Salzburg Christmas Markets

Salzburg Christmas Markets

Step into a world of magic and wonder in the swirling streets of Salzburg. Weave between swarms of scarf-wrapped crowds, warming chilly fingers on steaming cups of sweet mulled wine. Hear the murmur of cheery voices and delight in the scent of gingerbread and cinnamon as it wafts through the wintry air. Let your chocolate box story unfold.

Salzburg Christkindlmarkt (Nov - Dec)*

Salzburg Christkindlmarkt (Nov - Dec)*

Get into the spirit in Cathedral Square. This is the prime location for a sprinkling of magic, from the warm glow of lights to the procession of angels on Saturdays. A towering tree will complete the scene, while crafts, ornaments, traditional biscuits and even bite-sized Austrian savouries will suit all ages.

Advent Magic in Hellbrunn (Nov - Dec)*

Advent Magic in Hellbrunn (Nov - Dec)*

Set in an idyllic wilderness of evergreen conifers and icy pathways, alpine and advent join forces in the grounds of Hellbrunn Palace. Hop on the dainty train to make your way around, or even just leisurely plod by foot, browsing the quaint stalls and petting zoo as you go.

Hohensalzburg Fortress Courtyard (Nov - Dec)*

Hohensalzburg Fortress Courtyard (Nov - Dec)*

Trace the hillside by funicular to Europe’s largest fort, and you’ll soon see lit-up booths appear. Stare down at the snow-clad roofs as you enter this cheery market. Stock up on wrapping, handpick decorations, and nibble on treats as you wander past brass bands.

Mirabell Square (Nov - Dec)*

Mirabell Square (Nov - Dec)*

With a typically Austrian appeal, all chocolate box-style and laid out in rows, poinsettia-filled stalls and food huts take the reins here. A pretty palace backdrop makes Mirabell Square a popular pick for Christmassy gatherings, so assemble your helpers and check out the woollens, trinkets, toys, and much more.

St Leonhard Market (Nov - Dec)*

St Leonhard Market (Nov - Dec)*

This market introduces an arty approach to the festivities, with crafts, candles, lavender and other scented goods, while the peaceful songs of choirs whistle through the chilly air. It’s the ideal accompaniment to a wintry afternoon – along with the must-eat selection of local cookies and baked apples.

Stiegl Brewery (Nov - Dec)*

Stiegl Brewery (Nov - Dec)*

This rosy-cheeked celebration is a hip, must-attend affair for adults partial to a frothy-headed pint. There’s no need to be bitter this joyful season – Stiegl Brewery throws its terrace open to live music, storytellers and mulled beer stands, for nearly a month of festive fun with a hoppy twist.

*All dates subject to change.
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1. Advent celebrations
Salzburg is big on advent celebrations, so it’ll begin to look a lot like Christmas very quickly. Carol singers flock to the streets, while church services keep traditions going indoors. Yuletide excitement will be in full swing as you explore the old town and get stuck into shopping, baking and more.
2. Waldklang
Take to the lake to gawp at a dreamy display of light and sound installations. From elephants and whales to flowers and mushrooms, the forest brightens up for a kaleidoscopic outdoor exhibition. You’ll be privy to concerts, impressionistic features, and shows where pyrotechnic stunt people literally play with fire.
3. Winterfest
Spread across six weeks, Salzburg Volksgarten becomes the stage for the Contemporary Circus. Musicians, dancers, puppet shows and street performers team up to showcase what these tinsel-topped troupes can do. It’s a place where people can come together to delight in a programme of energetic arts and all things Christmas.
4. Horse-drawn carriage rides
A clippety-clop through Mozart’s city is almost essential. It doesn’t get much more seasonal than a horse-drawn carriage ride through the snowy walkways of shimmering Salzburg, so combine a trip out exploring with a jovial jaunt through the most enchanting patches of forest and astounding Austrian architecture.
5. The Silent Night Chapel
It isn’t shouted about too often, but the writer of the famous carol ‘Silent Night’ was from Salzburg, so it’s only fitting to go to Oberndorf, where it was first sung on Christmas Eve in 1818. It’s tradition to visit, so head over before Santa hits town.
6. Go skiing
Keen skiers flock to Austria solely for the pistes, but you could get a little on-slope action in during your city break. Salzburg is huge for winter sports, so go and see what all the fuss is about. Submerge yourself in the staggering cinematic scenery, and get merry by the mountains.