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Festive Christmas lights at the famous Graben in Vienna.
Christmas market in front of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

DoN't you wish Everyday could be Christmas?

Henriette & the Best Christmas Markets in Vienna

Christmas puts an extra special twinkle in Henriette’s eye. So it’s a good thing that the Henriette City Hotel is near Vienna’s Christmas markets – and that we make Vienna Christmas market breaks so much fun! So, with Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to discover the best Christmas markets in Vienna ... 

But wait! What do they even call these markets in Vienna? 

“Christmas market” or “Xmas market”? “Winter market” or “Vienna Advent market”? Or do we stick with the traditional “Christkindlmarkt”? Anyone who visits Vienna on a Christmas market holiday will quickly find out that these markets go by many names ...

Whether you prefer to call it an Advent market, winter market, or Christmas market, Henriette stays with the tried-and-true Viennese “Christkindlmarkt”. And she finds that the holiday season is the best time of the year. She’s right, isn’t she? That’s why she’s happy to treat you to a very special look at a few of the best Christmas markets in Vienna!

The classic with an ice rink

#1 Vienna Rathaus Christmas Market

Oh, the wonderful smells: gingerbread and Austrian treats, mulled wine and hot punch ... You can just see the happiness written all over the visitors’ faces. Henriette says: let the magic of the lights, the city and the Christmas season sweep you off your feet.

The Vienna Rathaus Christmas Market is the classic among Vienna’s Christmas markets and the only one with an ice rink attached – a must-visit for anyone on a Christmas market holiday in Vienna.

  • Open: 10 November – 26 December 2023
  • Daily from 10.00 am – 9.30 pm
  • 24-26 December 2023: 10.00 am – 6.30 pm
Festively illuminated entrance to the Vienna Christmas Dream at the Vienna Rathaus, near the city hotel Henriette.

#2 Spittelberg Christmas Market

You couldn’t ask for more romance and charm. This market draws visitors with its Christmassy-vibe, tasty food, many market booths and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Visitors can look forward to quite the offering, complete with children's programme and artisan crafts.

If you ask Henriette, the Spittelberg Christmas market is the best Christmas market in Vienna. Even more so because this year it is hosted as an eco-event focusing on being local, regional and/or organic, fair traded or produced, vegetarian or vegan, resource-conserving and sustainable. You can also combine a trip to this market with a visit to some of Spittelberg’s many restaurants and bars.

  • Open: 16 November to 23 December 2023
  • Monday to Thursday: 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm
  • Friday: 2.00 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Saturday: 10.00 am – 9.30 pm
  • Sunday and holidays: 10.00 am – 9:00 pm
Stalls fill narrow streets and courtyards at Spittelberg Christmas market.
Warming, open fire at the Spittelberg Christmas market in Vienna.
Imperial Christmas setting

#3 Schloss Schönbrunn Christmas & New Year’s Market 

One of the most popular Christmas markets in Vienna, this market is known for its wonderful Advent concerts. Savour the festive songs in your ears and the Christmassy backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace before your eyes. Here, visitors can look forward to handicrafts, scrumptious food and a fantastic wintertime atmosphere.

Henriette’s tip: the Children's Museum has tons for little ones to explore!

  • Open: 18 November 2023 to 4 January 2024
  • Open daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
  • 24 December 2023 / Christmas Eve: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • 25 December 2023 through 4 January 2024: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Christmas tree at the famous Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.
Gothic lights

#4 Stephansplatz Christmas Market

Of course you’ll find a Christmas market surrounding Vienna's landmark church. This is a great Christmas market in Vienna if you just want to stop by while doing your Christmas shopping. The St Stephen’s Square Christmas village enchants visitors with a winter wonderland smack in the centre of Vienna.

  • Open: 11 November to 26 December 2023
  • Daily from 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
  • 24 December 2023 / Christmas Eve: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • 25 + 26 December 2023: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Couple strolling through the romantic Christmas market on Stephansplatz in Vienna.
 View of the festive Christmas market at Stephansplatz in Vienna.
The Prater rocks

#5 Winter Market in Vienna’s Prater

Who’s ready for Prater, amusement and Christmas all in one? The winter market around the Prater Riesenradplatz offers not only a typical Vienna Christmas market, but a programme of events that rocks.

