Christmas Procession in Innsbruck
16th December 2012 - 5:00 pm
The Christkind ("Christ Child") is the traditional Christmas gift bringer in Austria.
The Christkind is a sprite-like child, presumably the incarnation of Jesus as an infant, usually depicted with blond hair and angelic wings.
Children never see the Christkind, as parents will always tell them that the Christkind just disappeared before they came. As today the Christkind is facing increasing competition from Santa Claus there are several interest groups aiming at preserving this old tradition.
Festive procession with angels, shepherds and sheep to get everyone in the mood for Christmas with music, singing, moving theatre and fanfares. The procession goes down Maria-Theresien-Straße, Marktgraben, Herzog-Otto-Straße, Herrengasse and on to the State Theatre (Landestheater).
Bishop Dr. Manfred Scheurer delivers the Christmas message and then the procession comes to an end with the song "Silent Night".