From traditional, to medieval, to young and hip markets, as well as charming Christmas pop-up stores – here’s a guide to help you find the fleeting shopping, or Christmas market, experiences happening in Vienna throughout December:
© photo courtesy of Designmarkt Edelstoff
A Christmas market back from the Middle Ages
When: THU–SUN, November 29 – December 2 (check out the opening times)
Where: Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
The Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Wien (Military Museum) is playing host to one of the coolest Christmas markets happening in Vienna. A 4-day medieval-themed Christmas-market stands far apart from the other markets in this list. There are little stalls selling metalwork and woodwork creations made by the stand owners (who tend to really take the Medieval thing seriously, dressing up like they’ve just landed in 2018 from that era), while there are all kinds of live music, jugglers and jesters, market criers, fencing duals and other shows to entertain the crowds. Then there’s the food inspired from Medieval times being prepared and served up. Another distinguishing factor is the delicious winter Punsch, Glühwein (mulled wine) and other hot drinks to warm you up, that are made fresh by the stand owners, as opposed to being mass produced like the Punsch at many of the other markets.
Recommended if you like: events when you get to take your sword to, wearing a Knights costume or a lot of leather, Punsch and Glühwein, very unique experiences
Celebrate the opening of this little hidden Christmas market
Hidden Store am Brillantengrund
When: FRI, November 30, 6pm-10pm
Where: Hotel am Brillantengrund
One of Vienna’s most well-loved hotels is turning its garage into a beautiful, hidden Christmas market (well, it’s not so hidden now, is it?) And what calls for a party more than the opening of a Christmas market? Come along and be jolly (even decked with holly) at this opening party and hit up the hidden market during it’s regular opening times – every day from 11am-8pm, until Christmas.
Recommended if you like: Christmas markets, finding hidden stores all for yourself (and a few other people), wearing your classy pants, feeling the merry merry spirit of the season, the colors red and white, good tidings and joy, parties at Brilliantengrund
Dig through the racks at this vintage clothing flea market
When: SAT, December 1, 9pm–4am
Entry: free online, 2€ @ door, check it out here
Vintage Kilo Sale is back! Need a fur coat to go with those fur panties you bought last year? Come on out and start pillaging through rows of vintage treasures. There will be great music and deals you don’t want to miss!
Recommended if you like: vintage flea markets, shopping for treasures, wearing sunglasses inside, sporting hats that cover your face, being too cool for school, having something nobody else has and calling it “my precious” in a creepy voice
An online auction market, with a good cause behind it
When: SAT–SUN, December 1–9
The crowd from ‘[HOME] is where your heart is’ – a refugee project based in Vienna with a focus on integration through socialization, psychological health education and social wellbeing – is holding a charity auction from the beginning of December until the 9th. A whole bunch of talented local designers have donated their beautiful creations to the cause, and all of the pieces will be auctioned off between these dates here on Facebook. If you’d like to get involved (which we strongly suggest you do!), check out more info., here. All of the proceeds will go to increasing care for refugees, as well as volunteers. The coolest part is that they’ll mail the jewellery to you!
Recommended if you like: doing good while feeling lucky for the life you lead, presents with a purpose, really big hugs, getting that fuzzy feeling inside that only comes from loving others, unique design pieces, getting presents that are one-of-a-kind
Find your next rare book or antique at this flea market
When: SUN, December 2, 10am-5pm
Here is the chance you’ve been waiting for to find a rare book, a delicate antique, or even a vintage perfume (we hope it smells better than vintage shoes). For one day only, you can shop for the treasures your heart desires at this flea market of rare bits and bobs. Entrance is free and kids are welcome!
Recommended if you like: vintage flea markets, digging deep for treasure, listening to funky music, always having a half-smile on your face, bangs, collecting old and rare things
An indie design market in the MQ
When: daily, throughout November and December (see opening times)
Where: MQ – Museumsquartier
The international indie design fair WAMP has set up its stalls in the MQ and it will be there daily right up until Christmas time. Austrian and international designers from the fields of fashion, accessories, art, home decor and gastronomy will be selling their unique creations. So after grabbing a Punsch or Glühwein in the MQ courtyard, browse through the fancy design goods being sold at this fancy little market.
Recommended if you like: funky designs, redesigning, having a one of a kind wardrobe, quirky homes, markets, shopping under the sun, discovering cool designers from Central and Eastern Europe, Christmas time in the city
Lose yourself at this hip Christmas flea market
When: SAT, December 1, 10am-7pm
Where: Kunsthalle Wien
Who says Christmas has to be all kitsch and cookies? Alright, there’s nothing wrong with cookies… but the funky fashion designers, Lila, are throwing a Christmas market that will offer you a hip way to rock around the Christmas tree. Find unique lady’s fashion on the racks, with a lot of it being available only at this market.
Plus… the first 200 people to arrive will get a free ticket to an exclusive exhibition called, “Antarktika. Eine Ausstellung über Entfremdung” (Antarctica: An exhibition about alienation.).
