Winter Village at Belvedere Palace
© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Christmas markets

The opening of the Christmas markets will probably be postponed to the beginning of December due to the lockdown.

A COVID-19 prevention concept has been developed to ensure the Christmas markets pass off safely. This includes:

  • Mandatory face coverings for visitors and employees (except when consuming food and drinks)
  • Disinfectant dispensers and regular hand hygiene
  • No indoor activities
  • One-way regulations & marshal services
  • Fewer market booths to avoid bottlenecks
  • Recommendation not to organize a children's program
  • Maximum of 4 people per tall table in dedicated zones
  • Vienna Christmas Dream on City Hall Square: traffic light control and admission only on green
  • The information was published on November 17, 2020, and is regularly updated.

A tall arched gateway with candles receives visitors at the entrance to City Hall Square for the Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz. The 125 sales booths at the traditional Christmas Market offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, culinary treats, confectionery and warming drinks. The trees in City Hall park and along the Ringstrasse boulevard radiate a festive glow. At the "Little Vienna Ice World", visitors can skate through the park over a 3,000 m² ice rink and along numerous paths. A special attraction for couples in love is the tree of hearts. The Children's World offers a carousel, a reindeer train and wonderful light installations in the park.

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. The Christmas Village then transitions seamlessly into the New Year's Eve Village. The romantic Christmas Village on the University Campus is also a popular meeting point during the run-up to Christmas, especially for students. 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 Christmas Market. Christmas music and choral singing provide the perfect atmosphere.

Imperial flair in front of palaces

The Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace enchants with its imperial backdrop. 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 impresses visitors with its Baroque background. The unique palace park provides an ideal site for this 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. All of the food on offer is organically certified. There are also numerous booths full of handicrafts in the idyllic tiny alleyways of the Biedermeier district at the Christmas Market on Spittelberg as well as numerous other vendors with unique culinary gift ideas.

Enjoyment and tradition

The Imperial and Royal Christmas Market on Michaelerplatz in front of the Imperial Palace mainly presents products of Austrian manufacturers, sweet treats, pewter figures, hand-made cribs and much more in its white huts. The Christmas Market on Stephansplatz focuses on contemplation and tradition, with around 40 booths at the foot of St. Stephen's Cathedral offering high-quality products from Austria. The Advent pleasure market at the Opera House is all about culinary delights. Gingerbread, cheese, meats, punch and wine from regional producers get connoisseurs’ hearts racing.

Information about Christmas markets in parks

Video: 6 charming Christmas markets in Vienna

Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz

November 13 - December 26, 2020
Su-Th 11.00 am - 9.30 pm, Fr-Sa 11.00 am - 10.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am - 7.00 pm
December 25+26, 11.00 am - 9.30 pm
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
wienerweihnachtstraum.at

Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz

November 18 - December 26, 2020
Su-Th 11.00 am - 9.00 pm, Fr & Sa 11.00 am - 9.30 pm
December 24, 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
December 25+26, 11.00 am - 7.00 pm
New Year's Village, December 27, 2020 - January 6, 2021
Daily, 11.00 am - 7.00 pm, December 31, 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

November 22 - December 26, 2020
Mo-Fr 11.00 am - 9.00 pm, Sa, Su & hols. 10.00 am - 9.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
December 25+26, 11.00 am - 7.00 pm
New Year's Village, December 27-31, 2020
Daily, 11.00 am - 7.00 pm, December 31, 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village on the University Campus

November 13 - December 23, 2020
Mo-We 2.00 pm - 10.00 pm, Th-Fr 2.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Sa 11.00 am - 11.00 pm, Su 11.00 am - 9.00 pm
Alserstrasse/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market Freyung

November 21 - December 23, 2020
Daily from 10.00 am - 9.00 pm
Freyung, 1010 Vienna
www.altwiener-markt.at

Am Hof Christmas Market

November 13 - December 23, 2020
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

Christmas Market Schönbrunn Palace

November 21 - December 26, 2020
Daily from 10.00 am - 9.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, December 25+26, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at

Art Advent - Art & Crafts on Karlsplatz

November 20 - December 23, 2020
Daily from 12.00 noon - 8.00 pm, food until 9.00 pm
Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna
www.artadvent.at

Christmas Market on Spittelberg

November 13 - December 23, 2020
Mo-Th 2.00 pm - 9.00 pm, Fr 2.00 pm - 9.30 pm
Sa 10.00 am - 9.30 pm, Su & hols. 10.00 am - 9.00 pm
Spittelberggasse, Stiftgasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna
www.spittelberg.at

Imperial and Royal Christmas Market

November 13 - December 26, 2020
Daily from 11.00 noon - 8.00 pm
Michaelerplatz, 1010 Vienna
www.kuk-weihnachtsmarkt.at

Christmas Market on Stephansplatz

November 13 - December 26, 2020
Daily from 11.00 am - 9.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, December 25+26, 11.00 am - 7.00 pm
Stephansplatz/towards Churhausgasse, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Advent pleasure market at the Opera House

November 13 - December 31, 2020
Daily from 11.00 am - 9.00 pm
December 24 closed, 31 December 11.00 am - 2.00 am
Mahlerstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna
www.adventgenussmarkt.at

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