Christmas market at Hellbrunn Palace © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Salzburg Christmas Markets

Salzburg Advent & Christmas markets

Experience the city of Mozart in the romantic pre-Christmas season

In the run-up to Christmas, the baroque city of Salzburg is transformed into a fairytale-like place. The squares and alleys – above all Getreidegasse – are decorated for Christmas. Twinkling lights bathe the old town in a romantic light and the decorated stalls of the Christmas markets enchant with a special idyll. Experience unforgettable moments with your loved ones during Advent in Salzburg!

Christmas market in Salzburg´s Old Town

Salzburg’s historic Christmas market opens on Cathedraland Residenzplatz five weeks before Christmas. It is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and is also one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe – it has been enriching Salzburg since the 15th century.

Discover traditional handicrafts, festive Christmas tree decorations, the fine scents of Christmas biscuits and roasted almonds as well as Austrian delicacies during your Christmas holiday. The singing of the Salzburg choirs, which perform daily at the Salzburg Christmas market, will put you in a particularly contemplative mood.

The traditional tower-blowing during Salzburg Advent is also particularly spectacular: the best brass players in the country sound their melodies from three different towers every Thursday and Saturday, creating a fairytale atmosphere around Salzburg Cathedral.

Salzburg advent singin and advent concerts

For more than 60 years, the Christmas story has been brought to life through drama and music at the Salzburg Advent Singing in the Großes Festspielhaus. The Advent concerts in St. Peter’s Church or in the Historic Castle Hall at Hohensalzburg Fortress are also an atmospheric experience.

Salzburg advent with Christ Child, Perchten and Krampus

Of course, the Christ Child and his angels also drop by on Advent Saturdays.

On 5 December, scary fellows with shaggy animal skins, rumbling bells and self-carved masks, the traditional Perchten, create a truly spooky atmosphere during Advent. At the annual Perchtenlauf in Salzburg’s old town, the evil spirits are driven away – an unforgettable experience in Salzburg’s Advent!

And on 6 December St. Nicholas and his ghoulish companion, the Krampus, stroll through the Christkindlmarkt.

Another highlight for children and adults alike is the ice skating rink on Mozartplatz, where you can skate your laps. Afterwards, a punch in the winter lounge will warm you up again.

Christmas market at Mirabellplatz

Only a few minutes’ walk from the Hotel Scherer is the cosy Christmas market on Mirabellplatz. Located in front of the imposing Mirabell Palace, the Christmas market not only impresses with its artfully decorated huts but also with its wide variety of Salzburg delicacies.

Advent in the Sternarkaden

Also right in Salzburg’s Old Town, another traditional Christmas market welcomes you during Advent – the Sternadvent in the Sternarkaden. This smaller and lovingly designed Christmas market stretches between Getreidegasse and Griesgasse. The animals in the “living nativity scene” give the Christkindlmarkt a particularly authentic character. And even after the holidays, you can experience a contemplative time-out in Salzburg at the Christmas market with its designer goods and handicraft products.

Hellbrunn advent magic

The Advent magic at Hellbrunn is no less romantic: view the beautifully decorated fairytale forest in front of Hellbrunn Palace as well as the giant Advent calendar on the palace façade. 10,000 baubles and lights create a unique contemplative atmosphere. In addition, numerous Advent stalls invite visitors to look around and enjoy. A creative children’s programme is also on offer.

Stroll between the numerous Advent stalls and be enchanted by the traditional and festive offerings. There is a varied and creative children's programme for the little ones.

Salzburg Fortress Advent

In the courtyard of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, a small but enchanting Advent market takes place. Enjoy a fabulous view of the city of Salzburg from above and a sparkling sea of lights consisting of a hundred traditional Herrnhut stars in the Festungsgasse and the Burghof itself. Typical Salzburg specialities, choir singing, brass bands, a Krampus procession, a children’s workshop and stalls with arts and crafts will also put you in the Christmas spirit.

Stirgl beer Advent

Enjoy a delicious Bock beer at the Beer Advent in the Stiegl Brewery World, made even tastier by the traditional Bierstachln. A colourful supporting programme ranging from a storyteller and a free glass engraver to curling will give young and old alike an unforgettable Advent in Salzburg. Get in the mood for the Christmas season in a beery atmosphere!

Advent market in the Franziskischlössl on the Kapuzinerberg

Enjoy regional delicacies at the Advent market in the Franziskischlössl. Cheese, bacon, Bosna, smoked specialities and much more – at the culinary market you can feast on typical specialities from Austria consisting of regional products and, of course, homemade food. Our own shuttle service takes you conveniently from Linzergasse to the Advent Market on Kapuzinerberg. The Advent market is open on Advent weekends, from 11:00 to 18:00.

Your 4-star Hotel Scherer near the Christmas markets in Salzburg

Spend the quietest time of the year in Salzburg! After visiting the Christkindlmarkt in the old town, stroll along the Salzach promenade back to the Hotel Scherer to relax in your cosy room.

The team of the Hotel Scherer is looking forward to your room reservation all year round. But we especially welcome you to our 4-star hotel during Advent!

Hotel Scherer