Christmas is a very important occasion for people in Vienna. It is a festive season looked forward to by the both local residents and foreign tourists.
Normally, Christmas is celebrated by families in their respective homes. Christmas eve marks the start of decorating the Christmas tree or Christbaum using crystal balls, bells, stars, colorful toys and sweet treats including chocolate and fruits. Candles are then lit up as the finishing touch to the design. Many families also display the Christmas crib which features the Holy Family in the manger where Jesus Christ was born.
At the christmas markets in Vienna, the streets are filled with Haydn and Mozart’s music played by high class musicians while the Christmas markets are jampacked with shoppers of all ages. The Kärntner Strasse, a boulevard free from traffic, is where people can troop to for shopping or for relaxing specifically at the outdoor cafes.The Christkindlmarkt or the Vienna Christmas market at the Rathaus is also highly recommended. Here you will find some 140 well decorated stalls selling a wide variety of Christmas treats and other items at special prices. The trees in this place also have their respective themes such as the angel tree, the star tree and the Japanese lantern tree.
To keep you warm during this cold season, the boiled wine or Glühwein is available on the streets. Or you can order a hot chocolate with whipped cream if you go more for the sweet stuff.
Christmas is one of the best times to stroll Vienna’s city center. Almost all places are well lit with plain or colored lights and people are mostly in a happy mood which can really be contagious.