Index Advent Christmas-Markets St. Nickolaus Christmastree 24 - 25th




             Christmas Eve
Is mostly celebrated with close relations only.
Preparations for Christmas Eve start during the afternoon with decorating the Christmas tree. Stars, small bells and crystal balls, self-made items and even chocolate and sweets and candles finish the design The Christmas crib (‘Krippe’), Nativity is erected.  Children are not allowed to see the preparations. The ‘Christkind with the help of angels (Austria’s equivalent of Santa Clause) brings presents and places them below the tree.
When all this is done, the candles are lit, than the children can enter the room. I always remember it as magic, to walk in to the room and see the tree lights and sparklers lit up, the gifts, the whole room transferred into something out of a fairytale.  Christmas carols are sung and Christmas stories are read.  Christmas backed carp or other fish is the traditional meal. Finally, the presents are opened and the evening is spent in happy contemplation of the gifts until it is time for Christmas services which take place at midnight.
December 25
Christmas Day is the day for visits and receptions. Relations and friends come together and - as the fasting has officially ended - food is of no little importance. The rest of the day, is spent in happy contemplation of the presents.

After that, festivities do not stop, there are the New Years celebrations, than the Ball-Saison, where the Vienna Opera Ball the most highly anticipated annual society event of the year in all of Europe. Fun and entertainment continue till Ash Wednesday.

The Viennese Opera Ball