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Switzerland Christmas Markets 2023 (Ultimate List)

Our favorite season is here, and the Switzerland Christmas markets are already in full swing.

Come November, many of us yearn to stroll through a Christmas market, smell the scent of mulled wine and roasted almonds, gaze at the decorations, and share moments with friends. Switzerland offers many different Christmas markets: small local events, large markets with dozens of vendors, light shows, and projections.

Will there be Switzerland Christmas markets in 2023?

Yes! And apart from the various local markets in towns and villages, this year has exciting new Christmas markets lined up.

We have done all the research about the Switzerland Christmas markets, so you don’t have to. At last count, our list covers 70 different markets! This is the most comprehensive listing of Swiss Christmas markets. Consult our dedicated guide for unmissable holiday events such as St. Nicholaus traditions or illuminations.

Here are all the Switzerland Christmas markets in order of availability. (Search by canton abbreviation.)

Zürich ZH: Frau Gerolds Garten

Oct 14 - Mar 16, 2024

Frau Gerolds Garten in Zürich offers us an enchanted holiday escape. The Winter Garten is entirely outdoors, but covered areas, cozy corners with furs, and fire pits keep you warm. The indoor Winterstübli is a lovely venue to enjoy a meal with friends and colleagues. The menu is all about mulled wine and creations of cheese fondue, including a Guinness Beer fondue.

Frau Gerolds Winter Garten 2021
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The Winter Garten is open Monday through Wednesday from 5 to 10 PM, Thursday and Friday from 5 PM to 11 PM, Saturdays from noon until 11 AM, and Sundays from noon until 9 PM. The Winterstübli is open Monday through Saturday from 6 to midnight and Sundays from 6 to 10 PM. Credit card or Twint payments only.

Note the Christmas Season Party on Nov 11 with a DJ playing 80s and 90s party tunes... Admission is free.

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Baden AG: Badener Wunderdorf

Nov 2 - Dec 23

The Badener Wunderdorf is a Christmas village with over 20 booths and street food vendors. Located on Theaterplatz in Baden, there will be a changing selection of vendors selling everything from handmade design objects to bamboo accessories and foods from Peruvian lomo saltado to vegan wraps.

Our advice for a break in a heated space: look for the large tent with straw bales, furs, and cozy blankets, inviting you to linger.

The market is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 10 PM, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 PM to midnight, Saturdays from noon until midnight, and Sundays from noon until 10 PM.

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Badener WunderDorf
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Zürich ZH: Elf on the Shelf Christmas Village

Nov 15 - Dec 23

We're excited about Zurich's newest pop-up Christmas market, Elf on the Shelf. This Christmas village is located on the scenic outdoor terrace of the Kongresshaus, overlooking Lake Zurich.

An "Elves Bar" will serve hot beverages and winter delicacies. The outdoor "Tapas Veranda" lounge offers creative tapas, including vegan options. For those looking to escape the winter chill, heated gondolas at the "Gondeldorf" provide a unique dining experience with a Swiss menu and fondue classics.

Geneva GE: Noël au Jardin

Nov 16 - Dec 24

This popular Geneva Christmas market has now moved into the Jardin Anglais. All the nooks and crannies of the park will be decorated for the occasion. And with those breathtaking views of the Geneva harbor, the immersion in the world of Christmas will be all the more magical.

Expect Noël au Jardin classics such as the chalet, the bar, and the children’s village with yurts and merry-go-round. The Ferris wheel allows for new vantage points of the Christmas market. Look out for concerts, parades, or Christmas workshops. And, of course, the real Santa Claus will be visiting, too.

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Uster ZH: Uster on Ice

Nov 17 - Jan 14, 2024

Winterwonderland at the Zeughausareal in Uster promises an enchanting experience for all ages. You could glide across the open-air ice rink, try ice stock shooting, indulge in a cheese fondue at the cozy chalet, or have an after-work drink at the bar. A definitive highlight appropriate for the little ones is the 20-meter-long ice slide.

Zürich Altstetten ZH: NÜNI

Nov 17 - Feb 11, 2024

The outdoor garden at NÜNI in Altstetten is touted as a hotspot for delicious mulled wine. Holiday decorations, firepits, and a covered terrasse with an outdoor bar sound like the perfect locale to toast with co-workers, share a vegan raclette with a date, or roast marshmallows with friends.

The outdoor terrace is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30 PM.

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Aarau AG: Christmas Market

Nov 17 - Dec 23

"Oh, deer!" Aarau will host workshops, live concerts, street food, and pop-ups for five weeks before Christmas. Newly relaunched in 2022, the Aarau Christmas Market is about way more than mulled wine. Look for all the fun at Schlossplatz, Markthalle, and Kirchplatz.

