The best Christmas markets off the beaten track
The first of Austria’s famous Christmas markets have opened and things are starting to look festive! But if you like to drink your Punsch in peace and shop away from the madding crowds, here are some of the smaller and lesser known markets in and around Vienna.
“Christmas Magic” at Schloss Wilhelminenberg (12th November – 23rd December)
Featuring only a handful of selected stalls and craftsmen and beautiful views over Vienna. Highlights are a visit from Saint Nikolaus on 6th December and a Christmas bonfire on 21st December. www.weihnachtszauber-wilhelminenberg.at/
Advent im Hof (26th and 27th November)
This organic farm in Stammersdorf, on the outskirts of Vienna, focusses on viticulture and opens its doors for two days in the runup to Christmas. Sample organic wine, hot grape juice, and treats made from home grown treats. There will be live music and Christmas songs and children can enjoy some supervised arts and crafts. https://www.facebook.com/pg/biohofnr5/events/
Featuring traditional crafts, alpaca wool products, and traditional Advent wreaths and Christmas decorations. There will also be live music, including the Vienna Mozart Boys Choir and the Favorhythm Gospel Singers, among others. https://www.facebook.com/events/193831484402351/
This market is all about art and culture, with numerous concerts and nearly 200 exhibitors featured within the grounds of this Renaissance castle in Simmering. On December 3rd you can enjoy a special tour of the castle, as well the ambience of the market. http://www.schlossneugebaeude.at/
This market promises ‘good things from the farm’ and takes place in Vienna’s Theatre Museum in the baroque Palais Lobkowitz. Stock up on homemade bread, Speck, smoked fish and biscuits as well as ostrich eggs and food from a Teppanyaki Grill. It’s also an opportunity to visit the museum free of charge. http://www.gutesvombauernhof.at/oesterreich/weihnachtsmarkt.html
Türkenschanzpark Christmas Market (11th November – 24th December)
A lovely Christmas experience in the heart of Vienna’s 18th district, featuring products from genuine craftsmen. Live music every Sunday and a giant bubble show from Dr. Bubbles, plus two children's carousels. http://www.weihnachtimpark.at/index.htm
Presents and beautiful things for the little people in your life, including jewellery, Scandinavian designs, kids’ fashion and accessories as well as toys at this pop-up event in Vienna’s Josefstadt district. (Piaristengasse 56-58). https://www.facebook.com/events/1498804483750293/
A medieval market held in front of the Museum of Military History. A great event for the whole family, featuring music and juggling, food and hot drinks. In addition to St Nikolaus and Krampus, you can also chat to elves, craftsmen and traders. http://www.hgm.at/nc/museum/veranstaltungskalender/detail/show/Event////mittelalterlicher-adventmarkt-2016.html
Held in the rooftop bar of The Ritz-Carlton hotel on the 8th floor, this market boasts picturesque wooden huts and a wonderful view of Vienna’s 1st district. The punch isn’t cheap at €6 a mug, but the view is included. The cheesecake also comes highly recommended.
A chance to sample vegan treats and delicacies and purchase sustainable and handmade crafts. Gluten free options will also be available. Held every advent weekend, on Saturday from 1pm to 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 8pm, in Vienna’s 17th district. https://www.facebook.com/events/330065894022629/
So schmeckt Niederösterreich (25th and 26th November)
A chance to taste and buy traditional Lower Austrian specialities in a festive environment, with music and beautifully designed crafts in the Palais Niederösterreich. https://www.facebook.com/events/1613800565585379/
A chance for Brits and Anglophiles to stock up on Christmas crackers and cards, Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies, as well as jams and marmalades. An English pub will be serving drinks and a whisky stall will offer tastings of single malts. Entertainment includes a Scottish piper, Scottish dancing, Christmas carols, a magician, and a Penny Farthing cyclist. (from 10:30am to 4:00pm at the Bundesamtsgebäude, Radetskystrasse 2, 1030 Vienna)
Swedish Christmas market (27th November)
The Swedish Church in Vienna holds its annual Christmas Bazaar on November 27th, from 10am to 5pm at the Ministry of Health, Radetzkystraße 2, in Vienna’s 3rd district. Stock up on Swedish handicrafts and delicacies and enjoy Sweden's answer to Glühwein - Glögg, served with almonds and raisins. Visitors will be able to experience a real Swedish winter tradition: Lucia, dressed in white and a candle-lit crown on her head, accompanied by her tinsel-decorated maids, will entertain with Christmas carols. The Lucia concerts will be held at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.
This Advent market features products made by homeless people and refugees, as well as Christmas punch and homemade cookies. Warm your cockles for a good cause! (Währinger Straße 19, 1090 Vienna)