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Christmas Dinner and Christmas Day In Vienna

Having a great Christmas Dinner and Christmas Day in Vienna isn’t as clear cut for travellers as it seems. We mostly celebrate with our families at our homes. Here are a few tips to make sure you know where have a great time, too.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Day in Vienna. There are always a few nice restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My top four places are usually open and provide an authentic local setting:

Alternatively, choose one of the restaurants at top hotels in Vienna, such as the Bristol Lounge right opposite the Vienna State Opera, restaurant Edvard at Hotel Kempinski or restaurant Anna Sacher at Hotel Sacher. Do contact the restaurants well ahead to double check that they are open, and to book a table.

Christmas Eve At Weikersdorf Castle

Vienna Hotels for Christmas: Schloss WeikersdorfChristmas Dinner and Christmas Day in Vienna. If you want something really extraordinary, you can go for a wonderful Christmas Eve event at a castle in the Vienna Woods. I grew up in that area and know the castle, town and church well. The event includes a four-course dinner, live Christmas music and you’ll be taken to the traditional Christmas mass at the local church. It is not cheap but for sure the most memorable experience. Go to Christmas Eve At Weikersdorf Castle for further information.

Christmas Day in Vienna

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Eve in Vienna: mulled wineChristmas Dinner and Christmas Day in Vienna. Christmas Day is quiet in Vienna, and perfect for relaxing. Just be aware that most shops and restaurants are closed. Stick to main attractions (check which tickets are still available on that day). The Christmas markets that will be open on Christmas Day are those in front of Vienna City Hall, at Maria Theresien-Platz in front of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Schönbrunn Palace and in front of Stephansdom. There are still lots of classical concerts going on. Check this concert calendar for the Christmas holidays.

Some travellers also use this quiet day for a day trip to Salzburg, or a castle tour south of Vienna.

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