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Christmas in Vienna: What times are shops open on December 24th?

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The Local - [email protected] • 24 Dec, 2022 Updated Sat 24 Dec 2022 09:10 CEST
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Crowds walk past a clothing store at Vienna's famous shopping street, Mariahilferstrasse, in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

Austria is known for the reduced hours shops are open on weekends - closing early on Saturday and reopening only on Monday. So, what times will supermarkets and stores be open on Saturday, December 24th?


If you have any last-minute Christmas shopping to do, the good news is that December 24th falls on a Saturday, so many shops in Vienna will still be open just before the Christmas Eve dinner. However, they should have reduced hours.

According to a state ordinance, pharmacies can only open until noon, general shops can stay open until 1 pm, while florists can remain open until 6 pm. Christmas trees can also be sold until 8 pm.

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Supermarkets may open their doors earlier but need to close at 1 pm at the latest - exception are units located in train stations and at the airport.

Here are the hours for shopping centres in Vienna:

Auhof Center: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Westfield Donau Zentrum: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gerngross: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Billa Plus 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Lugner City: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Millennium City: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Riverside: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Huma Eleven: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SCS - Westfield Shopping City Süd: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wien Mitte - The Mall: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shops (Interspar 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

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Supermarkets also have a Christmas schedule:

Billa/Billa Plus: 6:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Exceptions for branches with special opening hours:

Praterstern (06.00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Julius Tandler Platz/Franz Josefs-Bahnhof (06.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.)

Neuer Markt 17/Herrnhuterhaus (08.00 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Wiedner Gürtel 13 (06.30 - 13.00)

Westbahnhof Minimarkt (05.30 - 18.00)

Airport Terminal 1 (06.00 - 17.00)

Gst. Airport 611/1 (6.30 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Hofer: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lidl: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Excluding branches Wien-Felberstraße 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

and Vösendorf 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Penny: the branches are open until 1 p.m. more detailed information on individual locations can be viewed online in the store finder

Spar, Eurospar and Interspar: 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Except for the following branches:

Wollzeile branch (closed)

Branch Babenbergerstraße 9 (7:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

AKH branch (06.00 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Branch KH Nord (07.00 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Airport branch (07.00 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Bipa: the branches are open until 1 p.m. more detailed information on individual locations can be viewed online in the store finder

dm: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., these core opening hours vary depending on the location and can be viewed online HERE

Müller: depending on the branch from 8 a.m. / 8.30 a.m. / 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for the store finder

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The Local 2022/12/24 09:10

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