19 things you need to do to make the most out of December in Vienna

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19 things you need to do to make the most out of December in Vienna

A film with a unique focus: Human Rights

This Human World film festival 2022

This is Vienna’s 2nd largest film festival (and their 15th anniversary!) and one that comes with plenty of powerful messages in powerful films that will have you thinking about the big wide world.

In 11 days, This Human World plays various documentaries and fictional feature films, short films, animations, and experimental films, all revolving around the theme of human rights issues.

This festival puts into the spotlight the films that aim to encourage people to scrutinize and re-examine their views and raise awareness about the situations where human rights are being violated. Don’t keep going on about how the world’s turning to shit on your IG feed – get educated at this fascinating festival.

 

Dress up warm and get out there into nature!

Escape into the silence of nature and go for a winter hike

‘It’s good for your soul, it’ll broaden your horizon, and you’ll connect with nature…’- sound like your super enthusiastic outdoorsy friend? Well, we’re about to sound a lot like them, as well. Yes, climbing up and down hills during crazy cold temperatures is somehow pleasurable for many, and when they tell you it’s the perfect escape from your worries and woes – they ain’t lying.

Hiking and Austria go together like hot chocolate and winter, which you can reward yourself with once you’ve completed your trail! Check out our list of lockdwon nature walks and winter walks to find out where you can start your new weekend activity all by your lonesome.

Travel back in time!

Mittelalterlicher Adventmarkt 2022

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 2019 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. 

Don't be a miser like Ebenezer!

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte – Theateraufführung

Everyone knows it, some are still traumatized by the Disney version of it (*cough*) but everyone loves it: The story of the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey through the past, present, and future Christmas…es! And NOW you’ll be able to experience this Christmas fairytale (or nightmare) live on stage! Watch as theatre crew Il Vero Teatro brings this classic story by Charles Dickens back to life, literally!

Have fun in the snow, if there is any…

Let’s all say it together: Dear weather gods, be good to us and let it snow!

Even though this ancient spell has worked for years, in this city, we can never be sure how long the white fluffy wonder will last when it comes down from the sky (approximately three hours).

So, our advice – If you see snow, drop everything and run outside for some of that fantastic winter wonderland fun.

Get out there and behave like a kid.

Celebrate the Belvedere's special birthday!

300 Jahre Belvedere Museum – Sonderausstellung

Wow, 300 years, that’s old. And definitely a reason to celebrate! That’s why the Belvedere is putting on a special exhibition about itself (well, the Belvedere ITSELF is not putting it on, obviously. People are. You get what we mean.) If you want to say Happy Birthday to the Belvedere then you know where to go!

Bring out that woolly jumper!

Rearrange your wardrobe to winter mode, and bring out that wooly jumper!

We might not necessarily be fond of the cold, but we do love our reindeer-motifed, wooly jumpers, our comfy thick socks and hats and our knitted underwear (yes, we knitted them ourselves ;-).

While rearranging your closet sounds boring, it can actually be quite fun and meditative. Put on one of your best playlists and dive into your wardrobe.

Get edel stuff at Edelstoff!

Edelstoff – Markt für junges Design: X-mas Edition

You’re sure to win the award for giving the coolest gifts for Christmas if you shop at this Christmas version of the designer market, Edelstoff. And we all know Christmas is about winning the award for giving the coolest gifts. It’s also a known fact that Santa rewards those who support young designers. So if you also want to get yourself a bunch of Christmas presents – from fashion to jewellery and graphic design masterpieces – spend some time at this funky market.

Pack some Glühwein and take a tour of the city's festive lights!

Go on a tour of the city’s Christmas lights

The city has dressed itself up in the spirit of Christmas with a shit ton of glittering lights. Woohoo!

Especially in the city centre, Christmas lights have been draped overhead across streets. Plus, the stores and restaurants have gone to the effort to bring a smile to our faces by decorating their facades.

