Vienna Christmas Market Guide 2018. Each year Vienna and various local associations fit more than a dozen Christmas markets with Christmas trees, mulled wine, traditional food, and arts and crafts stalls. In addition, some of them boast live bands and gospel choirs, ice curling rinks, and even fire dances and an Alpine log cabin. To find out where and when these markets are on, and what exactly they offer use my up-to-date Christmas market guide 2018 and map for my home city.
Vienna Christmas Market on Rathausplatz
Although its offer is a little more commercial than elsewhere Vienna’s most famous Christmas market has its charms. Whether it’s gazing at the giant illuminated Christmas tree, listening to advent trumpeters, or just biting into a hot Hungarian langos. (Find out more about warmer indoor Advent and Christmas Concerts.) There is also an ice skating rink for children and adults. Children will love the carousel and the reindeer train. Caveat: you won’t find the traditional children’s Christmas workshops there any more.
Dates: 17th November to 24th December 2018
Opening Times: daily 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
Location: Rathauspark in front of Vienna City Hall;
Christmas Market at Freyung
For more than 20 years this market at Freyung has been my annual meeting point with a group of friends. Equipped with warm boots and caps we would gather at our favourite punch and mulled wine stall for a mug or two (or three). Before meeting up I always take the opportunity to roam the stalls offering ginger bread, roast chestnuts, hand painted vintage signs, fashion jewellery, hand made regional wooden toys and beeswax candles. On some evenings you can listen to regional advent choirs performing on a small stage.
If you like to try regional snacks visit the farmers’ stall on the other side of the street.
Dates: 23rd November to 23rd December 2018
Opening Times: daily 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Location: Freyung square, 1010 Vienna
Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace
What a backdrop: Even though not blessed with a massive Christmas tree, the illuminated baroque façade of Belvedere Vienna Palace provides a majestic flair to this Christmas Village. Last time I went there in 2016 I particularly loved the arts and crafts stalls. All in all it’s a nice market to visit in combination with the Belvedere and Austrian National Gallery.
Dates: 23rd November to 26th December 2018
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 11.00 am to 9.00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am to 9.00 pm; 24th December: 11.00 am to 4.00 pm; 25th and 26th December 11.00 am to 7.00 pm
Location: Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
Christmas Village at Altes AKH
By all means make sure you visit this Vienna Christmas market. Located on the compound of the Former General Hospital this market scores top on atmosphere and infrastructure. On top of dozens of stalls offering artisan Christmas decoration, mulled wine, punch, chestnuts and other snacks, you can do ice curling and warm yourself up at spacious Alpine log cabin Josefinenalm. At certain times, you can watch local craftsmen make candles. At an annual show at the end of November some traditional Alpine Perchten (monsters) will rattle their chains.
Dates: 17th November to 23rd December 2018
Opening Times: Monday and Tuesday 2.00 pm to 10.00 pm, Wednesday 11.00 am to 10.00 pm, Thursday and Friday 2.00 pm to 11.00 pm; Saturday 11.00 am to 11.00 pm; Sunday 11.00 am to 9.00 pm
Location: Alser Strasse / corner of Spitalgasse, Court 1; 1080 Vienna
Christmas Market at Schönbrunn
Not only popular with tourists, the Schönbrunner Weihnachtsmarkt has ranked top as the Vienneses’ favourite Christmas market (Falstaff Magazine, 2016). Compared to other Vienna Christmas markets it also scores high on live music. If Schönbrunn Palace is on your sightseeing list and you love advent concerts, visit in the afternoon on weekdays, as the live music and gospels start at 6.00 pm. On weekends music events take place from 2.00 pm. During the New Year’s Market from 27th December to 1st January expect live jazz bands performing at 4.00 pm.
Other than that, the hand-made Tyrolean nativity scene, Austrian traditional crafts and the Christmas gifts by Schönbrunn’s own limited edition are something to watch out for. Foodwise, that market serves fabulous warm dishes, from ‘Bauerngröstl’ (hearty type of hash) and cheese raclette to sweet Kaiserschmarren.
