From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot punch creates a pre-Christmas atmosphere.
At the traditional Vienna Magic of Advent, the Rathausplatz becomes a shining fairytale land. The 150 or so sales booths at the Christmas market offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks.
Not far away is the Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, situated between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum. Over 70 booths offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas are set up here during Advent; the Christmas Village is replaced by the New Year’s Village on 27 December.
The Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung in the city center is committed to tradition.
The cultural and Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace offers romance in front of an imperial backdrop, and is converted into a New Year’s market after Christmas. The unique palace gardens provide an ideal site for a tranquil Christmas market.
Art Advent on Karlsplatz offers a diverse children’s program and above all handicrafts to buy. Further variety is provided by art installations, live bands and street theater.
Entertainment is the word at the winter market on Riesenradplatz. There are children’s adventure rides, musical live acts and a humorous show program here until 6 January.