It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – especially all around Vienna where the Yuletide celebrations kick off as early as November when the popular street markets open. The city boasts of about 25 Christmas markets open from mid-November and sometimes running over until early January of the following year. This well-loved tradition of the Christkindlmarkt is said to have started in the 13th century when the local people sold their crafts and traditional Christmas goodies.
Today it is one of Vienna’s most popular tourist events. If you’re heading to Vienna this season, prepare for some of the best of these local markets: Wiener Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz. It is considered the largest and the most popular market in Vienna. Located on the square between Rathaus and Burgtheater, the market offers over 150 stands selling everything from traditional sweets, warm drinks, decors and gift suggestions. Tourists always like to have their picture taken against the large Christmas tree and the brightly-lit buildings in the square. Weihnachtsmarkt am Spittelberg. Nothing’s better than Christmas shopping in motorist-free streets. The Spittelberg market features over 100 stalls that line the charming Biedermeir streets. Culture and Christmas Market & New Year’s Market at the Schonbrunn.
The Parade Court in front of the Schonbrunn Palace turns into a winter wonderland with two special Yuletide markets. The Christmas market takes place from 24th November to 26th December while the New Year’s Market runs from the 27th December to the 1st day of January. There are about 80 stands selling artisanal decors, handicrafts and traditional Austrian specialities. During this time there will also be outdoor concerts performed by music groups from all over the world.