Christmas in Vienna

Vienna is worth a visit during every season – also on just plain grey winter days. Whereas elsewhere the streets are filled with wafts of mist and the short winter days seem dull and grey, the centre of Vienna is filled with lights. Already weeks before Christmas the Viennese shopping streets are aglow with golden glitter and sparkles as far as the eye can see. Scattered all over town you can find Vienna’s famous Christmas markets, the so-called “Christkindlmärkte”. At this time of the year the federal capital of Austria really enchants both its tourists and its inhabitants.

Christmas in Vienna

Vienna during Advent season is simply beautiful. The winter cold is fought best with delicious hot punch or mulled wine at one of the numerous Christmas markets. A bag of edible chestnuts rounds off your stroll through the city in a culinary way.

Particularly during the winter months, the federal capital of Austria indeed resembles a shiny jewel. Although it gets dark a lot earlier than during summertime, the beloved traditional Christmas lights of the city illuminate Vienna in the most fantastic way. Thousands of lights as well as lovingly decorated shop windows enchant the strollers, magnificent light garlands hang alongside the well-known “Kärntner Straße”, the “Graben” and the “Kohlmarkt”. But not only in the Viennese city centre the streets and houses are festively decorated.


You can find Christmas markets all over Vienna, as the famous “Adventzauber” at the town Hall square for instance. Such markets are typical for the pre-christmas season in Vienna and they’re simply a must for everyone, who’s spending a city break here. Year after year they seem to cast a spell over even the inhabitants of Vienna.

The “Advent magic at the Viennese town Hall square” is only a 5 minutes walk away from our Hotel Zipser. The Park in Front of the festively illuminated town Hall turns into a magical wonderland at this time of the year. While visiting the biggest Christmas market of Vienna you can find a lot of beautiful little gifts at dozens of market stalls or you can simply enjoy the variety of culinary delicacies. A likewise magical and sentimental Christmas market is placed at the Spittelberg, a revitalized Biedermeier district. Further you can find well-known Christmas markets near the old general hospital, in Front of the Schönbrunn or the Belvedere palace and at the Maria-Theresien square (between the Museum of Art History and the museum of Natural History).

Christmas markets in Vienna

Christmas in Vienna: This means enjoyment and sparkling eyes, a dive into Viennas Christmassy wonderland, pleasant scents, out-of-the-box gift ideas and market atmosphere with a unique local flavour.


Christmas markets, which are just a few minutes’ walk away from the Hotel Zipser, are the following:

Viennese Christmas market – Advent magic

Opening hours

19.11 – 23.12 | daily 10:00 am – 09:30 pm
24.12 – 26.12 | 10:00 am – 06:30 pm

Further information
Rathausplatz, 1010 Wien
Vienna Christmas Dream

The Viennese Christmas market enchants with romance and nostalgia and with about 100 market stalls, which offer little handmade Christmas gifts, food, sweets and punch of course.

Old-Viennese Christmas market

Opening hours
18.11 – 23.12 | 10:00 am – 09:00 pm

Further information
Freyung, 1010 Wien

Old Viennese Chrismas Market

At one of the most beautiful places of the city centre, the Old-Viennese Christmas market offers lots of selected goods of craftsmanship, decoration out of glass, traditional cribs and ceramics, and this already since 1772.

Christmas village at the Maria-Theresien square

Opening hours
16.11 – 23.12 | daily 10:00 am – 09.00 pm
24.12 | 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
25.12 – 26.12 | 10:00 am – 06:00 pm

Further information
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz

At the Christmas village between the Museum of Art History and the Museum of Natural History about 64 market stalls invite their visitors to shop goods of traditional craftsmanship and other gifts for their loved ones. To get you into some Christmassy mood, events which showcase typical Austrian brass-Band music, gospel choires and music groups take place every now and then.

Christmas market “Am Hof”

Opening hours
11.11 – 23.12 | Mon – Thu 11:00 am – 09:00 pm & Fri – Sun & Public Holiday 10:00 am – 09:00 pm

Further information
Am Hof, 1010 Wien
Christmas Market “Am Hof”

Advent market with Christmassy decorations, jewellery, punch and other delicacies.

Christmas market at the Spittelberg

Opening hours
11.11 – 23.12 | Mon – Thu 02:00 pm – 09:00 pm, Fri 02:00 pm – 09:30 pm, Sat 10:00 am – 09:30 pm &  Sun & Public Holiday 10:00 am – 09:00 pm

Further information
Spittelberggasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Wien
Spittelberg Christmas Market

The Spittelberger Christmas market is located in some beautiful Biedermeier alleys. Besides the culinary offerings you can find elevated crafted goods. Especially the kids will be thrilled to see the shows of St. Nicholas and Santa Claus there.


Christmas village near the Old General Hospital

Opening hours
11.11 – 23.12 | Mon – Wed: 02:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Thu – Fri 02:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm & Sun 11:00 am – 09:00 pm

Further information
Universitätscampus, Alser Straße 4, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien
Christmas Village University Campus

During Advent season the beautiful park of the former Viennese general hospital (the old “AKH”) transforms into a sentimental Christmas village with festive sounds and tempting scents. For kids they offer a ride on the nostalgia carousel, a living crib as well as carriage tours with ponies.

The following Christmas markets are easily reached when going by public transport:

Christmas village at the Belvedere palace

Opening hours
18.11 – 23.12 | Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 09:00 pm, Sat – Sun & Public Holiday 10:00 am – 09:00 pm
24.12 | 11:00 am – 04:00 pm, 25.12  – 26.12 11:00 am – 07:00 pm

Further information
Oberes Belvedere, Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien
Christmas Village Belvedere Palace

The Christmas market at the romantic parkside of the baroque Belvedere palace offers about 45 festively decorated market stalls with lots of  traditional arts, crafts and Christmas decorations. Of course you can also find culinary delicacies like punch and mulled wine variations as well as a variety of local dishes and sweets. For the younger visitors there are also a fun carousel and a kids train to ride.


Christmas market in Front of the Schönbrunn palace

Opening hours
19.11 – 23.12 | 10:00 am – 09:00 pm
24.12 | 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
25.12 – 26.12 | 10:00 am  – 06:00 pm

Further information
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, 1130 Wien
Christmas Market Schönbrunn Palace

Every year from mid November until the End of December the “Court of honour” in Front of the former Hapsburg residency, the Schönbrunn palace, is illuminated by Christmassy lights. In imperial ambience traditional handcrafted goods, like jewellery and Christmas decoration, are being offered. Meanwhile local as well as international choires and brass bands fill the air with Christmassy sounds, whereas kids can participate in special cookie baking courses and games.

Arts & crafts market in Front of the St. Charles Cathedral

Opening hours
18.11 – 23.12 | daily 12:00 noon  – 08:00 pm

Further information
Karlsplatz, 1040 Wien
Art Advent Karlsplatz

This market is located directly at the Ressel Park in Front of the St. Charles Cathedral. As the main focus of the market lies on arts and crafts, you can find a lot of craftsmen from all over Central Europe there, who show their unique specimens. Further the craftsmanship of glass, wood, ceramics, leather and jewellery can be admired live at the Christmas market’s many stalls.