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.

LUMAGICA Innsbruck: a light park in the Imperial Gardens

As the Christmas season approaches, Innsbruck starts to sparkle. The Imperial Gardens in the city centre are transformed into a magical light park by LUMAGICA Innsbruck, featuring luminous mythical and natural beings, interactive light installations and much more. Visit the park and experience this fantastic magical world: daily from 7 November 2020 to 10 January 2021 (except 24.12.) between 5.30 pm and 10 pm.

Covid-19 measures at the Christmas markets in Innsbruck

  • Prevention concept including a Covid-19 officer that goes well beyond official requirements
  • Upon entering the occasional market, a minimum distance of one metre must be maintained between people from different households
  • No food and drink: eating and drinking will only be possible when seated at tables in the city's outdoor dining areas, e.g. on the Marktplatz market square: installation of outdoor dining areas 
  • Regulation of visitor numbers and flow using a new digital system that implements the latest sensor technology to manage crowds of people
  • Adaptation measures (larger distances between stands) 
  • Safety and hygiene measures for operators, staff and visitors
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. 

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 

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.

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