Oh, the enchantment of Christmas fills the air! 🌟✨ Christmas is right around the corner, and Vienna is morphing into a glistening winter paradise! The streets are ablaze with dazzling holiday lights, and the divine fragrances of punch, cinnamon, and freshly baked cookies permeate the air. It’s as if the whole city is pulsing with joyful holiday excitement!
Are you bursting with excitement and already counting down the days until the Christmas markets unveil their festive wonders? Trust us, you’re not the only one! We’re over the moon and itching to immerse ourselves in the holiday spirit!
For all the Christmas enthusiasts out there, just like us: You’ve hit the jackpot! Discover here when and where Vienna’s holiday magic comes alive and the markets swing open their enchanting gates! It’s time to kick off the most wonderful time of the year!
The Christmas Markets Arranged by Date – Let the Festive Countdown Begin!
Town Hall Square Christmas Market (Rathausplatz): Viennese Splendor Against a Neo-Gothic Backdrop (Nov 10th)
November 10th to December 26th, 2023 (10:00 AM to 10:00 PM)
December 24th, 2023 (10:00 AM to 6:30 PM)
The Christmas Market at Town Hall Square is one of Vienna’s grandest and most renowned. Set against the backdrop of the majestic neo-Gothic Vienna City Hall, it unfolds into a magical Christmas village adorned with over 150 charming wooden stalls. Here, you’ll discover handcrafted wooden toys, Christmas ornaments, festive candles, and much more. Kids can look forward to a carousel and the reindeer train, while adults can gracefully glide on ice during a delightful ice skating session. And speaking of delights, the real showstopper is the ‘Eistraum’ or Ice Dream! This ice skating wonder stretches over 300 meters through Rathauspark, seamlessly connecting two expansive ice rinks. That’s a whopping total of over 1500 square meters of ice skating fun – now, how cool is that?
Experience the Holiday Magic of Vienna!
Ever wondered what it feels like to be enveloped in the festive grandeur of Vienna’s Christmas Market at Rathausplatz? My firsthand account takes you straight into the heart of this pre-Christmas wonderland. Discover insider tips, browse through the most enchanting stalls, and feel the vibrant atmosphere – all captured in vivid descriptions and enchanting images.
Get inspired for your next Christmas market visit – click here now and dive into the story!
Christmas Market at Stephansplatz: Elegance in the Heart of Vienna (Nov 10th)
November 10th to December 23rd, 2023 (Daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
December 24th, 2023 (11:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
December 25th to December 26th, 2023 (11:00 AM to 7:00 PM)
The Christmas Market at Stephansplatz exudes an exquisite ambiance right in the heart of Vienna. Picture yourself strolling among the stalls just next to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, soaking in the one-of-a-kind atmosphere. This Christkindlmarkt boasts an array of artisanal treasures, delectable treats, and of course, mulled wine and punch. And speaking of punch, you’ll find gourmet concoctions whipped up by Vienna’s finest culinary talents! Revel in the festive spirit at the crossroads of Graben and Kärntnerstraße. It’s a sensory delight you won’t want to miss!
Christmas Market at Am Hof: Historical Ambiance and Fine Artistry (Nov 10th)
November 10th to December 23rd, 2023 (Time TBD)
The Christmas Market at Am Hof invites you into a historical setting brimming with exquisite craftsmanship. Here, 78 stalls come alive against the backdrop of buildings spanning different epochs. You’ll find a treasure trove of offerings, from jewelry and leather goods to art and graphics. The towering Christmas tree sets the perfect mood, and this market is renowned for its ‘Zirben-Punsch’ and specially brewed Christmas Bock Beer. It’s a place where history meets holiday magic!
