For the lone wolves this Christmas, here’s a list of 19 imaginative things to do in Vienna to beat back the loneliness, and set you free of the Christmas story:
1. Hit the road
Whether if it’s to a place you’ve never been before, or a favourite place of yours, hit the road and escape Christmas.
2. Light the night
Decorate your entire apartment in Christmas lights; string them everywhere, and turn out the lights and watch Christmas films.
3. Dance and party
Proof that you’re not alone in your solitude during the Christmas season can be found in plenty of bars around the city that are open on Christmas Eve. Spend the holiest and most family orientated night of the year seeking sin, or just dance until your feet hurt while everybody else is singing Silent Night around the Christmas tree.
Parties on Christmas Eve we recommend:
Be Loved Christmas Special - SO, 25.12.
When: SUN, December 25, 11am–6am
Where: Volkstheater, Burgring 1, 1010
When: SAT, December 24, 11pm
Acid Bells XXIV
When: SAT, December 24, midnight
Where: Elektro Gönner, Mariahilfer Strasse 101/1 (Schulhofpassage), 1060
5. Put Christmas chocolates with a note in random people’s letterboxes
What better way to spend the “season of giving” than to spend it really giving. With the recent refugee crisis, help in the form of time or donations (clothes or money) is even more needed than usual.
7. Spend the day sinfully nude
Spend the day in your apartment without a single piece of clothing on your body.
8. Seek out the homeless and give them a random gift
Clothes or food are the obvious items that will be most appreciated.
9. Give your face and body a makeover
Shave, wax, polish, paint, trim and moisturize every part you can find on that beautiful body of yours!
10. Treat the city as your playground
Besides the tourist-filled 1st district, you’ll pretty much have the city to yourself. Use your imagination and hit the street with the persona of a spy or a superhero that is the only person that stands between world destruction and a peaceful Christmas Eve … or just enjoy walking the city streets in solitude.
11. Cook some good food
© Todd Quackenbush
There’s nothing more meditative and calming than preparing good food, and there’s nothing more satisfying than stuffing your face with it after. Cook yourself a nice meal made up of your favourite foods.
© Viktor Hanicek/picjumbo
Scroll through Pinterest for inspiration, or 9gag.com for a laugh.
We recommend venturing out to the Linsberg Asia Spa & Therme (about 30 minutes from Vienna. Easily accessible by train) for their Weihnachten Deluxe package. Whatever thermal bath or spa you choose, be sure to check their opening times over the Christmas period.
14. Find a random tree in your neighbourhood and decorate it
15. Practice your smug mad scientist laughter
While thinking of all the people at family Christmas events that don’t want to be there. Muahahahaaa!
16. Attend midnight mass in a church
Whether you’re a religious person or not, church on Christmas Eve can be quite the experience in Vienna, especially under the mighty gothic steeples of Stephansdom.
17. Build or make something
Whether it be a table, a chair, a bird house or if it’s knitting a beanie, making something will not only occupy your mind over the Christmas season, but it will also leave you with a gift to give to yourself afterwards.
18. People watch in a cafe, or eat fine food in a restaurant
Find a list of the cafe, bars and restaurants open on the 24/12/2015 here.
19. Write a list of why Christmas sucks
20. Do a self guided tour of the Christmas lights of Vienna’s 1st district
There’s nothing that warms the soul more than strolling under – while looking up with big child-like eyes – at the lights that Vienna dresses up in for Christmas. Wander through the first district and take it all in, perhaps with a playlist of your favourite music in your ears.