With its traditional feel and cosy ambience, Salzburg’s Christmas Market (Christkindlmarkt) is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. The beautiful Cathedral (Domplatz), the rustic stalls, starry sky and the rich variety of wares on offer enchant visitors anew each year. Prepare to be enthralled: from traditional crafts to the finest Christmas treats, fragrant Christmas tree decorations and many pieces of art, it’s a true celebration of Christmas. The Christmas Market in Salzburg (Christkindlmarkt) is an experience for all the senses: the finest aroma of mulled wine hangs in the air as the stalls glitter with old, new, playful and sophisticated treasures. Performances by traditional Salzburg choirs and children’s groups from Salzburg schools always draw a crowd each year. Each Saturday, the Salzburger “Turmbläser” play a fanfare at 18:30 on Residence (Residenzplatz).
After a few glasses of mulled wine or punch, you might think you’re dreaming. Suddenly, figures appear dressed in white and gold, with feathered wings and golden ringlets. The Christ child and his angels visit the atmospheric Christmas market four Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas from 15:30 to around 18:30. This apparition is sure to impress any visitors as they stroll around Cathedral (Domplatz) and Residence (Residenzplatz), and bring a smile to any child’s face. See the Christ child in person.
The mood when Krampus and other Pagan figures visit the Christmas Market is not quite as heavenly, but definitely a lot wilder. Salzburg’s Old Town is overrun by fierce characters. With their rods, bells and scary masks, these Krampus figures can terrify onlookers. Krampus’ original task was to follow St Nicholas, who rewarded good children. Krampus would then beat bad children with his rod.
As the Krampus parade makes its way around the cathedral, visitors should watch out for their rods!