Floating Advent Wreath
With a diameter of 25 m the imposing floating Advent wreath is the symbol of the Veldener Advent and attracts visitors from near and far to enjoy the magic atmosphere of a romantic traditional Christmas market, located on the shores of the most popular Carinthian lake! Its more than 80,000 lights do not only illuminate the Velden Bay but will also leave warm memories in the hearts of our visitors. We suggest: To get as close as possible to the Floating Advent Wreath, take a boat trip on Lake Wörthersee.
The floating Advent wreath will be illuminated until January 6th, 2018
Christmas tree exhibition
During the pre-Christmas period, you will find the most beautifully decorated Christmas tree at the Velden Casino. As soon as you enter the foyer of the Casino you will be enchanted by the exceptional decoration. Carinthian companies have put up the huge fir trees. Don`t miss the opportunity to take one of the tickets to vote for the most beautiful tree and win one of the fabulous prizes.
The exhibition is open to the public from November 24 until Christmas, daily
from 10 am. – Furthermore, we suggest to have drink at the Café 13 to find the huge Gingerbread House. What a delightful smell!
Angel exhibition at the foyer of the CasinOHOtel
From November 24th until December 18th the foyer of the CasinOHOtel Velden is home to the angel exhibition. Various artists from all over Carinthia have created angel
exhibits of different material which will be exposed at this lovely place. It`s certainly worth a visit. The entrance is free to all visitors.
Pony rides are always great fun for kids, even at a Christmas market! The
little ones enjoy their rides at any time. Ponies are cute animals and like to be petted.
Saturday and Sunday at the Velden Kurpark
Floating Nativity Scene
The best way to explore the huge Floating Nativity Scene is during a boat trip. At night, the Nativity Scene becomes even more beautiful. Its special lights and its fascinating reflection on the water create a warm and romantic atmosphere. The Velden Kurpark would be a good place to pause and watch!
Traditional market stalls
Amongst all those traditional and romantically decorated market stalls spread over the whole Christmas market and offering a rich selection of exquisite arts and crafts, you will find some very special stalls selling hot beverages. Don’t miss out on trying the famous Carinthian “Glühmost”, a type of hot cider infused with particular Christmas spices. For those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks, we also sell savoury orange punch. With a hot beverage, you can easily warm your body and soul on a cold winter day. Watch out for one of the romantic fire places and pause for a moment.
Horse carriage ride
If you feel a bit tired from strolling around, we suggest a horse carriage ride. It is certainly one of the most romantic ways to explore the marvellously illuminated ‘City of Angels’. Get on the horse carriage, wrap in cosy blankets and lean back to enjoy the ride.
Departure: at the Gemonaplatz, in front of the Velden Casino and the Schlosshotel Velden
Schedule: Friday from 15.00 to 19.00, Saturday, Sunday and Dec 8th, from 14.00 to 19.00
Duration: approx. 20 minutes
Tickets: Euro 10.00 for adults /Euro 5.00 for children (until the age of 12) / private rides: € 50.00
Angel Train ride
Enjoy a relaxing train ride through the “City of Angels“. You will soon be enchanted by the cosy and magic atmosphere and the pre-Christmas decoration that glitters and glistens throughout.
Stop: at the Gemonaplatz;
Departure: Train rides are provided on request, roughly every 30 minutes during the opening hours of the Christmas market.
Tickets: Euro 4.00 for a ride for adults/ Euro 3.00 for a ride for children
During the pre-Christmas period Velden Castle, the famous ‘Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden’ looks like a fairy tale castle. Visitors, young and old alike, are enchanted
by the millions of sparkling lights. It is the most perfect spot for romantic photos.
For those who want to spend a romantic weekend in Velden, we suggest to check out the Christmas specials on https://www.falkensteiner.com/de/hotel/
Baroque Nativity Scene
In 2011 Gabriel Rauchegger a gifted Austrian woodcarver has started
to work on the new life-sized figurines for our new Baroque Nativity Scene.
He started shaping the figurine of the “Infant Jesus, followed by “Mother Mary“ and “Joseph”. Students of the CHS Villach, focusing on fashion and design are responsible for creating the appropriate dresses. Every year, our woodcarver is working on a new figurine to complete the Nativity Scene.
If you like to watch him working, we suggest you visit the craft market at the Seehotel Engstler the last two weekends before Christmas.
Boat trips for children with the Angel Boat „Santa Lucia”
Enjoy a romantic boat trip with Captain Wolfgang and Egon on the wintry lake that glitters and glistens throughout. While children will be listening to the fascinating Christmas stories and Christmas carols, performed by a “lovely Angel” on board, adults will be enjoying the romantic lake, sliding silently past the imposing floating Advent wreath and the floating Nativity Scene. It will be one of those moments when you suddenly experience the miracle of inner silence and warmth in your heart.
Departure: at the landing stage in front of the Schlosshotel Velden:
Friday at 15.30 and 16.00
Saturday: 14.30, 15.00 and 15.30
Sunday and on December 8th: 14.30, 15.00, 15.30 and 16.00
Boat trips for groups are possible on request!
Information and reservation: tel + 43 664 1369191