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:
PIZZERIA MAMA MIA
A typical pizzeria with a big choice of pizza and pasta just a 3-minute walk from our hotel.
HARD ROCK CAFE
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
Restaurant recommendations for December 31st, 2018
Here you will find the opening hours and contact addresses of other restaurants in Innsbruck [view details].
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 7 pm.
1 January (Holiday)
Shops and museums are closed. The Christmas market is open.
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
Experience an atmosphere of enjoyment throughout the city! When strolling through the Old Town in the afternoon you can buy the one or the other good luck charm for your loved ones.
At 9 pm the huge party in the city centre starts! Several bands and colorful shows liven up the streets. There are also indoor parties with live music going on in some bars and many restaurants offer an exclusive New Year's Eve Gala Menu.
At midnight you can watch the fireworks and listen to the Blue Danube Waltz, which is played all over Austria.
After the fireworks the party is far away from over! At Innsbruck Congress Hall the largest indoor New Year's Eve party in Austria takes place and welcomes you to celebrate and dance until the early morning.
New Year's Eve on top of a mountain
What an experience with a unique view of the city! The Patscherkofel cablecar easily takes you up to the top of the Patscherkofel mountain at 1.395 meters. Up there you can enjoy delicacies in the restaurant while a live band offers good entertainment. Here's more information.
New Year's Concert
In Innsbruck you have the opportunity to enjoy a New Year's concert twice:
The world-famous and popular New Year's Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is rightly considered a highlight at the turn of the year. The concert will be broadcast live on a big screen and you can watch and listen the fascinating music of the Strauss Dynasty. Come and enjoy, you will love it!
1st January 2019 - 11:15 am - in front of the "Haus der Musik"
The Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra performs their New Year's Concert at Innsbruck Congress Hall.
1st January 2019 - 5:00 pm - Saal Tirol [Tickets]