There's something charming about Christmas in Australia - how many people get to spend the holiday on the beach? ​ If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas, you're probably seeking chilly weather, twinkling lights, snowy city lanes and delicious sweet treats.

All of these Christmastime staples can be found in Vienna, a European city that truly takes this holiday to heart.

The Market scene

Christmas in Vienna is famous the world over because of the spectacular markets the city hosts. These bright, friendly and fun markets allow locals and visitors alike to purchase handmade crafts, homemade snacks and beverages and find all the gifts they'll need for friends and family.

The biggest, and arguably the best of these markets is known simply as the Viennese Christmas Market, which is held in front of City Hall from November 16 until Christmas Eve. As you stroll through the market, you'll be treated to live choirs singing beloved carols, and there's even an area just for kids who want to make their own Christmas crafts or cookies.

If the main market area is a bit too crowded, consider checking out one of the smaller venues, like the Divina Arts Christmas Market, held in front of Karlsplatz. This market focuses primarily on arts and crafts, so you'll be sure to find some unique presents to take home as a souvenir.

Christmas in Austria

Once you've had your fill of Vienna, consider travelling to some of the other ideal Christmas holidays destinations in Austria. The quaint city of Salzburg is an excellent choice.

This town, nestled in the alps, lights up for Christmas, and it hosts some of the oldest Christmas markets around. For example, you can check out the Salzburg Christmas Market, which dates back to the 15th century, in the city's center.

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