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Children at the Christmas market
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Advent program for children

In the run-up to Christmas, a family visit to the Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz is a tradition. A tall arched gateway with candles forms the entrance, the trees are draped in fairytale lighting, and everyone can go skating through the park on a 3,000 m² ice rink. Children will be wide-eyed at the sight of the wares and treats offered by the more than 150 market booths. The Christmas World in the park is packed with attractions for the youngest visitors: Reindeer train, sleigh ride, historic carousel and interactive stations. (November 17 - December 26)

At the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, the grown-ups marvel at the diverse handicrafts, while the little ones enjoy Kasperl, Strolchi and their amusing experiences to the fullest. Creative kids can prove their skill at making musical clay pipes. (November 17 - December 23)

The atmospheric Christmas Village at the Altes AKH also has lots to offer children: A nostalgic carousel, a children's railway, Giant Ferris Wheel, puppet show and magic show. (November 17 - December 23)

In the Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace, the very youngest can climb aboard the nostalgic children's carousel and go for a ride on the reindeer railway. (November 23 - December 26)

The Vienna Prater organizes a winter market on Riesenradplatz. The kids explore the Prater together with the adults - on adventure rides on board the winter train, at the puppet show and at the winter circus. There's action on the chair-o-plane and in the autodrome. A round on the Giant Ferris Wheel is unforgettable for everyone. (November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019)

Schönbrunn Palace and Zoo

The Cultural and Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace, with its romantic booths, is especially nice. Children can model marzipan figures, decorate gingerbread and play in the adventurous House of Stars. Shepherds on stilts are the market's mascots – they help to solve tricky puzzles in a participatory rally. (November 24 - December 26, New Year's Market until January 6, 2019)

At the Children's Museum in Schönbrunn Palace, where palace ghost Poldi resides, Poldi's Christmas Workshop (November 24 - December 24) and special guided Christmas tours for children (Sa, Su, hols.) are on the program. St. Nicholas gives presents to all the children on "his" day (6 December). On 24 December, Poldi tells a Christmas story on a guided puppet tour.

At Schönbrunn Zoo, visitors can make small Christmas gifts in the ORANG.erie under expert instruction and bake Christmas animal-shaped cookies at the Tyrolean farm (December 8/9). There are free guided tours of the zoo for children every Sunday in Advent. On December 6, after a pre-Christmas puppet show, St. Nicholas arrives. And on December 24, a visit to the penguins and maned seals shortens the wait for the Christkind. Anyone in need of some last-minute gifts can make a few in the ORANG.erie until 4.00 pm.

Shepherds' songs and Advent concerts

The popular children's songwriter Bernhard Fibich gives participatory Christmas concerts at the House of Music and at Kabarett Niedermair.

The Vienna Boys' Choir gets in the mood for Christmas with its program Good Shepherds in their concert hall, the MuTh. (December 11-15)

Marko Simsa performs his program "Tastenzauber - Klavierhits & Weihnachtslieder" (Keyboard Magic - Piano Hits & Christmas Songs) on December 15 at the House of Music. Together with the Boogie Woogie Gang, he invites everyone aged 5 years and up to sing and dance along at the "Swinging Christmas" concert on December 23 in the Stadtsaal.

Unusual instruments are used at the Christmas concert of Schneck & Co. at Kabarett Niedermair, from the singing saw to angklungs. (December 23)

You can find even more for families to do during Advent in our event database

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