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Where the Christ Child meets father Christmas – ADVENT and Christkindlmarkets

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Where the Christ Child meets father Christmas – ADVENT

When the days get shorter and the seasonal lighting lends the town centres a magical athmosphere, you know this time of the year has arrived – the scent of hot spiced wine (Gluehwein), hot wine punch (Punch) gingerbread and caramel is in the air and might awaken some childhood memories in many of us.

For Carinthians, visiting the Christkindlmarkt ist not only a delight for their tastebuds. This is also, where social life happens during Advent. Co-workers meet there for an after work „Gluehwein“, or having their very own, private Christmas party. Parents bring their children at the weekends and discover together what their favourite Christkindlmarkt has to offer. It is also a place for doing some serious Christmas shopping, since a lot, from handcraft to kitsch, can be found and might make the perfect gift for your loved ones.

There is a wide variety of Christkindlmarkets all around Carinthia and depending on where you live, for sure you will find some Christmas magic and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

www.klagenfurt-tourismus.at/Christmas the biggest Christkindl market in Carinthia

www.villacheradvent.at (German and Italian)

Opens its gates on the 21st of November 2014, Monday to Thursday from 10.00 to 19.00 Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 20.00

www.veldener-advent.at/en especially recommended for kids, petting zoo, angel post office, angel boat trip, angel craft room, Blacksmiths, barrel organ player

www.petzen.net Carinthian’s highest situated Christkindlmarket in the Petzen skiing area. After a day of skiing you can relax with a glass of Punch, on three Saturdays in December

www.adventguide.at here you can find almost all Christmas markets, Advent markets and Christkindl markets around your area and Austr

If work or a weekend trip brings you to any other province in Austria, there are a few very popular and traditonal Christmas markets like the one on Rathausplatz in Vienna or Domplatz in Salzburg. Also, the markets in Graz or Innsbruck are charming spots to visit.

www.christkindlmarkt.at

www.christkindlmarkt.co.at/English

www.christkindlmarkt.cc

www.graztourismus.at

There is for sure a lot to check out for you during the next weeks, until, finally, the long wait for Christmas eve is over.

Text by Katja Bulfon