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Vienna Christmas markets: The dates and locations for 2023

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Vienna Christmas markets: The dates and locations for 2023
Vienna's City Hall Christmas market is opening this weekend (© stadt wien marketing_Johannes Wiedl)

Although there's no shortage of Christmas offerings in Austria, no one does Christmas quite like the Viennese. Here's a guide to some of the best Christmas markets in the capital - and when you can start enjoying them in 2023.


Christmas is its own season in Vienna, which you can see clearly in the number of Christmas markets that appear already in November - before winter gets into full swing.

There's also one for most tastes - whether you're looking for a dazzling spectacle of lights and the widest possible array of food, Glühwein, and holiday wares - or favour a more understated 'klein, aber fein' (small but nice) vibe.


Those looking for the top of the line the Austrian capital has to offer at Christmas can check out the Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz, or the Christmas and New Year's Market at Schönbrunn Palace. The Weinachstdorf am Maria-Theresien Platz also fits this bill beautifully.

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All three are huge and central, with the largest possible range of food and goods - both in variety and in price.

The Schönbrunn Palace market also hosts a number of live music performances, pairing the sounds of Christmas with glowing lights and steaming wine to give you the highest possible sensory stimulation.

Maria-Theresien Platz allows you to drink Glühwein and browse stalls under the watchful eye of the Empress's statue - and continues as a New Year's market even after Christmas, something that's not the case for most markets in Vienna.

For those looking for something a little more intimate and cosy, the Christmas Market at Stephansplatz harks back to a more traditional festive season, with the Stephansdom's Gothic architecture reflecting the soft hues of Christmas lights against a smaller collection of wooden stalls, selling more traditional products.

Similarly, the Altwiener Christkindlmarkt on the Freyung focuses more on arts and crafts. Every day, you can even catch a demonstration of traditional handicrafts. Meanwhile, all handicrafts sold at the Adventmarkt am Karlsplatz are made locally.

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Those looking for particularly authentically charming feeling can visit one of the oldest Christmas markets in Austria - the Weihnachtsmarkt am Spittelberg, set amongst the narrow houses and cobblestone streets of the Spittelberg neighbourhood. The focus here is for smaller vendors to get to show off and sell their authentic wares.

For something time-limited and quite different, try out the Medieval Christmas Market hosted by Vienna's Military Museum at the end of November and beginning of December. The four-day market features everything from metalwork and wood carvings to hearty food and punch made fresh and directly onsite by the stall owners. You'll also find jugglers and fencing duals onsite to entertain crowds. Entrance is even free for those dressed up in medieval costumes.

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Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz

Rathausplatz, 1010

November 10th - December 26th, 10:00 - 22:00 daily

(Christmas Eve, 10:00 - 18:30)

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Weihnachtsdorf am Maria-Theresien Platz

Maria-Theresien Platz

November 15th to December 31st

11:00 to 21:00 Sunday to Thursday, 11:00 to 22:00 Fridays and Saturdays until December 23rd.

11:00 to 16:00 Christmas Eve

11:00 to 19:00 December 25th to 30th

11:00 to 18:00 New Year's Eve

Christmas and New Year's Market at Schönbrunn Palace 

Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130

November 18th to December 23rd, 10:00 - 21:00

Christmas Eve - 10:00 - 16:00

Christmas Day - January 4th, 10:00 -18:00

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Christmas Market at Stephansplatz 

Stephansplatz, 1010

November 10th - December 26th, 11:00 - 21:00

Altwiener Christkindlmarkt on the Freyung 

Freyung, 1010

November 17th - December 23rd, 10:00 - 21:00

Adventmarkt am Karlsplatz


November 24th - December 23rd

12:00 - 20:00 Daily

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Weihnachtsmarkt am Spittelberg


November 16th - December 23rd

14:00 - 21:00 Mondays-Thursdays

14:00 - 21:30 Fridays

10:00 - 21:30 Saturdays

10:00 - 21:00 Sundays and public holidays

Mittelalterlicher Adventmarkt

Heeresgeschictliches Museum

November 30th - December 3rd

13:00 - 22:00 Thursday

9:00 - 22:00 Friday to Sunday

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