Innsbruck’s Magical Christmas Markets

Snow-capped mountain peaks, colorful strings of lights, brass band music and sparkling crystal Christmas trees surround Innsbruck’s annual Christmas markets. Beginning in mid-November, the city in the heart of the Alps sparkles with Tyrolean tradition that is even more magical this holiday season.

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A favorite destination for those looking for a truly magical yuletide getaway, Innsbruck offers one-of-a-kind shopping experiences in these six enchanting Christmas markets. This year, a new LIGHTSHOW MAX 500 invites visitors to embark on a sparkling journey through time, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of Emperor Maximilian I. The audio-visual 3D light projection will be presented several times a day through January 20, 2019 in the extraordinary historic ambience of the Imperial Palace courtyard.

Soak in the magic at these six Christmas markets during Innsbruck’s festive “Christmas in the Mountains” events. With more than 200 stalls, each market has its very own special offerings that promise Christmas magic:

Christmas Market in the Old Town

November 15-December 23

There’s a real sense of nostalgia at the city’s oldest and largest Christmas market, held under the huge Christmas tree outside the Golden Roof. There are more than 70 stalls selling arts and crafts and Christmas decorations. Children of all ages can immerse themselves in the Fairy Tale and Giants’ Alley in a world full of fantasy. From the viewing platform, visitors grab a spectacular view of the Old Town and the market festivities.

 

Christmas Market in Maria-Theresien-Strasse

November 25-January 6

The market in the Maria-Theresien-Strasse presents a more modern look at the classic market, boasting an avenue of sparkling crystal trees. The shops stock a wide range of lovingly selected Christmas products from all over the world.

 

Christmas Market on the Market Square

November 15-December 23

This market brings a real sparkle to the eyes of the youngest visitors and is a popular meeting place for families who love the wide range of activities for children, such as the puppet theatre, carousel, story time and the Jaufenthal Crib. The sparkling Swarovski Christmas tree topped with a giant star shines high above the bustling, colorful market.

 

Panorama Christmas Market on the Hungerburg

November 24-December 23

This Christmas market is held on the Hungerburg, Innsbruck’s highest mountain. It may be small, but it more than compensates with the magnificent panoramic views of the city. A special highlight is the 10-minute ride on the Hungerburgbahn funicular railway, straight from the city center up to the “viewing point.”

Wilten Christmas Magic

November 26-December 22

This market offers cultural diversity and regional food with an unmistakable Tyrolean twist. The delightful atmosphere of the Wiltener Platzl Square with small boutiques and market stalls makes it popular with many Innsbruckers as a place to meet up after work.

St. Nikolaus Christmas Market

November 23-December 23

The small market in Innsbruck’s oldest district is the “youngest” contributor to the diversity of Innsbruck’s “Christmas in the Mountains.” Atmospheric music, home-baked biscuits and a quiet, home-style atmosphere give it its special character.

 

 

 

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