Corona also changes the Advent season. Since it is still unclear when and whether the planned Christmas markets can open, some platforms are now inviting you to the “digital Advent” and thus offer an alternative to traditional Christmas markets. […]
The Vienna Christmas Dream on Rathausplatz is Vienna’s largest Christmas market. As a replacement, you can now visit it online. As an online shop, it is intended to support the exhibitors and serve as a pre-Christmas alternative for visitors. Products can be ordered from the website at 102 of the 117 market stalls.
The offer ranges from culinary delicacies to Christmas tree decorations. You don’t even have to do without punch and the typical mugs: The punch is delivered in one-liter glass bottles. If you want even more Christkindlmarkt atmosphere, you can also order the classic mug in the shape of a boot or a heart, reported the “Presse”.
Woman power for lights-on
Www.lights-on.at, the first Advent market of the women’s trio ONtime, opened its digital doors on November 21st. The marketplace is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for shopping and browsing. Pop-up markets and the program take place on weekends. This year’s pre-Christmas season starts digitally for the first time. In addition to the marketplace, a varied program was put together virtually for the weekends – there is something for all age groups: Baking, cooking, listening to Christmas sounds and Christmas stories as well as programs for body and soul such as dancing, yoga, stretching and strengthening are online for free or offered at low participation prices. If you stop by this Sunday afternoon, you can be there for free at around 5.30 p.m. when Elfi Gerdenit’s Christmas stories read aloud. Instead of meeting over punch, Lights-on offers digital “meet-ups” as an alternative – meaning interactive rounds for exchanging ideas and networking on certain topics, which are accompanied by moderation.
The idea for “lights-on” came from three women who founded ONtime together: Sabine Hackl, Sigrid Koloo and Ricky Losmann-Hartl. “With lights-on, we have not only created a marketplace that enables Austrian retailers and artists to sell their products, which are usually sold in markets, safely and yet in a Christmas setting and thus promote the local economy, but also organizes an Advent program that creates atmosphere, warmth and a sense of community, ”emphasizes Sabine Hackl, Co-Founder and Change Manager at ONtime. “We want to offer Austrian companies visibility in challenging times – and give them and all visitors the chance to work together safely,” adds Sigrid Koloo. She is a sustainability expert and the second member of the ONtime team. “An Advent market does not work digitally”, the three ladies were not convinced and realized their idea of a digital Advent market place and meeting point. “We don’t believe that digitization can replace the experience and atmosphere of live events and personal contacts, but we firmly believe that the best alternative today, here and now, is to experience the magic of winter time together,” says Ricky Losmann-Hartl, holistic process facilitator and co-initiator of ONtime.
The starting shot was fired at the beginning of June 2020: ONtime was born from the idea of bringing people with visions together with people with know-how, to give ideas space, to give them a framework in which they can grow – and all of this digitally!
“There are a lot of good ideas, but the implementation usually fails,” says Sigrid Koloo. ONtime forms a digital port that prepares with keynotes, workshops, events, coaching and active network events for the next career step, professional reorientation or even a new start or offers a platform for modern business with the organization of digital events. Incidentally, on September 25, 2020, the first ONtime conference on the topic of “Mensch.Macht.Rolebild” took place.
Advent markets from regionalis and markta
Since 11/27 According to the operator Peter Patak, the “largest digital Christmas market” is online at www.regionalis.shop, where around 350 businesses offer their products. Until the third weekend in Advent, visitors will find a large Christmas assortment of handmade products from Austria: handicrafts, culinary delicacies, cosmetics, jewelry and children’s toys – right through to a wide range of Christmas face masks. With the online market, Patak wants to offer an attractive and fair alternative. “Our goal is that small, regional businesses also benefit from the Christmas business and that the gifts for this Christmas can be ordered directly and without detours from the producers,” explains Patak about the idea of the Christmas market. Many of the producers send the products within Austria without shipping costs. At the digital farmers’ market in Markta, you can support local businesses with Advent calendars and Christmas boxes.