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:
Design pop-up shop in a funky coffeehouse
When: THU, November 9 – WED, January 31 | WED–FRI: 11am–7pm, SAT: 10am–6pm
There’s an oddly named design pop-up shop, popping up in the reborn hipster coffeehouse in the first district, Rien. Showcasing and selling awesome products from local creatives, it’s surely worth checking out during the lead up to Christmas (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). If this place gets any cooler (a whale on the roof, weekly music sessions and now a design shop!) , we’re going to have to stop going!
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
A Moroccan-flavoured advent brunch on Sunday
When: SUN, November 26, December 3, 10 & 17, 11am–6pm
Where: Aux Gazelles
Entry: Brunch: 18€/person, Hammam prices see here, Bazaar entry: free!
On four Sundays leading up to Christmas, Aux Gazelles will be opening their doors (despite normally being closed on Sundays) for some afternoon indulgence (including lots of yummy food). Enjoy a Moroccan brunch buffet, including homemade bread, special brunch items, tajines and Morrocan patisserie. Also, after you’ve been stuffed with food, you can relax and get pampered in the Hammam. Or perhaps shop for some handmade products, like tableware, leatherware and interior accesories from Morocco that will be up for sale in the bazaar ajoined to the brunching.
Plus: on December 10, there will be the Stylisten Market xmas edition #2 happening in combination with the brunch – a trendy second hand market by bloggers, stylists, editors and designers
Recommended if you like: Morrocan cuisine, tanjines, the souks of Marakesh, big brunches, lazy Sundays, the thrill of the fleamarket hunt
Pop-up Christmas market selling alternative products
When: November 30 – December 23, THU–SAT: 3pm–8am
Where: Die fette Nelke
An un-Christmas-sy Christmas market will go down at “Die fette Nelke: Pop-up Markt” in Nelkengasse this month. Die Fette Nelke will be the site where fashion, design and other crafty stuff will be on display and up for sale. This is a unique shopping opp. for those still in need for personal presents.
Recommended if you like: weekend Christmas markets, stress-free shopping zones, alternative Christmas markets, buying local products, being known as the friend or family member buying awesome Christmas presents
Illustrations and photographic pop-up shop
When: THU–SAT, November 30 – December 2 | THU: 5pm–9pm, FRI: 3pm–7pm, SAT: 12pm–6pm
Where: samstag shop
Samstag shop on Margaretenstraße is hosting a 3-day Christmas special, at which it will offer up stuff by Susi von Hasen, a Viennese illustrator. Find Christmas-sy wrapping paper (see design above), hand coloured prints inspired by antique books and magazines, and the Venus von Hasen (we’re not sure what that is, but one more reason to turn up and find out).
Plus: DJ music & Punsch on Thursday evening!
Recommended if you like: pop-up stores and Christmas markets, meeting Viennese designers and illustrators, buying a bunch of great presents for your loved ones
The beloved annual winter market from the Academy of Fine Arts
When: FRI–SUN, December 1–3 | FRI: 6pm–11pm, SAT: 12pm–11pm, SUN: 12pm–9pm
The Akademie’s famous annual winter market is back on the first weekend in December. Find a colourful mix of art and other creative stuff to buy your loves ones (or yourself), live music acts, workshops (Origami and jewellery to use 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, see and be seen, Christmas-sy workshops, making your own presents, talking creativity, flying high on imagination, buying local, dressing like an artist…if you know what we mean
A very cool Christmas event + market in the old horse stables of CREAU
When: December 1–24 | MON–FRI: 6:30pm, SAT–SUN: 4pm
The old horse stable turned creative space CREAU in Prater is organising the most special of all Viennese Christmas markets – a real life Advent calendar. Each horse stall will act as a window of the Advent calendar and will be opened daily (MON–FRI from 6:30pm, and SAT–SUN from 4pm), revealing an installation, live music event, projections, etc by one of 24 artists. This is one very cool concept.
Also, there will be a designer market, where you can buy lots of great stuff, alongwith, of course, Punsch and food!
Recommended if you like: alternative Christmas markets, unique events at unique locations, outdoor markets, warming up from the inside-out, buying great presents, getting to know local artists and their work, CREAU events, something different, wearing big wooly underwear through winter
A winter market in Stadtpark
When: December 1–23, every TUE–SAT | TUE–FRI: 4pm–2am, SAT: 12pm–2am
Where: Café Français Stadtpark
The garden of Café Français in Stadtpark will be transformed into a winter wonderland throughout December.At this market, you can sip at Punsch, Glühwein, or hot chocolate, nibble on some tasty snacks (eg. Kässpätzle, Kaiserschmarrn and chestnuts) all in a lovely (said in our best British accent) wintery atmosphere. Indoors, there will be a bar and dance floor, with DJ music (THU–SAT) to dance to.
Recommended if you like: winter gardens, French people, French kissing, the wonder of winter, spending a lot of time at Christmas events, one month of drinking Punsch daily, bad and kitschy Christmas pullovers
Shop for that vintage item, late into the night
When: FRI, December 1, 2pm–10pm
The vintage popup shopping lounge, ‘Do.Something.Beautiful,’ in the 15th district will be having a late night shopping event on December 1. Their shop is full of handmade treats, and a fantastic range of vintage and second-hand fashion (including coats, hats, jackets, jumpers, dresses and much more).
