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

The Christmas markets are open until 6 January 2024.

50 years of Christkindlmarkt in the old town of Innsbruck

As early as the 17th century, forerunners of the Christkindlmarkt were held in the heart of Innsbruck. However, the market as we know it today has only existed since 1973, transforming the old town into a paradise for Christmas fans: stalls selling local handicrafts and traditional specialties line up around the stately Christmas tree. The hustle and bustle is accompanied by an atmospheric supporting program.

LUMAGICA Innsbruck: A magical journey through time

LUMAGICA Innsbruck invites you to a literally illuminating walk in the Imperial Garden - for the fourth time in a row. After the journey around the world last year, this year the magical light park is opening a "journey through time". On the more than one-kilometre-long circular path, numerous fascinating light productions, from abstract elements to interactive installations, await once again. These unique works of art not only make the Imperial Garden shine, but also the visitors.

A Christmas tour through Innsbruck

Visit all seven 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 
  • Kaiserweihnacht at the Bergisel

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.

The Innsbruck region is easily accessible by train, plane or car. Find useful information for your journey, parking and public transport here.


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

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