The atmospheric Advent season in the Innsbruck region

The most wonderful time of the year is even better in Innsbruck. Festive Christmas markets entice visitors with delicious punch and local specialities, such as Kiachl – freshly baked farmers’ donuts served with sweet or savoury toppings. The medieval streets are filled with the romantic glow of twinkling lights, traditional Austrian brass bands play out from the towers and Advent concerts get visitors in the Christmas spirit. Traditions, such as the Krampus parades (when demon-like creatures from Alpine folklore parade through the streets in elaborate costumes), nativity scene displays, visits from St. Nicholas and Advent concerts entertain guests of all ages. And traditional Christmas specialties, such as delicious fruit breads and Christmas stollen, are just waiting to be enjoyed.

Christmas markets

Christmas markets

Innsbruck's Christmas markets create a particularly wonderful atmosphere during the Christmas season. Detailed information about the upcoming season will be available from autumn onwards. 

Lightshow Mount Magic

A sometimes surreal, dream-like experience brought to life using 3D mapping projected onto the walls of the Hofburg imperial palace from 27 november until 19 january.

New Year's Eve in the Mountains

A Christmas tour through Innsbruck

Visit all six of Innsbruck's Christmas markets: this festive tour is a wonderful way to explore the city in the run up to Christmas. It includes:

  • The traditional Christmas market by the Golden Roof
  • The family Christmas market on the market square 
  • The modern, sparkling Christmas market on Maria Theresien Street 
  • The cosy Christmas market with stunning views in Hungerburg
  • Christmas magic in the pretty district of Wilten 
  • The tranquil and reflective market in the St. Nikolaus district 

Different opening hours

during Christmas and New Year

Everything is a little different in Innsbruck during the Christmas season. Not all of the restaurants and museums are open as usual. Some close for a few days, or at least a little earlier than normal: because the staff deserve a relaxing Christmas with their loved ones too. However, you can, of course, still enjoy a delicious meal and lots of fun activities during this time. Here we'll tell you where. Find out more about the opening times for museums and restaurants during Christmas and New Year

Christmas customs and events

Experience Christmas in Innsbruck, a time full of old customs and traditions! Take a nostalgic ride on the "Christkindlbahn", a lovely old tram that takes you through the illuminated streets of Innsbruck. Watch as hundreds of children accompany the Christ Child through the city. Listen to traditional Christmas carols and get to know the local customs. Click on the images below for more information about our Christmas events and traditions.

Journey

Enjoy a stress-free journey to the Christmas markets in Innsbruck

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