Christmas Activities & Traditions for Kids Advent for families

...spending time with the family, getting in the Christmas mood, shortening the countdown to Christmas!

Activities for the whole family

‚Linzer Kerzenziehen’ (create candle)

  • November 11 to December 23, 2017
    8.30 am to 7 pm

The ‘Linzer Kerzenziehen’ in the vault of Hotel Wolfinger in the Main Square in Linz is a special attraction. Fashion a truly personal present from scented beeswax. Every decagram of wax (39 cents/decagram) is sold for a charity project!

Tip for groups: Booking in advance is recommended for tour groups. Candles can be prepared in advance!

Contact: Lebenshilfe OÖ, Fachwerkstätte Linz, phone +43 664 5001468

Ice Skating

  • Fitnessoase Parkbad: Outdoor Ice rink till beginning of March 2018, open daily
    Erlebnisoase Schörgenhub and Saunaoase Ebelsberg: Outdoor Ice rink till beginning of March 2018, open daily

Saint Nicholas is coming to visit

  • December 2, 2017, 9 - 12 am
    at Südbahnhofmarkt
  • December 6, 2017, 3 pm
    at the Christmas market on Hauptplatz
  • December 6, 2017, 3 pm
    at the Christmas market Volksgarten

Perchten und Glöckler

  • December 5, 2017, 5 pm
    ‚Linzer Perchten’ at Christmas market Volksgarten
  • December 8, 2017, 5 pm
    ‚Linzer Perchten‘ at Christmas market Hauptplatz

Advent at Pöstlingberg

Grottenbahn: ‘Advent like in a fairy-tale'

  • December 3, 8, 10, 17, 2017
    10 am - 5pm

A hilight for kids is the Grotto Railway on Pöstlingberg

Last dragon trip: 30 minutes before closing.
Entry: € 5.50 adults, € 3.30 children (reduced price with the Linz-Card)

Tip: To shorten the count-down to Christmas, the grotto railway is also running on 24.12.2017 from 10 am – 3 pm.

Zoo Linz

  • Open daily from 9 am – 4 pm,

December 3, 2017, 11 am to 3 pm 1. Advent im Zoo - Bratwürstelsonntag‘
Fancy warming up and enjoying a bite to eat after your enjoyable stroll through the zoo? The staff at Linz Zoo is on hand to spoil you with a delicious “Bratwurst” sausage and hot tea.

December 6, 2017, 2 to 3:30 pm ‚Der Nikolaus besucht den Zoo‘
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.

December 24, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm ‚Weihnachten im Zoo‘
To shorten the wait for our younger visitors until Christmas and because zebra, meerkat, alpaca and co look forward to a Christmas surprise too, presents are made for some of the zoo’s residents and then handed out.
No registration required!

Contact: ZOO Linz, Windflachweg 1, 4040 Linz, phone +43 732 737180, e-mail:;
Open daily from 9 am – 4 pm, 24.12.2017 from 10 am – 2 pm (last entry 1pm)

Culture for the whole family

Ars Electronica Center Family Days

  • December 16 and 17, 2017
    10 am – 6 pm

Before the Christmas holidays, the whole family will once again have a colorful program of workshops, presentations and guided tours at the Ars Electronica Center.

Information:, phone +43 732 72720 or

Perchten und Glöckler

  • December 5, 2017; 5pm
    Christmas market Volksgarten
  • December 8, 2017; 5pm
    Christmas market Hauptplatz