The Old General Hospital in Vienna: From Historic Healing Haven to Enchanting Christmas Wonderland (Nov 10th)
November 10th to December 23rd, 2023
Mon-Wed: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Thu-Fri: 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sat: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sun: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
The Old General Hospital in Vienna, once a hospital with a profound history, has transformed into an urban oasis of tranquility. This historical site, which once witnessed groundbreaking medical discoveries, now houses university institutes and cozy cafes within its verdant courtyards. But as winter approaches, it metamorphoses into an enchanting Christmas market, whisking visitors away into a festive realm brimming with magic and warmth.
Christmas Village at Maria Theresien Square: An Enchanting Oasis Between the Art and Natural History Museums (Nov 15th)
November 15th to December 23rd, 2023
Sun-Thu: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
December 24th, 2023
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
December 25th to December 26th, 2023
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
December 27th to December 30th, 2023
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
December 31st, 2023
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Christmas Village at Maria Theresien Square is a true gem in Vienna. Nestled right along the Ring Boulevard, between the Art and Natural History Museums, it showcases a captivating Christmas village. Adorned fountains, illuminated museums, and the statue of Empress Maria Theresia create a breathtaking backdrop. Revel in the enchanting atmosphere and savor the festive culinary delights!
Spittelberg Christmas Market: Romance in the Streets of the 7th District (Nov 16th)
November 16th, 2023 – December 23rd, 2023
Monday to Thursday: 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 2:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Sunday & Holidays: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
The Spittelberg Christmas Market is one of the most romantic and atmospheric in Vienna. This Christmas village unfolds in the pedestrian zones around Spittelberggasse in the 7th district. Against the backdrop of historic buildings amidst narrow lanes, the market exudes the charm of a winter village. Here, you’ll discover a wide array of artisanal treasures, from jewelry to leather goods and textiles. Kids can delight in puppet theater and music workshops, while Santa Claus distributes nuts and fruit.
The Christmas Market at Freyung – The Old Viennese Christkindlmarkt (Nov 17th)
17. November bis 23. Dezember 2023
täglich 10.00 – 21.00 Uhr
In an enchanted setting surrounded by historic buildings, majestic palaces, and an atmospheric church, I find the most charming and magical Christmas market. Despite its small size, it radiates immense magic and brings the Christmas story to life. It was here in 1722 that Vienna’s first Christkindlmarkt was celebrated, known then as the ‘Nikolo-, Weihnachts- und Krippenmarkt’ (St. Nicholas, Christmas, and Nativity Market). This market is a symbol of quality and tradition. Alongside lovingly crafted stalls, it offers a vibrant children’s program, artisan demonstrations, and enchanting musical performances. A true Christmas gem!
Magical Christmas Enchantment at the Liechtenstein Garden Palace (Nov 17th)
November 17th to December 23rd, 2023
Monday – Thursday:
2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays:
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
A true hidden gem: At the picturesque Liechtenstein Garden Palace in Vienna, visitors can experience a truly special Christmas enchantment. This historic treasure in the 9th district offers a unique backdrop that shines brightly during the holiday season. In 2021, the courtyard of the Garden Palace and a portion of the park behind it were transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. Starting from November 17th, 2023, the alluring scents of punch, mulled wine, and roasted almonds once again waft through the park. Approximately 25 lovingly decorated stalls offer artisanal crafts, traditional gifts, and culinary delights. A special highlight for the youngest visitors is the historic horse carousel. The Christmas market at the Liechtenstein Palace is a feast for all the senses and promises unforgettable moments during the Advent season.
Belvedere Palace Christmas Market: Elegance and Artisan Crafts Amidst Baroque Splendor (Nov 17th)
November 17th, 2023 – December 31st, 2023
November 17th – December 23rd, 2023
Monday to Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
December 24th, 2023 (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
December 25th-26th, 2023 (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
December 27th to December 30th, 2023
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
December 31st, 2023
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Right in front of the magnificent Baroque Belvedere Palace, you’ll find the elegant Belvedere Palace Christmas Market. This enchanting market offers visitors the opportunity to explore a wide array of exquisite artisan crafts and savor the delightful flavors of the season. Strolling through the market’s charming stalls, you’ll discover handcrafted treasures, unique gifts, and tempting culinary delights that capture the essence of the holiday season.
