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 →

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], listen to music by 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 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