The Festive Markets in Vienna
The Festive market inside and in front of Vienna's Town Hall is one of the wintry highlights in the city. The aroma of Christmas delicacies such as chestnuts, punch and candy floss from the roughly 140 wooden huts attracts numerous visitors from all over the world to Vienna's Festive market every year. Numerous items, such as plenty of handicrafts, tree decorations and gift ideas, bring joy to young and old alike.On both sides of the Christmas market the imaginatively decorated Rathauspark with its heart tree, Advent studio and cloud post office attract all those on the hunt for some festive magic. You can also hand in your personal wish list for Santa here, hear some Christmas stories, or send season's greetings from the cloud post office.
The history of the Festive Market
The Festive market in Vienna took place for the first time in 1296. Back then it still had the name "December market" and was designed to ensure a supply of provisions to the Viennese residents during the winter months. From the 16th century onwards, not only the usual assortment of goods but also the first Lebkuchen gingerbread and confectionary began to be sold at the "Thomas market", as the Festive market was called at this time. Since 1975 the market has been held at Vienna's Town Hall square and has maintained all of its charm up to the present day.
Festive market at Spittelberg
A visit during the holiday season to the Viennese district of Spittelberg, which is transformed into a unique winter village, remains unforgettable. There is an especially atmospheric feeling to the Festive market there and it is only ten minutes' walk from the historical centre of Vienna. Over 100 stallholders stir up the festive spirit here with their winterly items and gift ideas.
Christmas Village in front of the Belvedere palaces
In addition to the national and international stars, there are choirs, brass ensembles and music groups that create a truly festive atmosphere on the "Angel's Voice Stage" in front of the palace. The baroque Belvedere palaces are a fascinating backdrop for the Christmas village. Festively decorated stalls, the refined handicrafts, fancy gift ideas and a variety of culinary specialities round off the offerings.
The Old Viennese Christmas Market is located on the Freyung square in Vienna's inner city, in front of the atmospheric backdrop of the historical palace. The Festive market is predominately known for its varied selection of traditional Austrian handicrafts and nostalgic toys that can be marvelled at and purchased here. The music programme, which displays true diversity, and the many demonstrations of handicrafts, as well as the puppet theatre for young visitors, complete the fantastic atmosphere.
Culture and Christmas Market by the Schönbrunn Palace
The aroma of fresh festive treats and hot punch hangs in the air and cloaks the Culture and Christmas Market by the Schönbrunn Palace in a truly festive atmosphere. The idyllic market is located directly in the palace courtyard in front of the Habsburg summer residence. The attractive offerings include a varied selection of traditional handicrafts, handmade jewellery and rustic tree decorations. Local and international choirs on the stage by the festively decorated large tree provide festive music.
Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz
The Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz is located between the Art and Natural History Museum. In addition to the classic Festivemarket offerings, first and foremost the imposing backdrop of the Ringstrasse, with its places of interest such as the Hofburg Palace or the Museum Quarter, provides the special feature of this Festive village.