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International Advent Singing Festival Vienna 2020

International Choir Festival in the historic Vienna Town Hall

every weekend in the Advent season

from 26 to 30 November / 03 to 07 December / 10 to 14 December/17 to 21 December 2020

foto: Profi Center, Vienna

fotos: Profi Center, Vienna

Vienna is home to Johann Strauß and the Viennese Waltz, but also to other great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert and continues to maintain the cultural and musical heritage to this day. The city offers its visitors a rich musical variety as well as masterpieces of baroque art and architecture. The Vienna International Advent Singing Festival is held for choirs from around the world during the Advent season before Christmas. In the recent 30 years the festival has established itself to one of the most popular choral events in Vienna. The attending choirs have the possibility to perform in front of an international audience at four different concert venues: Festival concert in the historic Vienna City Hall, church (during a church or mass service), Senior Citizen Home and outdoor Christmas Market.

Our program for your choir trip

Arrive in Vienna

Attending choirs arrive in Vienna.
Meet your local assistant at the hotel and group dinner.

Sightseeing and Christmas Markets

Enjoy a half day guided city tour of Vienna in the morning followed by a group lunch at the Restaurant of the Vienna Town Hall (Restaurant Rathauskeller). Perform a concert at a Senior Citizen Home in the afternoon (if you request this concert). Enjoy a free evening on your own in Vienna; visit one of numerous outdoor and traditional Christmas Markets which are set up throughout the city.

Official Beginning of the Choir Festival at the Vienna Town Hall

Spend a free morning to explore Vienna and to visit points of your own interest or to do some Christmas-shopping.
Official beginning of the choir festival with the cycle of concerts at the Vienna Town Hall in the afternoon where choirs from around the world perform (duration 30 minutes per choir) and share their music with the Viennese audience.
Enjoy an Austrian dinner in the evening at a traditional Heurigen (wine tavern) in the quaint wine village of Gumpoldskirchen near Vienna including a hearty and tasty meat platter with sausages, pork, chicken, Sauerkraut, cold salads, bread and a glass of wine.

Closing Reception of the Choir Festival at the Vienna Town Hall

Perform during a church service in the morning at one of the numerous churches in Vienna (if you request this concert). Free time in the afternoon – perhaps to listen to the other attending choirs perform at the Town Hall in the afternoon.Or optional full day excursion to the Wachau, inscribed as “Wachau Cultural Landscape” in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites and located between the towns of Melk and Krems. Enjoy a group lunch near the town of Melk as part of the excursion.
Closing reception at the Vienna Town Hall in the evening for all attending choirs where certificates are presented to all choir directors. Following the presentation all choirs join together and sing the group song “Ode to Joy” by L.v. Beethoven. The evening ends with canapés and a glass of sparkling wine.

End of your Choral Trip

Depart Vienna after breakfast and return for home.

Please note that this is only a sample program. We plan each choir program according to your individual request and we will tailor your choral trip according to your very own requirements and the choice of your concert venues.

Our services for your Choir Trip

  • 4 nights in a 4* category hotel or 3 * with 4* standard hotel including buffet breakfast in Vienna
  • Accommodation in twin rooms with private facilities
  • Dinner at your hotel on the evening of arrival
  • Participation in the Choir Festival program with the choice of a performance at the Vienna Town Hall, at a Church (part of the morning church service), Senior Citizen Home or at an outdoor Christmas Market
  • Half day guided city tour of Vienna
  • Group lunch at the Restaurant Rathauskeller following the city tour
  • Typical dinner at a wine tavern in the wine village of Gumpoldskirchen including 1 glass of wine
  • Closing reception of the Choir Festival at the Vienna Town Hall with refreshments (Canapes and 1 glass of sparkling wine)
  • Certificate of participation for each choir of the Choir Festival
  • English speaking escort throughout the choir festival stay
  • 1 free place based on a minimum of 25 participants

Depending on your travel arrangements we will be happy to assist you with planning your choral trip and with booking ground transportation (local Austrian coach) to/from the airport or train station in Vienna.

Request an individual offer for this trip