Enchanting Star Advent

Star Advent Zell am See-Kaprun

Enchanting Star Advent: The magical time before Christmas in Zell am See-Kaprun

Snow-covered mountains, crystal clear water, sparkling stars in the sky and the streets – the pre-Christmas time in Zell am See-Kaprun, held under the motto „Stars“, is full of festive atmosphere and a real treat to guests in the Christmas season. As the only region in Austria, we offer an advent experience between glacier, mountain and lake. In the picturesque alleys you will find artistic decorations, lovingly adorned stalls serving tasty tidbits and traditional craftsmanship which will warm your heart. Even Lake Zell will be ablaze with sparkling star decorations floading in the crystal clear water.

Magical Christmas Markets Zell am See: Pure Christmas Bliss

From Thursday, 24th of November until Monday, 26th of December, on all four weekends leading up to Christmas, the Magical Christmas Market opens its gates and welcomes you with its peaceful atmosphere. More than 20 huts create a perfect scenery for a Christmassy stroll. Gorgeous woodwork and toys, deliciously spiced mulled wine, freshly baked Christmas cookies, roasted almonds and home-knitted products are awaiting you. The market is rounded off by musical performances and numerous events for children.

Opening times

Thursday & Friday | between 03.00 PM and 08.00 PM
Saturday & Sunday | between 12.00 AM and 08.00 PM

24. December 2016 | between 10.00 AM and 02.00 PM
25.+26. December 2016 | between 12.00 AM and 08.00 PM

Local tradition: Krampus-Procession, Christmas Tree Diving and Dance of the Tresterer

Guests have the opportunity to indulge in many different local customs during the Christmas season in Zell am See-Kaprun. During the annual „Krampus-Procession“ at the beginning of December visitors can witness shaggy, gruesome creatures which accompany Saint Nicholas with loud bell-ringing and noise while pushing their way through the old streets of Zell am See, Kaprun and the surrounding communities. According to the legend, good children will be given presents to by Saint Nicholas, while the naughty ones are being punished by his scary companions, the Krampuses.  

Another event is the „Christmas Tree Diving“ on the 25th of December. During this event, an entire Christmas tree is sank 15 metres deep into Lake Zell, before the divers of the Water Rescue Association bring it back up. Meanwhile further divers form a torch-lit circle on the water surface. Accompanied by festive music, the Christmas tree is brought back to the lake shore.

A few days later, guests have the opportunity to watch the Tresterer welcome the New Year during the „Dance of the Tresterer“. Tresterer are symbolic figures with a long history. They wear expensive garments and crowns with golden ornaments topped with rooster feathers. By performing traditional dances they hope for a rich harvest as well as good luck, health and the expulsion of bad spirits.  

Musical Star Advent-Tour

Enjoy a Star Advent-Tour through the traditional Zell am See in the pre-Christmas time. On this magical walk, you are accompanied by tranquil music. At Lake Zell, you can look forward to a magical, swimming Advent decoration composed of numerous sparkling stars.


02. December 2016
09. December 2016
16. December 2016
23. December 2016
Meeting area: at 05.30 PM at town square Zell am See

Musical Star Advent

Every Saturday in Advent, you can enjoy the musical Star Advent in the winterly Zell am See-Kaprun. The Advent Music will put you in the right mood for the upcoming Christmas festival and you can relax with Christmas sounds in the wonderful holiday region Zell am See-Kaprun.


26. November 2016 | 06.00 PM
"Is scho stüh uman See" Advent singing with the "Bürgermusik" Zell am See
at the MS Schmittenhöhe, Boat stop Esplanade Zell am See*

*(Limited attendace! Registration required until 24.11.2016: Local brass music Zell am See | chairman Robert Buchner; 0043 664 286567 | obmann@bm-zellamsee.at )

03. December 2016 | 08.00 PM
"Pinzgauer Adventsingen"
at the Ferry Porsche Congress Center Zell am See

10. December 2016 | 06.30 PM
"Advent concert of the Kiwanis Club"
 at the church Zell am See "St. Hippolyt"

17. December 2016 | 08.00 PM
"Is scho stüh uman See" Advent singing with the "Bürgermusik", "Liedertafel", church choir and the Musikum Zell am See
at the church Zell am See "St. Hippolyt"

Varied Events during the enchanting Star Advent

Beside of many traditional arrangements, there is a vast variety of further events guests can visit. One highlight is the Christmas market in the castle of Kaprun. Beautiful stalls with crafts and local delicacies await you amidst the medieval castle walls and courtyard.

The traditional "Pinzgauer Adventsingen" at the Ferry Porsche Congress Center in Zell am See is a well-known music-highlight and will take place on 3rd of December 2016!  

Star Advent on Lake Zell

Something you should not miss out on are the atmospheric Star-boat tours: numerous swimming stars on Lake Zell create an incomparable, festive atmosphere, which you can experience while walking along the lakeside of Lake Zell or during a Star Advent boat tour.

You can enjoy a Star Advent boat tour on every Saturday in the Advent and during the Christmas holidays.

The Star Advent boat tours start at the Esplanade Zell am See on the dates mentioned below and the round trip takes about 50 minutes. Mulled wine, hot punch, Christmas cookies and a stunning view onto the surrounding mountains and snowy glacier will really get you in the Christmas mood.


26. November 2016 | 03.00 PM, 04.00 PM & 05.00 PM
03. December 2016 | 03.00 PM, 04.00 PM & 05.00 PM
08.- 10. December 2016 | 03.00 PM, 04.00 PM & 05.00 PM
17. December 2016 | 03.00 PM, 04.00 PM & 05.00 PM

24. December 2016 | 02.00 PM, 03.00 PM & 04.00 PM

25.& 26. December 2016 | 03.00 PM, 04.00 PM & 05.00 PM

Starting point: Boat Stop MS Schmittenhöhe, Esplanade

Christmas Market at the Kaprun Castle
09.-11. December 2016

Besides the many traditional Christmas events, there is vast variety of further events guests can visit. One highlight is the Christmas market at the castle of Kaprun. It offers Advent exhibitions with more than 30 exhibitors, entertainment, traditional Krampus-processions, kids programme, "art & culture" in the towers and best cuisine of the Pinzgau.

Opening Times

Friday, 09.12.2016: between 05.00 PM and 08.00PM
Saturday & Sunday, 10.&11.12.2016: between 01.00 PM and 08.00PM


Friday: 06.00 PM Opening with the "Musikkapelle Kaprun" and the "Kitz Kids"
Saturday: 06.30 PM Charity concert with "Göko & Co"
Sunday: 06.30 PM Charity concert with "Johanns Erben"

Free entrance!

Star Advent Calendar
Here you can find all Events in Advent in Zell am See-Kaprun

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