If you are looking for a fun traditional Christmas market to visit the next time you are in Vienna, do not miss the Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, in between the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum.
This pretty Christmas Village has more than 70 stalls selling gifts, handicrafts, drinks and food, and there is live music throughout.
I was there last weekend and, while a fun place to visit to get into the Christmas spirit, I would say avoid the Christmas Village on the weekends, and head there during the week instead.
Unless you like an enormous crowd of people that does get a little bit claustrophobic at times.
Other than the crowds, though, the Maria-Theresien-Platz Christmas Village is lovely. All sparkling lights, interesting stalls and, of course, copious amounts of the traditional Austrian mulled wine, known by the locals as Glühwein, being drunk.
Buy one, pay a deposit for the mug it comes in, and take the mug home with you. It’s a cool souvenir to remember a lovely place.
The Christmas Village is open every day from 11am until 9pm — 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights — until December 26th. On Christmas Eve it closes at 4pm, and on Christmas Day at 7:30 pm.
On the 27th through the 31st December, 2016, it then changes to a New Year’s Market to help get people in the mood for the upcoming year. Still as fun though.