Things to do in Vienna December 2017. If you have high expectations of Vienna in December you are right. Christmas in Vienna is packed with fantastic things to do. Use this page to find out about the best street markets, musical events, city ice skating venue and what to do on Christmas Eve.
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. Christmas in Vienna is about markets, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, Christmas baubles and trumpet concerts. My favourite market is the Alt Wiener Weihnachtsmarkt at Freyung, because of its beautiful ceramics, wooden toys, candles and Christmas decoration. Don’t miss the mulled wine with orange juice at Demmer’s Teehaus. Second on my personal list is the one in front of Schönbrunn Palace. Check my Vienna Christmas Market Guide and Map 2017.
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. The best seasonal classical concerts take place in churches, such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Malteserkirche, Minoritenkirche, Peterskirche, and the small baroque jewel of St. Anna Church. The annual highlight of the season is the ‘Christmas in Vienna’ concert with the Vienna Boys Choir at Wiener Konzerthaus.
As with all Christmas season events, try to book early. Read more about Advent and Christmas Concerts in Vienna and where to book tickets.
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. Not far from Christmas trumpets, the fairy tale ballet of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ranks high among European Christmas things to do. When the Sugar Plum Fairy starts to swing her tutu to the tingling sound of the celesta your seasonal spirits will go vertical. Besides lots of other well known tunes, the choreography and costumes are set to amaze adults and children alike.
Dates: 23rd and 28th December 2017, 6th and 9th January 2018
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Italian Opera Gala
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. When a well-regarded Italian Orchestra along with Italian opera choirs, tenors and sopranos sets Musikverein’s Golden Hall swinging you would want to be there. This year, the annual Italian Opera Gala presents the best of Puccini, Rossini and Verdi, as well as Beethoven, Mozart and some Wagner. If you love opera tunes these ‘operas in concert’ will transmit your best treasured memories straight into the capital of music.
Location: Wiener Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Dates: 16th December 2017
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Cook And Dine At A Local’s Home
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. While busy Christmas markets are all the rage with tourists much of the festive season’s spirit takes place at private homes. Unless you are lucky enough to have friends in Vienna why not get to know some local Viennese over cooking and dining at his/her place? All you need is some interest in cooking and tasting Viennese cuisine – from Wiener Schnitzel and Tafelspitz to fine apple strudel. Find out more in Vienna cooking classes with private dining.
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. Many Viennese families use the festive season to introduce their kids to the world of opera. (The photo shows my husband and daughter at her first opera visit in Vienna.) Each year around Christmas, the Wiener Volksoper and the Vienna State Opera stage special operas for children. In 2017, you can watch either the Grimm Brothers’ Hansel and Gretel, or classical fairy tale Pinocchio. Alternatively, take your kids to watch a child-friendly, shortened version of Mozart’s Magic Flute at the historic marionette theater in Schonbrunn. Learn More.
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. When you celebrate Christmas abroad you often have to choose between a pure hotel experience or roaming empty streets while locals party behind closed doors. In Vienna, most Christmas markets close on the 23rd December, along with many restaurants and attractions. I wrote this page about Christmas Dinner And Christmas Day in Vienna in response to various enquiries from Vienna Unwrapped readers over the last years. I hope it’s useful to you.
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. Ice skating is popular and one of the best things to do in Vienna in the winter. The ice skating rink of the Vienna Association of Ice Skaters spreads across 6,000 square metres between the Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna Concert Hall) and the Vienna InterContinental Hotel close to Stadtpark.
Dates: 21st October 2017 to 4th March 2018
Opening hours: Monday 9am to 8pm, Tuesdays to Fridays 9am to 9pm; Week ends and public holidays: 9am to 8pm; (24th Dec: 9am to 3pm; 31st Dec: 9am to 3pm; 1st Jan: 10am to 8pm)
You can borrow ice skates on site for a few Euros.
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. If you want to go as far away from mainstream Christmas as possible, have your ear on the ground. Between 1st and 23rd December head for a Viennese folk concert of the Musical Advent Calendar (scroll down on the site). You will unearth original local bands re-interpreting their heritage of Viennese tavern songs and jazz.
Alternatively, gourmet food lovers with a hang for historic interiors will flock to a gourmet pop up in the landmarked rooms of the Old Post Office (photo). Read more.
Things to do in Vienna December 2017. I like New Year’s Eve in Vienna because the whole city turns into a party without leaving smashed windows and scorched earth. People also love to attend classical concerts, theatres and operettas, before they fall into each other’s arms for the traditional Vienna waltz at midnight. Learn more about what to do on New Years Eve in Vienna.