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Musical variety in Vienna’s concert halls

  • December 7: Alexis Ffrench brings his classic soul sound in his “Christmas Piano” concert
  • December 8: “An Advent Evening”: readings by Johannes Silberschneider, accompanied by the Soyka Stirner duo
  • December 9: Christmas singalong concert with the Wiener Singakademie (age 6 and above)
  • December 10: Company of Music: “Noël”
  • December 11: Thomas Gansch “The snow falls softly at night! A Christmas hit therapy”
  • December 15 (preview) and December 16: Christmas in Vienna Gala Classical music stars spread festive cheer. The line-up in 2023: Patricia Petibon (soprano), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor), Duo BartolomeyBittmann, Maria Happel (reading), Vienna Boys’ Choir and Vienna Girls’ Choir, Wiener Singakademie and ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claire Levacher.
  • December 16: “Swinging Christmas” with the Gerhard Aflenzer Broadway Big Band and special guest Dennis Jale
  • December 17: Die Seer. City Tour 2023 “The Big Christmas Concert”
  • December 18: Philharmonic Five “Time for ADVENTures”
  • December 20: L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra / Collegium Vocale Salzburg with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
  • December 23: Bolschoi Don Kosaken men’s choir

Concert calendar of the Wiener Konzerthaus

Advent at the Musikverein

  • December 2 & 3: “The Cold Heart”, fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff. Max Müller reads, Elisabeth Daxer plays the harp
  • December 3: “Italian Christmas”, Concentus Musicus
  • December 10: “Welcome Christmas” - concert for audiences aged 10 and up with the Wiener Symphoniker and the Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
  • December 14: “Christmas at the Vienna Music Society”, Cappella Istropolitana
  • December 16 & 17: “Christmas Concert”, Wiener Domorchester and Domchor
  • December 18: “Philharmonic Christmas Concert”, Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of the University of Vienna
  • December 19: “A Swinging Christmas”, Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of the University of Vienna
  • December 21: Handel’s oratorio “Messiah”, Lautten Compagney Berlin and Arnold Schoenberg Choir
  • December 22: “The Sound of Christmas” – Christmas concert with the Imperial Philharmonic

Concert calendar of the Vienna Music Society

A harmony of trumpet and organ

Masterpieces of Viennese classical music and traditional Christmas carols sound particularly festive on brass instruments. The Trompetenzauber im Advent concert series in the baroque Annakirche offers exactly this kind of festive musical experience. (Fri, Sat & Sun from December 1 to 23)

Trumpets in Concert – A very special Christmas: The Minorite Church hosts festive baroque music, church music and cheerful Christmas carols performed on the trumpet and organ (December 10, 14, 17).

Concerts in St. Stephen’s Cathedral

The musicians of the Harmonia Ensemble Wien will perform soprano and baritone solos in a tranquil chamber music format on Fridays and Saturdays (1-23 December) in Vienna’s most famous church, St. Stephen's Cathedral.

The giant organ in St. Stephen’s Cathedral resounds on Advent Sundays: powerful sounds from more than 12,500 pipes fill the interior of the cathedral. The program of advent organ concerts ranges from Bach and Franck to the best-known advent carols. The console is located in the center of the nave, giving an unobstructed view of the virtuoso organist as he plays the five manuals and pedals.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is also the venue for a highlight of the Christmas concert season: on December 7, the Wiener Symphoniker will perform its Wiener Advent concert in collaboration with the Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and vocal soloists. It will be televised on ORF III.

More church concerts

The Capuchin Church also hosts advent concerts every Friday and Saturday during the advent season. The Vienna Imperial Quartet and solo singers as well as a program of the most beautiful Christmas carols and festive music set the mood for the Christmas season.

