Christmastime can feel quite magical. Ever since we’ve moved to Europe we have really started to embrace the Christmas Markets. Each canton in Switzerland have different traditions and specialties they offer. From warm chestnuts to mulled-wine, the feeling of Christmas is in the air.
Zurich, Switzerland Christmas Market Nov 21, 2019 – Dec 24, 2019
Zurich has a few Christmas Markets scattered throughout the city. The train station hosts a gorgeous Swarvoski Christmas Tree surrounded by booths. Each year since we’ve lived in Switzerland the markets seem to improve. There are food booths of many, traditional Christmas crafts and many pop-up fondue and raclette restaurants throughout the city, a winter favorite.
Sunday – Wednesday, 10.30 – 21.00
Thursday – Saturday, 10.30 – 22.00
Wienachtsdorf at Sechseläutenplatz
The market at Sechseläutenplatz has an ice rink, food booths and a few fondue chalets. I prefer this market over the one in the train station as there seems to be a bit more action, but both are lovely to visit. In addition to the ice rink, there is a fantastic play area (Santa’s workshop) just above the market for the younger crowd.
Monday – Saturday, 11.00 – 22.00
Sunday, 11.00 – 20.00
Zurich is definitely a must visit city around Christmastime, with the magically lit Conelli circus tent on the river, to the singing Christmas Tree, the feeling of Christmas surrounds you in this beautiful city.
Lugano, Switzerland Christmas Market Nov 30, 2019 – Jan 06, 2020
The Christmas market begins with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the main square of Piazza Reforma and continues throughout the New Year.
This year Lugano has really stepped it up by adding an ice rink, sledding ramp, and holiday projections on their buildings. Almost every evening there is a DJ and drinks in the square. There is also a Christmas craft area for the children.
Many booths are set up in Piazza Reforma and continue to wind throughout the cobble-stoned streets. The moderate climate in Ticino makes for very enjoyable evenings celebrating Christmas festivities out in the plaza.
Montreux , Switzerland. Nov 21, 2019 – Dec 24, 2019
I have not had the chance to visit this market yet, but this year my friend, Tanya, from Swiss Family Fun enjoyed a visit to the Montreux Christmas market. You can link to her blog for a more detailed write-up.
Sunday – Thursday, 11.00 – 20.00
Friday – Saturday, 11.00 – 22.00
One of the highlights of this market is Santa and his reindeer soaring high above the Christmas market. (How awesome is that?) This market is definitely high on our list to visit next year.
Locarno on Ice, Switzerland Nov 21, 2019 – Jan 06, 2020
Locarno has a beautiful ice rink installed in the middle of the town square. The town is full of Christmas events, food booths, goodies, etc. The ice rink is open daily through the holiday season. You can bring your own skates or there are also skates for hire.
Saturday – Sunday, 10.00 – 1.00 (the hours are fantastic and open daily!)
Locarno on Ice is packed full of action, from musical events to a New Year’s celebration, this is the place to be. Such a lovely city to visit during the holiday season in Switzerland.
It’s hard to pick a favorite Christmas market in Switzerland, they are all so magical and each has it’s own unique flare. No matter which one you decide to visit, I think it will get you into the holiday spirit.