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Austrian Cristmas and Advent customs: tradition at the White Horse Inn

The twelve nights after Christmas, St. Nicolas and “Perchten runs”

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Perchtenläufe in the Salzkammergut
Perchtenläufe in the Salzkammergut 

Christmas in Austria is especially beautiful. But the most beautiful Christmas celebrations take place at the White Horse Inn during the Austrian Advent time. Truly traditional Austrian Advent and Christmas customs in St. Wolfgang.

The White Horse Inn at Lake Wolfgang can look back on a long tradition and history. After all it is the backdrop of the romantic and funny love story of Leopold, the singing head waiter and his queen of hearts: the beautiful White Horse Inn Hostess.

No wonder therefore, that the White Horse Inn holds the Austrian Winter customs during Advent time in high regard. During December the traditional village of St. Wolfgang is especially romantic. Around the St. Nicolas Day (December 6th) many “Krampus” and “Perchtenläufe” take place around the romantic hotel, that is the White Horse Inn. The wood carved nativity scenes all around Lake Wolfgang also have a special glow about them, and are only found in the alpine regions.

Christmas in Austria:
Traditional customs in St. Wolfgang: Austrian winter traditions

One rather unique winter custom in Austria are the “Krampus” and “Perchten” runs, that take place during Advent and right up until Epiphany. The “Krampus” and “Perchten” in St. Wolfgang are certainly worth the trip. Although the bells these ugly creatures are sporting make quite a noise, the artistically carved wooden masks and the furry coats these “winter ghosts” are wearing are a really unique Austrian custom to have witnessed. And who knows: maybe St. Nicolas himself will make an appearance and bring gifts. And just like a gift from St. Nicolas is what a romantic stay at the White Horse Inn will be for your Pre-Christmas holiday in Austria.

After following the traditional Austrian winter customs and visiting the Christmas markets, you retreat into your cosy hideaway that is the White Horse Inn hotel itself. Take a dip in the all year round heated Lake pool, or the floating outdoor Whirlpool and relax while soaking in the views into the snow-covered wintry landscape in front of you: Lake Wolfgang and the Salzkammergut regions. Make yourself an early Christmas present and visit the Spa & Beauty area for indulging beauty and body treatments.

Experience traditional Austrian Advent customs in Austria and spend Christmas in Austria. Consciously avail yourself to the most quiet time of year at the White Horse Inn – enquire online now about the Christmas and Advent packages available at the four star superior lake front hotel, the White Horse Inn in St. Wolfgang, Austria.

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