Vienna’s most attractive Christmas markets (2024)

From mid-November until Christmas, Vienna's most beautiful squares are transformed into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas baking, hot punch and toasted almonds wafts through the air. The Old City and shopping streets are decorated with festive lights that spread the Christmas cheer in Vienna.

A tall arched gateway with candles welcomes visitors at the entrance to the Viennese Christmas Market on City Hall Square. The traditional Christmas Market offers Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, culinary treats, confectionery, and warming drinks. At the Vienna Ice World at the Christmas Market, ice skaters can put on their skates and make rounds through the romantically illuminated City Hall Park. A special attraction for couples in love is the tree of hearts. For children, there's a 12 meter-high multi-level carousel and in the park a Christmas world with reindeer train, nativity scene trail, children's chalet, and a designated skating ring.

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 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 Market on the Campus 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.

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Imperial flair in front of palaces

The Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace enchants with its imperial backdrop and is converted into a New Year's market after Christmas. The atmospheric market offers traditionally crafted items, hand-made Christmas decorations, Christmas concerts and a wide-ranging kids program, including a the Star House Experience, Courtyard Carousel and Christmas Puzzle Adventure. 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. The Adventmarkt beim Gartenpalais Liechtenstein (Advent Market in the gardens of the Palais Liechtenstein) will take place for the third time this year and remains an insider’s tip for those seeking a quieter atmosphere.

There will be a diverse children’s program and, above all, a variety of handcrafted items for sale at what is already the 30th Art Advent at Karlsplatz. 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. This year’s Christmas Market on Spittelberg will be run as an Eco-Event for the first time, with sustainable, locally-sourced, fair-trade and organic offerings.

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Enjoyment and tradition

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.

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 January 8. The Almadvent in front of Messe Wien conveys a rural character. This Advent Village is made up of four areas: a family village with activities for children (ice rink, carousel, craft room, etc.), a shopping village with gift stalls, a gourmet village with culinary treats and an event village.

The Ottakringer Christmas Magic welcomes visitors to the grounds of the Ottakringer Brewery – both outdoors and indoors in the market hall. This sophisticated Christmas market serves up food, creative handicrafts, curling, and, of course, an Ottakringer beer punch from Thursday through Sunday.

Christmas markets in parks & gardens

The Christmas market in Türkenschanzpark offers a soothing park atmosphere with a festive touch. The Turkish fountain is surrounded by stands offering food and crafts such as glass blowers, jewelers and much more. The offering for children includes a crafts workshop at weekends. TheHirschstetten Botanical Gardens also draws visitors in to its Christmas market with a Christmas exhibition: this year’s exhibition features performances of Christmas fairy tales. The market itself offers organic food and drinks, delicacies from the local region, Christmas gifts and Christmas tree decorations.

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Viennese Christmas Market on City Hall Square

November 10 – December 26, 2023
Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
www.christkindlmarkt.at

Vienna Ice World at the Christmas Market:
November 10, 2023 – January 7, 2024, daily from 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm; December 31, closed

Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz

November 15 – December 26, 2023
Su-Th 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, Fr & Sa 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
December 25+26, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

New Year Market:
12.27.-12.31.2023
11.00 am - 7.00 pm, 12.31. 11.00 am - 6.00 pm

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

November 17 – December 26, 2023
Mo-Fr 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
December 26, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

New Year Market:
12.27.-12.31.2023
11.00 am - 7.00 pm, 12.31. 11.00 am - 6.00 pm

Christmas Village on the University Campus

November 10 – December 23, 2023
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 – 8.00 pm
Alserstrasse/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Advent at Liechtenstein Garden Palace

November 17 – December 23, 2023
Th-Fr 4.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Sa-Su & hols.11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Fürstengasse 1, 1090 Vienna
www.adventimgartenpalais.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung

November 17 – December 23, 2023
Daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Freyung, 1010 Vienna
www.altwiener-markt.at

Christmas Market Am Hof

November 10 – December 23, 2023
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 Schloss Schönbrunn

November 18 – December 26, 2023
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

New Years' Market: December 27, 2023 – January 4, 2024, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Art Advent – Art & Crafts on Karlsplatz

November 24 – December 23, 2023
Daily from 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm, food until 9.00 pm
Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna
www.artadvent.at

Christmas Market on Spittelberg

November 16 – December 23, 2023
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

Christmas Market on Stephansplatz

November 10 – December 26, 2023
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, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Winter Market on Riesenradplatz

November 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Mo-Fr 12.00 noon – 10.00 pm
Sa, Su & hols. 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm, December 31, 11.00 am – 2.00 am
Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna
www.wintermarkt.at

Almadvent

November 23 – December 22, 2023
Mo-Sa 3.00 pm – 8.00 pm, Su 12.00 noon – 10.00 pm (sales booths outdoors & craft parlor)
Gastro parlors: Mo-Sa 3.00 pm – 12.00 midnight, Su 12.00 noon – 10.00 pm
Messeplatz 1, 1020 Vienna
www.almadvent.at

Ottakringer Weihnachtszauber

November 23 – December 23, 2023
Th-Fr 3.00 pm - 9.00 pm, Sa 12.00 noon - 9.00 pm, Su 12.00 noon - 7.00 pm
Ottakringerplatz 1, 1160 Vienna
www.weihnachtszauber.wien

Christmas market in Türkenschanzpark

November 10 - December 23, 2023
Mon-Fri 3-10pm; Sat, Sun, public holidays: 12-10pm
Türkenschanzpark, 1180 Wien
www.weihnachtimpark.at

Christmas exhibition at the Hirschstetten Botanical Gardens

November 23 - December 23, 2023
Thurs-Sun 10am-10pm
Quadenstraße 15, 1220 Wien
www.wien.gv.at

Vienna’s most attractive Christmas markets (2024)

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