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Vienna Christmas Market 2023

11 November 2023 - 4 January 2024


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It’s the season to be merry, but one Christmas Market stands out from the crowd – well it is the original one after all. Not that the Vienna Christmas Market is a single market, but rather a series of some 20 fares across the Austrian capital.

Nor for that matter was the original market strictly a Christmassy affair, as the first December market held in Vienna was a meat market granted by Albrecht I in 1298. But we will let the burghers of central Europe argue the toss over which was the first festive market in Europe.

City Hall in Vienna at Christmas Time, c. Austrian National Tourist Office, Photographer: Astrid Bartl
City Hall in Vienna at Christmas Time, c. Austrian National Tourist Office, Photographer: Astrid Bartl

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Viennese Dream Christmas Market

The main advent market is the Vienna Christmas World, held in front of the City Hall. Listen to international carol singing with free entrance at weekends. Open from 11 November to 26 December, 2023.

Vienna Christmas Market Dates 2023

The first Vienna Christmas markets start on 11November. Most markets close on 23 or 26 December, although a winter market tales place at Schönbrunn Palace until 4 January, 2024.

Vienna Christmas Market Breaks

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For suggestion on other Christmas markets, read: 16 Christmas Markets in Europe and the UK.

Other Vienna Christmas Markets
Belevedere Castle Vienna Christmas Market
Christmas Market in Vienna / Belvedere Palace, c. Austrian National Tourist Office. Photographer: Harald Eisenberger

Christmas Village Belvedere Palace, Belvedere Palace, Prinz Eugen-Straße, from 17 November to 23 December, 2023.

Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz, Maria-Theresien Platz, from 15 November to 23 December 2023.

Christmas and New Year’s Market at Schönbrunn Palace, Parade Court, in front of Schönbrunn Palace, from 18 November 2023 to 4 January 2024.

Christmas Market at Spittelberg, Spittelberg, behind the Volkstheater, from 16 November to 23 December 2023.

If you are looking to avoid the capital then you can always head to the Salzburg Christmas Market instead, and brush up on your Mozart.

For more information on all Vienna’s Christmas Markets

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Cover image: Karlskirche in Vienna at Christmas Time, c. Austrian National Tourist Office. Photographer: Diejun 


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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