Salzburg Christmas Market 2023

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better place to revel in the holiday spirit than the enchanting city of Salzburg, Austria? 

Brace yourselves for the ultimate celebration at the Salzburg Christmas Market 2023, where the magic of Christmas comes alive. This is one of the oldest and most special Advent markets on the planet. Ready to step into this festive wonderland? Cause we definitely are! 

Salzburg Christmas Market 2023

Don’t miss out on the enchanting details – keep reading to uncover all the festive wonders that await you👇👇👇

📜 Making history 

In the 15th century, the “Tandlmarkt” popped up at Cathedral Square, offering locals all sorts of goodies. Fast forward to the 17th century, this Advent market transformed into the “Nikolaimarkt“, aka Saint Nicholas’ Market, and became one of the most celebrated Advent markets of its time, rivaling those in Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, and Nuremberg. From 1903 to the early 1930s, the Christmas market even cozied up around the cathedral arches. 

🎅 A Christmas Market like no other 

Now, let’s zoom into the present-day Salzburg Christkindlmarkt, kicking off its annual festive charm since 1974. Held in the heart of the Old City, this market officially opens with all the bells and whistles on the Thursday before the first Sunday in Advent. It keeps the festive spirit alive until January 1, giving locals and travelers, like you, a taste of tradition with its cozy huts and twinkling lights. 

Picture this: winding cobblestone streets decorated with festive lights, the scent of cinnamon wafting through the air, and the joyful sounds of carolers in the background. Dreamy, right? 

Salzburg Christmas Market 2023 - a floating neon decoration
Neon-lit magic floats above Salzburg’s Christkindlmarkt, bringing festive cheer

💝 More than shopping 

This is more than a market; it’s an experience. With around 100 stalls, it’s a great spot full of local delights: Austrian specialties, mulled wine, hot punch, handcrafted ornaments, unique gifts for everyone on your list, and festive vibes. The unique atmosphere, traditional huts, and Christmas lighting make it a must-visit. 

Salzburg Christmas Market 2023 - Christmas decorations
Discover the charm of Salzburg’s Christmas markets with these enchanting, handcrafted decorations

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the charm of Augustiner Bräu Salzburg, a perfect complement to your Christmas market adventure, offering a taste of local tradition and culture.

But wait, there’s more! Many daily events like the following keep the holiday spirit alive: 

🎄 Tuesday tunes

Join the “Sing-Along” choir every Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM. It’s not just for pros—everyone’s invited to add their voice to the festive melody! 

🎄 Windful Wednesdays

Experience the magic of traditional wind music every Wednesday at 6 PM, Thursday and Saturday at 6:30 PM. 

🎄 Sunday serenade

Check out the Salzburg “Christ Child” every Sunday at 4 PM. It’s surely a celestial visit! 

🎄 Wonderful Wednesdays for kids

Little ones, gather ’round! Join the Children’s reading with the “Christ Child” every Wednesday at 4 PM for enchanting tales and festive fun.  

🎆 Beyond the Market 

On top of all that, there’s a whole lineup of events to keep you entertained. Sing your heart out every Tuesday, enjoy wind music on Wednesdays, and check out the Salzburg “Christ Child” appearances every Sunday. Plus, a spectacular New Year’s Eve market and fireworks show welcome in the new year. 

Salzburg Christmas Market 2023 - New Year's fireworks in Salzburg
New Year’s fireworks illuminate Salzburg’s skyline, ushering in joy and celebration

While you’re reveling in the festive spirit of Salzburg’s Christmas markets, consider extending your holiday joy with a visit to the nearby ski resorts – the perfect winter wonderland adventure awaits!

✨ Summing up… 

This holiday season, let Salzburg cast its spell on you, and feel the joy and warmth that only Christmas in Austria can bring. Secure your spot at the best Christmas market in Austria and make the most of your holiday getaway. 

Salzburg Christmas Market 2023  

📍 Where: Cathedral and Residenz Square in Salzburg’s historic city center. 
📆 When: from November 23, 2023, until January 1, 2024 

🕰️ Opening times

Mon–Thu 10 AM–8.30 PM 

Fri 10 AM–9 PM 

Sat 9 AM–9 PM 

Sun & holidays 9 AM–8.30 PM 

🎄 Special opening times

24 December, 2023: 9 AM–3 PM 

25&26 December, 2023: 11 AM–6 PM 

27-30 December, 2023: 10 AM–8:30 PM 

31 December, 2023: 10 AM–1 AM 

1 January, 2024: 10 AM–6 PM  

Salzburg Christmas Market 2023: Festive Magic: FAQs

What's special about the Salzburg Christmas Market 2023?

The Salzburg Christmas Market, a historical gem since the 15th century, offers you a unique festive atmosphere. Imagine winding cobblestone streets adorned with festive lights and the scent of cinnamon. From the Thursday before the first Advent Sunday until January 1st, you can explore traditional huts, glowing decorations, and about 100 stalls with local delicacies and handmade gifts.

What kind of events are there at the market?

The market is alive with its daily program: the "Sing-Along" choir every Tuesday, traditional wind music every Wednesday at 6 PM, and Saturday at 6:30 PM, and the Salzburg “Christ Child” appearances every Sunday at 4 PM. For children, there are exciting Christmas stories read every Wednesday at 4 PM.

Can I find unique gifts at the market?

Absolutely! The market offers a variety of handmade ornaments and unique gift ideas. You'll find everything from Austrian specialties to mulled wine, hot punch, and special Christmas decorations.

Are there special attractions for children?

Yes, every Wednesday at 4 PM, there's a children's reading with the “Christ Child.” It's a charming opportunity for the little ones to immerse themselves in festive stories and fun.

What can I experience outside the market in Salzburg?

Besides the market, Salzburg offers a host of events, including singing evenings every Tuesday, wind music on Wednesday, and Sunday appearances of the “Christ Child.” Additionally, there's a spectacular New Year's Eve market and fireworks show to welcome the new year.

🛎️ Where to stay: MEININGER Hotels in Salzburg

Book your stay at the MEININGER Hotel Salzburg City Center, strategically located near the heart of the festivities, and get ready to unwrap the magic of Christmas in the charming city of Mozart. 
Address: Fürbergstraße 18-20, 5020 Salzburg, Austria 

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Located centrally, the MEININGER Hotel Salzburg City Center receives all the visitors who want to follow in the tracks of the child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Only 2.5 kilometres away are the most famous attractions of the city: the birthplace of Mozart in the Getreidegasse, the Mozartplatz and the Festival Hall.

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