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Our guide of hand-picked Swiss Christmas markets

Nov 21, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019

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Swiss Christmas Markets - Montreux Noël

Mulled wine, cinnamon and roasted chestnuts: It is the season when the locals simply cannot resist these tempting scents.

Having celebrated my first birthday at my parents’ market booth, I always look forward to bundling up and meeting friends at a Christmas market. I know many of the markets in the canton of Zürich, but researching this list of Swiss Christmas markets has opened my eyes to some true gems… So, here are 35 Christmas markets in Switzerland for you to try out:

 

Nov 21 – Dec 31

Lausanne: Possibly the only Christmas market with a cave for wine tasting? (Marché de Noël)
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Nov 22 – Dec 23

Basel: This Christmas market is known for its festive decoration throughout the old town (Basler Weihnacht or Bijou)
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Zürich (Bellevue): The 100 vendors at this popular Christmas market are as unique as they get (Wienachtsdorf)
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Nov 22 – Dec 24

Montreux: This Christmas village by the lake features 160 booths, a 3D light show and rides in Santa’s sleigh (Montreux Noël)
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Zürich (Main Station): One of Europe’s largest indoor Christmas markets at the main train station (Christkindlimarkt Zürich)
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Nov 24

Brig: Inside the Simplonhalle, there will be a Christmas market featuring crafts from 9 AM to 5 PM (Hand-Werk-Markt)
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Greifensee: In the charming medieval old town by the lake, a small but unique Christmas market has been taking place since 1982 (Christchindli-Märt)
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Nov 29 – Dec 24

St. Gallen: The Christmas market in Switzerland’s city of stars is open daily from 11 AM.
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Nov 30 – Dec 1

Chur: The oldest town in Switzerland has one of the season’s first Christmas markets (Churer Weihnachtsmarkt). Opens Friday from 2 to 9 PM and Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM.
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Nov 30 – Dec 19

Luzern: Look out for the big wreath in the center of this charming Christmas market. Open daily from 11 AM to 8 PM on Franziskanerplatz (Lozärner Wiehnachtsmärt)
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Nov 30 – Dec 23

Winterthur: One of the highlights is the arrival of Santas on Dec 2 at 4:16 PM (Wiehnachts Märt)
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Dec 1

Aarburg: Go here to witness the floating lights on the Aare river (aarburg leuchtet)
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Baar: This market has tradition: It takes place annually since 1981 (Baarer Christchindli-Märt)
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Dec 1 – 2

Ascona: A small but fine Christmas market along Via Borgo
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Brienz: Brienz lives up to its wood carving tradition with live demonstrations at the Christmas market
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Dec 1 – 9

Einsiedeln: Not too many Christmas markets have a monastery as a back-drop
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Dec 1 – 24

Bern (Münsterplatz): Christmas market in front of the cathedral
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Bern (Waisenhausplatz): A traditional Swiss Christmas market with beautiful decorations
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Yverdon-les-Bains: This Christmas market with its majestic tree sparkles with glitter and winter flavors
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Dec 2

Grüningen: I have celebrated my first birthday at this Christmas market with its nostalgic merry-go-round, so it is dear to my heart. Open from 11 AM to 6 PM (Wienachtsmärt Grüenige)
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Zug: Some 70 vendors charm visitors with all the goods of the season. Open from 9 AM to 6 PM on the Landsgemeindeplatz (Klausmarkt)
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Dec 5

Appenzell: In the town center, some 30 vendors will offer handmade goods (Chlausmarkt)
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Dec 5 – 6

Solothurn: This Christmas market takes place every first Wednesday and Thursday in December from noon to 9 PM (Chlausemäret)
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Dec 5 – 16

Morges: This charming Christmas market is located on the castle grounds of Morges. Please note that it is open from Dec 5 to 9, and from Dec 12 to 16 (Morges Marché de Noël)
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Dec 6 – 9

Bremgarten: This Christmas market with more than 300 Swiss vendors sprawls through the historic old town (Christchindlimärt)
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Dec 6 – 23

Uster: A popular Christmas market in the Zürcher Oberland
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Dec 8

Baden: We have a thing for this town, and we will surely check out their Christmas market this year. Open from 9 AM to 5 PM (Badener Adventsmarkt)
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Locarno: A benefit of Christmas markets in Ticino are dishes such as minestrone soup (Mercato di Natale)
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Dec 8 – 16

Interlaken: Christmas market with ice-rink and trolley
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Neuchâtel: Down by the port is this covered Christmas market, which promises lots of artisanal crafts (Les Artisanales de Noël)
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Dec 12 – 16

Zug: Christmas market with 75 booths of deliciousness
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Dec 14 – 16

Frauenfeld: The largest Christmas market in the region boasts 170 vendors. Don’t miss the arrival of the camels on Friday at 2 PM and on Saturday at 11 AM…
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Dec 14 – 23

Rapperswil: The medieval charm makes this Christmas market so unique. Please note that on Dec 17, the market will be closed (Christchindlimärt)
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Dec 14 – 30

Lenzerheide: This alpine Christmas market features an enchanted village amid a beautifully lit magic forest (Lenzerheidner Zauberwald)
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Dec 15 – 16

Schaffhausen: The highlight of this Christmas market is the Santa procession through the old town on Saturday at 4:45 PM (Chlaus- und Kunsthandwerkmart)
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Dec 20 – 23

Zürich: The industrial Maag Hallen will host Heiliger Bimbam!, a pop-up Christmas market that is sure to hit the nerve of time.
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Dec 20 – Jan 2, 2019

Gstaad: This Christmas market does good by holding a fundraiser with delicious soup (Winterzauber Gstaad)
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Swiss Christmas Market(Feature photograph copyright Montreux Noël)

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Start:
Nov 21
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Jan 2, 2019
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Start:
Nov 21
End:
Jan 2, 2019
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Event Tags:

Venue

Various Locations
Switzerland