By January the Viennese ball season is in full swing. The Confectioner’s Ball at the Hofburg (Jan 14, 2016) is immediately followed by the Flower Ball inside City Hall (Jan 15, 2016). 24 hours later, the inaugural Vienna Boys’ Choir Ball (Jan 16, 2016) at the Kursalon, is expected to attract numerous big-name artists. The Vienna Philharmonic Ball (Jan 21, 2016) at the Musikverein is another major highlight. Vienna’s classic gay and lesbian ball, the Rainbow Ball, is held at the Parkhotel Schönbrunn on January 30, 2016. Held on the same evening, the Vienna Science Ball (Jan 30, 2016) will see the capital’s scientific and research community flock to City Hall. The absolute highlight of the season is the Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera (Feb 4, 2016), after which some of the guests head to the Rose Ball at the Kursalon to see the night out. And anyone still in good enough shape to keep the party going has two events to choose from the following night: the Coffeehouse Owners’ Ball at the Hofburg and theBonbon Ball at the Konzerthaus.