Recommended if you like: a less kitschy Christmas, cool flea markets, Lila, free tickets to interesting exhibitions, winning the best gift-giver award, hip Christmas markets, Kunsthalle Wien, pimping out your wardrobe for the cold season, funky female fashion
The art academy’s famous winter market is on
When: FRI, December 7, 12pm-8pm
Where: Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 7
The Angewandte Akademie’s (academy of applied arts) famous annual winter market is back this year! At this market, you’ll find a colourful mix of art and other creative stuff to buy for your loves ones (or yourself). Also, there will be live music acts, workshops (origami and jewellery to pass off as gifts), discussions and comfy get-togethers at this unmissable 3-day winter market.
Recommended if you like: alternative Christmas markets, alternative people and hipsters, 3-day-events, moustaches, seeing and being seen, Christmas-y workshops, making your own presents, talking creativity, flying high on imagination, buying local, dressing like an artist…if you know what we mean, eating gingerbread cookies until your poop smells like cinnamon
The big design market, Edelstoff, goes Christmas
When: SAT–SUN, December 8–9, SAT: 11am–8pm, SUN: 11am–6pm
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 4€ (both days with stamp)
Edelstoff market is back with a Christmas market edition on the first December weekend. The cattle shed turned event venue, Marx Halle, will be filled to the brim with shiny and glittery things set up neatly at stands from local indie designers and artists. The market will also feature the traditional hoard of food trucks to splurge at, while they also have some neat DJ tunes in the background to urge on your hedonistic urges.
Recommended if you like: alternative markets, young designers, beard glitter, filling your wardrobe with unique fashion, quirky prints, buying as many Christmas presents as you can, enjoying some great food truck food, hip people, see and be seen, tote bags, tattoos and big hats
Get in the spirit at this Finish Christmas market in Klosterneuberg
When: SUN, December 2, 12pm-6pm
Where: Babenberger Halle
The charming setting of this Christmas market will have you saying “ho, ho, ho,” before you know, know, know it. But don’t think you won’t have a little competition, because Santa himself will be making an appearance at this market, which oddly has a Finnish theme to it (especially considering the location). Shop for Finish designer goods, eat enough food to feed a cavalry of reindeer, and get your cameras ready to capture the spirit at this ultra-Christmas-y market.
Recommended if you like: a Finnish Santa Claus, feeling the spirit, hungry reindeer, Finnish design, interesting gifts (maybe even for yourself), going somewhere new in Vienna, Christmas smeared all over your face like melted chocolate sauce
Design pop-up shop in a funky coffeehouse
When: November 9 – December 22 (check out the very specific and irregular opening times)
Where: Rienna contemporary design shop
There’s an oddly named design pop-up shop running throughout November and December and it will popping up in the 5th district’s Schleifmühlgasse, Rienna. Showcasing and selling awesome products from local creatives, it’s surely worth checking out during the lead up to Christmas (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). Plus, there are special events happening (relating to creatives doing creative things) also throughout the lifespan of this funky store. Be sure to check out the details,
Recommended if you like: forearm Tattoos, beards, ham and cheese toast, filling your wardrobe with unique fashion, being that member of the Family that everybody knows for thoughtful and cool gifts
Christmas market in the tram garage
When: 30 November – 16 December (check out opening times, here)
There’s a rustic looking place in the 3rd district which used to serve as a home for Vienna’s trams. These days, the Wiener Linien have transformed it into a ‘transport museum,’ and this unique spot will be the site for a charming little Christmas market. There’s not so much to shop for here (besides Wiener Linien Merch’), however there is a beautiful atmosphere, Punsch and mulled wine, waffles, and some tasty Raclette bread being served up by the few stands dotted around the place. You can get more info. here.
Recommended if you like: being full of Christmas cheer, Glühwein and Punsch, eating up a Raclette bread before the cheese hardens in the cold, licking your nose with your tongue, checking out unique locations, trams and the colour theme – red and white
Fashion flea market in a sassy little 6th district bar
When: SUN, December 16, 1pm–6:30pm
Where: Mon Ami
It’s your usual hip flea market taking place in the coolest of all cool streets, Theobaldgasse, in the funky bar, Monami. There’ll be shopping, drinking and eating to the sound of chilled music throughout the day, along with the vague smell of stale beer spilt on the floor from the crazy night before. It’s the dream. Oh, and expect a Christmas vibe happening too.
Recommended if you like: hanging out on Theobaldgasse, Monami, the thrill of the flea market hunt, the fresh smell of old beer, Gin and tonics for breakfast
A vintage pop-up market worth checking out
When: 26 November – 23 December (check out opening times, here)
A bunch of very talented and stylish local vintage furniture designers and restorers have been gathered in the Popupzentrale space on Mariahilferstrasse and their Fesch creations will be there right up until December 8. Following this, another vintage-centric market will take over the space, the ‘Vintage Fabrik Weihnachtsmarkt auf der Mariahilfer Straße’ which will be running right up until Christmas (December 23). Vintage designers and boutiques from around Vienna will have their goods up for sale, including fashion, jewellery and furniture. See more details, here.
Recommended if you like: bold rimmed glasses, Funk and Soul, fake fur, bright and beautiful jewellery, bright red lipstick, suspenders and fedoras