As day turns into night, the surroundings of the Belvedere Palace are bathed in the warm, golden glow of the city’s lights, creating an atmosphere of timeless elegance and imperial splendor. It’s a magical experience that invites you to immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Vienna, surrounded by the grandeur of this historic palace.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect holiday gift, eager to savor traditional Austrian treats, or simply looking to soak in the enchanting ambiance, the Belvedere Palace Christmas Market promises an unforgettable experience amidst the backdrop of one of Vienna’s most iconic landmarks.
Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Schönbrunn: Kaiserliches Flair und traditionelles Kunsthandwerk (18. Nov)
November 18th to December 23rd
10 AM to 9 PM
10 AM to 4 PM
December 25th to January 4th
10 AM to 6 PM
From November 18th, 2023, to December 31st, 2023, the Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market invites you to immerse yourself in an enchanting blend of imperial splendor and traditional craftsmanship. Nestled against the backdrop of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, this market transports you back to the grandeur of the Habsburg Empire, promising a regal experience like no other.
As you wander through the market’s winding alleys, you’ll discover a treasure trove of traditional Austrian crafts, exquisite handmade ornaments, and delectable local delicacies. This is your chance to step into Vienna’s rich history, exploring stalls filled with artisanal wonders and savoring the culinary delights.
Under the festively illuminated Christmas tree and the melodies of enchanting music, you’ll be immersed in the holiday spirit. And for the little ones, there’s a delightful children’s program and a dedicated children’s museum, ensuring a magical experience for the whole family.
The Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market is where tradition, elegance, and holiday charm converge, offering an unforgettable taste of an Austrian holiday season in the heart of Vienna. So come, be part of this fairy-tale world at the Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market, where royalty meets craftsmanship, and the spirit of Christmas comes alive against the backdrop of imperial grandeur.
Access through the Main Gate, Hietzing Gate, and Meidling Gate until 9:30 pm
Open until 5:30 pm on December 24th, and until 6:30 pm from December 25th to January 4th.
The Karlsplatz Christmas Market offers contemporary craftsmanship and ecological gastronomy (24th Nov)
November 24th to December 23rd, 2023
Daily from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The ART ADVENT Market at Karlsplatz is not your average Christmas market; it’s a celebration of contemporary craftsmanship and artistry. Immerse yourself in the world of artisans as they craft their creations right before your eyes, or try your hand at candle making.
What sets this market apart is its commitment to eco-friendly dining, with all gastronomic offerings being organic-certified and environmentally conscious. For the little ones, there’s a sprawling straw playground where they can let their imaginations run wild.
With the majestic Karlskirche (St. Charles’s Church) as the backdrop, you’ll be surrounded by a festive atmosphere. And to keep you entertained, there are captivating performances by various groups.
Do you long to stroll through a Christmas market that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Vienna during the holiday season? My detailed exploration of the Karlsplatz Christmas Market is filled with insights about the market, including tips on nearby attractions that are a must-visit afterward. Dive into my report to discover the secrets of this festive paradise, from artisanal treasures to the warm glow of the holiday lights. Find out more in my blog post!
MuseumsQuartier MQ: Artistic Winter Market with Exceptional Offerings (Date TBD)
Unfortunately, no dates have been announced for this year yet!
The Museumsquartier MQ transforms into an artistically designed winter market during the Christmas season. Here, you can discover extraordinary one-of-a-kind creations at the WAMP, the open-air design market. The Christmas Quarter showcases products from over 100 designers in fashion, jewelry, accessories, art, and graphics. Concerts and cultural events provide the artistic backdrop. For those looking for some activity, you can visit the curling lane or try micro-extreme bowling. The punch stands are located in six vibrant ice pavilions.