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Advent in Salzburg: Advent markets & Advent Singing

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

In the pre-Christmas period, the baroque city of Salzburg is transformed into a fairytale location. The squares and alleys – Getreidegasse above all – are decorated in true Christmas style. Lights make the historic centre shine and the decorative booths of the Christmas markets enchant with a special idyll. For many, it is the most beautiful time of the year in Salzburg ...

At Domplatz and Residenzplatz, the historic Salzburg Christkindlmarkt opens already five weeks before Christmas. It is one of the most beautiful of its kind in the world and is also one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe – it has enhanced Salzburg since the 15th century.

Discover traditional handicrafts, festive Christmas tree decorations, the fine aroma of Christmas pastries and burnt almonds, as well as Austrian delicacies on your Christmas holiday ... Daily performances by Salzburg choirs and on the Advent Saturdays, the historic trumpet fanfares, where the musicians play from the cathedral's tower, thrilling visitors.

Of course, the Christchild with his angels also makes an appearance on the Advent Saturdays. Saint Nicholas with his scary companion, Krampus, strolls through the Christmas market on 6 December.

The Advent Market at Domplatz Salzburg
The Salzburg Advent Market at the Cathedral is always worth a visit!

Other Christmas markets for your holiday in Salzburg

Hellbrunn Advent Magic

The Advent Magic in Hellbrunn is no less romantic. A beautifully decorated fairytale forest emerges in front of the palace and in the entrance area, numerous Advent stands invite you to take a look and have a taste. A creative children's programme is also included. Opening hours: mid/end of November until Christmas Eve. Open in the evening until 8:00 p.m., on 24 December until 2:00 p.m.

Christmas market at Mirabellplatz

In front of Mirabell Palace. Opening hours: mid/end of November until Christmas Eve (24 December). Open in the evening until 8:00 p.m., Fri+Sat until 9:00 p.m., on Christmas Eve until 3:00 p.m.

Stern Advent in the Stern Arcades

Between Getreidegasse and Griesgasse: small Christmas market with animals in the "living nativity". Opening hours: from the middle of November, winter market from 26 December until 6 January. Open: 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Fri+Sat until 8:30 p.m., on 24 + 31 December until 3:00 p.m.

Salzburg Fortress Advent

In the castle courtyard at Hohensalzburg Fortress, a small, but all the more magical Advent market takes place. Opening hours: On Advent weekends. Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Stiegl Beer Advent

Get in the mood for Christmas in the beery atmosphere! From 24 November - 18 December in the Sudhaushof of the Stiegl Brewery. Thu-Sat from 4pm - 7pm and Sun from 3pm - 7pm.

Advent market in the Franziskischlössl on the Kapuzinerberg

Open on each Advent weekend from 11am to 6pm. Stroll through specialities from Austria, regional products and natural homemade products.

Salzburg Advent Singing and Advent concerts

With the Salzburg Advent Singing in the Large Festival Hall, the Christmas story has been brought to life in a theatrical and musical way for more than 60 years. Other atmospheric experiences include the Advent concerts in St. Peter's Church or in the historic Castle Hall at the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Spend the most peaceful time of the year in Salzburg, which unfolds a very special magic around Christmastime. We will be happy to take your non-binding request at Hotel Scherer!