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Christmas Markets in Vienna

Step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with seasonal treats and stallholders get shoppers in the Christmas spirit with handcrafted goods.

The Christmas Markets in Vienna truly are an age-old tradition. The forerunners of the present-day events date back to the Middle Ages when in 1298 Albrecht I granted Vienna's citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or "Krippenmarkt". Since then, the character and prevalence of these markets has changed considerably. Nowadays, over 20 official Advent Markets sell a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats.

Christkindlmarkt auf dem Wiener Rathausplatz © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Viennaslide Christkindlmarkt auf dem Wiener Rathausplatz © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Viennaslide

Viennese Christmas Market

The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is an unforgettable highlight for those eager to get into the spirit of the season. The unique backdrop gives this market a charm of its own, and the delicious aromas are sure to lull all visitors into the seasonal joy. Inside the City Hall on the ground floor there is an area dedicated to children, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies or candles. You can also listen to international choirs singing carols with free entrance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Where: On the square in front of the City Hall
When: 12th November - 24th December 2016
Opening hours: Daily 10am - 10pm, 24th December 10am - 7pm

  www.christkindlmarkt.at
Christmas market at the historic Belvedere castle in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/ Popp Hackner Christmas market at the historic Belvedere castle in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/ Popp Hackner

Christmas Village Belvedere Palace

Explore baroque lifestyle and traditional handicrafts. The popular Christmas Village Belvedere Palace is set against the glorious baroque backdrop of the world-famous residence, one of Vienna‘s most beautiful and significant sights. More than 40 festively decorated market stalls offer traditional handcrafted goods, elaborate Christmas decorations and special culinary delights.

Where: Belvedere Palace, Prinz Eugen-Straße
When: 18th November - 23rd December 2016
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday, holidays: 10am - 9pm

 
Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz © Oesterreich Werbung/Bartl Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz © Oesterreich Werbung/Bartl

Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz

Experience impressive Viennese buildings and traditional customs at the Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz this winter, located between the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art. There is no escaping the Christmas atmosphere with festively decorated market stalls and a vast array of culinary delights

Where: Maria-Theresien Platz
When: 16th November - 26th December 2016
Opening hours: Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am -10pm; 24th December 11am - 4pm; 25th - 26th December 11am - 7.30pm.

  www.weihnachtsdorf.at
Weihnachtsdorf im Alltes AKH, Wien © magmag Weihnachtsdorf im Alltes AKH, Wien © magmag

Christmas Village in the Former General Hospital

The Christmas Village Altes AKH (Vienna's Former General Hospital) will enchant the visitor with its traditional Viennese atmosphere. The lovingly designed and decorated market stalls located along the many narrow alleyways offer beautiful Christmas gifts as well as delicious Glühwein.

Where: Universitätscampus, Alserstrasse
When: 12th November - 23rd December 2016
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 2 - 10pm; Sunday, holidays 11am - 10pm


  www.weihnachtsdorf.at
Christmas Market at Schoenbrunn Palace © www.christmasmarket.at Christmas Market at Schoenbrunn Palace © www.christmasmarket.at

Christmas and New Year's Market at Schönbrunn Palace

Approximately 60 exhibitors present handicrafts and original gifts such as hand-made Christmas decorations and nativity sets for visitors to admire and purchase right in front of the famous Schönbrunn Palace. The fragrance of freshly baked Vanillekipferl and hot punch fills the air and creates a wonderful atmosphere.

Where: Parade Court, in front of Schönbrunn Palace
When: 19th November - 26th December 2016 and 27th December 2016 - 1st January 2017
Opening hours: 19th November - 23rd December 10am - 9pm; 24th December 10am - 4pm; 25th December 2016 - 1st January 2017 10 am to 6 pm

  www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at
Christmas market at Spittelberg © Lind Christmas market at Spittelberg © Lind

Christmas Market at Spittelberg

The Spittelberg is a revitalized heritage district from the Biedermeier period with narrow side streets. Throughout the festive season you will find objects d'art, ceramics, warm jumpers, rugs and jewellery made of silver, enamel and brass at the Christmas Market at Spittelberg.

Where: Spittelberg, behind the Volkstheater
When: 12th November - 23rd December 2016
Opening hours: Mondays - Thursdays 3pm - 9pm; Fridays 3pm - 9.30pm; Saturdays 12 noon - 9.30pm; Sundays and holidays 12 noon - 9pm.

  www.spittelberg.at

Other Christmas events and markets include:


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Christmas Markets in Vienna

  • Christmas market in Vienna in front of the city hall © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide Christmas market in Vienna in front of the city hall © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide
  • Christmas market at the historic Belvedere castle in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/ Popp Hackner Christmas market at the historic Belvedere castle in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/ Popp Hackner
  • Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz © Oesterreich Werbung/Bartl Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz © Oesterreich Werbung/Bartl
  • Weihnachtsdorf im Alltes AKH, Wien © magmag Weihnachtsdorf im Alltes AKH, Wien © magmag
  • Christmas Market at Schoenbrunn Palace © www.christmasmarket.at Christmas Market at Schoenbrunn Palace © www.christmasmarket.at
  • Christmas market at Spittelberg © Lind Christmas market at Spittelberg © Lind

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