Christmas in Zurich 2018. Info, dates and times of the main events and markets

Christmas in Zurich

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DATA: from November 22 to 31 December 2018
PLACE: Zurich, Switzerland

Magica. Colored. Fiabesca.
Starting from the month of November, Zurich turns into a blaze of lights, colors, sounds and perfumes. It is the time of Christmas and magic can be felt in almost every corner, square and street.

The traditional Christmas Markets in Zurich are the real stars, with lots of stalls displaying sweets, delicacies, souvenirs and handicrafts. There are so many markets in the city. Suitable for all tastes and ages. But it is only a part of the beloved city that can offer during this period.

You will witness an incredible series of extraordinary events. Circus performances. Shopping Nights. Advent concerts. The traditional Advent calendar and, even, a great run for the lit up party center.

Then there are the unmissable traditional shows, shows for the little ones and less unusual events, like a swim in the freezing waters of Limmat!
Because Christmas in Zurich is sharing, but above all, fun.


There is no Christmas without the traditional Christmas Markets. Just for a simple walk. To breathe the Christmas atmosphere. To eat something on the fly. To buy gifts and souvenirs. In the city there are really many places, suitable for all tastes.


The oldest Christmas market in Zurich takes place in the historic center, in what is called Niederdorf. For many, it is a must for Christmas in Zurich, with the inevitable stalls set up between Hirschenplatz and Rosenhof.
Lights, colors and lots of mulled wine. The artisans exhibit their artefacts while, outside the entrance of the shops, the owners offer customers the chocolates to take from the tree.

From November 22 to 23 December 2018. Monday to Saturday 11.00 - 21.00. Sunday 11.00 - 19.00


Along the Sechseläutenplatz, in front of the splendid Teatromdell'Opera, stands the most beloved family market.
The name of this market means Christmas Village. And, just walking here, you have the feeling of being in front of a small world apart. Many stalls offer the most diverse products. From culinary delights, to sweets, to jewels, souvenirs and eccentric clothes, and not.
Absolutely do not miss the legendary Fondue Chalet.

And, to the delight of adults and children, right here, along the Sechseläutenplatz, there is a wonderful ice rink, open Monday to Friday, from 09: 00. Tickets starting from 4CHF for children up to 15 years, and 6CHF for adults. At the price, you will have to add the cost of the rental of skates.

The flea market is open from November 22 to December 23, from Monday to Saturday, from 11: 00 to 22.00; Sunday, from 11: 00 to 20.00.


Christkindli Markt - Hauptbahnhof Zürich 2012-11-29_18-54-28_ (P7700)

Photo © Roland Fischer, Zürich (Switzerland)

The largest indoor Christmas market in Europe. These premises could explain the success of this extraordinary flea market at the Central Station Hauptbahnhof Zürich. Really lovely to get off the train, and be enveloped by the magic of Christmas in Zurich. Even the most hurried can not remain impassive to the charm of 15 stalls and the spectacular Christmas tree, 15 meters high, and decorated with sparkling Swarovski crystals!

From November 22 to 24 December 2018. The market observes the following times:
From Sunday to Wednesday 10: 30 - 21: 00
From Thursday to Saturday 10: 30 - 22: 00
Monday, 24 December 10: 30 - 16: 00


Small, collected. Absolutely magical. You will find a few houses and a particularity that makes this market, the Singing Christmas Tree, truly unique. It is a large Christmas tree shaped stage. Here, many children offer they perform in traditional Christmas carols. Guaranteed atmosphere and magic. There are two performances at 17: 30 and 18: 30, from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday, however, 4 shows at 14: 30, 15: 30, 17: 30 and 18: 30.

Open every day, from November 23 to December 23, from 16 to 21. Saturday and Sunday, from 13: 00 to 22: 00.

Not far away, on the Bahnhofstrasse, another pretty Christmas market awaits you in Zurich. The stalls are festively decorated between the department stores Jelmoli and Globus. Many choose it for the atmosphere is to draw a good glass of mulled wine.


Christmas in Zurich is not just markets.
Throughout November and December, the city is a succession of events, more or less extraordinary.
The 22 November, at 18: 00 on the dot, thousands of lights will mark the official start of Christmas in Zurich. In this circumstance, over 150 stores will postpone closing at 22: 00 for Night Shopping.

From the November 15, to the 31 December 2018, the National Museum will host the show Illuminarium, with plays of light, illusions and culinary art. Every day, from 17: 00 to 23: 00.
The 09 December, however, awaits one of the most incredible events: the bath in the icy waters of Limmat. More info from here.

The 16 December you can dispose of the excess calories, making a nice run through the historic center all lit up. A real mass marathon open to people of all ages, divided into categories. You can participate, or simply, attend as spectators.
The 20 December, at 18: 00, appointment at Stadthausquai for the show of the Floating Lights. Small boats specially built for the occasion will sail to a village in Limmat. A traditional, well-established initiative of the city.


Christmas is magic. Sharing. And there is nothing better, and more beautiful, than looking at it from the eyes of the little ones.
Christmas in Zurich for children is full of extraordinary initiatives. Starting from the legendary Märlitram. It is a specially decorated tram that runs through the streets of Zurich from the Bellevue stop. It can only accommodate children aged 4 and 10 years. On board, the little passengers listen to Christmas stories by the mouth of Angeli. The ticket must be purchased, with an advance of 7 days from the race, at the Department Stores Jelmoli, 4o plan. Last day of the Märlitram departures the 23 December.

Christmas in Zurich, as everywhere, is tradition. Among these, there is the art of preparing candles. From the 1969, the Music Pavilion at Bürkliplatz turns into a real laboratory. Here, in an atmosphere of peace and meditation, visitors can try their hand at making a candle. And if you should not be able to complete your masterpiece, no problem; you can leave your candle in a special wardrobe, and come back later!
From 09 / 11 to 23 / 12, every day from 10: 00 to 20: 00

The 25 December, at the 17: 00 on the dot, in Usteristrasse, between Globus and Bahnhofstrasse, Santa Claus himself will distribute sweets to the small children present. Do not miss for your Christmas in Zurich with children.

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