Vienna is one of the most beautiful Christmas destinations in all of Europe. The historic architecture, wonderful museums, pedestrianised streets, all look stunning under Christmas lights and occasional snow. The main Vienna Christmas Market is held in front of the Town Hall, a stunning backdrop to one of the oldest Advent events in Europe. But there are many other festive Christmas markets in Vienna and in this guide, we list the best.
Vienna Christmas Markets 2021
Vienna’s Christmas markets are easily in the top 5 Christmas markets in Europe and quite possibly the number one. Vienna is an incredible, historic city with beautiful architecture, world-class museums, unique stores, diverse cuisine and a progressive community. It is often voted the most liveable city in and it’s a well-deserved accolade.
The Christmas markets span the city from the main market in front of the Town Hall to the magical Christmas Village at the Belvedere Palace. The Christmas Village on Maria Theresien Square is huge, sandwiched between the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art, two of Vienna’s most grandiose buildings.
Another favourite is the Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Palace or you could try the more modern Winter Market at the Museum Quarter.
Other Advent markets scattered around the city are typically Viennese in style and generally cater more to locals, taking place predominantly in the German language. These markets are actually great if you want to get a more ‘Austrian’ experience although you can’t go wrong with any of the Vienna Christmas markets, big or small, local or international.
Vienna Christmas Market
Vienna’s main Christmas market is a traditional Viennese Advent market located at Rathausplatz, Vienna’s Town Hall. The Christmas tree and park will be illuminated by Christmas lights and decorations. You’ll find wonderful culinary treats, Viennese desserts, mulled wine, hot cider and hot chocolate. Handmade gifts are popular and Christmas events include cookie baking classes and candle making. An ice skating rink in front of the Town Hall is popular with children.
Vienna Christmas Market dates: The opening of the Town Hall Christmas market has been postponed. Finalised dates will be announced later in 2021.
Opening times: TBA
Location: Rathausplatz – in front of the Town Hall.
Reason to visit: A traditional experience with incredible food, drinks, variety and atmosphere all in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Specialities: International choirs, vanillekipferl Christmas crescent cookies, handmade decorations and the best food in Austria.
Tips: Book a long stay if you can. There is so much to see in Vienna, not just Christmas related but in every other way. A weekend is too short but enjoy it if that’s all you can manage.
Hotels near Vienna Christmas Market: 25hours Hotel in the Museum Quarter – close to both the Town Hall and the Christmas Village on Maria Theresien Square.
Hotels near Vienna Christmas Market
There are so many hotels in Vienna it can be difficult to know where to stay. Our guide to the best hotels near Vienna Christmas Market can simplify the process for you. Read the article to get an understanding of Vienna’s different neighbourhoods and those that are within walking distance to the Christmas markets.
Christmas Village on Maria Theresien Platz
A short walk from the Town Hall, past the famous Volksgarten and Hofburg Palace and you’ll reach Maria Theresien Platz. This is the stunning square between the Museum of Natural History and the Kunsthistorisches Museum (the Museum of Art). It’s an incredible location at the best of times but during Christmas it is home to the Christmas Village, a small Christmas market that also opens for New Year’s.
Christmas Village dates: 17th November to 26th December 2021 and New Year’s Eve.
Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 11am – 9pm; Friday and Saturday 11am – 10pm; 24th December 11am – 4pm.
Location: Maria Theresien Platz.
Reason to visit: A compact Christmas market in one of the most beautiful locations in Vienna.
Tips: Cross the road to visit MuseumsQuartier and the Neubau district bars and restaurants.
Belvedere Palace Christmas Market
Belvedere Palace is one of many historic palaces in Vienna with a beautifully curated formal garden. The Belvedere Christmas Village consists of 40 traditional market stalls. This is a great Christmas market if you prefer a more traditional market with fewer crowds than at the larger Christmas markets.
Belvedere Palace Christmas Market dates: 19th November to 26th December 2021 and New Year’s Eve.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 11am – 9pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 9pm; 24th December 11am – 4pm; 25th and 26th December 11am – 7pm.
Location: Belvedere Palace, Prinz Eugen-Straße.
Reason to visit: One of the more intimate Christmas markets in Vienna, situated on the grounds of an incredible palace.
Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market
One of the most popular Christmas markets in Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace is an incredible baroque setting in which to celebrate Christmas in Vienna. The Christmas stalls sell traditional handicrafts, wooden toys and an incredible array of Christmas decorations made of glass, wood, ceramics, paper and tin. The culinary menu offers plenty of punch and mulled wine variations as well as Austrian delicacies such as sugared pancake with raisins, sweet chestnuts or gingerbread.
Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market dates: 20th November to 2nd January 2022 (New Year’s dates still to be confirmed).
Opening times: 10am to 9pm. Closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve.
Location: Schönbrunn Palace.
Reason to visit: Try the vanillekipferl biscuits dipped in hot chocolate.
Stephansplatz Christmas Market
In front of the iconic St Stephen’s Cathedral is the very busy Stephansplatz Christmas Market. Located in the heart of Vienna’s central pedestrian-only shopping district, you’re sure to come across it at some point during your time in Vienna.
Stephansplatz Christmas Market dates: 12th November to 26th December 2021.
Opening times: 10am to 9pm. Closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve.
Location: Stephansplatz, at the corner of Graben and Kärntner Straße in the 1st district.
Art Advent on Karlsplatz
Art Advent is focused on art installations, music performances and children’s events. All the food served here is certified organic.
Karlsplatz Christmas Market dates: 19th November to 23rd December 2021.
Opening times: 12pm to 8pm.
Location: Karlsplatz, near the Karlskirche.
There are more Christmas markets in Vienna but those listed are some of the best Austrian Christmas markets. Vienna is a very walkable city, even in winter, and you’re sure to come across other Christmas markets as you explore the city.
The Viennese appreciate artisanal workmanship and support locally produced goods at the Christmas markets and in their daily lives. You can do the same while in Vienna as part of a wonderful Christmas in Vienna experience.
Note that the Vienna Christmas markets dates 2021 are subject to change at short notice. Please stay up to date with the latest government regulations and health requirements before travelling and while in Vienna.
If you have visited Vienna in December or Christmas in Austria and would like to share your experience, leave a comment or a Christmas market review below.
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