Where would you go for Christmas?

Jun 8th, 2007, 09:41 PM
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The top restaurant in Vienna is called Steiereck and it is located in the famous Stadtpark where they have the golden Mozart statue. I think their website is www.Steiereck.at

The top event to go is the Kaiserball at the Hofburg palace. Here's a website description of the event since we always had kids with us and couldn't even consider going:

"Each year on New Year’s Eve, according to Austrian tradition, Imperial Ball guests are received in the entrance hall of the Hofburg Palace to the strains of the Hofball Orchestra, where they witness the historic changing of the Imperial Guard. Guests are presented with a glass of champagne while they listen to Strauss waltzes and view elegantly gowned ladies and gentlemen in black tie from all the capitals of Europe arrive for the ball. A Viennese lady dressed as Empress Sisi and a gentleman dressed in the military uniform of Emperor Franz Josef greet the ball guests. Ladies receive a small gift as a token of the evening, presented by footmen dressed in silk livery. Members of the Ball Committee, wearing yellow rosettes, guide you to seats in the festively decorated state chambers.

Each of the ballrooms is open to guests to view. They include the Ceremonial Hall, the former throne and ballroom of the Habsburgs; the Knight’s Hall, in which Maria Theresia was christened in 1717; the Secret Privy Chamber, which gained historical importance as an audience hall; and the Radetzky-Apartments, which the Emperor made available to Field Marshall Radetzky as living and business quarters as a special honor for his achievements.

The doors of the palace open to guests at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and after pausing in the marble foyer for champagne and the changing of the guard, guests ascend the marble staircase to the second-story ballrooms. The evening commences at 8:30 p.m. with an exquisite gala dinner served by waiters in silk livery and 10 orchestras playing in seven ballrooms, so that guests may dance between courses at dinner. At midnight the traditional ringing of the Pummerin – the bell from St. Stephan’s Cathedral – can be heard. The Imperial Couple wishes a hearty “Happy New Year,” the Deutschmeister Band marches through the halls playing music, and guests dance into the New Year to the strains of The Danube Waltz.

The climax of the ball is the Viennese Operetta Gala, which takes place shortly after midnight in the Grand Festival Hall, where my guests are seated in the prime location in the palace – on a dais where they have the best view of a cabaret, which features singers and dancers from the Vienna State Opera and the Volksopera performing scenes from Viennese operettas. Following the entertainment, internationally known orchestras invite guests to dance in the Grand Festival Hall, the Ceremonial Hall, the Kaisergarten and the Knight’s Hall. The final waltz is played just before 5 a.m., when the bells of St. Stephan’s may be heard and the ball comes to an end amid the splendor of the most magnificent palace in Vienna."

Worldwideticketing.com sells the Kaiserball tickets under the carnival category.
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Jun 8th, 2007, 09:47 PM
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Jun 8th, 2007, 10:53 PM
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Things are especially hyggelig in Copenhagen at Christmastime. Tivoli opens for the holiday period too.
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Take a cruise in the Med Sea
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Jun 9th, 2007, 07:04 AM
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LINDA: We've had an unplanned stay through christmas in Munich many years ago. All I can remember was having a busy hectic dinner at the RATSKELLER. Long wait but we were 3 families too busy chatting, now they have a guarantee that you'll be served within 9 minutes or you get a cappucino for free. Humongous restaurant in the Marienplatz under the famous clock tower. I still have the picture of the frozen fountain outside the restaurant. Here's a slide tour of the restaurant:
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I was in Copenhagen between Christmas and New Years a couple of years ago. It was very fun, the city was beautiful with all the decorations and the Christmas Market at Tivoli was open. That was very festive. There was a TON of snow, but that isn't really common there since its right on the sea. All the stores were having REA..(sales) so it was fun to shop.
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Thanks so much for all your help DAX!!
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Thanx Dax!
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Jun 11th, 2007, 09:19 PM
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Linda: You're welcome. FYI if you are looking for christmas eve dinner (Dec 24)then the best bet would be going to the large hotels because the Ratskeller is open only on Dec 25. I heard the Hofbrauhaus by Marienplatz is also open on Dec 24, but of course the food quality is not as good as at the nicer hotels.
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will things be open and running again by dec 27 in london? i hope so because we arrive late at night on the 26th!

thank you!

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RE: Vienna,
for those who miss out on the NYEve balls and entertainment, isn't there a New year's Day orchestra concert? Seems I've seen this annually on PBS. A tradition?
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Here's a thought: arrive in London even one day later, making a stopover in NYC. Our town is a great Christmas town. Windows on 5th avenue, the tree at Rock Center, great church services of every kind (try French or German mass?) And NO trouble finding restaurants open.

Which suggests this question: in London on Dec 25th, are the curry restaurants open? What about Chinese?

On Christmas, it's not what you eat, it's the company that counts.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Just an update since I posted the original post 6 months ago!!

(Surprised to see it is still a fairly current thread)

We are going to London, but we don't fly out of ATL until late on 12/25. I live in Atlanta and my mother will fly down that morning. We plan to have lunch together that day and then board our flight to London. So we arrive on the 26th which is Boxing Day. I know a lot will still be closed, but we won't be that energetic that day so it should work out fine.

Hopefully we are going to King Tut on 12/27. I purchased tickets when they first went on sale and as of today....no tickets have arrived!
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