Live music and concerts, special food and drink, and highlights of the world-famous Prater create the perfect mix. This is a winter market full of Prater’s one-of-a-kind magic!

  • Open: 18 November 2023 to 7 January 2024
  • Monday to Friday: 12.00 pm – 10.00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, holidays: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
  • 24 December 2023 / Christmas Eve: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • 31 December 2023 / New Year’s Eve: 12.00 pm – 2.00 am
  • Concerts from 7.00 pm
Festively illuminated Ferris wheel at the winter market in Vienna's Prater, near the Hotel Henriette.
Henriette's Insider Tip

#6 Christmas Market at Palais Liechtenstein

As soon as you step through the magnificent entrance gate of the garden palace of the noble Liechtenstein family in the 9th district, you are already in the midst of a magical Christmas land. Around 25 exhibitors offer handicrafts, traditional items, jewellery, various other lovely things as well as all kinds of tasty food and drink. Henriette's tip for the little ones: the historic little horse carousel!

  • Open:: 17 November to 23 December 2023
  • Monday to Thursday: 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm
  • Friday to Sunday and holidays: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Wintry Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna.
Historic merry-go-round at the Palais Liechtenstein Christmas market.

Henriette Recommends: Vienna xmas markets

More special Vienna Christmas markets

Art Advent Christmas Market at Karlsplatz

The Christmas market on Vienna’s Karlsplatz has something for everyone. Local crafts, delicious food from the most beloved gourmet areas around Austria, live music... in other words, there is so much to see and do. Fire dancers, street performances and art installations provide entertainment on the “Art Island”. This is a winter experience for the whole family regional, fair, green and sustainable since 1994.

  • 24 November to 23 December 2023
  • Open daily from 12.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Belvedere Palace Christmas Village

The Belvedere Palace Christmas Village opens each year in a spectacular blaze of lights. Around 40 booths sell beautiful crafts and offer inspiration for unique presents. Browsing making you hungry? There are plenty of tasty treats available. All of this and more against the magnificent backdrop of the baroque Belvedere Palace.

  • 17 November to 26 December 2023
  • Monday to Friday: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
  • 24 December 2023 / Christmas Eve: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • 25 + 26 December 2023: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
  • New Year’s Market from 27 to 31 December!
Altwiener Christkindlmarkt on Freyung Square

It might be small but it’s definitely worth a visit! This simply charming Christmas market in Vienna offers arts and crafts and delicious fare.

  • 17 November to 23 December 2023
  • Open daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Weihnachtsmarkt am Hof

Once a fish and vegetable market, this square has hosted a Vienna Christmas market since 1842. Today, visitors can look forward to not only specialities and handicrafts, but also a Christmas art and antiques market that you just have to see for yourself.

  • 10 November to 23 December 2023
  • Monday to Thursday: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
  • Friday to Sunday and holidays: 10.00 am – 9.00 pm

Henriette is so close to all the holiday magic

Just a few steps, and you’re in the middle of all the Christmas action in Vienna. The 4-star Henriette City Hotel wins over visitors with our great location near the Christmas markets in Vienna. From our location on Praterstrasse, reaching the best Christmas markets in Vienna is a piece of cake. Want to take a stroll through the wintry streets and alleys? No problem – in just 15 minutes, you’ll be right in the Vienna city centre. 

We are just two underground stops from Stephansplatz. You’ll find a U1 underground station just across the street from the hotel.

City map of the sights around the centrally located city centre Hotel Henriette in Vienna.

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Christmas dreams
... while sleeping
After a stroll through the city, you’d probably like to charge your batteries in the run-up to Christmas. Why not do so in your room at the Henriette City Hotel – just the place to live well and feel good!
Parents with child in the spacious family room in the Hotel Henriette in Vienna.
Christmas time
... with the whole family
Visiting the best Christmas markets in Vienna with your family? You’ll be charmed by more than the markets! Our unique and spacious family rooms also put a twinkle in all our guests’ eyes.
Homemade pancakes with fresh fruit at the Henriette Stadthotel in Vienna.
Christmas flavours
... at breakfast
Whatever you do, don’t miss our Viennese breakfast at the Henriette City Hotel. It is definitely among our most delicious & favourite tips for visiting one of the best places to stay in Vienna for Christmas markets! What a great start to the day!
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