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Christmas in Graz – discover the Christmas markets and Advent in the Styrian region
Christmas time in Graz, the capital of Styria, is often referred to as the ‘Fifth’ season of the year, and is when the city is considered to be at its most beautiful and atmospheric. Enjoy the pre-Christmas period and discover the highlights of Advent: 12 spectacular Christmas markets, the romantic lights, the gleaming ice crib in the Landhaus Courtyard, the huge Advent calendar on the facade of the City Hall , the Advent train and many other attractions.
Christmas markets in Graz’s Old Town usually open their gates about one week before the first Sunday of Advent.
The most traditional Christmas market takes place around the Franciscan church. Styrian arts and crafts, regional farm products, hot punch and mulled wine warm the heart. Close by is the Christmas market in front of the City Hall with a giant Christmas tree and a traditional merry-go-round for children.
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All the Christmas markets are very close to each other, making it easy to visit all of them on foot. Look out for the nativity trail which begins at the ice nativity scene in the Landhaus courtyard and leads via Stempfergasse through to the Christmas Exhibition at the Diocese Museum Graz
Things to see and do in Graz
There is so much to see and do in Graz at Christmas.
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Christmas Market and Festive Breaks to Graz
For a choice of Christmas market and seasonal breaks, see our Christmas Breaks section for more details.
Graz, Austria’s second largest city, with a population of about 300,000, is found in the southern province of Styria.
Graz is an attractive city, renowned for its impressive buildings and architecture, green parkland, red rooftops and the fast-flowing River Mur running through the centre. The city is dominated by the Schlossberg, the forested mountain which rises over the old town. This hill provides a natural spectacle and a central recreation area offering beautiful views of the city and beyond. With the city’s roots dating back to Roman times, it owes its name to the castle which once stood on the hill, built more than 1,000 years ago. The Slavonic word for small castle is ‘gradec’.
Getting to Graz
- Arrival by Car – Graz is approximately 2 hours by car from Vienna, 4.5 hours from Munich.
- Arrival by Train – Graz Station is to the west of the city centre, and can easily be reached by tram. Direct trains link the city with Austrian cities such as Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Linz, and with German cities including Klagenfurt, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.
- Arrival by plane – The city can be reached from the airport in about 20 minutes by car and 10 minutes by train. It is possible to fly direct to Graz from other Christmas market destinations such as Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich, and the number of flights is growing every year.
Dates and times
Please note the information and dates on the markets are subject to change.
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Enjoy the pre-Christmas period in Graz, discovering the highlights of Graz Advent: the romantic lights, the gleaming ice crib in the Landhaus Courtyard, the giant Rathaus Advent calendar, the spectacular Advent markets in the old town of Graz, the Advent train and a lot of other attractions.