Christmas Activities & Traditions for Kids Advent in Linz for families

Everyone knows that the waiting time until Christmas Day can be very long, especially for the little ones. It's a good thing that Linz has a colourful programme for the whole family. So Advent will be unforgettable!

‘Advent like in a fairy-tale' in the Grotto Railway on Pöstlingberg

Grottenbahn Advent c LINZ AG

The Advent in the Grottenbahn is magical. The dragon train makes its rounds through the Christmas world of the dwarves. Fairy tale tellers and craft stations ensure that the time until Christmas Day passes a little faster.

  • 1 December 2019
    8 December 2019
    15 December 2019
    22 December 2019
    respectively 10 am to 5 pm
  • 24 December 2019
    10 am to 3 pm

Zoo Linz

An excursion to Linz Zoo is also a great experience during the Witermonths. The animals are happy about visitors and even get presents at Christmas!

  • “Bratwürstel“-Advent-Sunday
    1 December 2019
    11 am to 3 pm
  • St. Nicholas visits the zoo
    6 December 2019
    2 pm to 3.30 pm
  • Christmas at the Zoo
    24 December 2019
    10 am to 1 pm
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Creating a candle

In the vault of the Hotel Wolfinger on the main square, visitors can make their own candles from the fragrant beeswax. The wick is held in the liquid wax at regular intervals so that the candle is made to the desired thickness.

Price: 0,42 € per 10 g
For groups of children there is a unit price: 4 € per child incl. the candle.
Registration for groups: +43 677 635 104 82

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Opening hours

  • 7 November to 23 December 2019
    daily 8.30 am to 6 pm
  • 24 December 2019
    8.30 am to 5 pm
  • 25 December 2019 to 6 January 2020
    daily 10 am to 6 pm

Special events

  • 1, 8, 15, 22 December 2019
    10 am to 12:00 noon
    Author's reading Isle Hawa
  • 21 December 2019
    Pour the raunnacht into the candle
  • 24 December 2019
    2 pm
    Author's reading Isle Hawa
  • 27, 30 December 2019 and 1, 3 January 2020
    Holiday workshop wax paintings (Encaustic) design
  • 31. December 2019
    2 pm to 6 pm (wax casting)
  • 6 January 2020
    11 am to 3 pm

Saint Nicholas is coming to Linz!

Saint Nicholas at Zoo Linz

  • 6 December 2019
    2 pm to 3.30 pm

St. Nicholas personally visits the zoo on this special day, distributes goodies to the small zoo visitors and accompanies them on an interesting tour across the zoo.

Saint Nicholas at the market

  • 7 December 2019
    9 am to 12 noon

For the little visitors, St. Nicholas has packed all kinds of good things during his visit to the Südbahnhofmarkt.

Südbahnhofmarkt

Saint Nicholas at the Main Square

  • 6 December 2019
    3 pm

Have you been good? Santa Claus comes to the Christkindlmarkt at the Hauptplatz and of course brings goodies with him!

Program at the Main Square

Saint Nicholas at Volksgarten

  • 6 December 2019
    3 pm

St. Nicholas also visits the Volksgarten. He also has small presents for the Christmas market visitors.

Program at the Volksgarten

St. Nicholas comes up on his horse

  • 1 December 2019
    5 pm

At the Spallerhofer Advent Market St. Nicholas comes on horseback. With his faithful horse Foxi he then meets with the children and their families for the festive St. Nicholas celebration. 

Charity run ‚Niko-Lauf‘ in the Old Town

For the good purpose young and old disguised as Saint Nicholas march together through the Old Town of Linz, accompanied by music. The costume costs will be donated.

  • 1 December 2019
    2 pm
Nikolauf Altstadt Linz c EM

Ice sculpture exhibition "Ice Magic"

Discover a huge world made out of ice at Volksgarten Linz! International artists build impressive figures out of ice blocks. The theme of the exhibition is "Ice Palace". The inhabitants of the palace are made from ice with chainsaws and chisels. There will also be light installations and interactive parts. Ice magic is a special highlight at this years christmas program in Linz!

