Christmas at Hotel Sacher

Things To Do In Vienna December 2021: Christmas, New Year And More

Things to do in Vienna December 2021. If you have high expectations of Vienna in December you are spot on. 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.

Christmas Markets

things to do in Vienna December: Christmas baubles at Vienna City HallThings to do in Vienna December 2021. 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 2021, and my special post about Christkindlmarkt Rathausplatz, Vienna’s largest Xmas market..

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Advent and Christmas Concerts in Vienna

Things to do in Vienna December: Christmas concert PeterskircheThings to do in Vienna December 2021. 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.

Other Musical Highlights: The advent concerts at Stephansdom Fridays to Sundays in the run up to Christmas; the Vienna Chamber Orchestra’s Special Christmas Concerts on the 25th December, and the Italian Christmas Concert on the 26th December. Vienna Unwrapped readers will receive a 10% discount upon booking. Just use the code unwrapped in your shopping cart, after clicking on Add to Cart, where it says ‘Apply Discount Code’.

Ballet At The State Opera

Things to do in Vienna December: Ballet Le CorsaireThings to do in Vienna December 2021. When our State Opera ballet takes on the virtuoso techniques of this romantic ballet expect a breathtaking experience. In this emotional drama Russian nobleman Eugene Onegin and social climber Tatiana lead through a story of disdain, rejection, social transformation and love. 

Not just the main characters’ bravuras but the group dances rank amongst the most spectacular ballet performances.

Because of the bittersweet plot, music, romantic costumes and dynamics the ballet will also likely draw many families to the opera. Book here.

Opera For Children

Things to do in Vienna December: opera for childrenThings to do in Vienna December 2021. 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.

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Day

Things to do in Vienna December: Schonbrunn Christmas marketThings to do in Vienna December 2021. 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.

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Ice Skating

Things to do in Vienna December: ice skatingThings to do in Vienna December 2021. 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 – Wiener Eislaufverein – spreads across amost 6,000 square metres between the Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna Concert Hall) and the Vienna InterContinental Hotel close to Stadtpark.
Dates: end October 2021 to early March 2022
Opening hours: daily 8.00 am to 8.00 pm; week ends and public holidays: 9am to 8pm; (24th Dec: 9am to 3pm; 31st Dec: 9am to 3pm; 1st Jan: 10am to 8pm)
For a few Euros you can borrow ice skates on site. Because of Covid-19 restrictions the ice skating rink will likely limit the number of guests per session.

Strauss With A Fresh Note

Things to do in Vienna December 2021. Johann Strauss fans will immediately recognise his vivid tunes at this one-off concert. But unlike common Strauss concerts this one comes with a historical twist: Almost 100 years ago, Viennese composers Schönberg, Berg and Webern carefully updated some Strauss waltzes. As a result, you can enjoy Strauss as many Viennese in the early 20th century would have enjoyed him – same tunes but with a fresh note.

If you enjoy vivid dance music you can move up the classics repertoire with Astor Piazzolla tangos at the same event.

To wipe a few Euros off your seasonal bill I have partnered with the concert organiser to arrange a 10% discount per superior and first category ticket. Just use the code unwrapped in your shopping cart, after clicking on Add to Cart, where it says ‘Apply Discount Code’.

Dates: TBC
Location: Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
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Insider Things To Do In Vienna December

musical advent calendarThings to do in Vienna December 2021. 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 . Most of all you will unearth original local bands re-interpreting Viennese tavern songs and jazz. What’s more, many of them play in characterful community cafes, wine taverns, and even former cinemas. Get ready for exploring genuine places you never dreamed of discovering.

Dates: TBC

New Years Eve In Vienna

Things to do in Vienna December 2021. 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.

Check things to do during other months:
January: Things to do in Vienna, January
November: Things to do in Vienna, November

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