Frohe Weihnachten!

I know I’ve said this many times, but nobody does Christmas like the Austrians. Nobody.

Almost every European city has a Christmas market of some sort, but Vienna (of course) claims to have started it all with a massive December market in 1294.

I decided to walk my way through Advent season by visiting 25 of Vienna’s more than 40 annual Christmas markets, pop-ups, and bazaars. (Matt was a good sport for about a half dozen!) To do so, I traveled to some of Vienna’s farthest corners and visited many of the city’s lesser known parks and landmarks.

So, without further ado, grab a cup of glühwein (mulled wine) and take a look at Sandy’s Advent Calendar of Advent Markets.

Krampuslauf

Update: This post got so much love from family and friends that I decided to pitch it. And Atlas Obscura bought it!

Nothing rings in the holiday season quite like a parade of demonic goat-yaks wielding whips, chains, and a chainsaw or two.

Welcome to Carinthia. Meet Krampus:

https://flic.kr/p/PCph41

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