The Advent season is the most beautiful time of the year. Christmas is just around the corner, lights are shining everywhere and people are looking forward to the upcoming holidays. It is also the time of the Christmas markets, which enjoy great popularity in Switzerland. Mulled wine is drunk everywhere and smells of Guätzli. We have put together the most beautiful markets for you.
Christmas market Einsiedeln
The Christmas market in Einsiedeln SZ is probably one of the most beautiful and impressive in the country. The place of pilgrimage is surrounded by a particularly contemplative atmosphere during Advent. Over 130 sales stalls lure with delicious meals and gift ideas. You can also admire the largest nativity scene in the world.
Date: 29 November to 8 December
Christmas market in Lucerne
The Lozärner Christmas Market takes place on Franziskanerplatz and is a fixed institution in the agenda of the city at the foot of Pilatus. The festive centre of the market is the Franciscan Fountain, decorated with meter-high candles, lights and fir branches, which forms the largest Advent wreath in Central Switzerland. The concerts in the church of St. Maria are also worthwhile.
Date: 5 to 22 December
Bern Cathedral Christmas market
The Bernese Christmas Market is particularly authentic and is located on the picturesque Münsterplatz in Bern. Only unique items created by local artisans are offered for sale on the arts and crafts market. Those with a sweet tooth must definitely try the fine Bernese Nidletäfeli.
Date: 30 November to 24 December
Montreux Christmas market
The Christmas market in Montreux is by far one of the most diverse. There is not only the traditional market with 150 tastefully decorated chalets on the lakeside promenade, but also the medieval market. Friends of knights, jugglers and witches can go on a journey back in time to the Middle Ages at Chillon Castle, and storytellers at the cosy fireplace will delight young and old alike. The highlight is a personal visit to Santa Claus, who lives on the summit of Rochers-de-Naye at 2042 metres and welcomes children and adults to his hut.
Date: 21 November to 24 December
Basel: Switzerland’s oldest Christmas market
During Advent, Basel is transformed into a Christmassy winter fairy tale. Around 100 decorated large Christmas trees, kilometre-long fairy lights and decorated houses create an unforgettable Christmas atmosphere. The Christmas market in Basel is the oldest in Switzerland and therefore worth a trip.
Date: 28 November to 23 December
Christmas market St. Gallen
Countless stars bathe the old town of St. Gallen in a romantic atmosphere during the Advent season. This is why St. Gallen is known as a star city. Nestled between the beautifully decorated gabled houses, a visit to the Christmas market becomes a sightseeing tour at the same time. A special treat is a concert in the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral.
Date: 28 November to 24 December
Christmas markets Zurich
Zurich has two Christmas markets to offer. The market in the hall of the main railway station is enchanting with its 15 metre high Christmas tree, which is decorated with 7000 Swarovski crystals and sparkles and glitters wonderfully. At Bellevue Square, food lovers will find what they are looking for. The 100 or so stands focus on culinary delights and mulled wine.
Central Station Christmas Market: 21 November to 24 December
Christmas Village Bellevue: 21 November to 23 December
Natale in Ticino
The Ticino enchants in the Advent season with several Christmas markets. The 2000 square metre ice rink in the centre of Locarno and the “Natale in Piazza” in Lugano are well-known far beyond the country’s borders. The Christmas market in one of Bellinzona’s three Unseco castles is particularly romantic.
Locarno: 8 December
Lugano: 22 November to 6 January
Bellinzona: 15 to 22 December
Order your glühwine in Swiss German
Try your Swiss German skills at one of the enchanting Christmas markets and order glühwine for yourself and your friends. Don’t feel secure enough? Then it’s time you sign up for our online course.