Christmas and New Year's Eve in Innsbruck

Christmas time in Innsbruck? Maybe one of the best times of the year to visit Innsbruck. All the Christmas markets are open, you can smell roasted almonds and cinnamon everywhere, what a perfume! If you are looking for a very special Christmas present, you will find it here. And if you want to taste some typical food and specialities from the Tyrol, just do it - and don't forget to have the hot spiced wine or punch to warm you up!


By the middle of November, with the opening of the Christmas markets, Innsbruck offers lots of events: advent and Christmas concerts, a Christmas flea market, brass music on the tower - many of these events are free of charge.


Another spectacular highlight of this winter is the Lightshow MAX 500 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death day of Emperor Maximilian I. An imposing and elaborate 3D lightshow which transforms the facade of the Imperial Palace to a canvas and enchants visitors with visual and audio effects. Amazement guaranteed! The show takes place several times a day. Click here for the folder.


All fans of wintersports can enjoy skiing in the near skiing areas such as the Stubai glacier, where you will find perfect snow conditions. Skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, winter hiking or sightseeing - there is something for everybody!





In the immediate vicinity of our hotel you will find many good restaurants. Our hotel does not have its own restaurant. Please remember to reserve a table in advance - especially for dinner on the 24th of December and for 25th of December - as there are only a few restaurants open on these days.

Our hotel has a nice and cosy bar, open daily from 6.00 pm, where you can relax and enjoy all types of drinks. We also offer small snacks.

Restaurant recommendations for December 24th, 2018

Tip for a festive Christmas Dinner:


The Weinhaus Happ is a typical Tyrolean restaurant in a traditional style, it is located in the midst of the Old Town about 5 minutes walk from our hotel. On the evening of the 24th of December, a festive Christmas menu is offered for € 51,00 per person. Get details here.



On the evening of December 24 also opened:


A typical pizzeria with a big choice of pizza and pasta just a 3-minute walk from our hotel.


The Hard Rock Cafe Innsbruck is about 7 minutes walking from our hotel and offers burgers and American classics.

Restaurant recommendations for December 25th, 2018


The cozy Tyrolean-style restaurant with fine cuisine is located in a historic building in the old town, just a 2-minute walk from our hotel.

Restaurant recommendations for December 31st, 2018

A typical Tyrolean restaurant located in the old town (about 5 minutes away from our hotel). On December 31st a festive Silvester Gala Menu will be served at the rate of appr. € 70,00 per person. Details about the menu are available in early December and will be posted here as soon as available.

Here you will find the opening hours and contact addresses of other restaurants in Innsbruck [view details].

Opening Hours

24 December (Christmas Eve)

The Christmas market at Maria-Theresien-Straße is open from 11 am to 3 pm. Cafès, restaurants, shops and museums close between 2 and 4 pm. Some museums (Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, Court Church, Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art) offer free entrance on December 24th.

25 December (Holiday)

Shops, Christmas market and most museeums are closed.

26 December (Holiday)

Shops are closed. Christmas market and museeums are opened.

31 December (New Years Eve)

Shops and museums close around 2 pm. The Christmas market at Maria-Theresien-Straße stays open until 9 pm.

1 January (Holiday)

Shops and museums are closed. The Christmas market is open.


Christmas Eve

In the afternoon of December 24th the town turns quiet. This is a good opportunity to take a stroll in town and enjoy the festive Christmas atmosphere. At 5 pm you can listen to a brass ensemble playing from the balcony of the Golden Roof. And to warm up after your walk you can take a hot drink in our cosy hotel bar (open after 6 pm).

Christmas masses on December 24th:
  6.00 pm: mass in English at the Jesuits Church
11.00 pm: Pfarrkirche Mariahilf (350 meters from our hotel)

11.30 pm: Cathedral of St. Jacob


Christmas masses for children:
4.00 pm: Pfarrkirche Mariahilf (350 meters from our hotel)
5.00 pm: Cathedral of St. Jacob

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve in Innsbruck is a huge party: live music in Old Town and the Marktplatz starts at 9 pm, there are also indoor parties in many bars and restaurants, where you can also celebrate with a big gala dinner. The biggest indoor party takes place at Innsbruck Congress Hall.


At midnight you can watch the fabulous fireworks and listen to the Blue Danube Waltz, which is played all over Austria.


New Year's Eve on top of a mountain? What an experience! The Patscherkofel cablecar easily takes you up to 1.395 meters. Enjoy delicacies in the "Das Kofel Restaurant", in the "Das Hausberg Restaurant" or in the "Schutzhaus Patscherkofel" with a unique view of Innsbruck. For further information, please contact our reception. Do not hesitate too long, the tickets are sold out quickly!

New Year's Concert

The world famous New Year's concert performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker orchestra  is the highlight of the turn of the year. For decades the famous Wiener Philharmoniker orchestra have been performing their bright and at the same time reflective program with music by famous Austrian composers, mainly Strauss. For the second time this unique concert will be transmitted live on a big screen in the romantic Old Town of Innsbruck, just in front of the Golden Roof. Come and enjoy, you will love it!
January 1st, 2019 - 11:15 a.m. - Golden Roof, Old Town



The Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra will perform their New Year's Concert at Innsbruck Congress Hall.
January 1st, 2019 - 5 p.m.  - Innsbruck Congress Saal Tirol [Tickets]