Photo Series: Vienna Christmas Lights

When it comes to Christmas time, Vienna takes its celebrations seriously. Around every corner is a Christmas market with stalls and gluhwein. But the Christmas lights, man the lights! In December, the city centre of Vienna is transformed with an incredible array of dazzling lights, worthy of a visit to this city just to see them. I know that talking of Christmas now is a little untimely, given that Christmas has passed us by already. But we can always look towards Christmas 2016! Enjoy the following journey through Vienna’s Christmas lights.

Throughout the pedestrian streets in the heart of Vienna, you will find different streets adorned with their own styles of lights. This makes you want to explore about more to try and find the best ones. At Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz, Maria-Theresin-Platz and outside the Spanish Riding School, you will find small markets selling more traditional Viennese Christmas foods and knickknacks. Really, no matter where you go, you’re bound to find something to you’re liking.

A good place to start is outside the Opera House on the main pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse as it leads you to the heart of the city at Stephansplatz.

Kartnerstrasse, Vienna Christmas Lights

Red Xmas Lights

Stephansplatz Lights, Vienna Christmas Lights

Stephansplatz Market, Vienna Christmas Lights

Once you’ve enjoyed all the lights around Stephansplatz, it’s best to head along Graben, Vienna’s other main pedestrian area. Be sure to keep your eye’s peeled, as down every side street you’ll find even more dazzling light setups.

Graben Lights, Vienna Christmas Lights

Crown Lights, Vienna Christmas Lights

Kohlmarkt Lights, Vienna Christmas Lights

When it comes to the Christmas markets and lights, the biggest and best has to be at the park in front of the Rathaus. There are plenty of opportunities to indulge in food and drink, plus a bunch of craft stalls at which to shop. The various lights in the trees around the park are particularly creative and fun, but the main show is the way the Rathaus itself is lit up in glorious fashion.


Rathaus Market

Rathaus Light Bridge

Rathaus Lights

Cupcake Lights

Market Lights

Market Stalls

Guitar Lights

Well there’s a taste of what Vienna has to offer at Christmas time. I hope that it may encourage you to consider coming to this beautiful city next festive season.


Have you been to Vienna at Christmas time? Where are your favourite Christmas lights and Christmas markets? Please comment below.

Why you should spend your next Christmas in Vienna, via @travelsewhere


This post is part of Monday Escapes at Extraordinary Chaos. Please head on over for more great posts.

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6 Comment

  1. I’ve been dying to visit the Vienna Christmas Market! Vienna will always have a special place in my heart as that’s where my husband proposed earlier this year! Hope you’re enjoying it! I saw your “Where am I now” status and saw you’re in Vienna! Be sure to go to Cafe Central and try the “Central Surprise” mmmm #TheWeeklyPostcard

    1. David says: Reply

      What I love in Vienna is that there are so many markets to choose from. A proposal would certainly make it a special place to you. Thanks for the recommendation on Cafe Central, will be trying it soon I hope.

  2. Wow! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing, so wonderful to see. #mondayescapes

  3. The lights look lovely – I have only been to Vienna in the summer. I would have to choose London for my favourite Christmas lights – heading off there in 10 days to have a good look! #MondayEscapes

  4. Just beautiful. My first time in Paris, the xmas lights were up. It was so magical for me….

  5. You have managed to capture the photos beautifully, my night time photography is terrible! Thanks for linking up to #Monday Escapes

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