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Things To Do In Vienna December 2017: Christmas Markets, Concerts And More

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.

Christmas Markets (1st to 25th December)

things to do in Vienna December: Christmas baubles at Vienna City HallThings 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. To plan your Christmas market tour in Vienna, use my Vienna Top 9 Christmas markets map and opening time info below.

Small Group Christmas Tour

Things to do in Vienna December 2017. This year, you can do both Christmas market hopping and sightseeing in one go. The tour groups are small and the local guide loves sharing Austrian Christmas traditions. Find out more.


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Opening times: Altwiener Christkindlmarkt and Belvedere Castle (1th November to 23rd December, from 10am) Christmas market in front of Vienna City Hall (12th November to 24th December, from 10am); Altes AKH (12th November to 23rd December, from 2pm, and from 11am on weekends); Am Hof (11th November to 23rd December, from 11am); Spittelberg (12th November to 23rd December, from 3pm, and from 12 noon on weekends),  Church St. Charles Borromeo (18th November to 23rd December, from 12 noon) Maria-Theresien-Platz (between Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History; 16th November to 26th December, from 11am); Schönbrunn Palace (19th November to 26th December, from 10am)

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Advent and Christmas Concerts in Vienna

things to do in Vienna December: christmas concertThings 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 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.

Nutcracker Ballet

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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Opera For Children

Things to do in Vienna December: opera for childrenThings 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.

Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations

things to do in Vienna December: Vienna Coffeehouse ConversationThings to do in Vienna December 2017. This event may become the highlight of your trip. The Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations, a monthly series of small social dinners, let you connect with a local Viennese in an informal way, over a meaningful conversation in a traditional coffeehouse, in English or German. You can take your other half or family members with you. Find out more about the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations.
Date: 14th December 2017
Timings: 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm
Location: Café Ministerium, Georg-Coch-Platz 4, 1010 Vienna

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Day

Things to do in Vienna December: Schonbrunn Christmas marketThings 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.

Funky Christmas At Museumsquartier

Things to do in Vienna December: MuseumsquartierThings to do in Vienna December 2017.  Welcome to the contemporary side of Vienna’s outdoor winter parties. The Museumsquartier’s winter installations are architect designed. Prepare for live ‘MQ Court Music’, sip mulled wine in six beautifully illuminated ‘ice pavilions’, and join fun remote control car races and curling competitions. From dusk, the courtyard is filled with magical light projections.
Location: Museumsquartier (opposite Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Natural History)
Dates: tbc
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 4pm to 11pm, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 2pm to 11pm;

Ice Skating

Things to do in Vienna December: ice skatingThings 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: end of October 2016 to 5th March 2017
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.

Insider Things To Do In Vienna December

Things to do in Vienna December: Paul Gulda, Marwan AbadoThings 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 and head for a Viennese folk concert within 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 artists such as Paul Gulda and Marwan Abado (photo). This is a great opportunity to visit insider locations such as Konzertcafé Schmid Hansl, Kulturcafé Tacheles and Schutzhaus am Heuberg, or experience well known places such as winery Hengl-Hasselbrunner from a new perspective.
Dates: 1st to 23rd December 2017

New Years Eve In Vienna

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.

Check things to do during other months:
January: Things to do in Vienna, January
February: Things to do in Vienna, February
March:  Things to do in Vienna, March
April: Things to do in Vienna, April
May: Things to do in Vienna, May
June: Things to do in Vienna, June
July: Things to do in Vienna, July
August: Things to do in Vienna, August
September: Things to do in Vienna, September
October: Things to do in Vienna, October
November: Things to do in Vienna, November

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