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A sea of lights spread over the city

Christmas Markets Vienna

Advent in Vienna
Christmas Markets Town Hall Vienna

Christmas Markets have a long tradition in Austria, that's why you do not have to search long to fine one. From mid of November to Christmas Day the beautiful squares and streets turn into Christmas Wonderland.


The most famous is probably the one in front of the Rathaus - the Viennese Town Hall. Over 150 booths cater to all your needs with mulled wine, snacks and sweet temptations as well as Christmas presents and decorations for your Christmas tree.


A few days after the market opens on the Town Hall square the Christmas village on the Maria-Theresia square and the market in front of Belvedere Palace open their gates. 


If you would like to experience a really traditional market with handicrafts, traditional wood-cut Nativity Scenes and glass decorations, you must definitely drop by the "Altwiener Christkindmarkt" - the old Viennese market in Freyung. Festive Advent music will be played there at 4.00 pm every day.


One of the most romantic markets can be found in the Spittelfeld area, in the idyllic small alleys you can discover lots of stalls selling traditional handicrafts and culinary delights, or just stroll through the beautiful decorated streets.


For families with children we suggest visiting the Schönbrunn christmasmarket - every Sunday in Advent they offer free tour for children, Christmas workshops for self-made Christmas decorations, a bakery for Christmas biscuits, and much more to pass the time until the arrival of Santa Claus.


If the hustle and bustle in the centre prove too much you can escape to the idyllic "Weihnachtszauber" - "Christmas magic" at the Wilhelminberg palace. From here you have a wonderful view over the city of Vienna where you can enjoy some peace and quiet and test your skills on Vienna's highest ice skating rink.


Please get here all information of the Christmas Markets Vienna


But where would Vienna be without music? Especially in the time before Christmas wonderful concerts are organized in various churches and halls. Those who enjoy slightly more modern music should attend "The Voices of Musical Christmas" in the Viennese City Hall. Much more traditional though is the "International Adventsingen" in the Rathaus with 90 choirs from all over the world.


Here you can find all further information on traditional Advent and Christmas concerts in Vienna.