Winter Village at Belvedere Palace

Christmas markets

Much at this year's Vienna Christmas World at the Christmas Market is new: A tall arched gateway with candles receives visitors at the entrance to City Hall Square. The 150 or sales booths at the traditional Christmas Market offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, culinary treats, confectionery and warming drinks. New lighting is being added to the trees in the surrounding City Hall Park to create a festive sparkle along the Ringstrasse boulevard. This year for the very first time, visitors can skate through the park over two large ice rinks and along numerous paths. They can also go curling next to the 4,500 m² ice rink. Wondrous installations in the park focus on Christmas stories for children. In the Volkshalle at City Hall, the little ones can decorate gingerbread cookies and write wish lists to the Christkind.

Not far from here is the Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, between the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna. Over 70 booths offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas are set up here during Advent. Gospel choirs and music groups create a pre-Christmas atmosphere. The Christmas Village is replaced by the New Year's Village on 27 December. The romantic Christmas Village in the Altes AKH is also a popular meeting place in the run-up to Christmas, especially for a younger crowd from the neighboring university campus. With a children's railway and an old-fashioned carousel, the Christmas Village in the Altes AKH is also a big hit with families. Two curling lanes are also available.

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 mangers and ceramics. Festive Advent music can be heard on the square from 4.00 pm. 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 with elegant handicrafts and culinary delights.

Art Advent on Karlsplatz offers a diverse children's program and above all handicrafts to buy. Further variety is provided by art installations, show workshops and live bands. 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. This year for the first time, there will be a Christmas post office here with its own Spittelberg Christmas stamp.

Entertainment is the word at the Winter Market on Riesenradplatz under the slogan "The Prater rocks". There are children's adventure rides, musical live acts from Gospel to Soul and Pop and a humorous show program here until 8 January. The Christmas Market on Stephansplatz focuses on contemplation and tradition, with 26 booths offering high-quality products from Austria.

Information about Christmas markets in parks

Vienna Christmas World at the Christmas Market

11 November - 26 December 2016
Su-Th 10.00 am - 9.30 pm, Fr & Sa 10.00 am - 10.00 pm
24 December 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
wienerweihnachtstraum.at

Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz

16 November -26 December 2016
Su-Th 11.00 am - 9.00 pm, Fr & Sa 11.00 am - 10.00 pm
24 December 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
25+26 December 11.00 am - 7.30 pm
New Year's Village 27 December - 31 December 2016
11.00 am - 7.30 pm, 31 December 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

18 November - 23 December 2016
Daily from 10.00 am - 9.00 pm
Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village in the Altes AKH

12 November - 23 December 2016
Mo-Sa 2.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Su, hols. 11.00 am - 10.00 pm
Alserstrasse/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market

18 November - 23 December 2016
Daily from 10.00 am - 9.00 pm
Freyung, 1010 Vienna
www.altwiener-markt.at

Am Hof Advent Market

11 November - 23 December 2016
Mo-Th 11.00 am - 9.00 pm, Fr-Su & hols. 10.00 am - 9.00 pm, food until 10.00 pm
Am Hof, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt-hof.at

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

19 November - 26 December 2016
Daily from 10.00 am - 9.00 pm
24 December 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, 25-26 December 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
New Year's Market 27 December 2016 - 1 January 2017
Daily from 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at

Art Advent - Art & Crafts on Karlsplatz

18 November - 23 December 2016
Daily from 12.00 noon - 8.00 pm, food until 9.00 pm
Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna
www.artadvent.at

Christmas Market on Spittelberg

12 November - 23 December 2016
Mo-Th 3.00 pm - 9.00 pm, Fr 3.00 pm - 9.30 pm
Sa 12.00 noon - 9.30 pm, Su & hols. 12.00 noon - 9.00 pm
Spittelberggasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna
www.spittelberg.at

Winter Market on Riesenradplatz

19 November 2016 - 8 January 2017
Mo-Fr 12.00 noon - 10.00 pm
Sa, Su & hols. 11.00 am - 10.00 pm
24 December 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, 31 December 12.00 noon - 2.00 am
Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna
www.wintermarkt.at/wintermarkt

Christmas Market on Stephansplatz

11 November - 26 December 2016
Daily from 11.00 am - 9.00 pm
24 December 110.00 am - 4.00 pm, 25-26 December 11.00 am - 7.00 pm
Stephansplatz/towards Churhausgasse, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt-stephansplatz.at

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