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The weekend starts now! Vienna events for 8 Dec. through 12 Dec. 2016

Which do you like more during Christmas time – dancing, singing or shopping?

Whichever it is, Vienna has all of them for you this weekend. Check out the American Gospel performance at Votiv church, find original fashion, art and design at the Edelstoff market, go swing-dancing at the Markterei. Don’t forget to check out the Christmas market at the Bunkerei, old WWII bunkers at Augarten park.

There is more below. So have a splendid weekend Vienna!

• Oh Precious Materials – Pre-Christmas Shopping –  Oh Edelstoff! Eine vorweihnachtliche Shoppingsause

15109499_1102535239869615_6990154599403346584_nWhen: From 10 Dec at 11:00 till 20:00 and 11 Dec. until 18:00

Where: Marx Halle, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna

Entry: 4 euros (stamp valid on both days), free entry for children

For all of us who care about giving gifts that are original and perfect for the person we have in mind, Designmarkt Edelstoff is a great place to look around and perhaps pick up one or two things. And whether you shop or not, you are going to enjoy the creativity around you.

Fashion, art, product and children design, jewelry and decorations – all this is handmade by about 140 designers from Austria and neighboring countries.

Does it get better than supporting original design, having fun and finding the right present for that person you did not have anything for?


• American Christmas Gospel

When: Friday, 9 December and Saturday, 10 December.  Entry at 19:30, performance begins at 20:00

Where: VOTIVKIRCHE, Rooseveltplatz 8, 1090 Wien

Tickets: starting at 35 euros

See more info here.

You don’t get an opportunity every day to enjoy American Christmas Gospel with Stella Jones in the middle of Vienna, but you CAN do that this weekend. And then in the setting of the amazing Votiv church. Cancel other plans and go enjoy the show!

In a 2-hour performance you get to hear the traditional gospel, and they look forward to you singing along. After a 15-minute break with a glass of punch, it gets electrifying. The songs performed are also on their CD.

More about Stella Jones

• Art and Junk | Christmas Market in the Bunker –  Kunst & Kram | Weihnachtsmarkt im Bunker

14712838_1438819019480561_737748817730766149_oWhen: Friday, 9 December at 16:00 to Sunday, 11 December at 22:00

Where: Bunkerei Augarten, Obere Augartenstraße 1a, 1020 Vienna

On this third Advent weekend. Also next weekend, you get to enjoy a Christmas market at a unique location. In the heart of Vienna. Augarten is a beautiful park that has the still-standing massive bunkers built during WWII.

So how amazing is it to enjoy the juxtaposition of the steel and concrete structure from the less peaceful time converted into locations of joy, warmth and serenity of the Christmas season?

You will find handicrafts, textiles, fashion, culinary products, both contemporary and antique.

More info here.

this human world 2016

When: Now through Sunday, 11 December

Where: Gartenbaukino, Filmcasino, Top Kino, Schikaneder and other locations in Vienna. Check the program here for details.

Vienna has many film festivals throughout the year. You may consider this one particularly relevant. “Through the lens of film, we shall explore the vast complex of rights and freedoms, of being human and living as a community.” This is the first of international human rights film festivals in Vienna and will bring you closer to the life of communities and individuals around the world and hopefully get you thinking.

Local and international filmmakers bring you 114 feature, documentary and short films. And where there is a film festival, there are also parties and prizes.

Join the film-makers, enjoy their art and the partying.

And don’t forget to consider the people and circumstances portrayed in the films.

• Art and Drinks at Mumok

mq_winter2016_1380x867_161025_01_pool_01When: Thursday, 8 December 2016 and 12 January 2017, at 19:00

Where: mumok, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien

Tickets: € 5, incl. sparkling wine

Mumok, or the Museum of Modern Art (Museum Moderner Kunst) has a special Thursday for you once a month with art and drinks.

Participation in the tour beginning at 19:00 is free of charge for exhibition ticket holders.

