What to do on Christmas Day in Vienna?

Christmas Day is almost here, and we know that not everyone is bound to spend it with their families. Especially in Vienna that opens up the question of what to do over Christmas when you have all the time and no plans?

Here is a short overview of the events that await you on Christmas Day (25th) in Vienna 2018!

The Nutcracker (ballet

Vienna Staatsoper, 2pm

Ensemblemitglieder der Wr. Staatsoper.

You want to lighten up your Christmas day with some culture? How about watching one of the most popular pieces of ballet literature then! The Nutcracker came back to Vienna Staatsoper in 2012 with a unique dance interpretation of Rudolf Nurejew’s piece from 1967. As a result you now get the chance to enjoy this version on Christmas day in one of the worlds most important opera houses. Get your ticket soon → www.wiener-staatsoper.at

Christmas Day Parties

Vienna is done with the family marathon and ready to party hard. On the 25th you’ll find a whole selection of parties you can go to. Here’s just a first taste.

Sense & Rave On! @Fluc 

Fluc is celebrating Christmas with some chilled out sounds starting at 9pm followed by a 90’s rave party (11pm) including UV body paints, free glow sticks, a lazer show and a lot of 90s rave music.

BBB X-mas special @Heart Club

On a different note, Heart Club is celebrating this year with a Bar, Babes & Bouncer special. Music by Digital Konfusion.

Persianity – Christmas Party @Babenberger Passage

Persian, RnB, house and oriental by DJ In2itive, Dj Caveman and Dj 021 await you.

Habibi night XMas Special @Aux gazelles

After already celebrating on the 24th, Aux gazelles follows up with its Habibi nights. Arabic hits and RnB by Dj Sam the Kid & Dj M.G.E

Psy to Tek is bac – Part 2 @Flex

Flex has prepared a whole DJ line up for your Christmas party. Many23, Illtek, Turbina, Audiopirat and tingel-tangel-tek await you.

ClassiX Xmas Party @Horst

This year, Horst promises a Christmas party like in “good old times” with techno and house hits and classics from the last 20 years on 2 floors.

Schönbrunn Palace experience: Guided tour & Concert

Orangierie Schönbrunn, 4pm

Schönbrunn Concert & Tour

Immerse yourself in the past splendour of the Habsburg Empire and enjoy an exclusive tour of the Schönbrunn Palace, followed by an inspiring Schönbrunn Palace Concert. The concert features well-loved pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss to complete your royal Christmas experience → Tickets

Christmas and New Year’s Concerts

Minoritenkirche, 7.30pm

Another classic option for your Christmas day is offered by Minoritenkirche. While the church itself fascinates with its gothic architecture and baroque paintings , also the Vienna Classicists Orchestra promises a experiences of Vienna’s magnificent past. Find out more about the concert right → here.

Wiener Eistraum


While it is not quite an event, the Vienna Eistraum does offer a lovely experience for your Christmas Day. The ice skating area is spread over several paths throughout the park that will reach their full size in January. However, a part of the ice skating park can already be enjoyed today and promises a lot of fun throughout the day.

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What to do on Christmas Eve in Vienna?

Christmas Eve is almost here, and we know that not everyone is bound to spend it with their families. Especially in Vienna that opens up the question of what to do over Christmas when you have all the time and no plans?

So, this is our best-of for your Christmas Eve (24th) in Vienna 2018!

Having Dinner on Christmas Eve

We neither want you to stay alone nor to go hungry. That’s why we’re sharing wien.info’s list of restaurants with you. You might want to reserve a table first though! Since there are only so many restaurants that are open (and those that are could be understaffed) there is often a limited amount of tables and food available!

Z’Weihnachten Nicht alleine!

Jazzcafe Zwe, Floßgasse 4, 18:00

In the mood for some Jazz? This is the place to be. Jazzcafe Zwe not only wants to celebrate Christmas with some Jazz, but is especially proud of its homely atmosphere. You can look forward to a musical Christmas surprise by Ray Aichinger’s, Jonas Reingold’s and Vladimir Kostadinovic’s band. Christmas guests will be Huub Claasens (NL, Voc.) and Miki Liebermann (AU, Guit.) Find out more right here  zwe.at

Marina & The Kats

Porgy&Bess, Riemergasse 11, 10pm

Marina & The Kats celebrating Christmas this year under the motto SWING SWING SWING by bringing on their newest album “Wild”. If you want to have some fun on Christmas Eve then Marina shall get you grooving with her unique, charming voice, cool sounds and rousing melodies. This night promises to conjure a smile on your face. https://www.porgy.at/events/8962/

Single Bells Weihnachtsparty

Aux Gazelles, Rahlgasse 5

If you’re not only looking for anyone tonight but someone special then this might just be your event! Aux Gazelles is hosting Vienna’s Christmas Single Party with a special program. Join the 3-course dinner, dance to Soul/Funk & Discohouse music by DJ Vladimir S and get free hugs & Mokka shots by Monka. Also, every visitor can join the late night speed dating and visit the local psychic. Tickets are available here → SingleBells.Net

Christmas Party – Why not

WhyNot – Gayclub, Tiefer Graben 22, 10pm

Vienna’s oldest Gayclub WhyNot is also celebrating Christmas this year.  With special deals alcohol such as Schlumberger and Nussbusserl-shots, you can really get that Christmas party started! DJ’s will provide you with Dance music and Pop-sounds on 2 floors. WhyNot Christmas party

Schönbrunn Palace: Evening Concert

Orangerie Schönbrunn, 3pm

Schönbrunn Concert

Take in the festive atmosphere at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, and experience a delightful performance of music by Mozart and Strauss. Enjoy overtures, arias, and duets from the most famous operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Well-loved operetta arias, waltzes, and polkas by Johann Strauss comprise the second part of the performance. Tickets are available here → Schoenbrunn Concert

Vienna Royal Orchestra: Mozart & Strauss Concert

Haus am Beethovenplatz, 4.30pm

To celebrate Christmas Eve the Royal Classic Gala presents masterworks of the renowned Austrian composers Mozart and Strauss performed by the Vienna Royal Orchestra. The Vienna Royal Orchestra was founded by musicians from the great Viennese orchestras. Accompanied by Viennese opera singers and ballet dancers, the Vienna Royal Orchestra promises a festive music and a great atmosphere. Find your Royal Classic Gala Tickets for the 24th here.


