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Review 2015:
30 of Years “Magic of Advent in Vienna”
November 14 to December 24, 2015



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 2015

Following the successful launch a few years ago 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 16 to Dec 23, 2015. In total there will be 23 Christmas story readings by celebrities who will dedicate their time and attention to the kids.


Click on the photo to open a picture gallery (© Wiener Christkindlmarkt & Wiener Adventzauber) with impressions of the reading events with Hadschi Bankhofer, Maggie Entenfellner, Toni Faber, Christoph Fälbl, Carola Gausterer & Marvin Wolf, Alexander Goebel, Sylvia Graf, Adi Hirschal, Uwe Kröger, Christina Lugner, Fifi Pissecker, Markus Pohanka, Harry Prünster, Tony Rei, Alexander Rüdiger, Dagmar Schellenberger, Erich Schleyer, Sasa Schwarzjirg, Robert Steiner, Guido Tartarotti, Paul Tesarek, Günter Tolar and Elisabeth Vogel.


International Advent Caroling at Vienna’s City Hall, 2015

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

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

Dates: November 27 to December 20, 2015, 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 27 to December 20, 2015, 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 27 to December 23, 2015, daily from 8 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


Special post office: Nov 14, Nov 29 and Dec 13, 2015, 2–6 p.m.

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.



A sign of solidarity in blue, white and red

It is a sign of solidarity with the French people and a gesture of support visible from afar, set by the marketeers of the big Christmas market at the Vienna town hall square: At 28 metres height, the Christmas tree in the centre of the market will from Thursday night onward be glowing in the colours of the French tricolore flag.

In light of the tragic events of Paris the association for the promotion of the market trade “Verein zur Förderung des Marktgewerbes” has decided to commemorate the victims of the Paris terror attacks by illuminating the big Christmas tree in the centre of the Christmas market in front of the Vienna town hall in the colours of the French national flag. The 1,600 LED bulbs illuminating the tree where changed overnight from November 18th to November 19th. The tree was lit ceremonially by vice mayor Renate Brauner at 17.30 on Thursday.

Through this sign of solidarity, the 145 vendors at the market would like to send out into the world a message of peace and remembrance of the victims. 


Introducing the Viennese “Christkindl” 2015


19 years old



Student, University of Vienna



Singing, traveling, sports, horseback riding, spending time with my pets


Why does Isabella want to be the Viennese “Christkindl” 2015?

„Winter and Christmas – that’s my favorite season and I absolutely relish this time. The scents and the colors – there is such a wonderful atmosphere at the Viennese Christmas Market every year. It would make me so happy to see the kids’ eyes sparkle, because it is a wonderful and rewarding task to make the children’s eyes glow with excitement – for me that’s the best Christmas gift and the true marvel of the Advent season.”


Christmas tree 2015 from 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 Austrian province 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 110 year-old, 28 meter tall spruce from the municipality Pfunds in Tyrol.


At the opening celebrations at 5.30 p.m. on November 14, 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.




The Christmas Market in high gloss:
Viennese “Christkindlmarkt” Magazine 2015





This year the fifth edition of the Viennese "Christkindlmarkt" 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.



“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!