeistritz
    26 Nov. - 04 Dec. 2022
    from 10:00 o'clock
    A special kind of Advent event for the whole family, where old traditions can be rediscovered.
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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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    Christmas Market Deutschfeistritz

    Deutschfeistritz
    27 Nov. 2022
    from 14:00 o'clock
    Carriage rides, regional delicacies and handicrafts are on offer in Deutschfeistritz.
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    Straßengler Christmas Market

    Gratwein-Strassengel
    27 Nov. - 11 Dec. 2022
    from 14:00 o'clock
    On the first three Sundays in Advent, there is Christmas spirit on the main square in Judendorf-Straßengel.
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    Nativity exhibition Stift Rein

    Gratwein-Strassengel
    02 Dec. - 01 Jan. 2023
    from 19:00 o'clock
    Nativity scene viewing at Rein Abbey, with exhibits from all over the world
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