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, Benjamin Karl, Andy Lee Lang, Christina Lugner, Markus Pohanka, Harry Prünster, Claudia Reiterer, Gerold Rudle, 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.



Heavenly Christmas stories narrated by celebrities …

Click on the photo to open a picture gallery with impressions of the reading events.


© Alexander Herburger, Wiener Adventzauber



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 pm to 7 pm, on December 24 until 4.30 pm

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 pm to 2 pm and from 2.30 pm to 3 pm

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 pm to 8.30 pm.



“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!




Opening on November 16, 2013

Program of the ceremonial act “Lighting of the Christmas Tree from Styria” on Saturday, November 16, 2013 on Rathausplatz


4.30 pm: Start of performances on Vienna’s Rathausplatz
with brass orchestra Bruck/Mur and Gardemusik Wien 


15.30 pm: Start of the ceremonial act on Vienna’s Rathausplatz   

Opening address: Governor of Styria

Lighting of Christmas tree switched on by Governor of Styria

Unveiling of dedication plate: Governor of Styria 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.


Exquisite and with lots of new stories:
the Viennese Christkindl Magazine 2013






The new updated "Viennese Christkindl Magazine" is published for the third time in cooperation with the publisher Echomedia. The festively decorated magazine tells stories from the early days of the market accompanied by rare historical photos, it contains recipes for Christmas delicacies, songs, tips for handicrafts and of course a list of the market store holders.


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






2013: Christmas tree from Styria






One of the main attractions of the Christmas market is the splendid Christmas tree. It is a traditional custom that one of the Austrian provinces presents the Christmas tree as a gift thus demonstrating their close connection to the capital city. This year the tree comes from Styria. The spruce tree from Bruck/Mur is 30 m high and about 100 years old.


Starting with the official opening on November 16 at 5.30 p.m. the Christmas tree is lit with 1,000 LED bulbs, which allows to save 90 percent of the energy costs of conventional bulbs.