Recommended if you like: sustainability, second-hand and vintage fashion, late night shopping opportunities, pre-Christmas pimping your wardrobe, comfy and chilled evenings in good company, oversized pullovers and jackets, making love with socks on
The big design market, Edelstoff, goes Christmas
When: SAT–SUN, December 2–3 | 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
Pop-up shop full of fashion and cookies
When: SAT, December 2, 11am–6pm
Healthy Schatz Kekse cookies and biscuits will be offered at the store, Goldstück, on the first Saturday of December. You can munch on some tasty creations while shopping for some hot new handmade female fashion by Goldstück, while sipping at some free sparkling wine!
Recommended if you like: alternative shopping opportunities, comfy Saturday afternoons, buying Christmas presents for yourself, free sparkling wine, cookies, talking to your cookie to freak other people out
A Finnish Christmas market… ok… let’s just go with it
When: SUN, December 3, 12pm–6pm
Where: Babenberger Halle (Klosterneuberg)
For some mysterious reason, this Finnish Christmas market has become somewhat a fixture in the holiday season calendar for many, and a tradition of sorts. You may have to go on a bit of a trip for this one, but we’ve heard it’s worth it. In Klosterneuberg’s city center, you can celebrate Christmas with the Finnish, who will set up a bunch of stands selling Finnish design Finnish food, and Finnish Christmas joy (we assumed the last one).
Recommended if you like: the Finnish, those odd people from Scandinavia, the idea of a international Christmas market in a small Austrian town
Weekends of winter markets in a bunker turned bar
When: FRI–SUN, December 8–10 & 15–17, 2pm–10pm
Where: Bunkerei Augarten
The second and third weekend in December will be market time at Bunkerei in the lovely manicured park, Augarten. At this market set in the old bunker turned bar you’ll find a big selection of antiques, contemporary handicraft, and artistic products. Plus, Tipsy Pusch will be offering up different kinds of Punsch and Glühwein, as well as a Hot Mojito (wow, what an awesome idea – wish we had it first!).
Recommended if you like: alternative Christmas markets, Bunkerei Augarten events, comfy gardens in winter, warming up with some neat Punsch, buying antiques to pimp your apartment, winking at random people when you catch their gaze
Christmas market with an African flavour
When: FRI–SAT, December 8-10, 11am–5pm
Where: Forum Mozartplatz
For the 2nd time round, the Christmas market with an African flavour will be happening in the middle of December. A market full sellers offering up African materials and art pieces, while there will also be live music and African cuisine to enjoy while you’re there.
Recommended if you like: traveling, getting an exotic gift for your Oma, having a laugh with random strangers, the earthy colours of African craft, the sound of drums
A curated indoor winter fashion pop-up market
When: December 4–23 (daily, except Sundays) | MON–WED: 9am–8pm, THU–FRI: 9am–9pm, SAT: 9am–6pm
Where: The Mall Wien Mitte
An unusual kind of winter market will be filling up The Mall Wien Mitte for three weeks in December. The curated pop-up Christmas design and lifestyle market will offer products by local independent labels and producers (not a bad market to fill up a chain store-filled mall, we’d say). Find more info’ on what and who to expect, here.
Recommended if you like: winter and Christmas markets that don’t sell kitsch and shit, indoor Christmas markets, buying great gifts to give away, staying warm while shopping, buying unique gifts
Sunday afternoon vintage flea market
When: SUN, December 10, 1pm–7pm
Where: The Loft
There’s a neat little flea market being hosted by the Firlefanz crowd at The Loft club, this Sunday. The afternoon event will offer second-hand stuff up for sale from 25 people, as well as DJs and music, and vegan food (free donation) to keep you going.
Recommended if you like: flea markets at clubs, Sunday afternoon shopping, having a beer while shopping for Christmas presents, after hours at the club
Medieval Christmas market all weekend
When: THU–SUN, November 30 – December 3, 2pm–6pm
Where: Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
The Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Wien (Military Museum) is playing host to one of the coolest Christmas markets. A 3-day medieval-themed winter/Christmas-market will be happening this weekend. Medieval cuisine will be dished up for you to try, jugglers and market criers will provide the right atmosphere, music and fencing performances will entertain, and delicious winter Punsch will turn your cheeks red. This is really worth checking out.
Recommended if you like: alternative Christmas markets, pimping your Christmas mood, having Punsch out in the cold, family entertainment, medieval-themed things, people dressing up as knights, carrying a sword
A fleamarket at the cafe on the hill
When: SUN, December 3, 12pm–7pm
Where: Cafe Schloss am Cobenzl
Rug up all warm and head up the hill where a funky little cafe is perched, Cafe am Cobenzl. This market isn’t really Christmas-themed, however, it’s a nice market nonethless that will be popping up. The fleamarket pros from Tingel Tangel will be organising a market in the cafe, full of second-hand fashion being sold by private sellers. There will also coffee and cake, of course. Which is pretty much the main reason we’re recommending it. Oh, and the DJ beats might be a nice touch too.
Recommended if you like: the thrill of the flea market hunt, getting a new old second-hand scarf, singer/ songwriters, people that smile when it’s grey outside