Zürich’s traditional Christmas markets are a real treat for the eye – and much loved by tourists and locals alike. The city’s oldest Christmas market, situated in the heart of the Niederdorf, guarantees a romantic ambience and shopping bags overflowing with Christmas gifts. The Hirschenplatz, Rosenhof und Niederdorfstrasse are enshrouded in a festive mood, with the delicate scent of cinnamon hanging in the year.
Lucy in the Sky
At the end of November, all of the city’s Christmas lights are switched on simultaneously. ‘Lucy’, as the unique light installation is known, is made from nearly 12,000 crystals with white, blue and red LEDs, and their twinkling illuminates the length of the Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s famous shopping mile. Many of Zurich’s shops will stay open until 10.00pm that evening, marking the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. And Sunday shopping hours and the various Christmas markets throughout the city and region ensure there’s time for plenty of retail therapy throughout the advent period.
Christmas markets and singing trees
Festive decorations and the smell of cinnamon herald the arrival of the traditional Zurich Christmas markets. Whether at the oldest Christmas market in Zurich in the Niederdorf or the popular Christkindlimarkt at the main station, locals and tourists mingle as they browse through the stalls in search of treasure. The showpiece of the Christkindlimarkt in the station hall is the16-meter Christmas tree decorated with 7,000 Swarovski crystals. And anyone strolling along the Bahnhofstrasse will soon encounter the unique ‘Singing Christmas Tree’. Choirs from the Zurich region show off the highlights of their Christmas repertoire each evening from a house-high, pyramid-shaped stage decorated to resemble a Christmas tree. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the opera house, the
‘Wienachtsdorf’ on Sechseläutenplatz is the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit: countless enchanting market stalls, an ice rink and many other attractions provide hours of magical entertainment for young and old alike.
Beyond the city
A train or boat trip to Rapperswil is particularly recommended during the Christmas period: the annual ‘Christchindlimärt’ is one of the biggest in Switzerland, and is renowned for both its elaborate decorations and its diverse program of events. If you’d prefer to explore the north of the canton, try the tranquil ‘Wiehnachts Märt’ in the Winterthur Old Town, considered to be one of the most beautiful and atmospheric markets in Switzerland.
Candle dipping is a favorite Swiss Christmas activity. The relaxed, unhurried procedure allows you to create your own candles, with a pavilion on the Bürkliplatz hosting the most popular candle dipping event. As soon as they set foot in the temporary tent, visitors are enveloped in the smell of beeswax and the warm glow of candlelight.
Magical and breathtaking
Every year, several circuses come to Zurich to show off their skills in spectacular Christmas shows. At Bauschänzli on the Limmat, the long-established Circus Conelli enthralls spectators with its latest show, while the Knie family’s Circus Salto Natale in Kloten offers up a mystical world of breathtaking acrobatics.
Starting the new year with a bang
The Zurich hoteliers’ association likes to close out the tranquil holiday period in style – and loudly. Visitors from Switzerland and abroad flock to the shores of Lake Zurich at the end of each year to be part of the biggest New Year’s party in the country. The Zurich hoteliers’ association organizes an impressive firework display on Lake Zurich, with musical accompaniment.
Date : 22.11.2018 – 24.12.2018
Time : Sunday to Wednesday, 10.30 am to 9.00 pm
Thursday to Saturday, 10.30 am to 10.00 pm
24 December 2018, 4 pm
Location : Main Train Station
One of Europe’s largest indoor Christmas markets will be held at Zurich’s main train station. Around 150 festively decorated market huts will be set up and present a wide variety of gift ideas. Over 7000 glittering crystal ornaments will adorn a gigantic Christmas tree inside the enormous train station to enchant young and old and offer one of the most popular photo opportunities in pre-Christmas Zurich.
Date : T.B.C.
Location : Werdmühleplatz
We look forward to welcoming you to the “Singing Christmas Tree and Wiehnachtsmärkt.” This festive and romantic Christmas market offers rich traditional goods from 10 festively decorated stands. Don’t miss the red or white Glühwein, brandy punch, champagne, hot panini, roast chestnuts, raclette, hot soups and stews, grilled sausages, burgers, pancakes and traditional sweet dishes.
This Christmas market may be relatively new, but it’s already captured the hearts of the people of Zurich, and the ‘Singing Christmas Tree’ has definitely played a significant role in that. Choirs from the Zurich region show off the highlights of their Christmas repertoire from a lovingly decorated, house-high stage in the shape of a Christmas tree
There are cosy bars where you can relax and a festively decorated pagoda tent to keep you dry if it is raining.
Date : 22.11. – 23.12.2018
Time : Mon – Fri 12:00 – 21:00 Sat: 11:00 – 20:00
Location : Sechseläutenplatz
For many of us the most wonderful time of the year begins in December with the start of the Christmas Markets. The grey of December is broken by the Advent lights, the inviting aromas and the beautifully decorated Christmas chalet-style stands which transform the Sechseläutenplatz in Zurich into a magical place.
In just three years the Christmas Market at Bellevue has become an amazing and growing attraction for both young and old. The festive culinary centre is the Fondue house which invites you in, not only for for delicious delicacies, but also for a warm mug of Glühwein to enjoy with family, friends or work colleagues where you can escape the pressures of the pre-Christmas preparations. There are also other delicacies as well as the cheese fondue to enjoy and there are original and high quality gift ideas which will make great presents, but they do not have to all end up under the Christmas tree, you could also treat yourself.
And if you have found those perfect gifts for your loved ones, do not worry about how to get them home, because underneath the Christmas Market is a large underground parking garage with 299 spaces.
The ‘Wienachtsdorf’ at Sechseläutenplatz is a fun market that puts a modern, urban twist on the traditional Christmas spirit. Around 100 chalets sell design-focused products from Zurich and Switzerland, in line with the principles of upcycling. And if you’re looking for entertainment, there’s also an ice rink, a variety of food stands and numerous other attractions.
One thing is certain, you can look forward to a well earned break and a really nice introduction to Advent time here at the Bellevue Christmas Market. Don’t miss this festive gem!
Date : 22.11. – 23.12.2018
Time : Mon-Fri: 11:00-20:00 Sat/Sun: 11:00-18:00
Location : Altstadt Zürich
Zurich’s Old City is the ideal place for this romantic Christmas Market.At Hirschenplatz, Niederdorfstrasse and Rosenhof, artists and marketers from all of the world offer their goods at this most traditional and oldest Christmas markets of Zurich.
Greeting the New Year with a dazzling firework display But Zürich’s shopping experience does not come to an end at Christmas; December 27 marks the beginning of the sales, offering countless irresistible bargains. Visitors who want to see in the New Year in style are well advised to extend their stay for a few days – for on New Year’s Eve, Zürich throws the biggest party in Switzerland, where guests and locals alike see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display hosted by the Zürich Hoteliers’ Association.
Date : November 22 – December 23 2018
Location : Niederdorfstrasse
Zurich’s oldest Christmas market presents an elegant little world of its own in the center of the Niederdorf (a part of the Old Town). The numerous stalls are spread out over the central Niederdorfstrasse, Hirschenplatz and an interior courtyard – the Rosenhof – giving you plenty of options to while away the hours.
Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.
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