Creating a unique Christmas party represents the biggest challenge in any event planner’s calendar. Booked venues, eye-watering hire fees and much of a muchness concepts – Christmas party planning is painful. So why not escape to where Christmas is fresh and authentic, where snow replaces the spray-on artificial version and venues offer relaxed space and everyday prices?

As much for the locals, as the visitors, most Christmas markets in the Alps consist of festive stalls, erected in town or village centres, serving hot food and drinks around blazing fire baskets. The scent of Glühwein and traditional music fill the air to create, a fantastic atmosphere and there are few locations to compete with the feel of a Christmas market setting in the mountains.


For skiers, Christmas markets offer a great communal meeting point after the lifts have stopped for the day. For non-skiers, the lunchtime openings at the bigger locations mean that Christmas markets can be an afternoon activity. Christmas markets tend to be public spaces, and this is part of the charm of them, but market stalls and trappings can also be arranged on private property to create private Christmas market experiences.

Christmas markets run from mid / late November through to Christmas in many locations in the Alps. Cities such as Salzburg and Innsbruck operate numerous Christmas markets throughout the city centres, whereas smaller Christmas markets in villages such as Lech am Arlberg or Mayrhofen offer wonderfully intimate markets is stunning settings.


The medieval centre of Kitzbühel is a labyrinth of streets with people huddling arounds stalls and open fires. The Kitzbühel Christmas market exudes charm, style and atmosphere and the fantastic Kitzbühel nightlife is just steps away, once the stalls have closed for the night.


Offering several Christmas markets across the Old Town, visitors can wander between the various markets, before heading into one of the fine restaurants or atmospheric bars of the historic centre.


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