St Martin Chalets St Michael Christkindl Christmas Advent Market

Austrian Christmas Holidays

Experience an authentic Austrian Christmas holiday

As some of our first winter guests you’ll enjoy quiet slopes, perfect pistes and stunning Austrian Christmas markets (plus steaming mugs of Glühwein of course!)

Add cosy fireside evenings in your very own romantic Austrian chalet or snowy festive adventures in the great outdoors and you can look forward to an incredible festive holiday!

Read on to get a feel for how wonderful this time of year is in the Lungau region, then pick one of our Winter Packages or take a look at our Austrian Winter Holiday pages to help you build your dream Christmas chalet holiday. Any questions at all or to book, simply contact us.

St Michael Christkindl Advent Market

Just minutes from our Chalets, the village of St Michael im Lungau upholds some of the most fantastic Austrian Christmas traditions that have been lost elsewhere in Austria. A real highlight is the St Michael Christkindl Advent Market ‘Adventzauber’ which is a major event for the local community and it is open each advent weekend leading up to the big day. It’s everything you’d hope for in traditional Austrian Christmas experience, surrounded by snow topped mountains and wonderfully friendly locals!

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!

You must also visit the nearby town of Oberndorf. You might not have heard of it but you will certainly have heard of the world’s most famous carols ‘Silent Night’ or “Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!” It was first performed by the song’s author Josef Mohr and its composer Franz Gruber in Oberndorf’s village church in 1818, now known as the “Silent Night” Chapel. Actually composed for guitar, Joseph Mohr’s guitar can still be seen at Hallein’s Franz Gruber Museum. The Chapel really is must-visit at this time of the year, especially when the Oberndorf Christmas market is taking place (mulled wine and roasted chestnuts guaranteed!).

Mauterndorf Castle

This is another fantastic event at the nearby historical town of Mauterndorf, featuring lots of family friendly activities and festive fun, all set inside this amazing Medieval ‘toll’ castle located on a rocky cliff and dominates the town.

Christmas steam train rides

How about a snowy steam train ride you’ll never forget on the highest-narrow-gauge railway in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburg’s Lungau?! It takes you from Murau to Tamsweg and is certainly a unique experience, especially in the snow!

St Nicholas and Krampuslauf

This is an amazing festive event, where St Nicholas visits the houses of the village’s children who explain how good they’ve been and hopefully secure themselves some nice gifts. But, for the naughty ones a dramatic and somewhat scary mythical creature called Krampus also accompanies St Nicholas to warn and usually punish them. It’s not for the faint hearted as you can see from the video below!

For more about our lovely Christmas markets, plus events and activities that are happening in Lungau over the Christmas and Advent period just visit blog post.

So, with the snow arriving earlier year on year, Christmas really is the time to visit and our little part of the world here in the Austrian region of Lungau. Vibrant and packed full of things to see and do, plus you’ll also have the slopes more or less to yourselves!

Simply visit our Winter Packages to see what fun you can have, skiing, snowboarding and snow biking in the Austrian Alps for all ages!! Or if you’d just like to build your own holiday, we’re ready and waiting to help make it a truly memorable one. Just contact us and we’ll get back to you!

The scary Austrian Krampuslauf festival: