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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a magical attraction: the ice nativity scene at the marvellous Renaissance courtyard of Landhaus Graz. Every year, ice sculptor Kimmo Frosti uses 35 tons of ice to create this unique work of art.
By the way: The ice nativity scene in Graz is the largest of its kind in the world!
New Year’s Eve in Graz is celebrated with a spectacular light and water show at Hauptplatz square. During the day, you can catch special New Year’s city tours.
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There are numerous events taking place in Graz every Christmas season. They range from traditional Christmas carolling to choir shows, musical performances, Perchtenlauf processions and children’s entertainment.
„Be glad it's Christmas“
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.
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 ...
Head off - vacation on!
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