We've spent the New Year's Eve at Chris' parents' home, which is just a 15 min drive from Graz.
Graz is a really pretty city, roughly a 2 hour drive south from Vienna. It is compact, pretty and it's surrounded by nature. Within a 30 min driving distance are mountains perfect for trekking, gorgeous lakes and forests. I feel great here.
Today morning we went for a walk into the city, which was unusually empty, most probably because of last night's celebrations, but maybe because of the weather too. It's freezing cold and the streets are slippery from ice. It was worth the frozen fingers though :)
I hope you are having a really nice start to the year too, exactly as you have imagined.