Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 Graz Christmas Market

Christmas time in Graz is really beautiful. First, there's the traditional Christmas markets which are always fun. With all of the lights and the cold weather it really puts one in the Christmas mood.

Then there's the Grazer Krippenweg (Graz Nativity Trail). As part of the Advent festivities, the shops on Stempfergaße street put up lights and roll out the red carpet.
Many of the stores incorporate various types of nativity scenes in their window displays. Participating stores have a gold star but sometimes the challenge is finding the manger scene in the window.

The real draw is the Eiskrippe (ice crib). Since 1996, sculptor Gert Hödl has been producing life-sized ice nativity scenes in the Landhaus courtyard. This year's nativity scene used 54 tons of ice. The design varies a bit each year so it is always unique. It remains on display until January 6th. Here's a video from CCTV that I found out on YouTube.

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