Vienna Christmas Market 2021( Everything you need to know)

 Vienna’s architectural beauty and imperial charm make it a popular tourist destination all year long. The city is truly magical in the winter, so be sure to visit in that season. There are dozens of Christmas markets (called Weihnachtsmärkte) throughout the city that start appearing at the end of November. Christmas villages are created in the prettiest squares. Handmade goods and mouthwatering treats can be found at the stalls. Strongly scented with mulled wine and gingerbread, the air is filled with an intoxicating aroma. You can keep warm in the freezing cold by drinking a cup of wine.

Vienna is well known for its Christmas markets dating back hundreds of years. A December market was a privilege granted to the city by Albert I of Germany in 1298. New ones have appeared over the years, making it a magical place around Christmastime.

In Vienna, 12 different markets are available for Christmas shopping. are several locations to choose from along the Ringstrasse and Old Town. Therefore, it is easy to walk around them. However, you’ll need to use public transport to get to those located at the Prater and Schönbrunn Palace.

Vienna Christmas Market 2021

  1. Dream Christmas Market at City Hall

There is no better place to indulge in holiday spirit than at the Viennese Dream Christmas Market near City Hall. This market has its own character because of the unique backdrop, as well as the delicious aromas that will lull each visitor into a sense of seasonal joy.

The ground floor of the City Hall, which is dedicated to children, has candle making and Christmas cookie making classes for children. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can also enjoy carols sung by international choirs. By entering through Lichtenfelsgasse, you can reach the museum. The entry is free.

Opening Time

  • The 13th to the 26th of November
  • Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Until 7:00 p.m. on 24th December
  • Stephansplatz market during Christmas

Right in the center of the city, right under St. Stephan’s Cathedral, this market is very difficult to miss. Various quality products are offered by more than 40 stalls. In front of the cathedral’s lit-up facade, a giant Christmas tree sparkles.

The wooden stalls, too, feature beautiful lighting in accordance with the simple and elegant design of the Belvedere Palace. Artisans and craftspeople from Austria make, enhance, or manufacture the majority of our arts and crafts.

There are also elegant and less sweet spicy punches. In sum, after visiting Stephansdom or attending an Advent concert there, this is a great place to celebrate.

Opening time

  • The 13th to the 26th of November
  • Every day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • On the 24th of December, 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 25th, and Sunday, December 26th – 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  • The Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

They are positioned directly in front of the upper Belvedere Palace, which has an impressive design. They sell the usual warm drinks and treats for this cold season, as well as many nice small Christmas presents. If you’re lucky, you might reach there without a rush on weekdays.

Opening Time

  • Between 20 November and 31 December
  • Every day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Open from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the 24th of December
  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., from 25th to 30th December
  • Wednesday, the 31st of December, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

4. Market on Karlsplatz with organic products

A petting zoo and craft tents can be found at the most family-friendly Vienna holiday market, Art Advent Karlsplatz. There’s also live music, fire dances, street theater, and a fashion show at this market that goes beyond the usual mulled wine and cheap souvenirs. One of the biggest highlights of this holiday market is that it caters to the health-conscious consumer. The market’s products all come with organic certificates. With Christmas arts and crafts for children, parents can relax and stroll around the market while their children are taken care of by a well-trained staff.

Opening Time

  • During the period of 20 November to 23 December
  • From 12 to 8 p.m. daily

5. Maria-Theresien Platz’s Christmas Village

Located next to the Museum of Natural History and Museum of Art, it is an impressive twin building complex. This is one of the largest Christmas markets in the country with more than 70 booths. Market stalls are festively decorated, and culinary delights are plentiful, so no one can miss the Christmas atmosphere.

Whether you are seeking original gift ideas or culinary delights, this is the perfect place. Furthermore, it is open for a longer period than most others. As of 27 December, the village is transformed into a New Year’s Village.

