Vienna Christmas Markets
When: From 16th November to 24th December 2013
Where: In the square in front of the City Hall in Vienna, Austria
The Christmas markets in Vienna are a centuries – old tradition. In 1298 Albert I of Habsburg, King of the Romans and Duke of Austria, granted to Vienna’s citiziens the privilege of holding a market in December. Since this each year the Viennese organize this market during the Advent. The Christmas markets are known as Advent markets, which take place in the weeks before Christmas. The confusion about the name comes from the German name – the Christkindlmarkt – a market at the time of the celebration of the child in early December. In Austria it is the Christkind who brings gifts on Christmas day, not Santa Claus. In these markets you can find everything: new ideas and special Christmas gifts, delicacies, typical Viennese handicrafts made of wood or other materials.
The Vienna Christmas Market in front of City Hall is one of the most important. In addition to the stalls in the square there is an area within the City Hall. On the ground floor there is an area dedicated to children, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies or candles. You can also listen to international choirs. Admission is free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 30th to December 23th, 2013) from 3:30 p.m. to 07:30 p.m. and until 24th December 2013 at 04:30 p.m.. In the square there is also a huge Christmas tree in front of the stalls. This is one of the most famous views of Vienna.
In addition to this market market there are similar markets in the center and the outskirts of the city:
• The ‘Alt-Wiener Christkindlmarkt Freyung
• The Advent Market in Karlsplatz
• The Christmas Market Spittelberg
• The Villages Christmas at the two palaces of Schönbrunn and Belvedere
• The Christkindlmarkt on Cobenzel
All of them will be open by the end of November to just before Christmas. They usually open in the late morning and close around 9.00 – 10.00 p.m..