Vienna’s highest tourist season is right now – at Christmas time! So here is for you, our ultimate Vienna Insider Christmas Markets Guide! We update this post each year, with fresh information. This time, have featured almost all of the markets, so enjoy! Pretty much everything is the same each year. Except for the prices… That usually get higher and higher but, so are tourists in Vienna, so… You get the correlation. 😀

But no matter what we love the markets! They bring a very lively and festive mood to the streets of Vienna! The scent of cinnamon and punch is in the air, the lights are on, the whole atmosphere makes you smile and feel like being in an imperial, Christmas fairytale. December is all about street food and meeting friends at the markets to warm up with a glass of punch or mulled wine. And nothing goes without some decadent treats (our favorite being massive stuffed potato of course). 😀

There are many many Christmas markets all over Vienna. Here are the ones we like and visit the most (they are however not ranked so make sure to read each section), but we often update this guide so you can have a look every now and then! We are working on featuring all of them here! So stay tuned. In case you are staying in Vienna just for a few days, it might not be possible to visit all of the markets. But we hope this guide will help you find the right one for you. Enjoy this post and don’t miss our Vienna Christmas market Vlogmas on Instagram! 🙂 Over there we show you the markets through videos, that you will find in our highlights! <3

  1. Christmas Market & New Year’s Market Schloss Schönbrunn

This is our favorite Christmas market so we had to mention it first. 🙂 It is very spacious, so you won’t get ran over by the crowd. This market is a great choice if you want to purchase some nice souvenirs or delicacies. It also has a major imperial vibe! For more information, check our post about Christmas market in Schoenbrunn here. The great thing is that this market is open also after Xmas! So if you are spending new Year’s in Vienna, and after it, you can still enjoy the festive vibe. Also don’t miss exploring the gardens behind the palace. Going in is also a must if you are visiting as a tourist!

November 23 – December 26, 2019
Daily from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Dec 24 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Dec 25+26 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
New Year’s Market December 27, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
Website Xmas Market Schoenbrunn

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2. Am Hof Advent Market

This market is located in the first district, just a few streets away from the main tourist zones Graben and Kaertner street. It is a smaller market, where you can buy lots of souvenirs, they have a great choice of food (we suggest you to try the huge donuts called Bauern Krapfen with jam or a type of garlic bread Langos) and edible gifts, such as gingerbread cookies from Austrian region Bad Ischl (really good ones!). For more information click here for a post with more information about this market.

November 15 – December 23, 2019
Mon-Thu 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Fri-Sun & hols. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, food until 10.00 pm
Am Hof, 1010 Vienna
Website Am Hof Market


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3. Old Viennese Christmas Market Freyung

Just a few meters away from the market Am Hof, you will find yourself at the old Viennese Christmas market Freyung. Freyung market is the oldest Xmas market in Vienna, held there since 1772! It has a bit of a vintage vibe, it is cozy and nice. If you like shopping for souvenirs, this market is quite a good option. And if you want to try the Viennese oldest punch recipe (as the sellers claim), then Freyung it is! We like this market because of the surroundings and it is mainly not that crowded. It feels more insider!

November 16 – December 23, 2019
Daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Freyung, 1010 Vienna
Website Old Viennese Xmas Market Freyung

4. Christmas Market on Spittelberg

For most of our Viennese friends, Christmas market at Spittelberg is the favorite one. Well hidden from the tourist eyes, in the seventh district, close to Museums Quartier, this market indeed has a unique atmosphere. The cobbled narrow streets and small wooden stands will make you feel as if you were in some other city, far away from the imperial Vienna. So if you are into off-the-beaten-path places and eager to see where the local Viennese people meet for punch, Spittelberg is the place for you. There are many food stands here which differ from the usual ones on Christmas markets (as the one with gnocchi for example), lots of them offering many sorts of punch and ciders, and some nice souvenirs.

November 14 – December 23, 2019
Mon-Thu 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Fr 2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 9:30 pm, Sun & hols. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Spittelberggasse, Stiftgasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna
Website Xmas Market on Spittelberg

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5.Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz

Christmas Market in front of Rathaus, the Viennese city hall is for sure the most popular and colorful of all the markets around the city. Bling is everywhere you look around, and so are the people. In general we must admit that we were not big fans of this market, because it is super crowded. And sometimes also over decorated, but things are improving year by year! Despite the crowd, we go to this market quite often since this is where we get our favorite treat of all times – the massive stuffed Potato Jim! We tried it on several other markets, but this one is the best. You will find it in the first row, in front of the Rathaus building (if you are turned with your face to Rathaus, the stand Potato Jim will be on your right side). To see the exact instructions, check our legendary Potato Jim Vlog on IG. 😀 Our favorite combination of toppings is garlic sauce, ham, cheese and corn. It is sooooo delicious, true comfort food. 🙂
And the second must have at this Xmas market is the berry punch. You will find it at the stand which is also in the first row next to the building, in the very left corner. We also featured it on our IG vlog.

As for other stuff, obviously you can find a bunch of overpriced souvenirs (yes, we dare to say so, since almost everything is mass production stuff) ranging from ornaments, toys, clothes, candles, sweets, everything you can think of. But this is of course a matter of taste, so maybe you manage to get something unique! In case you do, let us know.

The largest Christmas tree in the city is also here and so is an ice rink! And the picture you can take of the Rathaus and the market is a classical Xmas postcard from Vienna! A must do!

Tip: If you want to walk around this market in peace, you should avoid weekends and maybe even go during daytime.