Opening Time

  • Between 18 November and 6 January
  • Every day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Until 4:00 p.m. on December 24th
  • Until 7:00 p.m. – Dec. 25th – Jan. 6th
  • Until 6:00 PM on 31st December

6. Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market

 The festive market contains about 60 exhibitors and is an opportunity for visitors to view handcrafted products, original gifts, and Christmas decorations made by hand right in front of Schönbrunn Palace.

There is a wonderful atmosphere in the air due to the aroma of freshly baked Vanillekipferl and hot punch. The evening market is a magical place to visit at night since everything is lit up and the atmosphere is enchanting.

Opening Time

  • Within the period of 20 November 2021 to 4 January 2022
  • Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Until 4:00 p.m. on December 24th
  • The 25th and 26th of December – until 6:00 p.m.  

  • Am Hof Advent Christmas Market

Am Hof square is a great place to walk around the beautiful Christmas market, which is great for combining with the Freyung Christmas market and Kohlmarkt area. You’ll surely enjoy handwoven wool products, frankincense, honey crafted in Austria, and hearty Austrian snacks if you love all of these things.

Zirbenpunsch, made of fragrant Swiss pine, is the specialty of this market. On Thursday nights, Radio Wien sponsors a charity show and regularly hosts gospel choirs as well as local music.

Opening Time

  • Between 13 November and 23 December
  • Every day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • The Old Vienna Christmas Market

Altwiener market is within walking distance of Am Hof Advent Market, situated on a tranquil square. Authenticity and heritage mark this market as one of the oldest in Vienna. There is still a traditional feel to this home from the 18th century. Altwiener market is your best bet if you want an authentic experience.

Opening Time

  • Between 21 November and 23 December
  • Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Village Altes AKH

Visit Vienna’s former general hospital to experience a traditional Viennese holiday atmosphere at the Christmas Village Altes AKH. Along the streets and narrow alleyways are a variety of beautifully decorated and designed market stalls offering beautiful gifts and delicious Glühwein.

Opening Time

  • From 13 November until 23 December
    12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day
  1. Spittelberg Christmas Market

There are narrow side streets in Spittelberg, a revitalized Biedermeier-era district. Approximately 100 stalls will be offering yummy foods and homemade gifts. The local community considers it one of the best markets.

Opening Time

Between 13 November and 23 December Mon-Fri – 2:00 to 09:00 Sat-Sun – 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

  1. Riesenradplatz Winter Market

 “Prater Rocks! is the motto throughout the winter season at the Prater gardens’ famous Riesenradplatz winter market. A live music performance will take place on stage every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m.

You’ll find gospel, pop, and soul in everything we have! Wintertime at Prater features chair-o-plane rides, puppet shows, a winter circus, as well as hot drinks and edible treats for purchase.

Opening Time

  • Between 20 November 2021 and 9 January 2022
  • From 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 24th December
  • 12pm – 2am, 31st December
  1. Winter at the Museumsquartier (MQ)

A winter party in Vienna takes on a contemporary edge. Winter at the Museumsquartier is a hip way to enjoy the Advent season. This market is by far the most unique in the city, with LED screens, DJ music, and a hot punch bar. Enjoy alternative Vienna at Christmas time by gathering your friends and drinking Glühwein.

Opening Time

  • From November 8 to December 23
  • From 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Monday through Friday
  • 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Vienna a special place at Christmas?

 Christmas concerts featuring Strauss and Mozart fill Vienna during December. If you want to experience the atmosphere of Advent, check out a choral concert or church service. Stephansdom and Minoritenkirche are popular venues.

Is Vienna likely to get snow in December?

There is almost always snow in December in Vienna. It is very likely that there will be snow in December, which makes seeing Christmas markets especially atmospheric. The average temperature in December is about O°C. There are a lot of fun things to do in Vienna when it snows, from snowball fights to tobogganing.

Conclusion

Visiting Vienna at Christmas is a delight and fun to remember. There are a lot of places to explore. Twelve Christmas markets are in Vienna. After reading this article you would be able to visit any of these markets without any difficulties. Just remember to take warm clothes with you

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