Le Grand Bal - Schedule, Program & Tickets

Le Grand Bal

Welcome to LE GRAND BAL of the Wiener Hofburg, a fairy-tale evening „The night of love” at Austrian capital’s premier New Year’s Eve event.

At 7.30 pm stunning lighting and a red carpet reception will mark the official start of the event for diners and VIPs. Cocktails will be served in the Hofburg Foyer and walking acts will get everyone in the mood for a New Year’s party to remember. Extras in fancy dresses will open the grand staircase and accompany the visitors into the staterooms beyond. At 10.00 pm the event will open to all the other guests who will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling white wine and entertainment from the walking acts.

A countdown will run down the last few seconds of the year. At midnight the “Pummerin” (boomer), the largest bell at St. Stephen’s cathedral, will ring in the New Year before guests dance their way into 2013 to the sounds of the Blue Danube Waltz. A number of leading soloists from the Vienna State Opera and the Volksoper will sing various love, joy and happiness themed arias to melodies of “La Traviata”, “Land of Smiles”, “The Tales of Hoffmann”, “West Story” and “The Bat” as part of the night’s on-going “The night of love” program. After the show everyone is invited to join in with the ever popular public quadrille, moderated by Thomas Schäfer-Elmayer.

The evening will continue in the same vein with music courtesy of the Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra and the Gerhard Aflenzer Big Band in the Festsaal hall. A packed line-up of other bands and orchestras will provide dance rhythms in the Zeremoniensaal and Rittersaal halls. Meanwhile, at the Hofburg Forum a hip chillout lounge and disco sounds will have people dancing until the early hours. At some point during the evening you should also head for our special themed zones: there are a number of surprises waiting in the Antekammer and Trabantenstube rooms.

Circle Ticket: entrance without seat reservation and a welcome glass of sparkling wine.

Star Ticket (Künstlerzimmer): The ticket price includes the entrance and the seat reservation in the Künstlerzimmer or the Radetzky Apartments, a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a light snack at the buffet.

Star Ticket (Seitengalerie): The ticket price includes the entrance and the seat reservation in the Seitengalerie, Vorsaal or Wintergarten, a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a light snack at the buffet.

Grand Ticket (Marmorsaal): The ticket price includes the entrance and the seat reservation in the Marmorsaal or the Geheime Ratstube, a four-course dinner, the welcoming cocktail, white and red wine, mineral water and champagne at midnight.

Grand Ticket (Zeremoniensaal): The ticket price includes the entrance and the seat reservation in the Zeremoniensaal, a four-course dinner, the welcoming cocktail, white and red wine, mineral water, champagne at midnight, live orchestras and a dance floor in the same hall.

Grand Ticket (without seating reservation): The price includes the entrance to LE GRAND BAL without seat reservation, a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a light snack at the buffet, admission at 10.00 pm., as well a concert ticket in category II for the Hofburg New Year's Concert on 1 January 2013 at 6.00 pm.

Grand Ticket (with seating reservation): The price includes the entrance to LE GRAND BAL and the seat reservation in the Wintergarten, a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a light snack at the buffet, admission at 10.00 pm., as well a concert ticket in category I for the Hofburg New Year's Concert on 1 January 2013 at 6.00 pm.

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