Here you can find event highlights of the City of Vienna…
Choirs from all over the world participate in the International Advent Caroling…
Make a special tour to discover the Magic of Advent in Vienna anew…

2014, November 15 to December 24

 

Viennese Christmas Market: Sun–Thu: 10 a.m.–9.30 p.m.; Fri–Sat: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Dec 24: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Enchanted Rathauspark: daily until 10 p.m.; for detailed opening hours see the map of the “Enchanted Rathauspark”
Viennese “Christkindl”: Thu–Sun: 4–7 p.m. on Vienna Rathausplatz, 5–5.30 p.m. on the “Celestial Stage”;
Sun: 4–5 p.m. at the Post Office in the Clouds
“Christkindl’s” Workshop: daily 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Dec 24: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

 

 


Celebrities read their Christmas stories in 2014

Following the successful launch in 2012 the event will take place this year again on the “Celestial Stage with an Angel’s Throne” under the large Christmas tree on Vienna’s Rathausplatz. Children, parents, grandparents and all other guests to the Vienna Christmas Market and the Vienna Magic of Advent will have the opportunity to listen to Christmas stories read by celebrities.

This enjoyable event will be held in all weathers Mondays through Thursdays at 6 p.m. from Nov 17 to Dec 23, 2014. In total there will be 22 Christmas story readings by celebrities who will dedicate their time and attention to the kids.

 

The following celebrities will read their favorite Christmas story: Eva Billisich, „Die3“ (Michael Korner, Alexander Klement, Herbert Frei), Toni Faber, Christoph Fälbl, Andrea Fendrich, Alexander Goebel, Sylvia Graf, Alfons Haider, Adi Hirschal, Frank Hoffmann, Andy Lee Lang, Christina Lugner, Markus Pohanka, Harry Prünster, Claudia Reiterer, Gerold Rudle, Erich Schleyer, Robert Steiner, Claudia Stöckl, Paul Tesarek, Günter Tolar and Elisabeth Vogel.

 

The detailed program – including information on who will be reading on which day – will be available here as of early November.

 


Opening on November 15, 2014

Program of the ceremonial act “Lighting of the Christmas Tree from South Tyrol” on Saturday, November 15, 2014 on Rathausplatz

 

4.30 p.m.: Start of performances on Vienna’s Rathausplatz
with band Peter Sigmair Olang and Gardemusik Wien 

 

15.30 p.m.: Start of the ceremonial act on Vienna’s Rathausplatz   

Opening address: Governor of South Tyrol

Lighting of Christmas tree switched on by Governor of South Tyrol

Unveiling of dedication plate: Governor of South Tyrol and Governor and Mayor of Vienna

Address: Governor and Mayor of Vienna

 

 

Festive illumination of City Hall, Opening of the Christmas Market, the governors and guests of honor take a tour of the Vienna Christmas Market.

 


Christmas tree 2014 from South Tyrol

One nature experience that no technology in the world could ever replace is the festively decorated Christmas tree. Symbolic of the solidarity of the neighboring South Tyrol with the city of Vienna, this is the traditional centerpiece of the market and each year represents a gift to the Austrian Capital. Arriving this year is the approximately 140 year-old, 28 meter tall spruce from the village of Olang in South Tyrol’s Puster Valley.

 

At the opening celebrations at 5.30 p.m. on November 15, the tree lights will go on and the proud spruce will stand resplendent in the glow of some 1,000 energy-saving yet beautiful LEDs. Illumination with LEDs is around 90 per cent more energy efficient than normal tree lighting.

 


Special post office: Nov 15 & 30, Dec 14, 2014

On these three days special issue stamps and special postmarks will be presented! The Post Office in the Clouds is open Mondays to Fridays from 3 p.m.–7 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and Dec 8 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and on Dec 24 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. You can meet the Viennese “Christkindl” every Sunday between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Post Office in the Clouds, where it will distribute autograph cards and collect your Christmas wish lists.

 

 


International Advent Caroling at Vienna’s City Hall, 2014

Choirs from Austria, several European countries and the U.S. will perform

at the International Advent Caroling at Vienna’s City Hall.

Dates: November 28 to December 21, 2014, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as on December 24. From 3.30 p.m. to 7 p.m., on December 24 until 4.30 p.m.

Admission is free

 

The “Kasperl” puppet theater offered by the “Kinderfreunde” association shortens the long wait until Christmas.

Dates: November 28 to December 21, 2014, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as on December 24. From 1.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free 

 

The performances of both events take place at Vienna’s City Hall, 1010 Vienna, Rathausplatz 1, Festival Hall (access via Felderstrasse)

 

During Advent season various wind ensembles from all over Austria will perform next to the huge Christmas tree on Vienna Rathausplatz

Dates: November 28 to December 23, 2014, daily from 8 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

 


“Christkindlmarkt Punsch”

 

 

 

This year again there will be some special stalls on the Christmas Market that sell hot punch, the so-called “Christkindlmarkt Punsch”. It is a special blend which was selected from 20 different punch varieties by blind tasting. It contains red wine, oranges, spices, rum and raspberry brandy. But the exact recipe of the punch made by the Paschinger family from the Urbanihof in Fels am Wagram has to remain a secret.

 

The “Christkindlmarkt Punsch” can also be purchased and taken home in a convenient 0.75 l bottle. It’s the ideal gift for friends or small present in the Advent season or and it is perfect for your very personal Christmas celebration or to savor some Christmas Market atmosphere on a nice evening with your loved one. The bottle has a stylish label and comes with a handy screw cap. Pour the punch in, heat it up and enjoy!

 

 


 

The Christmas Market in high gloss:
“Viennese Christkindl Magazine 2014”

 

 

 

 

 

This year the fourth edition of the "Viennese Christkindl Magazine" is published in cooperation with Echomedia. The intricately designed magazine is the perfect companion for the Advent season. Large-size pictures accompany the beautifully written stories that tell about the past and present of the market. It also contains recipes for Christmas delicacies, songs, tips for handicrafts and a list of all market stall holders.

 

The magazine has a circulation of 50,000 copies and is available at the market stalls as well as from tobacconists.