As already mentioned in my previous post about Austrian Christmas Traditions, Austrians usually have a real Christmas tree in their homes. In the middle of December, in many spots all over the centre, a bunch of little Christmas tree markets pop up. It makes it seem like mountain-dwellers brought to the city a part of the mountain with them!
The Christmas trees on sale come in all different shapes and sizes, but only to a maximum of 1.5 metres tall. It is just wonderful to walk around the market, smell the the perfume of pine tree and choose the perfect tree to take home with you.
Why you should buy a local Christmas tree
Buying a tree that has been grown in Austria is good for the environment and also supports the local economy. There are about 2000 growers of Christmas trees in Austria. Buying a local tree is like buying a piece of Austrian tradition. You can get trees from garden and plant shops as well, but I think it’s particularly beautiful to buy one from the market instead. Also because in the shop you cannot be sure that they come from Austria.
Where to buy a Christmas tree
If you want to live the real Austrian experience, here is a list of places where you can buy your own tree just in time for Christmas.
- On the eastern side of the Mur:
- Stadtpark (in multiple locations)
- Glacisstraße (opposite the Opera)
- Eggenberger Allee
- Murpark (OMV)
- St-Peter Pfarrweg
Where to rent a Christmas tree
If you do not want to go through the hassle of buying a tree, taking it home and disposing of it after Christmas, you can rent one instead. There are two companies offering this service: Greentree and Gartenbau Wilhelm.
It is a bit more expensive than buying one, but the tree will be delivered straight to your house and taken away after Christmas. The tree is also alive and in a pot. This also means that you could eventually get the same tree the year after and see it grow with time!