Advent is a special time of year in Tirol. Many traditions long forgotten in other places are still celebrated here. These range from the "Anklöpfler", groups of men who visit houses in their neighbourhood to sing Christmas carols, to the arrival of the "Christ child" bringing presents for children. Tirol is a place where Christmas has preserved its true meaning.
The best place to experience the true meaning of Christmas is at the Christmas markets in Innsbruck, Lake Achensee, Hall in Tirol, Kitzbühel, Kufstein, Lienz, Rattenberg, Seefeld and St. Johann in Tirol. All of these markets are part of the initiative "Advent in Tirol", which sets high standards not only when it comes to the traditional appearance of the markets but also when it comes to the produce sold at the stands and stalls.
Each market has its own programme of events for children, ranging from arts & crafts to make-your-own-cookies workshops, traditional carousels and even a "Fairytale Street" featuring lots of characters from well-known fairytales. Markets are encouraged to be independent and creative, meaning each visit to one of the "Advent in Tirol" Christmas markets is a unique experience.