Advent is so much more than drinking punch in between the stress of christmas shopping tours through urban shopping malls.

At least in the partner towns and villages of Advent Austria. Where the scent of brushwood and beeswax candles mingles with the laughter of children, strolling past the booths offering traditional regional products.

So, while the grown-ups pick a few christmas presents, kids might go to the „Engerlpostamt“ (angels‘ post-office) to write their letter to the Christkind.

What Advent Austria partners can‘t offer is Santa Claus. It‘s the „Christkind“ that stands in the center of traditional Austrian christmas – and that‘s the way we we‘d like to keep it. The same goes for the use of plastic cups and plates on the markets. A hot cup simply tastes better in eartheware.