2018 is fast approaching

Christmas and New Year's Eve are only a few days away, which you can already see and feel throughout the whole city. The Christmas markets are in full swing and well visited, the city is decorated colourful and countless events bring Christmas spirit to you.

If you are in Vienna in the coming weeks and spend New Year's Eve here too, then you have a huge range of options to choose from. And often it is good to make a reservation in time, as places are sought-after for Christmas and New Year's Eve.

The most comprehensive overview of what is going on in Vienna can be found on the website of the Vienna Tourist Board. There is lots of information about the holidays, which are conveniently summarized in a fine document. So what should it be, a classical concert, a glamorous New Year's Eve gala, the legendary party or rather the New Year's Eve trail?

The New Year's Eve trail. It is the biggest event in the city on New Year's Eve. It turns the whole Inner city (1st district) into one big event. From music to party to children's program in the afternoon, here is something for everyone. Information about the New Year's Eve trail can be found here.

New Year's Eve in Vienna

Happy New Year 2018

New Year's Eve in Vienna

If you would like to celebrate Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve in a restaurant, remember to make a reservation in advance. Because usually there are special menus or even own events. Just have a look at which restaurants are open for Christmas and New Year's Eve and then make an appointment. Or you ask your landlord for his personal insider tip.

If you prefer to celebrate at home, then remember that the 24.12 and 31.12 are Sundays so shops are closed. And on 25.12, 26.12 and 1.1 as well as these are holidays. So a bit of planning is recommendable. Inspirations for recipes can be obtained from our beloved co-blogger Angelika Kreitner-Beretits from Vienna Sunday Kitchen.

What Christian and I are doing on New Year's Eve is not quite sure yet. What is sure that there will be the Manner's lucky fish, dancing waltz at midnight, and then watching the broadcast of the New Year's Concert on television the next day. A little bit of tradition has to be.