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Vienna Christmas Market 2020

December 1, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Vienna Christmas Market

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.

This being 2020, it is best advised to check what restrictions are going to be in place in Vienna before you visit the Christmas Market. As of 8 November all the information below is correct. COVID-19 measures will be announced here. Due to the curent lockdown in Austria no Christmas markets will start before 1 December. However, some may be cancelled altogether. We will update this page once details become more firmly established.

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

Viennese Dream Christmas Market

The main advent market is the Viennese Dream Christmas Market, held in front of the City Hall. Listen to international carol singing with free entrance at weekends. Open from 1 December.

Vienna Christmas Market Dates 2020

The first Vienna Christmas market starts at Spittelberg on 1 December. Most markets close on 23 or 26 December, although a New Year’s Market tales place at Schönbrunn Palace until 3 January, 2021.

Vienna Christmas Market Breaks

If you are looking to book some accommodation in Vienna during the Christmas market season, please use out Hotel and flight Booking Portal.

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 1 December to 26 December, 2020.

Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz, Maria-Theresien Platz, from 1 December to 26 December 2020.

Christmas Village in the Former General Hospital, Universitätscampus, Alserstrasse, from 1 December to 23 December, 2020.

Christmas and New Year’s Market at Schönbrunn Palace, Parade Court, in front of Schönbrunn Palace, from 1 December 2020 to 3 January 2021.

Christmas Market at Spittelberg, Spittelberg, behind the Volkstheater, from 1 December to 23 December 2020.

If tou 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

Click here.

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