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Salzburg Advent in Salzburg

21 Nov - 26 Dec 2013

It's very Christmassy in Salzburg

The tradition and ambiance of Salzburg's Christmas market make an ideal setting to start off the Christmas season. Every year visitors are enchanted by the charm of Cathedral Square, the traditional booths, the strings of light and the quality of the diversified items on sale. Come and enjoy some of the magic this year: from traditional handicrafts, fine baked goods, aromatic tree ornaments and various objet d'art for the Christmas season. Salzburg's Christmas market is a feast for all the senses: the delicious scent of mulled wine wafts around booths adorned with precious, decorative, old and new items. Performances by traditional Salzburg choirs and children's school groups lure a crowd of visitors year after year. The market will be opened by the archbishop on the 1st Saturday in Advent right after the blessing of the Advent wreaths.

For more information visit: www.christkindlmarkt.co.at/ The Christmas fair in the beautiful Cathedral Square and Residence Square, with stalls, shops and buskers.
New
Dec 25 and Dec 26
11.00 - 18.00

With choirs and pastoral plays performed on the steps of the Cathedral.

Advent market in the courtyard of Hohensalzburg Fortress
Nov 29 - Dec 22 2013

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Advent high above the city's rooftops
A charming Advent market will be held high above the city's rooftops in the courtyard of Hohensalzburg Fortress. Whether you arrive on foot or by funicular – it affords a stunning view of Salzburg and its Christmas decorations. Countless market booths and a colourful entertainment program transform the medieval castle courtyard into an enchanting marketplace offering local handicrafts, exceptional gift ideas and culinary delicacies. Children will have fun making their own apple-men, straw stars, ice flowers, angels, gift tags and many other objects. Brass concerts and dance music add to the festive spirit of the season. The traditional "Christ Child Salute" by the Armed Fortress Guild will take place at noon on December 24.

More information, visit www.salzburg-burgen.at/

Advent market in the Sterngarten
Nov 23 - Dec 23 2013
Open daily.
A hidden pre-Christmas haven

A small, pre-Christmas haven is tucked between the buildings in the Sterngarten between Getreidegasse and Griesgasse: the "Stern Advent Markt“. Far from the hustle and bustle, the market's unparalleled charm invites visitors to stroll along its booths. For the tenth time, traditional handicrafts can be admired and purchased in the artistic setting. In addition to art and handicrafts, an attractive entertainment program adds to the pre-Christmas spirit. One of the traditional market's special features: proceeds are personally donated to the needy. visit www.sternadvent.at

Christmas Market on Mirabell Square
21 Nov- 24 Dec 2013
With musical entertainment programme in front of Mirabell Palace
Wed,Sat and Sun at 5.15pm.

Hellbrunn Advent Market
Nov. 21 – 30: Wednesdays to Sundays; Dec. 1 – 24: every day
. Romantic Advent market in the Hellbrunn courtyard and palace
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If you want to shop in warmer and elegant surroundings then visit the completely refurbished large traditional store - Salzburger Heimatwerk in the Residenzplatz.

T: 0043 662 844 110



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Salzburg Advent Serenades
29 Nov - 29 Dec 2013

Traditional Salzburg Advent Singing with over one hundred performers staged in the uniquely scenic St. Andrew's Church on Mirabell Square. A contemplative approach to Christmas featuring Advent lyrics, Advent music and a new Advent play. www.salzburgeradvent.at

The Salzburg Advent Singing in the Great Festival Hall,
29 Nov - 15 Dec 2013
Salzburg Advent Singing is one of the events renowned far beyond the city's borders. This year it will celebrate a milestone anniversary: performances have been held at the Large Festival Hall for 50 years.

Krampus and Perchten Runs
End Nov - 8 Dec 2013

Perchten and Krampusses in many different styles and shapes can be seen throughout the Bavarian and Austrian alpine region during the winter season. They are frightening and not very appealing to the eye.
Krampus is the untamed, shaggy spirit that accompanies St. Nicholas. Krampusses usually roam in larger groups. Their traditional costumes and masks are elaborately handcrafted. Krampusses can usually be encountered on and a few days before December 6.

Perchten are wild pagan spirits widespread throughout the Austrian and Bavarian region. The appear alone or in groups, especially on three specific winter nights, called the "rough nights," i.e. the night before St. Nicholas (December 6), before the winter solstice (December 22) and before Epiphany (January 6). They carry bells and other loud instruments to dispel the winter.

The different traditional Krampus and Perchten customs have blended into one in many regions.


Salzburg

Salzburg Advent decorations on Goldgasse in the old town

Salzburg Christmas Market

Salzburg Christmas Market

Timings
Mon – Thur 10.00 – 22.00
Fri 10.00 – 21.00
Sat 09.00 – 21.00
Sun 09.00 – 20.30
‘Silent Night’ Celebrations
The world's most famous Christmas carol (available in over 300 languages around the globe), will have its 190th anniversary. Written on Christmas Eve 1818 and performed for the first time during the Christmas service in Oberndorf. Joseph Mohr, the lyricist, was born December 11th 1792 in Steingasse (right bank of the Salzach), baptized (just like Mozart) at Salzburg Cathedral and spent his childhood and school years in Salzburg. He handed the lyrics over to Franz Xaver Gruber on December 24th 1818, who composed the music for two solo voices, choir and guitar accompaniment.

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