Advent in Salzburg
Nov. 20 – Dec. 26, 2014
With its traditional flair and ambiance the Salzburg Christmas Market is the perfect setting to get in the mood for Christmas. Beautiful Cathedral Square, the traditional stalls, the stars overhead and the quality of the products sold charm visitors year after year. You will be enchanted too: by traditional craftsmanship, delicious Christmas cookies, aromatic tree ornaments and many arts and crafts of the season. The Salzburg Christmas Market is an experience for all of the senses: the delicate scent of mulled wine envelops the stalls, which offer fine and fanciful, old and new items. Performances by traditional Salzburg choirs and children's groups from Salzburg schools are a magnet for visitors year after year. "Turmblasen", the unparalleled Advent brass concerts, can be heard on Residence Square every Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The "Christkind" at the Salzburg Christmas Market
After enjoying a glass of mulled wine or punch, some people may think they are dreaming when they see figures in white and gold robes with curly hair and feathered wings among the stands. The "Christkind" and its angels will walk through the Christmas Market on the four Saturdays before Christmas between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. The gentle beings enchant visitors when they walk across Cathedral and Residence Square, making children's eyes shine. A hands-on Christkind.
Krampusses and Perchten at the Salzburg Christmas Market
A visit by the Krampusses and Perchten at the Salzburg Christmas Market is wild and not a bit gentle. This is when evil spirits dominate Salzburg's historic city center. Krampusses make many visitors cringe with their Rute (switch made of birch branches), bells and beastly masks. The Krampus traditionally accompanies St. Nicholas, who rewards the good children that behaved. Naughty children are punished by the Krampus, who sometimes swats them with his switch. Some of the visitors may also feel an occasional swat from the Krampus' switch during the Krampus Run around the Cathedral.