Christmas in Vienna at Wiener Konzerthaus
© Ludwig Schedl

Musical Advent

A program of music is essential at the many atmospheric Viennese Christmas markets - such as the Vienna Christmas Dream on City Hall Square, the Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, the Christmas Market Schloss Schönbrunn, the Art Advent on Karlsplatz and the Winter Market on Riesenradplatz.

Gala and more at the Konzerthaus

The Wiener Konzerthaus stands for variety – which is also reflected during Advent. The traditional gala event Christmas in Vienna is held here. The offering of stars this Christmas includes the opera greats Michael Schade, Bo Skovhus, Genia Kühmeier and Marianne Crebassa, accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Singakademie and the Vienna Boys' Choir (December 20 and 21).

Die Seer give "The big Christmas concert" during their city tour on December 22: an atmospheric evening with quiet numbers, acoustically pared back to the essentials.

Advent at the Musikverein

A range of Christmas sounds from George Friedrich Handel to Irving Berlin is performed by the Vienna Imperial Philharmonics on December 22. This is followed in the evening by the Christmas Concert with pieces by Joseph Leopold Eybler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn.

Church concerts

Treasures of the Viennese classical period sound particularly festive when played on brass instruments. At Trumpets in Concert in the Minoriten Church, the trumpeters Gernot Kahofer, Manuel Lichtenwöhrer and Leonhard Leeb ensure an atmospheric Advent period with festive Baroque music and cheerful Christmas songs (December 12, 14, 19). St. Anne's Church, a Baroque jewel in the city center, opens its doors again for the Advent concert series Magic Trumpets in Advent (Fr, Sa, Su, November 29 - December 22). Bach, Mozart, Handel and others are also performed on trumpet and organ during Christmas Trumpet in the Maltese Church (November 30 - January 2). On the weekends in Advent, the heated Capuchin Church also invites you to "Klingender Advent" from Friday to Sunday (November 29 - December 22). The Wiener Kaiserquartett and solo singing as well as a program of the most beautiful Christmas songs and festive music will get you in the mood for Christmas here.

And in Vienna's most famous church, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the musicians of the Harmonia Ensemble Wien perform a reflective gathering in a chamber music formation with soprano and baritone solos.

There's no more festive way to get in the mood for Christmastime.

Choral singing

Great emphasis is placed on singing in the world's capital of music. The Vienna Boys' Choir performs the Advent concert series "Good Shepherds" in its acoustically brilliant hall MuTh Concert Hall (December 10-14). On the program: Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus", the cantata "Uns ist ein Kind geboren" (For Us a Child is Born) and "Silent Night".

At the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Wiener Singakademie celebrates the quietest time of the year with classics such as "We wish you a merry Christmas" during "Sing along 'Weihnachten'" on December 14. This concert for young and old naturally includes the canon "Dona nobis pacem" and "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer".

On December 15, the Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles) is again the venue for the traditional Christmas concert of the Ural Cossack Choir. The traditional choir founded in 1924, in which the great bass-baritone Ivan Rebroff started his career, fascinates the audience with its vocal brilliance.

The Bolshoi Don Cossacks give their annual Christmas concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Projections add to the atmospheric performance of this large male voice choir (December 23).

Gospel power

Gospel Christmas with Dennis Jale & Terry Blackwood & The Imperials is held in the Minoriten Church on December 8. And the Gospels & Spirituals by Rusty Elvis Tribute Artist perform there on December 20.

The full voices of The Christmas Gospel ensemble ring out in the Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles) – with feeling and temperament, they sing classics such as "Oh Happy Day" and "Amazing Grace" as well as modern soul ballads (December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21).

Gospel fans take note: Stella Jones and her group of artists sing their American Christmas Gospel Concerts in the Votive Church (December 13, 14, 22).

Christmas musical

Scrooge - a Christmas Story based on Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol" is an interactive musical by Christian Berg and Michael Schanze. It provides entertainment for the whole family and can be seen in the MuseumsQuartier (December 20-26).

All Advent concerts updated on a daily basis

The Christmas Gospel 2017, Karlskirche

"The Christmas Gospel", Church of St. Charles

© Marcel Billaudet
Trumpet Players at "Trumpets in Concert" in the Minoriten Church

"Trumpets in Concert", Minorite Church

© Lukas Beck
Musikverein

Musikverein

© WienTourismus / Dagmar Landova
Christmas market on Stephansplatz, evening atmosphere with Christmas lights

St. Stephen's Cathedral with Christmas Market

© WienTourismus/David Auner
Exterior shot of the Wiener Konzerthaus
Wiener Konzerthaus © Lukas Beck
Altar of the Minoriten Church in Vienna.
Minoriten Church © Minoritenkirche
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