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Vienna Media News 09/2012 Punch, cookies and lights

The Christmas lights go on in Vienna in late November, and then the city's most beautiful streets and lanes are bathed in festive light when evening falls. In the old town huge chandeliers and giant red globes, stars and comets compete with angels' wings. About 40 Viennese shopping streets put up Christmas lights every year - most now use power-saving LED lamps. In the past few years the council, the chamber of commerce and retailers have spent over EUR 4.5 million on changing over to the new technology.

The Vienna Christmas markets, which open in mid-November (see chronological list), are like sparkling islands of light. Bright Christmas tree decorations, scented candles, wooden toys, warm knitted goods and other crafts are on sale, and the delicious refreshments include punch, mulled wine, tea, lebkuchen and biscuits. A visit to the city's largest Christmas market, in front of City Hall, is a must. The kids are enchanted by a real-life Christ Child and make presents in the Christkindl's workshop. There are also old-style Vienna Christmas markets on the Freyung and Am Hof squares. If you're on the lookout for particularly creative gifts, the craft market in front of the Karlskirche church is the place to go. Romantics are drawn to the markets in the Spittelberg district, and at the Schönbrunn, Belvedere and Wilhelminenberg palaces. And design fans shouldn't miss out on the temporary Christmas markets at the MuseumsQuartier and Looshaus in the city center.

Contact:

Vienna Tourist Board
Helena Hartlauer
Media Relations UK, USA, Canada, Australia
Tel. (+ 43 1) 211 14-364

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