Christmas markets: Vienna is this beautiful at Christmastime
From mid-November until Christmas, Vienna's most beautiful squares are once again transformed into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas baking, hot punch and toasted almonds wafts through the air. The Old City and shopping streets are decorated with festive lights that spread the Christmas cheer in Vienna.
A tall arched gateway with candles welcomes visitors at the entrance to the Viennese Christmas Market on City Hall Square. The traditional Christmas Market offers Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, culinary treats, confectionery, and warming drinks. At the Vienna Ice World at the Christmas Market, ice skaters can put on their skates and make rounds through the romantically illuminated City Hall Park. A special attraction for couples in love is the tree of hearts. For children, there's a 12 meter-high multi-level carousel and in the park a Christmas world with reindeer train, nativity scene trail, children's chalet, and a designated skating ring.
Not far from here is the Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, between the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna. Over 70 booths offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas are set up here during Advent. The romantic Christmas Village on the University Campus is also a popular meeting point during the run-up to Christmas, especially for students. With a children's railway and an old-fashioned carousel, the Christmas Market on the Campus is also a big hit with families. Two curling lanes are also available.
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 mangers and ceramics. Festive Advent music can be heard on the square from 4.00 pm. Top-quality handicrafts can also be purchased a couple of steps further along at the Am Hof Christmas Market. Christmas music and choral singing provide the perfect atmosphere.
The Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace enchants with its 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 impresses visitors with its Baroque background. The unique palace park provides an ideal site for this tranquil Christmas market with elegant handicrafts and culinary delights. This year, the Advent market at Liechtenstein Garden Palace is being held for the second time and is still considered a secret tip for everyone seeking a quiet atmosphere.
Art Advent on Karlsplatz offers a diverse children's program and above all handicrafts to buy. Further variety is provided by art installations, show workshops and live bands. All of the food on offer is organically certified. There are also numerous booths full of handicrafts in the idyllic tiny alleyways of the Biedermeier district at the Christmas Market on Spittelberg as well as numerous other vendors with unique culinary gift ideas.
The Christmas Market on Stephansplatz focuses on contemplation and tradition, with around 40 booths at the foot of St. Stephen's Cathedral offering high-quality products from Austria. The Advent pleasure market at the Opera House is all about culinary delights. Gingerbread, cheese, meats, punch and wine from regional producers get connoisseurs’ hearts racing.
Entertainment is the word at the Winter Market on Riesenradplatz under the slogan “The Prater rocks”. There are children's adventure rides, musical live acts from Gospel to Soul and Pop and a humorous show program here until January 8. The Almadvent in front of Messe Wien conveys a rural character. This Advent village has an outdoor area as well as several cozy food parlors, a handicraft parlor, and a craft parlor for children.
New this year is the Ottakringer Weihnachtszauber (Christmas Magic Market) on the forecourt of the Ottakringer Brewery. This sophisticated Christmas market serves up food, creative handicrafts, curling, and, of course, an Ottakringer beer punch from Thursday through Sunday.
Viennese Christmas Market on City Hall Square, November 19 – December 26, 2022
10.00 am – 9.30 pm, December 24-26, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm
Vienna Ice World at the Christmas Market:
November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023, daily from 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm; December 31, closed
Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, November 16 – December 26, 2022
Su-Th 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, Fr & Sa 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, December 25+26, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace, November 18 – December 26, 2022
Mo-Fr 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, December 25+26, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Christmas Village on the University Campus, November 11 – December 23, 2022
Mo-We 2.00 pm – 10.00 pm, Th-Fr 2.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sa 11.00 am – 11.00 pm, Su 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
Advent at Liechtenstein Garden Palace, November 18 – December 23, 2022
Mo-Th 1.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Fr-Su 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, November 18 – December 23, 2022
Daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Christmas Market Am Hof, November 11 – December 23, 2022
Mo-Th 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, Fr-Su & hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm, food until 10.00 pm
Christmas Market Schloss Schönbrunn, November 19 – December 26, 2022
Daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm, December 24, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, December 25+26, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Art Advent – Art & Crafts on Karlsplatz, November 18 – December 23, 2022
Daily from 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm, food until 9.00 pm
Christmas Market on Spittelberg, November 11 – December 23, 2022
Mo-Th 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Fr 2.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Sa 10.00 am – 9.30 pm, Su & hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Christmas Market on Stephansplatz, November 11 – December 12, 2022
Daily from 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, December 24, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, December 25+26, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Advent pleasure market at the Opera House, November 11 – December 31, 2022
Daily from 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, December 24 closed, 31 December 11.00 am – 2.00 am
Winter Market on Riesenradplatz, November 11, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Mo-Fr 12.00 noon – 10.00 pm, Sa, Su & hols. 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, December 31, 12.00 noon – 2.00 am
Almadvent, November 18 – December 23, 2022
Mo-Sa 2.00 pm – 10.00 pm, Su 11.00 am – 9.00 pm (sales booths outdoors & craft parlor)
Gastro parlors: Mo-Sa 2.00 pm – 12.00 midnight, Su 11.00 am – 6.30 pm
Ottakringer Weihnachtszauber, November 24 – December 23, 2022
Th-Fr 3.00 pm - 10.00 pm, Sa 11.00 am - 10.00 pm, Su 11.00 am - 8.00 pm