Christmas markets (Austrian: Christkindlmarkt) have an ancient tradition in Vienna. Here you will find out which Christmas markets Vienna has to offer. These are the most beautiful Advent & Christmas markets in Vienna 2018.
A punch or mulled wine (well, maybe two), a little snow and some lovingly decorated stalls at a romantic Christmas market – that’s all I need to get into the Christmas spirit. When I stroll through the winter landscape with my sweetheart and the carol singers sing a song, then the evening is almost perfect.

We have summarized the most popular and most beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna so you too can get the feeling that is “FINALLY CHRISTMAS”.

Advent & Christmas markets in Vienna to fall in love with

  • Advent market in front of Karlskirche
  • Christmas Market in the Old AKH (U of V Campus)
  • Christmas Market in front of City Hall
  • Christmas Market Am Hof
  • Christmas Garden in the Folklore Museum
  • Christmas Village in front of the Belvedere Castle
  • Old Viennese Christmas Market

Advent Market in front of Karlskirche

When the christmas lights are twinkling over Karlsplatz, when the pond becomes a straw landscape, and when live Christmas music fills the surroundings with romantic tunes, then you can be sure it’s Art Advent.

Thanks to Art Advent, this year’s Christmassy atmosphere will be back at Karlsplatz. The craftspeople will be presenting their latest products on this magnificent Christkindlmarkt and, just like every year, they will show their work techniques at the inspiring Schauwerkstatt (a live showing of their craftsmanship).

Place: Karlsplatz, in front of Karlskirche
Dates: Opened from Nov. 23rd-Dec. 23rd 2018
Times: Daily from 12pm-8pm
How to get there: U1, U2, U4, Tram D, J, 1, 2, 62, 65, Badnerbahn, Bus 4A, 49A, 57A, 59A

The Viennese Christmas Market in front of City Hall

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Embedded in the picturesque backdrop of the city hall square lies Vienna’s most beautiful Christmas wonderland. Indulge in a cozy get-together and experience romantic hours that will certainly get you into the Christmas mood.

At Vienna’s Rathausplatz, you will be welcomed by the impressive sight during the Christmas season. There are a variety of themed worlds full of magic and Christmas joy that will surely bring Christmas fantasies to life and create beautiful memories for children young and old. Stroll around and enjoy a dreamy view over the beautifully decorated City Hall Square, enjoy the delightful offer of the individual stands and let the unique athmosphere of the Town Hall in the Viennese evening sky enchant you.

Discover the beautiful side of the city with a warm cup of the numerous punch creations or a mulled wine. Maybe add something sweet, a reminiscent of Grandma’s Christmas kitchen or something spicy. Discover hidden treasures, filigree crafts, jewelry, toys, treats and much more.

Special Highlight: the Ice Rink

On 4,500m², visitors can enjoy skating in front of a fantastic backdrop, accompanied by seasonal Christmas music every day from 10am to 9.30pm. A skate and helmet rental is on site. On December 24th, the Christmas market at Rathausplatz will be open from 10am-7pm.

Place: City Hall Square, 1010 Wien
Dates: Opened from Nov. 16th – Dec. 24th
Times: Opened Daily: Sun-Thur 10am-9:30pm, Fr-Sat from 10am-10pm
Dec. 24th: 10am-7pm, Dec. 25th&26th: 11am-9:30pm
How to get there: U2 Station Rathaus, Tram 2, D

Christmas Market Am Hof, 1010 Wien

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The Christmas market Am Hof, lined with historic buildings of various eras, is reopened this year from November 16th – December 23rd. Since 1842, the idyllic Christmas market inspires a romantic Christmas mood.
A special tip: Try the Zirbenpunsch, my absolute favorite. Or the specially brewed “Christmas Bock Beer – Am Hof” – really strong!

Place: Am Hof, 1010 Vienna
Dates: Opened from Nov. 16th – Dec. 23rd
Times: Mo.-Thu. 11am-9pm; Fr., Sat., Sun and Dec. 8th 10am-9pm
How to get there: Bus Line A1 Herrengasse or Wipplingerstraße, U3 Herrengasse, U1 Stephansplatz 5min walking over Graben; U2 Schottentor 5 min walking through Freyung
Specials: Wind Orchestra: Fr. 27.11, 4.12., 11.12., 18.12.2018 from 6-7pm

Christmas Market at Spittelberg:

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Our “Editor’s Pick”! This classic Christmas market offers pure Christmas spirit for all ages with over 100 craft stalls in the atmospheric ambience of the Biedermeier suburb of Spittelberg. A varied program for children (Punch, Nikolo, Santa Claus, etc.) makes this market perfect for the little ones. One thing is clear: this atmosphere makes even the biggest Grinch fall in love with Christmas.

The Spittelberg-Häferl is also a popular collector’s item.

Place: Spittelbergviertel, 1070 Wien
Dates: Opened from Nov. 15th-Dec. 23rd 2018
Times: Mo-Thu: 2pm-9pm
Fr: 2pm-9:30pm
Sat: 10am-9pm
Sun & Holidays: 10am-9pm
How to get there: Station Volkstheater: 48A, 49, U2, U3

„Advent in the Folklore Museum – Advent like back in the day“

Historical handicrafts from the region around Vienna, Christmas songs that really get you in the mood and a beautifully illuminated court yard. In short: an “Advent like in the good ol´ days”.
This special atmosphere comes to life thanks to the market in the Folklore Museum on the second and third Advent weekend.

Especially cool for younger or older children: the Egerländer nativity scene with its moving figures.

Place: Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien
Dates: Every Advent Weekend on Saturday and Sunday
Times: Friday: 3-7pm
Saturda & Sunday: 10am-7pm
How to get there: With the 262 Bus in direction Maria Enzersdorf Kloster – Exit Bahnhof Mödling.

Christmas Market at the Uni Campus/Old AKH

In the middle of the green oasis of the University Campus Old AKH you can find a lovely Christmas village. Perfect for a romantic date or as an outing with the whole family.

Place: Campus of University of Vienna – Hof 1
Alserstraße / Spitalgasse
1090 Wien
Dates: JEach Advent Weekend on Saturday and Sunday
Times: Monday-Tuesday: 2pm-10pm
Wednesday: 11am-10pm
Thursday-Friday: 2pm-11pm
Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 11am-9pm
How to get there:: U2: Station Schottentor then on with the tram 43 or 44 – station Lange Gasse. Tram: 33/5: Station Lange Gasse. Bus: 13A: Station Skodagasse

Summary & More Info

Winter time in Vienna is unique. And Christmas and Advent markets are simply part of the pre-Christmas romance. You can find out more about the individual exhibitors and markets here..