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Ways to Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in Vienna

Ways to Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in Vienna

Vienna comes alive in the holiday season, with its historic squares and baroque palaces adorned in festive illuminations, and the heady scent of mulled wine on the air. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Austrian capital for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, here’s how to celebrate—Vienna style.

See the City Illuminated

During the holiday season, Vienna’s top attractions such as the Austrian Parliament Building, City Hall (Wiener Rathaus), the Hofburg palace, Schonbrunn Palace, and St. Charles’ Church (Karlskirche) twinkle under festive illuminations. When darkness falls over Vienna and the lights flicker on, the city transforms into a winter wonderland of shimmering color. Photography tours are a great way to explore the city streets and squares, with a guide on hand to help you capture the brilliant scenes on camera.

Shop at the Christmas Markets

Browse Vienna’s legendary Christmas markets for seasonal souvenirs such as handcrafted tree decorations and wooden toys, and perhaps sample local Austrian specialities like spicy smoked sausages and freshly baked strudels along the way. The bustling Christmas market at Belvedere Palace is the city’s largest and most popular, but the Town Hall Square and Charles Square markets are also very atmospheric.

Attend a Holiday Concert

Austria boasts a world-renowned classical music scene, and the festive holidays bring out the best in Vienna’s various concert halls. There’s a diverse program of concerts, performances, and recitals in famous venues including the Kursalon music hall, the Palais Auersperg, and St. Peter’s Church. Celebrate Christmas Eve or ring in the New Year at a Strauss recital, and make the evening extra special with a delicious dinner.

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Christmas and New Year Concert at St. Peter’s Church in Vienna

Christmas and New Year Concert at St. Peter’s Church in Vienna

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Make your Christmas or New Year one to remember with a classical music concert in the heart of Vienna. Taking place in St. Peter’s Church, the setting and acoustics make for a special location for an evening performance by the Classic Ensemble Vienna. Pieces of music composed by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, and Beethoven make up the festive evening program.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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PRIVATE Vienna Christmas Tour

PRIVATE Vienna Christmas Tour

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Visit three of Vienna’s most famous Christmas market areas on this walking tour of Austria’s capitol city. Listen to your guide tell you holiday stories about Christmas traditions important to locals as you make your way through the streets. See popular attractions, such St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Imperial Palace, and visit Christmas markets in Town Hall Square, Charles Square, and near Belvedere Palace.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Segway Tour Vienna in Winter

Segway Tour Vienna in Winter

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Feel festive this holiday season with a 3-hour Segway tour around Vienna’s Christmas markets. Led by a local guide, ride around the Ringstrasse, the famous Ring Road showcasing some of the city’s finest architecture. See the Hofburg Palace, City Hall, and Burgtheater. Then slip into the holiday spirit with a stop at the Christmas markets, perusing the stalls and sipping on a hot drink. After admiring the twinkling lights and merry decor, your tour will conclude back at your original departure point.
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  • 3 hours
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