IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
Experience the delights of an authentic Austrian Christmas market in the Salzburg mountains. Advent in the peaceful Grossarl Valley is packed with festive cheer, traditional charm and entertaining events, taking you back in time to a world far away from hectic modern life. Among the snow-dusted mountain scenery you’ll find Grossarl’s illuminated historic church and a beautifully carved, life-size village Nativity scene – the heart of the village’s Christmas celebrations.
Browse through the market’s wooden chalets and discover unique local crafts that make perfect Christmas gifts. From ceramics and jewellery to woodcarvings and handcrafted tree decorations – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Get yourself in the perfect mood for the Christmas celebrations with tasty spiced biscuits, fresh fruit bread and roasted chestnuts. Or warm up with a delicious hot mulled cider or a shot of local schnapps, guaranteed to keep the cold out.
Children will delight in a range of festive family activities on offer. They can write their letters to Santa at the special Christmas Post Office, learn to bake authentic Austrian Christmas cookies at the Children’s Baking Parlour or join the Children’s Krampus Walk through the snow on the first Sunday in Advent. Grown-ups can add a dash of romance with a torchlight walk through the mountains, enjoy the beautiful sounds of carollers singing, or cosy up on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the snowy landscape of the Grossarl Valley. Authenticity, quality and tradition are the keys to a Salzburg mountain Christmas, so relax, unwind and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.