So, one night this month – heat up and pack yourself some Glühwein, or homemade Punsch, dress up warm and go through an enchanting walk throughout the first district, enjoying all the glitter and bling that Christmas in Vienna brings.

Architecture nerds listen up!

ATELIER BAUHAUS

No, this is not an exhibition about the company Bauhaus. (But wouldn’t that be fun? Just a bunch of dads standing around looking at woods and whatever they sell at Bauhaus?) This exhibition is about the Bauhaus architecture! Simple, flat and practical is how most would describe this style. So if you like cupboards impregnated by chairs (or something like that), then make sure to swing by!

Tis' the season of Glühwein and kissing when your nose is dripping

Go to a Christmas market!

Tis’ the season, and in Vienna this many people’s favourite season simply thanks to those charming Christmas markets! A wonderful vibe spreads around town as markets bloom all over Vienna, and the smell of cinnamon, mulled wine, and sweet desserts fill the air. Be sure to get some Beeren Punsch in, get in the spirit, and enjoy every chance this season to get drunk at the market. And it just so happens we put together a list of our favourite Christmas markets

Think out of the box

The Fest – ZWISCHEN REPRÄSENTATION UND AUFRUHR

Breaking taboos, challenging society and activating your critical thinking is what the Fest is all about. So this one is for the critics, the thinkers, the philosophers one might even dare to say! No, on a serious note, this exhibition will for sure inspire you to think differently, so check it out!

Pretend the wet stains on your pants from falling down don't bother you!

Go ice skating!

There’s no other feeling like it – the cold on your face, a red nose, gliding over the ice, and on occasion falling in a puddle of melted ice.

Get your skates on and visit one of the ice skating rinks around Vienna. We especially recommend checking out the ice skating rink at the Wiener Eislaufverein in the center of the city or the famous rink at Rathausplatz, Wiener Eistraum. The atmosphere is perfect for winter.

Get the blues for the Blues

Blues Fever Festival 2022

With 8 amazing teachers, 5 parties and 5 live bands the name ‘Blues Fever’ is more than justified. A weekend full of social dancing, high-level classes, panel talks about the Blues, master classes AND competitions. So if you get the blues for the Blues, then this one is for you!

No Christmas is complete without cookies

Put on your cute lil’ bakers hat and get those Christmas cookies baking

What would Christmas time be without some delicious cookies, right?

Sure, you could simply buy them from the nearest supermarket, but let’s be honest, where’s the fun in that?

So we’re suggesting you go ahead and make some of your own Christmas cookie classics!

It just so happens we have put together a collection of seven fantastic Austrian Christmas cookie recipes coming from a real Oma. And everyone knows, Oma’s recipes are the best!

Lots to do at this Christmas market!

Ottakringer Weihnachtszauber

We don’t even know where to start with this one since there is so much to do! Okay, so basically, it’s an advent market in the Ottakringer Brauerei. And there is A LOT on the programme. There’s everything from typical Christmas market activities like drinking Punsch to super exciting things like a Perchtenlauf and curling (reservations needed)! And they also have not one, but multiple markets on different dates. We highly recommend you check out the programme on their website so you don’t miss anything!

For the art lovers

Auslöser Kunstbuch & Magazin POPUP

This one is for the art lovers with an old soul. It’s an exhibition of photo books, art books and magazines from the independent publishing scene! And they are not just to goggle at, you can buy them as well! There’ll also be tons of talks by publishers, artists and more. Make sure to keep an eye on the programme, as they’ll release the full one pretty soon!

Celebrate the Irish way

25th Irish Christmas Festival

Celebrate Christmas like the Irish do by attending this live concert from Irish stars like THE ALT, Nuala Kennedy and more! They will enchant you with traditional Irish songs and instruments!

Slip and slide into 2023!

Celebrate the end of the year!

Wow, 2022 flew by. Just like last year. And the year before… Well! Whatever. Time isn’t real anyways. But what definitely is real is the pressure of doing something spectacular for New Year’s!  But don’t worry, we got your back – stay tuned for our upcoming New Year’s event guide!

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