The custom in Austria requires an Advent wreath which is used to mark the passage of the season. On the four Sundays before Christmas, you should light a candle: first one, then two, then three, then four, then Christkind is at the door. In addition, each child has an advent calendar with a surprise for every day until 24 December. Musical Advent
Christmas markets in Vienna
The opening of the Magic of Advent on City Hall Square together with 20 other Christmas markets on 14 November 2015 officially marks the beginning of the festive season. This child-friendly Christmas market has special baking and present workshops inside City Hall until Christmas Eve. Children may even meet Vienna’s “Christ Child” who listens to their wishes.
Grown-up visitors will enjoy the Magic of Advent with roasted chestnuts and fruits dipped in chocolate. Hot punch or mulled wine will warm you up from the inside. A stroll through the City Hall park takes you to the romantic Tree of Hearts, the nostalgic merry-go-round and the post office in the clouds where children can send their wish letters to the “Christkind”.
Also the first Christmas village opens on 14 November at Belvedere Palace. The unique atmosphere of the four Christmas villages characterizes artisans from around the world. After a fun tour to Christmassy paintings children can gold-plate their very own super cute treasure chest, craft ornaments for the Christmas tree at home, and mold festive table decoration.