Atmospheric Advent

When you holiday in Carinthia, numerous traditional events and festivals ensure that getting to know the region and people is not overlooked either. So the Carinthian Advent offers many opportunities for getting in the mood for the festive period.

Cooperation throughout Carinthia by five regions and seven Advent markets is sure to provide atmospheric experiences, for instance “Advent above the clouds” at the Pyramidenkogel, the circular Advent trail on the Katschberg far away from kitsch and commerce, or Velden am Wörthersee, known as the town of the angels, which has an extensive children’s programme. At the Advent markets in Villach and Klagenfurt am Wörthersee you will find handicrafts from Carinthia, while the culinary treats and atmospheric concerts also cast their spell over visitors. The mountain Advent in Bad Kleinkirchheim is very popular with the locals and holiday visitors alike.

Christkindlmarkt in Klagenfurt

Silent advent in Pörtschach

Advent in Velden

Christkindlmarkt in Klagenfurt

Christmas market in Klagenfurt


Winter time in Carinthia means a time for tradition, peace and meditation. Christmas in Carinthia also means to smell the aroma of freshly-baked cookies and green pines, to walk through the Christmas market in one's warmest clothing and to warm yourself up with mulled wine.

The specialities in the traditional calendar include the custom of knocking on doors and asking for refreshments in the Gegend Valley, and Christmas trees are plunged into several lakes. A particularly nice spot for contemplation and forgetting about everyday life is Kap 4613 on Lake Millstätter See, where a floating Christmas terrace serves as a backdrop.

Perchten im Lesachtal


During the so-called "Perchtenlauf," the atmosphere is not so romantic and quiet. The "Perchtenlauf" always takes place in the beginning of December in different villages in all Carinthian regions (e.g. 25.11.2017 Klagenfurt, 1.12.2017 Villach, 3.12.2017 Velden) during which men disguise themselves with fearful devil's masks and run screaming among the crowd under the sound of cow bells.

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