Welcome to the HOFBURG Silvesterball, the New Year’s Eve highlight in the heart of Vienna. 

We have another impressive programme in store for you next year on 31 December 2018, brimming with highlights.

The programme will bring top-class performers from Vienna’s opera houses, unique dancers equipped with exclusive costumes by ART for ART, big-name bands and orchestras, as well as catchy rhythms from waltz to jazz to dj sounds to make your night at the former imperial winter residence truly unforgettable. In addition to a spellbinding opening ceremony, you will be treated to a fantastic midnight show and a firework display above the old town. Enjoy a gala dinner or treat yourself at one of several buffets and bars. Savour Viennese coffeehouse delicacies or decorate your own fondant fancies. Dance until the early hours – rock out to pop and electronic beats in our disco or follow the master of ceremonies at the ever-popular public quadrille. There are plenty of attractions away from the dancefloor too: pick your own lucky four-leaf clover or attach your resolutions for the year ahead on the wish tree.

Experience the magic of New Year’s Eve and celebrate the turn of the year at the 2018 Silvesterball.

 

P R O G R A M M E

6.30pm

Admission of guests for gala dinner

Heldenplatz entrance

Cocktail reception

7pm

Opening of the Grand Staircase

Dancers from the Vienna State Opera Ballet: ‘Fanfare and Time Variations’, Pavel Singer

8pm

Gala dinner


9.15pm

Admission of guests for grand ball opening 

Heldenplatz entrance

Cocktail reception

10pm

Opening of the Grand Staircase

Dancers from the Vienna State Opera Ballet: ‘Fanfare and Time Variations’, Pavel Singer

 

10pm

Grand opening in the Zeremoniensaal

Elmayer dance school debutantes: ‘Fan Polonaise’, Carl Michael Ziehrer 

Austrian national anthem

Variations from La Traviata and Un ballo in maschera:  G. Verdi – J. Strauss / Arr. P. SingerBarbara Payha – Veronika Blachuta – Nina Poláková and the Vienna State Opera Ballet

Elmayer dance school debutantes: ‘Harlequin Polka’, Josef Strauss, ‘Karnevalsbotschafter Waltz’, Johann Strauss 

Let’s waltz!

10.30pm

Ball opening ceremony in the Festsaal 

Elmayer dance school debutantes: ‘Fan Polonaise’, Carl Michael Ziehrer 

Austrian national anthem

Anthem of Europe 

‘Fanfare and Time Variations’, Pavel Singer

Variations from La Traviata and Un ballo in maschera  G. Verdi – J. Strauss / Arr. P. Singer

Rebecca Nelsen – Veronika Blachuta – Nina Poláková and the Vienna State Opera Ballet

Elmayer dance school debutantes: ‘Harlequin Polka’, Josef Strauss, ‘Karnevalsbotschafter Waltz’, Johann Strauss 

Let’s waltz!

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11.58pm

Midnight countdown

Midnight

Happy New Year!

Ringing of the Pummerin (at St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the largest bell in Austria 

‘Blue Danube Waltz’, Johann Strauss

12.05am

Midnight performance in the Festsaal 

‘La Traviata Phantasie’, P. Singer inspired by G. Verdi with Rebecca Nelsen, Eric Stoklossa, Veronika Blachuta and Günther Haumer 

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11.58pm

ZEREMONIENSAAL Midnight countdown

Midnight

Happy New Year!

Ringing of the Pummerin (at St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the largest bell in Austria 

‘Blue Danube Waltz’, Johann Strauss

12.09am

Midnight performance in the Zeremoniensaal

Musical entertainment with Barbara Payha, Günther Haumer and Eric Stoklossa

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12.30am and 2.30am 

Public quadrille in the Festsaalwith the Elmayer dance school

4am

Close 

 

Gala Dinner

What would the Viennese ball season be without the culinary highlights

Choose the Grand Ticket which includes a fabulous four-course gala dinner. The New Year’s Eve gala dinner has been carefully crafted with outstanding attention to detail by Motto Catering. Waiters in tails will serve exquisite dishes on luxury porcelain, accompanied by the finest Austrian wines from the wineries Mayer am Pfarrplatz and Höpler. At midnight you will be served with a glass of champagne to see in the new year. And we can now reveal the New Year’s Eve menu in full.

Like Viennese ballroom culture, the capital’s coffeehouses as well as the Wiener Heurigen are a special features of the nation’s heritage. They offer a unique atmosphere and for a perfect moment in time you can savour a delicious Melange with a slice of apple strudel or Gugelhupf (bundt cake) at the coffeeouse or typical Viennese specialties at the Wiener Heurigen.

If you prefer the vegetarian menu, or have any allergies or food intolerances, please contact us at silvesterball@hofburg.com 
Please note that we can only offer alternative meals if you inform us of any special requirements in advance. 

Review

Impressions of HOFBURG Silvesterball 2017/2018. The magnificent costumes of the artists at the opening ceremony and midnight show come from ART for ART.