The Christmas Market season starts on Saturday, 15th November as the Advent season descends upon Vienna once more. During Advent Vienna is a city of nostalgia and romance, concerts and nativity displays and traditional Christmas markets.
Classics include the Christmas Market in front of City Hall, the traditional Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, the markets at Spittelberg, Am Hof and in front of the church of St. Charles Borromeo (Karlskirche), and.
The aromas of candied fruits, cotton candy and other delicacies like Christmas punch and roasted chestnuts wafting around the small wooden market stalls still retain their magical power.
The Magic of Advent in Vienna during November and December complements the market in front of City Hall. The adjoining Rathauspark is a place of seasonal inspiration with festively adorned trees, pony-riding, trips on the Christkindl Express and fairytale scenes portrayed in artistically-arranged displays.
At the traditional Vienna Magic of Advent, the Rathausplatz becomes a shining fairytale land. The 150 or so sales stands offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks. The trees of the surrounding City Hall park are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights. There are lots of offers here for children in particular.
Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz
Not far away is the Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, situated between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum. 70 stands offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas are set up here during Advent.
Christmas village in the Old AKH
The romantic Christmas village in the Old AKH is also a popular meeting point during the run-up to Christmas, especially for the younger crowd. There are also two areas for playing «ice stock sport», an Alpine game similar to curling, right in the Christmas village.
Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung
The Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung in the city center is committed to tradition. A Christmas market was held here as early as 1772; today, it is a place to buy handicrafts, glass decorations, traditional cribs and ceramics.
Festive Advent music can be heard on the square from 16:00. Top-quality handicrafts can also be purchased a couple of steps further along at the Am Hof Advent Market.
Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace
The cultural and Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace offers romance in front of an imperial backdrop, and is converted into a New Year’s market after Christmas. The atmospheric market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made Christmas decorations, Christmas concerts and an extensive children’s program, including Christmas workshop.
The Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace enjoys an impressive baroque background. The unique palace gardens provide an ideal site for a tranquil Christmas market.
Children in particular also really appreciate the Christmas Markets on Karlsplatz. In addition to an extensive children’s program, the market is above all noted for handicrafts. There are also numerous stalls full of artisans' wares in the idyllic tiny alleyways at the Christmas Markets on Spittelberg and numerous other vendors with unique culinary gift ideas.
Entertainment is the word at the winter market on Riesenradplatz.There are children’s adventure rides, musical live acts and a humorous show program here until 6 January. The Christmas markets at Stephansplatz focusses on contemplation and tradition, with 26 booths offering high-quality products from Austria.
An Imperial and Royal Christmas Market will be held on Michaelerplatz this year for the first time. Austrian producers, some of whom are descendants of former Imperial and Royal Court Suppliers, will offer their high-quality goods in radiantly white market booths.