The Votive Church is the venue for Christmas Spirit – a musical journey through the magical moments of the Christmas season, combining classical music and soul. Light, visual effects, installations and music spread Christmas cheer that appeals to all the senses. With the opera singer Alexandra Reinprecht and the soulful voice of Cesár Sampson, accompanied by Zsofia Kiss (harp), Ines Schüttengruber (organ), Johannes Doppler (trumpet) and Sona Tamura (piano). (December 21).

Boys’ Choir

Singing is a major attraction in the world capital of music. The Vienna Boys’ Choir will perform their advent concert series Gute Hirten (Good Shepherds) (December 1, 2, 19, 20, 21) in their acoustically stunning hall at the MuTh. The program would not be complete without the carol “Stille Nacht”.

Vienna Choir Boy with lamb
© Lukas Beck

Shows at the Stadthalle

A Christmas program ranging from swing to pop to musicals can be experienced at the Vienna Stadthalle:

  • The Gerberhaus Christmas gala “It’s Christmastime” with rocking worldwide Christmas classics with a large musical line-up (December 12)
  • Sarah Connor: Not So Silent Night Tour 2023 (December 14)
  • The Musical Stars’ Big Christmas Gala (December 16)
  • Christmas with Wanda – 2023 (December 22)

Powerful gospel

The resounding voices of the American ensemble The Christmas Gospel will be bringing pure gospel power to the Karlskirche. Classics such as “Oh Happy Day” and “Amazing Grace” as well as modern soul ballads will be performed with wholehearted passion and energy. (December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17)

Christmas done differently

The Wintertainment 2023 festival will deliver top-quality show entertainment and the latest best-of programs. Music, theater, cabaret, variety and comedy are combined to create a varied series of performances. Christmas is part of the package – albeit discreetly and free of any kitsch. Anyone looking for alternatives to traditional advent concerts should definitely make their way to the Theater am Spittelberg (December 11 - 22).

Jazzy Christmas at the Porgy

It's getting Christmassy in Vienna's jazz club too: Matthias Schiriefl & Moving Krippenspielers will be stopping off at the Porgy & Bess for a fast-paced round of brilliant Christmas carols from all over jazz history. (December 21).

The Christ Child can listen in too: Slavko Ninic & the Wiener Tschuschenkapelle will be performing a Christmas Special at Porgy & Bess on Christmas Eve, which is guaranteed to be exuberant and original. Here’s a tip from us: the Porgy & Bess streams its concerts online!

And even more music...

The Metropol is a great place to celebrate Christmas, for example:

  • December 4: Gorgeous Ladies - Christmas Special (Drag)
  • December 6: Andy Lee Lang & Band: Country Christmas
  • December 10: Roman Grinberg & Jazzorchester KLEZmetropol: Swinging‘ Chanukka
  • December 13 & 14: 26th Guiness Irish Christmas
  • December 18: The Viennese Comedian Harmonists: Christmas Special

Jazz singer Simone Kopmajer and entertainer Viktor Gernot will be performing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!” at the Globe Wien (December 6). Viktor Gernot will also be performing “The Christmas Show” with friends (December 20). Christmas cabaret is due to bring out the humorous side of the festive season at the Globe: Gery Seidl will perform “Aufputzt is! Ein Weihnachtsdebakel” (December 1, 10, 18), Omar Sarsam “Oh du Andere” (December 9) and Lydia Prenner “Leise pieselt da Reh” (December 14).

MORE ADVENT CONCERTS UPDATED ON A DAILY BASIS

Advent program for children

Vienna Konzerthaus

Lothringerstraße 20
1030 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors 140 cm wide)
      • Ramp 435 cm long
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      "Klangberührt": 4 inklusive Konzerte im Schubert-Saal, empfohlen ab 16 Jahren; https://konzerthaus.at/abonnement/id/2670

    • Comments

      All halls accessible via elevator, inner ramp.

      2 elevators from ground floor (door width: 90 cm, cabin depth: 190 and 140 cm, cabin width: 94 cm).

