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Rattenberger Advent - Main programme

On the four Advent Saturdays take in the authenticity of this special time of the year while listening to traditional music, storytelling and watching the handicraft demonstrations.

Explore one of Tyrol´s most beautiful and romantic Advent markets in the medieval town of Rattenberg. Regional culture is proudly celebrated in traditional handicraft and local culinary fare. The impressive medieval town situated on the River Inn provides the unique setting for this annual event. Fire features an all important role in many cultures and rites. Especially around Advent the importance given to the element Fire comes to light. On the four Advent Saturdays Rattenberg is illuminated solely by candle light, torchlight and open fires. Visitors are drawn to the town by the atmosphere that is created. Bathed in natural light Rattenberg evokes a feeling of warmth and security.

At various stall throughout the town one can buy regional specialities such as the Rattenberg Advent wine, a mulled wine with elderberries served in an original Rattenberg Advent glass. There are no typical Christmas market stalls, the local shops in the medieval town are open instead. A visit to the one of the glass shops is an absolute must. Rattenberg and its glass craft is well known beyond Austria’s borders. Take a moment to watch glass being blown, engraved and painted on.

Advent and candle light

Fire features an all important role in many cultures and rites. Especially around Advent the importance given to the element Fire comes to light. On the four Advent Saturdays Rattenberg is illuminated solely by candle light, torchlight and open fires. Visitors are drawn to the town by the atmosphere that is created. Bathed in natural light Rattenberg evokes a feeling of warmth and security.

Christmas, as it was celebrated in the past

Great importance has been given to the celebration of regional culture, traditional handicraft and culinary specialities relegating kitsch and commercialism out of the town. Listening to music, song and stories and watching craftsman at work brings back memories of the Christmases of our childhood.

Programme Rattenberger Advent:
Friday "the special Advent concert"

29.11.2019, 06.12.2019, 13.12.2019, 20.12.2019

from 4:00 p.m.: romantic Advent walk followed by organ music played in the parish church. Duration: approx 1 hour; meeting point Nail Smith Houses. 

from 3:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.: exhibition "angles in and around rattenberg" at the Augustiner Museum - entry fee € 5,00

As from 5:00 p.m. - concert with live band

30.11. Wildschönauer Gospelchor
07.12. Rat Bat Blue
14.12. Eddy Miller Orchestra

stalls selling regional culinary specialities; the shops in Rattenberg are open.

 

Saturday - the traditional main programme

23.11.2019, 30.11.2019, 07.12.2019, 14.12.2019, 21.12.2019 - € 5,00 (supporting culture) fee as from 1:30 p.m.

as from 2:00 p.m. - Nativity cribs exhibition and traditional handicraft

Children’s programme from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Stars and fairy tale walk - felting, making stars, Spielestraße (games lane): juggling, walking on stilts
  • Christmas bauble blowing at Kisslinger Kristall-Glas
  • Children’s bakery – ginger bread decorating at Café Hacker
  • "Silent Night" - story and photo board
  • Pony rides

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. afternoon programme featuring young artists

Young Tyrolean artists and pupils from the LMS Kramsach and the secondary school (NMS Rattenberg) and from other schools in the region will sing and dance on the main stage.

2:30 - 6:00 p.m.: exhibition "angles in and around rattenberg" at the Augustiner Museum - free admission

4:15 p.m. Rattenberger Herbergssuche (Nativity play) - meeting point: Nail Smiths House and "1000 Lights Square"

  • A group of actors from the Volksschauspielvereins Rattenberg will enact the Rattenberger Herbergssuche (Nativity Play).
    Meeting point: Nail Smiths Houses
  • In the middle of town at the Traubeneck 1.000 lights will illuminate the pretty square

From 5:00 p.m. main programme on stage

Entry of the light bearers, music groups, Tyrolean artists and performers bringing Advent atmosphere to the town.

Handicraft on display at the Rattenberg Advent on Saturdays: Wiagsogschneider (bow saw), Zirbenshop Brixlegg, Korbflechter (basket weaving)

Help support cultural events: as from 1:30 p.m.:

  • EUR 5,00 per person admission fee (free admission for children aged 14 or younger)
  • EUR 4,50 for registered groups with more than 20 people - Registration: rattenberg@alpbachtal.at Tel: +43 5337 212 00 50

 

Sunday - silent advent

24.11.2019, 01.12.2019, 08.12.2019, 15.12.2019, 22.12.2019  - free admission

3:30 - 6:00 p.m. - „Anklöpfler“ and "Weisenbläser" 

a group enacting the Nativity Play and Weisenbläser (musicians) wander through the town. The majority of the shops are open (glass shops), gastronomy (mulled wine, punch etc.) & the candles glow on the many windows sills.

Programme subject to change!

Rattenberger Kultur- & Wirtschaftsförderungsverein. ZVR 823120084

    Event information

    • 23. November - 21. December 2019
    • saturday
      starts at: 14:00 o'clock
    • Event location: Stadt Rattenberg

    Contact

    Rattenberger Kultur- und Wirtschafsförderungsverein
    Parkplatz P1 (Westeingang)
    6240 Rattenberg