November 15 – December 26, 2019
Sun-Thu 10:00 am – 9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Dec 24, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Dec 25+26, 11:00 am -9:30 pm
Ice skating until Jan 6, 2020: daily 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Dec 24 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 31, closed
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
Website Christmas World on Rathausplatz

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6. Art Advent – Art & Crafts on Karlsplatz

Christmas Market at Karlsplatz is the place to go if you like handmade, artistic souvenirs and if you are with kids. At this market, you will find many stands where artists sell their crafts and art works, and on the other hand, it is perfect for kids as there is a playground with hay and farm animals. You will find more photos and information in a separate article we wrote here.

For us, the best thing about this market, is that all of the food offered is organically certified! So if you are into organic, then you know that this market is must visit for you. The treat that we always get here is called Bauernkrapfen. Austrian style doughnut with jam. It is really delicious! There are also some stands with meat dishes, that we haven’t seen elsewhere. Just to know, in case you are a carnivore. 🙂

Last year it was at this Xmas market at a stand called Zum Franz, where we had the best white mulled wine! So give it a try!

November 22 – December 23, 2019
Daily from 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm, food until 9:00 pm
Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna
Website Art Advent on Karlsplatz


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7. Christmas Village on the University Campus

Since last year this market belongs among our top favorites! What makes it different is the theme. It’s motto is – Experience Austria! Awaiting there are many adorable stands with treats from different regions of Austria, as well as arts and crafts. This market is ideal if you like to taste around and snack (for free! but be moderate :D), as one of the wooden cabins is full of stands where you can try and buy all sorts of spreads, spices, cheese, cured meat and delicacies. The sellers are also very friendly which made us feel welcome. This market is very insider, and also great if you come with kids! There are several attractions where they can have a ride. TIP: This market is the perfect choice if it is very cold outside, as some lodges are closed, so you can go in and warm up with a punch.

November 15 – December 23, 2019
Mo-We 2.00 pm – 10.00 pm, Th-Fr 2.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sa 11.00 am – 11.00 pm, Su 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Alserstrasse/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
Website Christmas Village on the Uni Campus



7. Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

Just like at Schoenbrunn, there is a Christmas market in front of Belvedere palace too. It is not too big, but the stands are very elegant and nicely decorated. We never spotted anything special when it comes to souvenirs here, but make sure to take a look at their website and see what is sold, maybe you will discover something unique!
Our favorite treat at this market – potato with melted raclette, served with pickles and Austrian cured ham. Belvedere is always gorgeous and if you are into imperial spirit, you will love the atmosphere of this market.

November 22 – December 31, 2019
Mo-Fr 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, Sa, Su & hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
December 25-30, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm, December 31, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
Website Xmas Village Belvedere


8. Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz

This Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz is located between two most popular, twin museums in Vienna – the Art History and the Natural History Museum. Similar to the one at Rathaus in terms of offer when it comes to gifts and souvenirs, but food wise it differs in a way. We love having the soups served in bread here.

You will notice that there are several markets called Christmas Village. They are run by the same company so you can expect many things about them may be quite similar, i.e you may find the same brands that make souvenirs and sell food. So the one at Maria-Theresien-Platz, at Stephansdom, Belvedere and University Campus Altes AKH. You can inquire about them here.

It is just a few minutes walking distance from another market at Museums Quartier, which is very popular among young people. You can read more about this market in a separate post here.

November 20 – December 26, 2019
Su-Th 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, Fr & Sa 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
December 25+26, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
New Year’s Village December 27, 2019 – January 6, 2020
11.00 am – 7.00 pm, December 31, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
Website Xmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz

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9. Christmas Market on Stephansplatz

What would heart of Vienna be without a Xmas market? Surrounding Stephansdom, in touristy beehive is guess what – one more market! Very convenient location – take a punch stop and then continue with your shopping spree or sightseeing. 🙂 We recommend you to warm up here with a goulash soup served in bread bun.

By the way, did you know that snow-globes were invented in Vienna? You will find them on many Xmas markets, but also here in front of Stephansplatz, you can get the ones made at the original, traditional Viennese snow-globes factory.

November 15 – December 26, 2019
Daily from 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
December 24, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, December 25+26, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Stephansplatz/towards Churhausgasse, 1010 Vienna
Website Xmas Market Stephansplatz


10. Imperial and Royal Christmas Market

This Christmas Market is located at one of the most photographed location in Vienna! The Hofburg of course! It is a small and elegant market, that stands out from all the other due to its imperial backdrop and sophisticated, white stands with golden letters. You will for sure pass by it, while going around Vienna! Other than the beautiful setting, we don’t have much to recommend you to try at this market, because we usually pass by. But in case you do have a special to recommend, leave your tip in a comment!

November 15 – December 26, 2019
Daily from 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Michaelerplatz, 1010 Vienna
Website Imperial Market



12. Christmas Market in Museums Quartier

Now if you are a more of a hipster, modern style fan, then the market at MQ Point will be the best option for you! This is where young people get together and each year there is a different light show. Last year my best amiga Silvia and I drank our favorite punch at this market! It was organic, apple honey punch, and it was exquisite! Check this link to inform yourself about Xmas related workshops and events organized at the MQ.


13. Advent pleasure market at the Opera House

If it is raining or snowing, you can escape to this small market close to the Opera house, as it is semi-covered! The main focus of this market is food, you will find many delicacies and specialties from Austria and Italy to indulge in. Ideal stopover before a Xmas shopping spree!

November 15 – December 31, 2019
Daily from 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
December 24 closed, 31 December 11.00 am – 2.00 am
Mahlerstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna
Website Genuss Markt


We are hoping you enjoyed our ultimate Vienna Insider Christmas Market guide! Stay tuned for some updates and happy gaining weight! 😀
Let us know in the comments, what is your favorite Xmas market in Vienna!

xoxo,

Una and Isi

Written by Vienna Insider

Vienna Insider - Lifestyle - Travel blog based in Vienna, Austria. Written by sisters Una and Isidora

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