  • 23 November 2019 to 23 February 2020

Mariendom in Advent: Kinderdom Advent Specials

  • Wie Detektive den Dom erkunden
    30 November 2019
    2.30 pm
  • Glasfenster erzählen Geschichten
    7 December 2019
    2.30 pm
  • Krippenführung
    21 December 2019
    2.30 pm

In the Mariendom there is a lot to discover! Young visitors are invited to explore the largest church in Austria and experience exciting stories. (Only held in German)

Mariendom for kids

Linz Top 10 international Mariendom c Laurene Philippot

For little explorers: Linz museums in Advent

Schlossmuseum Linz

The Schlossmuseum Linz is dedicated to exciting and entertaining topics around the Christmas season during the family days. Guided tours, singing lessons and other activities shorten the waiting time for Christmas Day.

  • „Krone“-Familientag, Teilen und schenken wie der Heilige Nikolaus
    1 December 2019
    10 am to 6 pm
  • „Krone“-Sonntag, Alle Jahre wieder – Weihnachtliche Traditionen rund ums Christkind
    8 December 2019
    15 December 2019
    respectively 10 am to 6 pm
  • „Krone“-Familientag, Warten aufs Christkind!
    22 December 2019
    10 am to 6 pm
Familie im Schlossmuseum Linz c LinzTourismus Josipovic

Ars Electronica Center

Ars Electronica Center Linz Advent EM

During the Christmas holidays, families can explore the newly designed Ars Electronica Center. In the children's research lab, exciting new stations await them where they can program, experiment and compose. Whether on a family tour or on your own, the Ars Electronica Center has a lot to discover!

  • 21 and 22 December 2019
    10 am to 6 pm

Lentos Art Museum

In the Lentos Art Museum the little ones become great artists! Here children between the ages of 6 and 13 can live out their creativity. During Advent, great Christmas presents are also created. Registration required!

  • Willkommen in Papp-Stadt – Zur Architektur
    30 November 2019
    10 am to 12 noon
  • Große Malerei - Zur Sammlung
    7 December 2019
    10 am to 12 noon
  • Spuren im Schnee - Zur Sammlung
    14 December 2019
    10 am to 12 noon
  • Kritzel Kratzel Scheibselei - Zur Sammlung
    21 December 2019
    10 am to 12 noon
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Music for families during christmas time

Posthof Linz

  • Mai Cocopelli Family Band
    21. Dezember 2019
    22. Dezember 2019

Highlight for the whole family at Posthof Linz: the christmas concert of the Cocopelli-Band! Wonderful christmas and winter songs are presented.

Posthof Linz

Posthof Linz c Guenther Groeger

Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität

  • Die Zauberflöte for the whole family
    20 December 2019
    21 December 2019
    respectively 5 pm

One of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's best-known and most frequently performed operas inspires young and old at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität.

Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität

 

Theater experiences for young and old

Kinderkulturzentrum Kuddelmuddel

  • Ox und Esel - Eine Art Krippenspiel (ab 4 Jahre)
    various dates, program according to website
  • Kasperl und die Weihnachtskrippe (ab 3 Jahre)
    various dates, program according to website
  • Michel feiert Weihnachten (ab 4 Jahre)
    various dates, program according to website
  • Die Weihnachtsgeschichte
    24 December 2019
    3.10 pm

The time until the Christmas day flies by: in the Kuddelmuddel children's cultural centre, even the youngest ones can experience great theatre events at which they can often take part by themselves.

Kinderkulturzentrum Kuddelmuddel

 

Theater Maestro

  • Ballett "Der Nussknacker"
    1 December 2019
    11 am
    7 and 15 December 2019
    3 pm
    21 December 2019
    5 pm
  • theater tabor "Pippi plündert den Weihnachtsbaum" (ab 5 Jahre)
    1 December 2019
    3 pm
  • Kindermusical Peter Pan
    14 December 2019
    5 pm

The Maestro Theatre organises a colourful programme of children's theatre, musicals and ballet performances for kids during Advent.

Theater Maestro

Redoutensaal

  • Fairy tales for children: Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten
    1 December 2019
    15 December 2019
    21 December 2019
    respectively 2 pm and 4 pm

The well-known and popular play shortens the time of waiting for the Chrstmas Day.

Kellertheater

Ice Skating at Parkbad

  • Ice skating
    Outdoor ice rink from 1 November 2019 to early March 2020
    daily open
  • Ice disco
    7 December 2019
    6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
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Workshops for kids

Building cribs from natural materials

Handicrafts for children from 6 years (accompaniment desired).

  • 29 November 2019
    2 pm to 5 pm

Changes reserved.