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Viennese winter delights                                                                                                                                                                        Baubles, beeswax candles, cookies and plenty of inspirational gift ideas – a stroll around one of Vienna’s Advent and Christmas markets or along the city’s beautifully illuminated streets is the perfect way to get in the mood for the upcoming winter break. The city has around 20 large Christmas markets with around 1,000 stands, as well as numerous smaller temporary markets, charity stands and huts selling hot drinks.

Traditionalists make a beeline for the large Advent markets in the city center, such as the Vienna Christmas World at the Christmas Market on Rathausplatz (set against the imposing backdrop of City Hall), or the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung. The Vienna Christmas World at the Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace and the Christmas Markets in front of the Belvedere Palace and on Maria-Theresien-Platz all have impressive imperial backdrops. Art Advent – Arts & Crafts on Karlsplatz, Spittelberg Christmas Market and Am Hof Advent Market all offer beautiful yuletide handicrafts. At the Winter Market on Riesenradplatz in the Prater there is entertainment and live music for visitors to enjoy. Winter im MQ approaches the run up to Christmas from a different angle with an unusual winter landscape, artistic light installations and other highlights.

Vienna Christmas World at the Christmas Market on Rathausplatz and the neighboring park includes a 4,000m² ice rink, which is open until December 30, 2017 and again from January 1-14, 2018. After which point the area will be extended
for Vienna Ice World which opens on January 19, 2018 at 5pm. Budding skaters can take to the ice at the Wiener Eislaufverein, Kunsteisbahn Engelmann, Albert-Schultz-Eishalle, Wiener Stadthalle and Eisring Süd.

Vienna Christmas Dream at the Christmas Market:

Christmas Market Nov 18-Dec 26, 2017, Vienna Christmas Dream Nov 18-Dec 30, 2017, Jan 1-14, 2018, Rathausplatz and
Rathauspark, 1010 Vienna, www.wienerweihnachtstraum.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market, Nov 18-Dec 23, 2017, Freyung, 1010 Vienna, www.altwiener-markt.at

Christmas Village and New Year’s Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, Nov 22-Dec 26, 2017 & Dec 27-31, 2017, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna, www.silvesterdorf.at

Am Hof Christmas Market, Nov 17, Dec 23, 2017, 1010 Vienna, www.weihnachtsmarkt-hof.at

Belvedere Palace Christmas Market, Nov 24-Dec 26, 2017, Upper Belvedere, Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna,

Art Advent – arts and crafts on Karlsplatz, Nov 17-Dec 23, 2017, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna, www.artadvent.at

Spittelberg Christmas Market, Nov 16-Dec 23, 2017, Spittelberggasse, Burggasse, Schrankgasse, Stiftgasse,
Siebensterngasse, 1070 Vienna, www.spittelberg.at

Culture and Christmas Market and Schönbrunn Palace New Year’s Market, Nov 18-Dec 26, 2017 & Dec 27, 2017-Jan
1, 2018, Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna, www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at

Winter Market on Riesenradplatz, Riesenradplatz, Prater, 1020 Vienna, www.wintermarkt.at

Winter im MQ, Nov 9-Dec 23, 2017, MuseumsQuartier, 1070 Vienna, www.mqw.at

Vienna Ice Dream, Jan 19-Mar 4, 2018, Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna, www.wienereistraum.com

Wiener Eislaufverein, Lothringerstrasse 22, 1030 Vienna, www.wev.or.at

Kunsteisbahn Engelmann, Syringgasse 14, 1170 Vienna, www.engelmann.co.at

Albert Schultz Eishalle, Attemsgasse 1, 1220 Vienna, www.albertschultzeishalle.at

Die EisStadthalle, Vogelweidplatz 14 (Hall C), 1150 Vienna, www.eisstadthalle.at

Eisring Süd, Windtenstrasse 2, 1100 Vienna, www.eisringsued.at


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