From Nov 28, 2013. Skiing in the best ski resort in the world, exclusive shopping in the picturesque center, combined with the traditional atmosphere provided by the Christmas Market: This is Kitzbühel during Advent – at the foot of the legendary Hahnenkamm.
Skiing in the best ski resort in the world.
Skiing has taken place in Kitzbühel since 1892 and the, “Streif”, the famous downhill ski course, lies in waiting for skiers from all over the world. A network of 51 cable cars and lifts, operated by the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel, allows you to discover and explore the 170 km of perfectly groomed slopes whilst also providing easy access to the 230 km² Freeride area. As a result, in 2013, Kitzbühel was voted as and presented with the award for, “best ski resort in the world”, by Skiresort.de, the world’s largest test portal for ski resorts.
During the festive period, the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühell operates a beautifully decorated Kitzbühel Advent gondola. If you’re lucky you may be able to enjoy a ride in this particular gondola.
Exclusive shopping in Kitzbühel.
Kitzbühel and its picturesque center is the most beautiful “outdoor mall” in Tyrol. Dedicated followers of fashion can find themselves, “hopping”, between internationally renowned designers and the stores of Bogner, Boss, Gucci, Moncler, Prada and Louis Vuitton! However, as well as these more widely known brands, established Kitzbühel, “fashion originals”, such as Sportalm, Frauenschuh, Prader and Helmut Eder offer exclusive and exciting creations of their own.
Kitzbühel Christmas Market.
From November 28th onwards, Kitzbühel is transformed and is reminiscent of a festive scene from a traditional Christmas card. Throughout the snowy town, the scent of mulled wine and gingerbread lingers in the air, signifying it is that time of year again; the Kitzbühel Christmas Market has opened its doors. Numerous stalls abound, serving not only culinary specialties and delicious hot drinks, but also providing the opportunity to purchase unique crafts and fine gift items. This is what puts the meaning into Christmas and reinforces its true meaning.
Kitzbühel Christmas Market Opening hours:
Thursday, November 28th until Sunday, December 1st: 14.00 – 20.00 hours
Thursday, December 5th until Sunday, December 8th: 14.00 – 20.00 hours
Thursday, December 12th until Sunday, December 15th: 14.00 – 20.00 hours
Thursday, December 19th until Thursday, December 26th: 14.00 – 20.00 hours
Attention: Tuesday, December 24th: 10.00 – 14.00 hours
The Kitzbühel Christmas Market provides an excellent daily programme to cater for all ages. For children, there is the hugely popular zoo where they can play with the animals and take pony rides through the market as well as the ever popular letter to Santa Claus that they cannot afford not miss!
Every Sunday from 16.00 – 18.00 hours, there is a mystical torchlight hike with the distinctive storyteller, Reinhard Juen. It is a great opportunity for adults and children alike to hear stories and discover secrets about the legend of Kitzbühel, the Streif and the legendary Hahnenkamm on an evening trip around the Gamsstadt!
Daily programm at the market:
15.00 – 19.00 hours: Pony rides and children’s zoo
14.00 – 20.00 hours: Letter to Santa Claus
16.00 hours: Lighting of the Advent wreath candle ceremony
18.00 – 19.00 hours: Appearance of the local choir and musicians
19.00 – 20.00 hours: Hour of silence to gather one’s thoughts In St Catherine’s Church
20.00 hours: Rosemarie Gasteiger plays the historic organ in St. Catherine’s Church
Weekly program at the market:
Every Thursday at 18.00 hours, the shepherds sing Christmas carols whilst making their way around the market.
Every Saturday at 17.00 hours, Christmas tales and stories are told in the Kitzbühel museum.
Every Saturday from 18.00 hours, selected stores remain open for late night Shopping.
Every Sunday at 16.00 hours, the torchlight hike with storyteller Reinhard Juen
Kitzbühel Advent Highlights:
Saturday, November 30th,18.00 hours, Kitzbühel Christmas Market opening ceremony.
Festive ceremony with brass bands, pastor Mag Struzynski and the highest representatives of Kitzbühel.
Thursday, December 5th, 17.30 hours, Kitzbühel Krampus
From 17.30 hours St Nicholas arrives with small gifts before the terrifying Krampus with their great show and guaranteed scary experiences. Marvel at the Oipen pass and their friends.
Friday, December 6th. 18.00 hours, Arrival of Santa at the Christmas market
Saturday, December 7th, 18.00 hours, Wiltener choir in the centre of Kitzbuehel
The most famous choir in Tyrol will perform to the delight of their fans.
Saturday, December 14th 14.00 hours Large Family Advent Christmas market
Fun, games, stories and lots of surprises in store for the little ones. Cornelia Miedler and Reinhard Juen provide special moments with a shepherds fire, roast apples and a delicious fruit punch for children.
Saturday, December 21st, 19.00 hours “Legends Hoangascht” in the Café Praxmair
Monday, December 23rd, 17.00 hours collection of the Christ Child
Heavenly Advent Rasmushof
Just five minutes from the centre of Kitzbühel, in a very different, more contemplative world. Heavenly Advent Rasmushof takes place directly beneath the finish line of the famous Streif racecourse with regional delicacies such as homemade bread with various spreads, fresh roasted chestnuts and more. On weekends, expect additional traditional highlights: Trumpet players, Carol singers, a children’s afternoon, and the petting zoo.
From November 30th until December 21st.
Walk- in Advent Calendar, Reith
Every day up until Christmas Eve a new, “Christmas Window”, is opened. You are invited to walk together with your family, friends or with your guests through the pre-Christmas Reith, pausing a little, to talk and to rejoice together at Christmas. All of the 24, “Advent windows”, remain lit after opening until January 6th, 2014.
The Walk – in Advent Calendar takes place daily from December 1st to January 6th, between 17.00 – 22.00 hours.
Decorated doors open in Jochberg
Different hosts in private houses, invite you in out of the cold to sit together and engage in cordial discussions. Daily from December 1st to December 23rd, from 16:00 to 18:00 hours.