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Christmas Season in Graz Graz  Austria

Christmas Season in Graz

Advent, the month before Christmas, holds great significance in all of Austria, but the city of Graz takes holiday spirit to a whole different level. The entire city is transformed into a glowing winter wonderland, with ornate light decorations suspended between the Baroque facades and seasonal market stands popping up on every corner. On the main square, a giant Christmas tree rivals the towers of the City Hall in size and splendor and the waffle stand fills the air with a smell of brown sugar and cinnamon. The traditional advent calendar is projected onto the Rathaus and turns the square into what looks like a colorful art installation. Visit the life-size nativity scene made entirely out of ice, or see one of the many Christmas concerts around the city. Try a mug of the typical mulled wine or Christmas punch, which will warm you up when the snowflakes start to fall. Look around at the red-nosed children and bright windows, or close your eyes and just listen for a faint Christmas carol to be whispered your way.