St. Nikolaus Day– Dec 6th -St.Nikolaus goes around to visit children to ask if they have been good or bad,if they love their parents and siblings and are given candy and small gifts. Sometime – Schwarze Peter will accompany him with a switch and as the story goes – take away the bad kids. Krampus – bad spirits adopted from ancient pagan traditions to chase the winter spirits away. They have fur costumes and with scary masks. Some young men will run through the streets scaring and maybe even swatting those they catch with a switch. Young women they know are usually their object.
During Advent trees, shops, city streets and town Squares are decorated in seasonal ornaments, lights and Christmas trees. The merry bustle of the cities and towns with their Christmas Markets fill the streets with cozy wonderful sights, sounds and smells – a warm feeling! Festive scents of punch and toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts, freshly baked apples, plenty of perfect stocking stuffers – gingerbread hearts, nativity figures, tree ornaments, toys and warm woollies.
Visiting Austria during this time of year is a Christmas trip you will cherish.
Austria was John Denver’s favourite place to be during Advent.
The setting of the Austria Alps and culture steeped in the Catholic tradition with the quaint onion domed churches and grand cathedrals, the peeling bells/ Glocken, many carols, Christmas Markets with their many stands and outdoor gathering are just a delight to visit – Enjoy!
Please see our self-guided tours- Christmas Markets Austrian Advent Itineraries: