Der Altöttinger Christkindlmarkt im Advent mit Schnee.
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The Altötting Christkindlmarkt

Every year, the Altötting Christkindlmarkt [Christmas market] conjures up a very special atmosphere in the centre of the pilgrimage town during the Advent season. The beautifully decorated stalls, the chains of lights and candles and the scent of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and cinnamon stars make the hearts of all visitors beat faster. It comes as no surprise that the market is a very special insider tip for a group tour to one of the Christmas markets in Bavaria.

The Altötting Christkindlmarkt 2018 takes place from 24 November to 16 December. The opening hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday from 2 pm to 8 pm
Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm

Your group can visit the Altötting Christkindlmarkt free of charge!

Der Altöttinger Christkindlmarkt am Kapellplatz in abendlicher Stimmung.

Alpine-Style Altötting Advent Concert

The traditional Alpine-style Altötting Advent Choral Concert is always an outstanding musical event in the pre-Christmas season. Well-known vocal and instrumental groups from Altötting, Salzburg and Upper Bavaria play on Saturday 1 December, Wednesday 5 December, Saturday 8 December, Wednesday 12 December and Saturday 15 December 2018 at 7 pm at the festively decorated St. Anne Basilica.

Contact us to order group tickets for the Altötting Advent Choral Concert:

Wallfahrts- und Tourismusbüro
Phone: 08671 5062-19
Email: gruppen@altoetting.de

Das Altöttinger Adventsingen mit der Liedertafel und den Alphornbläsern im Vordergrund.

More Adventsconcerts

Many other local ensembles, such as the chapel boys’ choir and the church girls’ choir, the Alötting traditional costume society or the Bach Choir know how to put listeners in the spirit of Advent during this most beautiful time of the year. The Altötting Christmas market also attracts many well-known guest stars to Altötting, such as the well-known singer Oswald Sattler, who will  performat the Stiftspfarrkirche, and the renowned actress Senta Berger, who will visit the pilgrimage town on 16 December 2018 and read contemplative and inspiring Advent stories as part of the Great Advent Concert by the Bad Tölz Boys’ Choir.

Nativity Scene Tradition in Altötting

The nativity scene tradition has been preserved in Altötting for more than 400 years and is inseparably linked to the Christmas season. Initially, nativity scenes used to be a "pedagogical instrument" mainly used by the Jesuits in their pastoral ministry. Legend has it that the first nativity scene was shown in Altötting as far back as 1601. This beautiful custom is still observed today, and there are numerous lovingly designed annual nativity scenesin the Stiftspfarrkiche and the Friedhofskirche St. Michael. At the town hall you can see an impressive nativity scene presented by the town with figurines dressed in local costumes. Also, a wooden nativity scene greets the numerous visitors in front of the basilica each year. Moreover, a very active association, the "Altöttinger Krippenfreunde", is once again organising a large nativity scene exhibition at the Christmas Market 2019.

Die Weihnachtskrippe mit Schnee vor der Altöttinger Basilika St. Anna.

FOOD VOUCHERS for Groups Visiting the Altötting Christkindlmarkt

You can order vouchers for a snack, mulled wine or another hot beverage and can easily include them in your travel price calculation:

VOUCHER for 1 snack - at the preferential price of only € 4.00 per voucher

VOUCHER for 1 mulled wine - at the preferential price of only € 3.00 per voucher

Prices are including VAT. Saving: approx. 15%

Vouchers for bus drivers and tour guides are free of charge!

Vouchers can be ordered from and will be sent to you by the Altöttinger Wirtschaftsverband: Phone: 08671 881171
Email: info@wirtschaft-altoetting.de

Der Altöttinger Christkindlmarkt am Kapellplatz.

You will find further important information for planning your group’s stay in Altötting here.