Altitude Christmas 2016 – The Venues!
As this is year one of Altitude Comedy Festival’s transformation into Altitude Christmas, we are introducing some new venues alongside many of the old, and mixing up the way that our daily programme will look, in order to fit in all the festive bits as well as the comedy. You can see the full 2016 week programme here
Details of all of the castles of comedy, lounges of laughter and caverns of cackling will also be listed in your Altitude Christmas brochure, along with a map of the resort to help you find your way.
The Europahaus is the super modern, future-age venue which we’ll be taking over and turning in to Altitude HQ for the week and is where you will check in with the Altitude team to receive your accreditation. The building houses Mayrhofen’s tourist information centre, an incredible Thai restaurant and most importantly will be playing host to the comedy shows in the downstairs venue on Monday and Tuesday night.
STRASS SPORTS BAR
You’ll find this little gem located conveniently at the base of the Penkenbahn ski lift, as part of the Strass Hotel. This year, as always we will start the week off with the International Impro Allstars (also performing on Wednesday & Thursday). Tuesday in the Sports bar sees the return of an Altitude favourites Abandoman and their special one hour show, making it your go to destination for the funniest Après-Ski known to man and yeti!
Another creation from our friends at the Strass, you’ll find The Arena nestled below it, making it the perfect home for our subterranean world of proper club comedy. Expect off the cuff happenings, surprise appearances and to consume more Jager-bombs than you’ve ever had in your life. Also prepare for the party of a lifetime hosted by The Cuban Brothers and Oh My God! It’s The Church on Friday night.
The Pilzbar at the top of the Penkenbahn gondola has an umbrella bar and terrace, live DJs, breathtaking views and amazing food. This is where apres-ski starts, slopeside and way before the runs have closed, with Europop throbbing out the doors. The Pilzbar will play host to the incredible Eddie the Eagle regaling us with his tale of ‘The Eagle that Dared’ on Tuesday afternoon.
Traditional Austrian treasure Die Reme is POSSIBLY the oldest ‘kabaret’ venue in the whole of the Tirol, having been built in the 18th century. We‘re thrilled to introduce this converted cow and goat barn as the newest venue to hit Altitude. We will be heading over there together on Thursday evening for a very special evening gala comedy show, with an optional buffet available to purchase while we watch.
We are thrilled to reveal that the Hintertux Glacier is being added to our list of venues for Altitude Christmas! On Wednesday we will depart for the glacier on coaches, to head up for a morning of skiing with none other than Eddie the Eagle himself! *Eeeek!* Then later that day we will descend to the highest possible Altitude – 3250m to be exact – for the World’s Highest Silent Disco! We are already dizzy with excitement!
ADVENT IN THE FOREST
Advent in the Forest takes place in the beautiful Scheuling Forest just a short walk from the centre of Mayrhofen. You can be directed by the Altitude team or by anyone in the resort itself. It is filled with beautifully decorated stalls where you can enjoy healthy organic tea, organic wine, organic spices as well as natural products made by local farmers such as smoked sausage, farmhouse bread cheese and much more. Handicrafts & accessories made from natural materials, tempting local treats such as “Groiggn” (warm pork scratchings), sweet and savoury Zillertal donuts, bacon, liqueurs, schnapps, jewellery, knitwear, “Doggeln” (handmade felt slippers). Refreshments are naturally catered for, with local businesses providing a choice of traditional food and drink from the Zillertal Valley.The forest will host musical performances by brass bands, heritage groups, choirs, carol singers and an open fireplace in the middle of the Forest Festival Area, allowing you to ignite your festive spirit whilst sitting by an open fire and listening to Austrian Christmas music.
It is open:
Thursday 08.12.16 – 2pm – 7pm
Every Friday & Saturday in December – 5pm – 9pm
Sunday 18.12.16 – 2pm – 7pm
ICE SKATING RINK
We absolutely cannot wait to head to the ice skating rink on Tuesday for a Silent Disco – on ice! We are shaking with excitement to skate (and fall over) to DJs playing all our favourite tunes. No-one will hear the screams!