Once a month, the “Art on Thursday event kicks off with a glass of sparkling wine and conversation before continuing with a gallery tour. You are warmly invited.”

• ESN goes Classic Concert

15304534_668679733304432_9182712401873196673_oWhen: Saturday 10 Dec. at 19:30 PM – 21:30 PM

Where: Musikverein, kunstlereingang Bosendorferstrasse 12, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Price : 10€; You can pay at the office or online with PayPal.

Office hours are:
Tuesday : 14.30 – 16.00
Thursday: 14.30 – 16.00
If you know Vienna, you know that amazing opportunities to listen to classical music performances are many. Why not experience it with a twist?

The University of Vienna choir and orchestra perform their version of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Meet at Musikverein at 19:30 at the kunstlereingang of the Musikverein (Music Association).

You can register here.

• Hallo Baby! The Market for Parents

baby-markt-mqWhen: Saturday, 10 December and Sunday 11 December

Where: MQ, Museumquatier, Museumplatz 1, 1010 Vienna

The first pop-up sale for “Hallo Baby” happens this weekend, and all parents who have young children may want to check it out if looking for a present or two for their young ones this holiday season.

It is free entry, so even if you are not a parent, go check it out for the kids in your friends and family circle. Expect to find children’s books and clothing, baby carriers, nursing tops.

The hip Museum Quartier Christmas market is right there, so treat yourself to the sounds of music that is less Christmas-y, more cool and savor the food and drinks from the stand around. Everyone wins.

Am 10. und 11. Dezember findet im Museumsquartier/Freiraum erstmals der Pop Up Sale “Hallo Baby!” statt. Bei dem Markt für Eltern gibt es verschiedenste Dinge zu kaufen, die man als Mutter und Vater immer brauchen kann.

• Dancing – Tanzerei at Markterei Markthalle

15123146_1119397261506894_5314130146181528487_oWhen: Saturday, 10 Dec. from 18:00 – 01:00 

Where: Markterei, Dominikanerbastei 11, between Stubentor (U3) und Schwedenplatz (U4) , 1010 Vienna, Austria

Free entry

Markterei is a happening place during the weekend and the season is on. This weekend, you get to enjoy the Swing Dance Event organized by the IG HOP. Come any time between 18:00 and 1 in the morning to enjoy the sounds by Dj Mr Rug Cutter. On deck: Swing, Jazz, Lindy Hop

Every Friday and Saturday from around noon until midnight, have a taste of some of the Markterei delicious offers and enjoy your time with friends.
More information about Markterei here.

• Vienna Christmas Market and Ice-Skating Season Opening

14884695_1120749171335849_4511672893540660944_oWhen: Every day of the week until 26 December 

Where: Rathaus, Vienna City Hall, Vienna

The “Viennese Christmas Dream“ begins this weekend at the Rathausplatz opening the Christmas market season at this dreamy location. Along the Christmas stands, you get to ice-skate starting this Friday. When not skating, you can visit one of the 151 stands with a special focus on handcrafted art. They will be open until 26 December.

Tip: All kindergartens and schools can use the skating area for free on school days, MondayFriday, from 10:00-16:00.

More information available here.

• Scrooge

getWhen: Starting at 17.30
Fr. 9:12:16 at 14.30 and at 17.30
Sat 10:12:16 at 14.30 and at 17.30
So. 11:12:16 at 14.30 and at 17.30

Where: Großbauerstraße 31, 1210 Wien, Austria

Based on the timeless Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, the musical Scrooge by Michael Schanze & Christian Berg returns to Vienna’s Halle E today through Sunday.

The musical follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a penny pincher who is visited by three ghosts over the course of a single night, taking him through time to unravel his story, and warning him of what could come if he does not change course.

The performance features Ronald Kuste again as Ebenezer Scrooge. His repertoire ranges from the classic drama to the modern, comedy, musical, operetta and opera.

Tickets start at 50€.

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