Things to do in Vienna December 2018. 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 2018. 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 2018. 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.
Nut Cracker: Ballet At The State Opera
Things to do in Vienna December 2018. Definitely this is my top favourite winter season ballet ever. We took our daughter to the Wiener Staatsoper to see it again and loved it. (This photo is from just after the performance, when you were allowed to take pictures.)
Whether tipping your foot to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, swinging with the Waltz of the Flowers or sharing the thrill of the Nutcracker’s battle with the Mouse King. Not to speak of those enchanting costumes and tutus. Fight for the tickets if you must.
Things to do in Vienna December 2018. Has a world-leading harpist ever invited you to listen, as she introduces up-and-coming harpists to the powerful acoustics of a new generation of concert harps? If you are around on the 16th December, grab the opportunity to listen to a masterclass by Vienna Philharmonic Principal Harpist, Anneleen Lenaerts, followed by an evening concert.
At both events, Anneleen will perform solos based on operatic and symphonic themes. By the way, the following day you can experience Anneleen again live as she performs Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck’s enchanting Christmas opera, at the Vienna State Opera.
Time: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm (masterclass); 7.00 pm (concert)
Location: Mozarthaus Vienna, Domgasse 5, 1010 Vienna
Reservation: essential to secure your place; email Helen Leitner at ar(at)camac-harps.com
Bake Austrian Christmas Cookies
Things to do in Vienna December 2018. While busy Christmas markets are all the rage much of the festive season’s spirit takes place at private homes.
Why not bake some traditional Austrian Christmas cookies at a local Viennese’s home? Or prepare Wiener Schnitzel and apple strudel together? All you need is some interest in cooking and tasting Austrian cuisine. Find out more in Vienna cooking classes with private dining.
Things to do in Vienna December 2018. 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. 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 2018. 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 2018. 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: end October 2018 to early March 2019
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 2018. 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 . You will unearth original local bands re-interpreting their heritage of Viennese tavern songs and jazz.
Things to do in Vienna December 2018. 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.