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In the Tirol in Austria to be precise. We choose the best five on offer. Some continue to the New Year.






From the 28th November 2018, Kitzbühel's cobbled streets are filled with wooden stalls selling traditional crafts and Christmas ornaments, plus festive local food and drink, including mulled wine.

Twinkling fairly lights, beautifully decorated fir trees and the delectable scents of these seasonal foods will get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Children will love the campfires, storytelling at the Kitzbühel Museum and the petting zoo where they can ride ponies.

On 6th December 2018, St Nicholas will give well-behaved girls and boys sweet gifts and there will be several magical concerts during the market's opening.

This includes the re-enactment of the story of ‘Silent Night, Holy Night' to mark the 200th anniversary of the carol.












Think medieval houses and sparking lights beneath the city's famous Golden Roof and the snow-dusted Nordkette mountains.

With circa 70 exhibitors and surrounded by century-old buildings, this is the town's largest and most traditional Christmas market.

Weave your way through the stalls to find unique Christmas tree decorations, traditional wooden toys, beautiful hand-carved nativity scenes and figures and many other lovingly-made examples of Tirolean handicraft.

Don't miss sipping mulled wine beside the Christmas tree when listening to the Turmbläser and trumpeters on the balcony of the Golden Roof, delighting the crowds with atmospheric Christmas songs.

The PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, visited a few years ago... and was pleasantly surprised Wink












Whether you are in search of artisanal, hand-made gifts, stocking up on delicious Austrian delicacies or simply marvelling at the decorations and enjoying the carols.

Seefeld's Christmas market promises the consummate festive celebration.

It runs from 30 November 2018 and located on the main street in the centre of the village, stalls offer work from crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises.

The village of Seefeld is located on a plateau, high above Innsbruck, giving the market an ethereal festive ambiance.

Visitors can take in the rich array of traditional Tirolean entertainment whilst keeping warm with gingerbread and mulled wine.












The z'Bach Mountain Farm Museum serves as host to the Wilschönau Christmas market, starting at the beginning of December 2018.

Well-renowned in the area, the museum showcases a collection of historic farm buildings preserved on a single siteand offers an insight into how families may have lived more than 100 years ago.

This is notably apt given that Christmas is a time spent with family, whilst often reflecting on the past year.

For the first two weekends of Advent Season, the amazing outdoor museum site is transformed into a magical Christmas paradise,with chalets filled with festive gifts and culinary delights.


For younger visitors, the craft workshops in the farmer's parlour, and an atmospheric Christkindl post office, offer some exciting Christmas entertainment.

The whole family can relax and enjoy a traditional performance of the nativity or sing Christmas carols at the Advent Singing event.

It features folk musicians, wind ensembles, a men's choir and the"Auwiesn-Dreigsang" trio, a singing group who play bassoon, harmonica and guitar.











Beginning on 2 December 2018, the Christmas season in Mayrhofen takes place in the ‘Forest Festivity Area'.

It uses the romantic Scheuling Forest to provide a tranquil festive experience; swapping tinsel and shopping malls for peaceful mountain charm.

This year sees the return of the giant, handmade Advent wreath - spanning 3.5 metres in diameter, the wreath provides festive illumination to the celebrations.

Continuing the theme of a more traditional Christmas, guests can sample the local delicacy Zillertaler Krapfen (crispy cheese parcels), accompanied by spicy mulled wine.

Those looking for some hands-on entertainment can visit Kroll's Advent Bakery and learn how to make an authentic Mayrhofen gingerbread angel.

Whilst Christmas in Mayrhofen leans towards a more serene celebration, the Christkind Parade, taking place on 22 December 2018, adds some traditional exuberance to the festivities.










To find out more about the Xmas markets in the Tirol and everything else the area offers then check out its web site here.

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