While visiting Klagenfurt on a day trip from Ljubljana, I was particularly struck by the beauty of Lake Wörthersee and the mountains that surround it. Within the city’s historic centre is Neuer Platz, the location of Klagenfurt Christmas Market and the most festive experience in the Carinthia region.
Klagenfurt Christmas Market 2022
Klagenfurt is decorated with lights from the historic centre to the lake during the entire Advent period. There are two main Christmas markets in Klagenfurt, the main market on Neuer Platz and a smaller market on Domplatz. There’s also the musical Peaceful Advent, a one-day event in December.
Klagenfurt Christmas Market dates: 19th November to 24th December 2022.
Opening times: 10am to 8pm, closes at 2pm on the 24th December.
Location: Neuer Platz
Reason to visit: The Christmas lights that decorated the Renaissance old town buildings all the way to the lake shore.
Where to stay: Hotel Sandwirth is located on the same street as the Christmas market.
Hotels near Klagenfurt Christmas Market
The historic centre of Klagenfurt is located inland from Lake Wörthersee and is known as Innere Stadt. This is where you’ll most likely want to stay as there are many sights and places to eat out and it’s within walking distance of the Christmas market.
I suggest staying at Hotel Sandwirth as it’s a 2-minute walk to Neuer Platz and the main Christmas market, while Domplatz is a further 3 minutes.
Alternatively, my guide to hotels near Klagenfurt Christmas Market lists several well-located hotels covering all budgets.
Location of Klagenfurt Christmas Market
Domplatz Christmas Market
Domplatz Christmas Market dates: 19th November to 24th December 2022.
Opening times: Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 6:30pm.
This is a one-day musical event in December.
Peaceful Advent date: 3rd December 2022.
Start time: 4pm.
Visit Klagenfurt has information regarding events, day trips, outdoor activities and the best ways to experience Klagenfurt at Christmas.
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Sustainable Travel Tips
Our choices have an environmental and social impact on the places we visit. When visiting the Christmas markets, keeping sustainability in mind is important.
Implement some or all of these responsible travel measures during your visit.
- Shop mindfully. Only purchase what you really need.
- Walk, cycle and use public transport to get around.
- Stay in a sustainable hotel powered by renewable energy.
- Stay in hotels. Short-stay apartment accommodation can lead to a lack of affordable housing for locals.
- Avoid using plastic or buying items made or packaged with plastic.
- Try to eat locally sourced organic food where possible.
- Limit your consumption of meat and dairy.
- Be open to diverse cultures and experiences.
- Explore more than just the main tourist areas.
- Support the arts and attend local events.
- Visit fewer places but stay longer at each destination.
There are two Christmas markets in Klagenfurt as well as the Peaceful Advent event.
19th November to 24th December 2022.
The Christmas market opens at 10am daily.
The Christmas market closes at 8pm daily except on 24th December when it closes at 2pm.
If you have visited Klagenfurt in winter or want to leave a review of the Christmas market, feel free to comment below. This helps others who are interested in visiting and are trying to plan their holiday.
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