Advent like it used to be
Already in its 9th year, the Advent is hugely popular with both visitors and residents of Mayrhofen. Spending quality time with family and friends, is one of the best Christmas presents you can get. Combine this with happiness, peace and tranquillity, and good food and drink, and you have the perfect Christmas package. For me, the Mayrhofen Advent offers the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate all of these things. Romantic candlelight, flickering open fires, rustic wooden benches covered with snuggly furs and blankets, and gentle music transforms Mayrhofen’s Waldfestplatz (forest festival arena) into something truly special.
Top Tip: This year, our hand-crafted advent wreath with a diameter of 3.5m will once again provide an atmospheric centrepiece to the advent celebrations.
Illuminated by torch lights
Lit by glowing candlelight, leads us from the bright Christmas lights of Mayrhofen high street, along the narrow “Edergassl” path and past the swimming pool to the Waldcafe. Arriving at the Advent, we find ourselves surrounded by local Christmas traditions, bringing back happy childhood memories and captivating adults and children alike.
Top Tip: Visit the Strasser Häusl in Laimach. The home of the Strasser singers tells the story of a song that travelled the world. The house in Laimach where the family used to live is now a lovingly-kept museum and a fascinating step back in time.
Eat, drink and be merry …
The Advent is a chance for local stallholders to show off their culinary skills. At the many huts around the Waldfestplatz, we find everything our hearts (or rather our stomachs!) desire to quench our thirst and sate our hunger. Local delicacies include “Kiachl” (served savoury with sauerkraut or sweet with cranberries), sweet “Krapfen”, warming barley soup and, not forgetting my favourite speciality, “Zillertaler Krapfen”.
Together with my friends and family, we move from hut to hut, sampling a little of everything whilst shopping at the stalls for Christmas presents. Afterwards, we relax in the warmth of an open fire to enjoy a glass of mulled wine, Christmas punch or a good wine whilst listening to the soft music of the choir and brass band.
After all, Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry!
Traditional arts and crafts
From lovingly created handicrafts and traditional bricolage to Christmas presents and local food delicacies, the Advent offers a wide range of unique products: teas, essential oils, herbs and spices, smoked foods, “Doggln” (traditional handmade slippers), nativity scenes and figures, jewellery, artwork, bags, angels carved from driftwood, homemade jams, chocolates and pralines, organic toiletries, advent wreathes, scented cushions, felt slippers, dolls beds, woven baskets, candles, wooden bowls and lamps, ceramic crafts, Christmas biscuits, “Zelten” cake, smoked hams, farmer’s bread, honey and much more….
Around the dancing open fires, the rousing sounds of choirs, carol singers and brass bands ensure a festive mood. This year, you can expect music from the Gerlos “Klöpfelsänger”, Mayrhofen brass band, the Brandberg village band, Stubai Alpine Horn Players, Ziller Valley Clarinet School, Mayrhofen men’s choir, SAMsing choir, Hart brass band, Trio Alpin, Sine Nomine choir, Ziller Valley brass band, Hippach women’s choir, a brass band and clarinet quartet from Abtei as well as musical performances and carol singers from Mayrhofen’s school and Kindergarten.
The shining eyes of happy children
Mayrhofen Advent also offers plenty to capture the imagination of children such as a petting zoo and Kröll’s advent bakery. After all, for us parents there is nothing better than to see our children’s eyes shining with the magic of Christmas.
Top Tip: The “Mayrhofen Advent Angel” – a delicious gingerbread biscuit made at the Konditorei Kröll in Hippach can be individually decorated by children. At 5pm on the 7th December, St Nicholas and his angels will be at the Waldfestplatz to give out presents to the children.
The festive atmosphere and the promise of a peaceful, traditional advent celebration is what makes Mayrhofen Advent so special. Come and see for yourself…