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

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12 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 2020

This is Vienna’s 2nd largest film festival and one that comes with plenty of powerful messages in powerful films that will have you thinking about the big wide world. This Human World presents more than 100 documentary and fictional feature films, short films, animations and experimental films dealing with human rights issues, in 13 days. Films that aim to encourage people to scrutinise and re-examine their views and raise awareness about human rights and our responsibilities as fellow humans. Don’t keep going on about how the world’s turning to shit on your Facebook feed – get educated at this fascinating festival.

This year’s festival edition will take place online, so check out the programme, get yourself a ticket to the online stream and watch the movies from your comfy couch (or bed).

 

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 wonder will last (approximately three hours). So our advice: If you see snow, let everything else be and run outside for some of that fantastic winter wonderland fun. Even though you don’t really need an excuse for behaving like a kid during the rest of the year – in those rare occasions even strangers might join in on running around in the snow, building snowmen, and making snow-angels. We love it!

Hit up a Christmas market...if they go ahead

Visit a Christmas market (in a Covid-safe way)… if they happen

So, at the time of publishing, nobody has a God damn clue what the hell is going on and how this pandemic lockdown is going to play out in December, HOWEVER, we are going to recommend, if there is a chance, to visit one of the Christmas markets that do open up this year. Yes, we know that you’re thinking and we’re thinking the same thing – is it good to go to a market crowded with people while a pandemic is cruising its way through the population? What the hell do we know?! All we’re going to say is – check out the situation and how the safety measures look at the markets, and make the decision for yourself. Either way, we’ll keep you up-to-date with what’s happening with the markets.

Here are a few of the markets that are still meant to open in 2020:

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Schönbrunn

Weihnachtsmarkt am Spittelberg

Wiener Weihnachtstraum auf dem Rathausplatz

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. While rearranging your closet sounds boring, it can actually be quite fun. Say “Hellllooo” to winter in style!

Tip: Put on your favourite music while doing it!

Go international with atypical Korean cinema

Koreanische Filmwoche 2020

With the global rise of popularity for Korean cinema, this film festival focusing on films produced by Korean talent is something definitely worth checking out.

This is another of those online film festivals that have been adapted for the year of Corona, so you can watch the film program from your couch.

This year’s theme of the festival is all about females on screen, and depicting their ‘normal’ lives in Korean society, including all of the societal pressures and conflicts they face.

Head over to the website for more info about the whens and wheres of this unmissable week of film.

Put on your thinking cap for this charity quiz

Ö1 Weihnachts-Quiz “gehört.gewusst”

A Christmas quiz that won’t only entertain, but also help the charitable organization ‘Licht ins Dunkel’, will be taking place on the second Advent Sunday.

While you can try your best to answer the questions from home, it’ll be up to cabaret artist Michael Niavarani, singer-songwriter Ina Regen and other prominent personalities, to bring in more money with every correct answer.

The program will be streamed on Sunday afternoon on December 6th from the Ö1 studio, but you can tune in on Ö1 Live. Check out their website for the details.

Go on a virtual trip to the Kunsthistorische Museum

KHM #ClosedbutActive

Despite not being able to physically enter the building, you can still check out all of the old school art (yes, we just used that adjective to describe some of Europe’s most famous masterpieces..because we can!) stuffed into the Kunsthistorische Museum.

Using the catchy hashtag, #closedbutactive, this fav’ of an art museum will be inviting you to discover its archived treasures and view its galleries from your living room (or wherever you like consuming your culture fix).

Discover the museum’s diverse online programs on their website!

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

Go on a tour of the city’s Christmas lights

One of the few things that hasn’t changed this year is that the city has dressed itself up in the spirit of Christmas. Woohoo!

Especially in the city centre, Christmas lights have been draped overhead across streets and stores and restaurants have still 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.

Meet the dysfunctional Nesterval family

Nesterval – Goodbye Kreisky Willkommen im Untergrund

What was meant to be a contemporary live performance will now be streamed throughout the late evenings of December as a Corona-special theatre experience that you can watch on the big screen (or little screen, depending on the size of your TV).

A crazy family idea that has left the residents of the complex, ‘Goodbye Kreisky,’ with severe water damage and money problems is the plot of this online performance (well, the performance will be live, but you’ll be watching it in person).

The stage will be graced by the likes of professional actors, amateurs and Drag artists who know how to put on a good show.

Head over to the event’s Facebook page to pick a date, and purchase your ticket while you’re at it (show times may vary!).

Get in tune with your inner spirits

Mindful Saturday Circle

During this online mini mindfulness festival, you’ll get connected with your inner self and get bendy as you pull off impossible yoga poses in your living room, and also cook some Ayurveda dishes.

This ‘at-home-yoga-retreat’ is being organised by the crowd from Karma Food, and will feature Lisa Mueller as your Zen master. She’ll be teaching you what exactly a Morning Ritual Matcha Ceremony, doing some yoga with you, and take you through some other mindful exercises to keep you zen and sane.

For the full program and event link check out the workshop’s Facebook page.

Have yourself a hilarious Christmas

Ready… Steady… Snow!!!

This Christmas performance (streaming to you online, but being performaced at Theater Drachengasse) is random, bewildering and may jerk some tears out of you.

On those nights you’ve gotten tired of all those sappy Christmas movies you#re watching, you can tune in to the theatre group, English Lovers, musical of madness, and let their on stage chaos grant you a nice how-d’ye-do.

To catch the performance, follow the streaming link on their webpage.

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, 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.

There’s no better way to maintain a 1m distance from everybody than not being near anyone at all. 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 hiking trails to find out where you can start your new weekend activity all by your lonesome.

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