Music deliberately "unplugged" - harmonious tones from brass ensembles, choirs, traditional "Klöpfl" singers and local music groups spread Christmas cheer and turn the Mayrhofen Forest Festival Area into a place to meet and mingle.
Craftsmen and women present their traditional wares at the many stands: e.g. wood carvings, classic nativity scenes and "Doggln" - handmade felt slippers that are particularly popular in winter - and much more.
The seductive smell of Christmas cookies, mulled wine, tea, punch, hot chestnuts, "Zillertaler Krapfen - savoury crepes" and "Kiachl doughnuts", ... tempt visitors to sample some of the refreshments offered at the food stalls.
During Advent, festively decorated windows herald the coming Christmas celebrations in Mayrhofen.
24 local businesses, associations and families provide a very special ambience in the run up to Christmas, with beautifully decorated Advent windows. A new window is opened every day, turning the whole village into a giant Advent calendar by Christmas.
The Advent windows are illuminated every day from the 1st day in Advent to New Year's Eve from 18.00 to 22.00 hrs.
Visitors will be able to enjoy healthy organic tea, organic wine, organic spices as well as natural products made by local farmers such as smoked sausage, farmhouse bread cheese and much more. Handicrafts & accessories made from natural materials, tempting local treats such as "Zillertaler Krapfen", sweet and savoury Zillertal donuts, bacon, liqueurs, schnapps, jewellery, knitwear, "Doggeln" (handmade felt slippers). All this and more can be found at the various stands at the Mayrhofner Advent.
Mayrhofner Advent will welcome Mr Raimund Kollreider and his wife Sigrid for the third time this year. He will be giving visitors a peek behind the scenes in the world of a blacksmith on 14th, 15th & 16th Dec. 2018.
Using his forge, coal, an anvil, blacksmith tings and different sized hammers, he will demonstrate how a simple piece of iron can be turned into the most beautiful things such as: horseshoes, candle holders, door runners and much more.
As in previous years, the well-known musician from the former “Schürzenjäger” band and painter, Alfred Eberharter, will be exhibiting his latest works.
The exhibition is open during the advent at Minigolf Mayrhofen (next to Mayrhofner Advent).
OPENING TIMES (1th to 22nd December 2018)
Thursday till Sunday from 16.00 to 20.00 hrs
Admission is free!
Mayrhofner Advent Angels - the best thing since sliced (ginger)bread!
Discover the pleasure-filled world of gingerbread and marzipan whilst baking your very own Mayrhofner Advent Angel. Create you very own gingerbread angel from grandma's kitchen and savour the inimitable aroma of this deliciously sweet dessert!
from 17.00 to 20.00 hrs
fee per child: € 5,-
The holy St Nicholas will be visiting the Mayrhofen Advent at the Waldfestplatz again this year, and bringing all the good little boys and girls a bag of treats.
DATE: 7th December 2018 at 17.00 hrs
Children's eyes light up in joyful anticipation when Christkindl arrives at the Forest Festival Area with his angels on 22nd December 2018.
A small petting zoo at the Forest Festival Area allows children to snuggle up to the animals.
Children are also given the opportunity to design their own letter and send it to Santa. Maybe even include their wish-list for what they hope to find under the Christmas tree on the 24th December.
from 17.00 to 19.00 hrs