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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 stands offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks. The trees of the surrounding City Hall park are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights. There are lots of offers here for children in particular.

Not far away is the Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, situated between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum. 70 stands offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas are set up here during Advent. The romantic Christmas village in the Old AKH is also a popular meeting point during the run-up to Christmas, especially for the younger crowd. There are also two areas for playing “ice stock sport”, an Alpine game similar to curling, right in the Christmas village.

The Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung in the city center is committed to tradition. A Christmas market was held here as early as 1772; today, it is a place to buy handicrafts, glass decorations, traditional cribs and ceramics. Festive Advent music can be heard on the square from 16:00. Top-quality handicrafts can also be purchased a couple of steps further along at the Am Hof Advent Market.

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 atmospheric market offers traditional handicrafts, hand-made Christmas decorations, Christmas concerts and an extensive children's program, including Christmas workshop. The Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace enjoys an impressive baroque background. The unique palace gardens provide an ideal site for a tranquil Christmas market.

Children in particular also really appreciate the Christmas Market on Karlsplatz. In addition to an extensive children’s program, the market is above all noted for handicrafts. There are also numerous stalls full of artisans’ wares in the idyllic tiny alleyways at the Christmas Market on Spittelberg and numerous other vendors with unique culinary gift ideas.

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. The Christmas market at Stephansplatz focusses on contemplation and tradition, with 26 booths offering high-quality products from Austria.

Information about Christmas markets in parks

Vienna Magic of Advent and Christmas Market

Nov. 15 Dec. 24, 2014
daily from 10-21:30, Fr & Sa until 22:00
Dec. 24 10:00-17:00
Rathausplatz (City Hall Square), 1010 Vienna
www.christkindlmarkt.at

Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz

Nov. 19 - Dec. 26, 2014
daily from 11:00 to 22:00
Dec. 24 11:00 - 16:00
Dec. 25-26 11:00-19:00
Maria Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

Nov. 21 - Dec. 23, 2014
Mon-Fri 11:00-21:00
Sat, Sun & Holidays 10:00-21:00
Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village at the Altes AKH

Nov. 15 - Dec. 23, 2014
Mon-Fri 14:00-22:00
Sat., Sun., holidays 11:00-22:00
Alserstraße/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market

Nov. 21 - Dec. 23, 2014
daily 10:00-21:00
Freyung, 1010 Vienna
www.altwiener-markt.at

Am Hof Advent Market

Nov. 14 - Dec. 23, 2014
Mon-Thu 11:00-20:00, Fri-Sun 10:00-20:00
Am Hof, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt-hof.at
www.kunsthandwerksmarkt.at

Cultural and Christmas Market & New Year’s Market, Schönbrunn Palace

Nov. 22 - Dec. 26, 2014
daily 10:00-21:00
Dec. 24 10-16, Dec. 25-26 10:00-18:00
New Year’s Market Dec. 27, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015
daily 10:00-18:00
Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at

Advent Market on Karlsplatz

Nov. 21 - Dec. 23, 2014
daily 12:00-20:00, food until 21:00
Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna
www.divinaart.at

Christmas Market on Spittelberg

Nov. 14 - Dec. 23, 2014
Mo-Thur 14:00-21:00, Fr 14:00-21.30
Sat 10:00-21:30, Sun & holidays 10:00-21:00
Spittelberggasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna
www.spittelberg.at

Winter Market on Riesenradplatz

Nov. 22, 2014-Jan. 6, 2015
Mon-Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat, Sun & Holidays 11:00-22:00
Dec. 24 12:00-16:00, Dec. 31 12:00-2:00 am
Stands open on these days until 21:00
Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna
www.wintermarkt.at

Christmas market on Stephansplatz

Nov. 15 - Dec. 23, 2014
Daily from 11:00 to 21:00
Stephansplatz/direction Churhausgasse, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt-stephansplatz.at

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Christmas market on Rathausplatz, evening atmosphere with lighting

Vienna Magic of Advent at City Hall Park