Innsbruck Advent is a five week festive celebration that brings together seasonal food and music alongside Alpine customs and performances.
- When? 15th November - 23rd December
- Where? Innsbruck
- Price: Free
If you thought that demons and Christmas went together like a snowman in a sauna then think again. Each festive season, the city of Innsbruck in Austria comes alive with masked demons from folklore alongside seasonal concerts, choirs and decorations. Part ancient pageant, part local custom, the five weeks leading up to Christmas are not to be missed.
Krampus is the lead mischief-maker of the demons and you'll see plenty of masked imp-like characters in plays and parades about Alpine folklore. If you're looking for the usual festive decorations and merriment then head to one of the city's traditional markets. Decked out in chalet style huts and quaint decorations, the stalls sell everything from Austrian beer and mulled wine to roasted schnitzel and hot chocolate. If it's gifts you're looking for then stop at one of the local boutique stalls that stock a wonderful array of trinkets, jewellery and locally produced goods.
Music types will enjoy the Austrian “Turmbläser” (brass band) who play traditional tunes from the city's towers, while choirs serenade shoppers and passers by. For a truly magical experience, make sure you're in town for Christkindleinzug just before December 25th, which sees nativity scenes, parades and hundreds of locals form a procession through the streets. If you're more of a bah-humbug type then that's fine too - the snowy Alps are close by so work on your skiing excuses and hit the slopes.
- Get there: Fly to Innsbruck and use public transport to get around.
- Stay: Find somewhere to stay in the city centre - it is easily navigable.
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