Dates: 24th November to 1st January 2018 (Christmas Market and New Year’s Market)
Opening Times: 24th Nov to 26th December 10.00 am to 9.00 pm; 24th December 10.00 am to 4.00 pm; 27th December to 1st January 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Location: in front of Schönbrunn Palace’s main entrance
Vienna Christmas Market at Spittelberg
If you have a hang for contemporary arts and crafts add this market in the arty district of Neubau to your bucket list. Specifically it covers amazing hand made seasonal gifts. You will find everything there from felt bags and excentric woollen hats to creative jewellery, ceramics, glass and wax creations. What is more, you will capture the area’s charming Biedermeier townhouses and cobblestoned streets when they look their most enchanting.
Dates: 15th November to 23rd December 2018
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday, 2.00 pm to 9.00 pm; Friday 2.00 pm to 9.30 pm; Saturday 10.00 am to 9.30 pm; Sunday and public holiday 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Location: Spittelberggasse, 1070 Vienna
Christmas Market Am Hof
Located between Freyung Christmas market and the pedestrian area of Kohlmarkt and Graben the Weihnachtsmarkt Am Hof presents a natural stop. By all means, reserve some space in your bags and tummies if you love beautiful Christmas decoration and hearty Austrian snacks. Since 2017, you can wash them down in style at the sparkling champagne bar. As for music, expect regular live gospel choirs as well as local hits from Radio Wien, which sponsors the market and runs a charity show each Thursday.
Dates: 16th November to 23rd December 2018
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday 11.00 am to 9.00 pm, Friday to Sunday and public holiday 10.00 am to 9.00 pm,
Location: Am Hof square, 1010 Vienna
Christmas Market at Karlsplatz
In a similar way to the markets at Altes AKH at Spittelberg, the Vienna Christmas market at Karlsplatz is edgy. Going beyond the usual mulled wine and inexpensive decorative gifts this market offers regional arts and crafts, and live acts such as fire dances, street theater and a fashion event. My favourite is the large fountain reservoir turned into a gigantic straw play area for children, what a cool idea! Remarkably for a Christmas market, this one even caters to your healthy eating habits: All products offered come with an organic food certificate.
Dates: 23rd November to 23rd December 2018
Opening Times: daily, 12 noon to 8.00 pm
Location: Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna
Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz
Enclosed between three top museums the group of Christmas stalls at Maria Theresien Platz has grown into a sizeable market over the past couple of years. While the offer of mulled wine, punch, arts and crafts and seasonal decorations is pretty standard, the backdrop is unique. Whenever I visit Museumsquartier or the Museum of Fine Arts in the run up to Christmas, this place is my stopover for a hot drink and chestnuts.
Dates: 21st November to 26th December 2018
Opening Times: Sunday to Thursday 11.00 am to 9.00 pm; Friday and Saturday 11.00 am to 10.00 pm; 24th December 11.00 am to 4.00 pm; 25th and 26th December 11.00 am to 7.00 pm
Location: Maria-Theresien-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna
Funky Christmas at MQ
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: TBA (usually, dates are published mid to end of October)
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 4.00 pm to 11.00 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 2.00 pm to 11.00 pm;
Hilltop Christmas Market Wilhelminenberg Castle
What if you wanted to enjoy your mulled wine without Vienna’s downtown hustle and bustle? Before you head for a shopping mall upgrade on Christmas atmosphere at the Vienna Christmas market in front of Wilhelminenberg Castle. Set on a hilltop in Vienna’s leafy district of Ottakring, this market not only offers the usual repertoire but truly stunning views of Vienna’s illuminated skyline. (See more on their website.) And best of all: just down the road you can dine at enchanting Villa Aurora.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm, Friday 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 11.00 am to 9.00 pm
Location: Savoyenstrasse 2, 1160 Vienna
If you are short on time 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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