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The Best, Atypical Christmas Markets in Vienna 2018

You’ve done the classic Viennese Christmas market (or “Christkinderlmarkt”) experience? You’ve been to Stephansplatz, Rathausplatz, Belvedere and Schönbrunn?

Then it’s time for a more unique, non-traditional and atypical Christmas market experience!

This is our Atypical Christmas Market Best-off for Vienna 2018!

The Medieval Christmas Market at Arsenal (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Wien)
HGM’s Medieval Christmas Market – There are Dragons!

30th November – 3rd December

The Military Museum of Vienna hosts one of the most exciting Christmas markets in all of Vienna. Craftsmanship, Fencing, jugglers and dragons all contribute to a great experience. At the same time the market maintains the traditional advent market requirements of great hot punch, sweet and savoury food and a beautiful Christmas tree to decorate the location. If you stay till the end of the each day you’ll further be rewarded with a spectacular fire show!

The Christmas Market for Dogs

30th November – 2nd December, Jesuitensteig 28, 1230 Vienna

Advent Market for Dogs

It’s time to let your dog know why Christmas is great! This market comes with all kind of treats and quirks of the best kind. For one – you’re allowed to bring your dog! Appart from that the market is full of treats for humans and dogs alike, toys, trainings tools and all kinds of accessories to pimp up up your dogs live and your live as a dog owner!

The Swedish Christmas Market

2nd December, 10am – 5pm, Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Vienna

This year the Swedish church is organising its Swedish Christmas Market for the 40th(!) time in Vienna. Treat yourself to Swedish Glögg, discover unique pieces of Swedish handcraft, experience Lucia songs and sweets, eat some salmon and – of course – a lot of Christmas cookies!

Vegan Advent Market

8th December – 9th December, 10am-7pm, Arcotel Kaiserwasser

Vegan Christmas Vienna

A Christmas market that was made to stuff your tummy. Vegan cookies, vegan cakes, vegan handicrafts and all kinds of animal friendly products await you here! If you believe you need eggs and milk for proper Christmas sweets then this is the market that will try to proof you wrong – by feeding you! Sounds pretty good to us →  https://www.weihnachtsmarktvegan.at/

The Tibetan Christmas Market

8th December – 9th December, 10am-8pm, Lobenhauerngasse 5, 1170 Vienna

Tibetan Christmas Market Vienna

Save Tibet is inviting you into their Offices for a unique Christmas experience. Butter tea, incense sticks, Tibetan handcraft made of wood and metal, puppets and books await you at this Christmas market and of course you’ll also have the chance to eat a bunch of tibetan food.

WestLicht Christmas Market

16th December, Westbahnstraße 40, 11am – 7pm

If you’re still on the lookout for a Christmas present on the 16th, then this market promises to be right for you! WestLicht, the top venue for photography in Vienna, is creating an christmassy offer. Discover photo books, get a polaroid shooting with photographer Eva Mühlbacher (register first with: office[at]instant-stories.net), listen to music by Superfly.fm and – of course – enjoy a whole lot of food, punsch and tea!

Vintage Fabrik Christmas Market

10th December – 23th December, PopUpZentrale, Mariahilferstraße 3

Christmas at Vintage Fabrik

On the 10th of December waitasecond.com are starting their Christmassy market in Vienna’s PopUpZentrale on Mariahilferstraße. With more than 30 selected boutiques and designers this market promises to be an unforgettable experience for vintage lovers. Discover vintage furniture, vintage accessoires, clothing and even vintage Christmas decorations. Last but not least this Christmas market does of course also promise to provide you with culinary Christmas highlights.

MuseumsQUartiers Music focussed Christmas Market

8th November – 23rd December

MuseumsQuartier’s Musical & Artistic “Christkindl” Market

Open-air bars with different styles of music, live music and artistic light installations – This and more await you at Vienna’s heart of contemporary art and culture. Go inside the bars, that look like arctic stations and enjoy the club-like experience that the market provides. While the market itself is open until Christmas, MuseumsQuartier further prepared a special program to bring joy throughout the cold winter days. Check it out for more exciting winter entertainment → MQ Winter Program

The Christmas Market at Campus Vienna (AAKH)

17th November – 23rd December, Campus Vienna (AAKH)

Ferris Wheel AAKH

While generally being quite a traditional Christkindl market in terms of entertainment and shops, we wanted to include this one. Why? Because it has a Ferris Wheel and (especially if you’re a kid) you just have to love it! The offer includes not only a ferris wheel but also riding ponies for children, a magic show, a carrousel, a Punch-and-Judy show (Kasperltheater) and – of course –  a lot of cookies!

Honorary Mentions

There are many amazing “Christkindl” markets in Vienna and they all offer slightly different experiences. Since we’re trying to capture the more non-traditional markets here we do want to give honorary mentions to Spittelberg advent market, the Christkindl market Am Hof and the advent market at Karlsplatz for their focus on artistic shops, presents, fancy foods and little pieces of art that never fail to make great presents.

Christmas Am Hof