      Wheelchair seats: 18 in the Grand Hall, 6 in the Mozart Hall, 3 in the Schubert Hall and 4 in the Berio Hall. Seeing-eye dogs permitted (by prior arrangement).

      "Klangberührt": 4 inclusive concerts in the Schubert Hall, recommended for ages 16 and up: https://konzerthaus.at/abonnement/id/2670

Musikverein

Musikvereinsplatz 1
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • The Box Office is open 9am-7pm (Monday-Friday) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

      For all concerts organised by the Musikverein the Box Office opens one hour before the beginning of the performance (also on Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays). 

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        via ramp, automatic sliding door (opens with button from the outside)
      • Ramp 164 cm wide
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Ring the bell by the entrance to the concert box office (Bösendorferstr. 12); the box office staff will come to assist with ticket purchases at the door.
      Wheelchair-accessible elevator: to all floors. Brahms Hall: 6 wheelchair seats. Grand Hall: 2 wheelchair seats in orchestra, about 16 in balcony. Glass Hall/Magna Auditorium: 4 wheelchair seats.

      Visit with seeing eye dog: please give notice in advance.

Anna Church (Annakirche)

Annagasse 3b
1010 Vienna

Minoriten Church Italienische Nationalkirche Maria Schnee

Minoritenplatz 2a
1010 Vienna

Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche) St. Mary of the Angels Church

Tegetthoffstraße 2
1010 Vienna

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

Stephansplatz
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Tu, 06:00 - 22:00
    • We, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Th, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Fr, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Sa, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Su, 07:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 07:00 - 22:00
  • Guided tours

    • Guided tour of the Cathedral, daily

      • 3.30 pm, approx. 30 minutes

      Guided tour of the Cathedral english, Monday - Saturday

      • 10.30 am, approx. 30 minutes

      Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour

      • Monday - Saturday, 10 - 11.30 am
      • Monday - Saturday, 1.30 - 4.30 pm
      • Sunday and holidays, 1.30 - 4.30 pm

      Elevator to the Pummerin

      • daily, 9 am - 5.30 pm

      Ascend the South Tower of the Cathedral

      • daily, 9 am - 5.30 pm

      Evening tour including tour of the roof

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors 120 cm wide)
    • Side entrance
      • 3 Steps (Double swinging doors 90 cm wide)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      North Tower: access via elevator only (door width: 65 cm) and 12 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
      South Tower: 343 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
      Parking space for visitors with disabilities (Singerstrasse).

      Evening guided tours with roof tour and guided tours of the catacombs are are not wheelchair-accessible.


MuTh – Concert Hall of the Vienna Boys Choir

Am Augartenspitz 1
1020 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors 180 cm wide)
        über Rampe
      • Ramp 600 cm long , 150 cm wide , 30 cm high
    • Elevator available
      • Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 4 Wheelchair spaces available (in orchestra on right, row 12)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.

St. Charles' Church (Karlskirche)

Karlsplatz
1040 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -21%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Visit of the church including Church model, Panoramic terrace, Treasury and Organ /
      Regular price 9,50€ /
      Savings: 2€

  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 09:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays - Su, 11:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 14 Steps (Door 300 cm wide)
        Heavy wooden door
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Visitors with ID for persons with special needs: free entry.

    • Comments

      Barrier-free access possible via a ramp, door opens via sensor

      Interior: 11 steps. Ask staff for assistance.


Vienna Stadthalle

Roland-Rainer-Platz 1
1150 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Sorbaitgasse and in the main car park of the Stadthalle
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Special wheelchair seats in halls D and F. Inductive hearing system in Hall F.

    • Comments

      Halls D and F are wheelchair-accessible.

Porgy & Bess

Riemergasse 11
1010 Vienna

Metropol Theaterverein Wiener Metropol

Hernalser Hauptstraße 55
1170 Vienna

Globe Wien - Marx Halle

Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19
1030 Vienna
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