If there’s one thing the Viennese do right around here, it’s the business of Christmas. Preparations start early but not too early (no holiday displays in September here), decorations are festive but elegant, and stores are “dressed up” for the holidays without hitting you over the head with a commercial hammer. It’s just a great time of year around here, and helps to fight off the winter greys, especially since darkness now sets in well before four o’clock in the afternoon. Add the numerous gluwein stalls, all affiliated with a charity (drinking for a good cause? we like it!), and the assorted street treats, and it’s easy to warm up while taking it all in.
The lights last through carnival season, after which they’re sadly put away. This is our third – and last – holiday season in Vienna and I know it’s one of the things I’ll miss most when it’s time to pack up and go. While my nighttime photography doesn’t do this any justice, here are a few shots from the lights out and about town.
All photography by the New Diplomat’s Wife.