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Russikon ZH: Weihnachts-Zirkus-Zauber

Nov 18 - Dec 10

A merry-go-round, poinsettia decorations, and fire pits to bake your own bread: the Weihnachts-Zirkus-Zauber at Unicum in Russikon seems fun. Tuesdays through Sundays from 2 PM to 6 PM, you can enter a circus-themed Christmas spectacular inside the greenhouses of this nursery.

Lausanne VD: Bo Noël

Nov 21 - Dec 31

Next season will already mark the 10th anniversary of Bo Noël in Lausanne. This hip festival extends throughout the charming old town in these magical weeks before Christmas. The Pépinet Creators’ Market gives local creators a platform to sell their design objects.

An unmissable venue for foodies is the Terroir Market at Place de l’Europe: expect lots of vendors selling delicacies from canton Vaud as gifts and for consumption. Another highlight this year is the Children’s Village, complete with a petting zoo, storytelling tent, and pony rides.

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Zug ZG: Christmas Market

Nov 23 - Dec 3

Vendors will be charming visitors with all the season's goods from 11 AM to 6 PM. The Postplatz and Hirschenplatz squares will be turned into a veritable Christmas village. Have a look at the largest Christmas wreath in central Switzerland!

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Winterthur ZH: Christmas Market

Nov 23 - Dec 22

Switzerland’s sixth-largest city is back with a Christmas market. You will find about 60 booths at Neumarkt, in the middle of the historic old town of Winterthur. The Winterthur Christmas market opens daily at 11 AM.

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Basel BS: Basler Weihnacht

Nov 23 - Dec 23

Basel has a golden glow during the holidays thanks to the city center's festive decorations. Called Basler Weihnacht, the month-long happening features lots of exciting events, concerts, exhibits, and more. For instance, at Theater Basel, a new advent window opens every night - with a small stage performance inside!

The authentic Christmas market occurs at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, as well as between the two squares. On Münsterplatz, by the cathedral, there will be a brightly lit Christmas tree featuring elaborate ornaments. Many consider the Basel Christmas market, with its 130 decorated stalls, among Switzerland's most beautiful. It is open daily from 11 AM to 8:30 PM.

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Zürich ZH: Zürcher Weihnachtsallee

Nov 23 - Dec 23

This season, Europaallee turns into a festive Christmas alley. Foodies get to enjoy tasty treats such as empanadas. Others can get their Christmas shopping done or hang out with a cup of mulled wine at the Glühwein "dome." All in all, there will be about 80 booths with vendors changing regularly. 

The Zürcher Weihnachtsallee between Europaplatz and Gustav-Gull-Platz is open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM, but closes at 8 PM on Sundays. This might be the season's hottest place to meet friends after work.

Zürich ZH: Wienachtsdorf Zürich

Nov 23 - Dec 23

The Christmas village returns to the Sechseläutenplatz square at the Zurich Opera House. You might notice the unique things for sale when strolling through the market. That’s because the 120+ chalets are exclusively rented to handpicked vendors. Those selling gifts will only stay for a week before making space for someone else.

Wienachtsdorf Zurich (Zurich Tourism/Alex Buschor)
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The market is open Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM and on Sundays from 11 AM to 8 PM. Please note that vendors, including restaurants, will only accept cashless payments.

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Montreux Noël VD

Nov 23 - Dec 24

Montreux Noël is a Christmas village with some 150 charming booths that extend along the lakeside. You will surely find a gift for that special person, from Christmas ornaments to wooden toys.

Montreux Noel 2019 - Santa Claus

We particularly like the views of Lake Geneva and the Christmas market from atop the Ferris wheel. And finally, a piece of advice to kids of all ages: do not miss Santa’s sleigh rides high above the lake, taking place daily at 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM. It’s magical!

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Zürich ZH: Münsterhof Christmas Market

Nov 23 - Dec 23

The common theme among vendors at the Münsterhof Christmas Market is their local ties. Most products are locally or regionally sourced, from the mulled wine to the decorations and artisanal Christmas gifts. There are workshops and live performances throughout the holidays to spread that Christmas cheer.

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Zürich ZH: Old Town Christmas Market

Nov 23 - Dec 23

Traditionally, Zürich's oldest Christmas market takes over the alleys of the old town. Between Central and the Grossmünster church, find 200 shops and booths hawking treasures from around the world. Also, there is live entertainment, food, and: mulled wine.

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Zürich ZH: Christkindlimarkt

Nov 23 - Dec 24

This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of Europe's largest indoor Christmas markets. Located inside the Zurich main station, the Christkindlimarkt is 100 percent weather-proof, allowing you to stroll around even during a blizzard. Some 140 booths will be hawking everything from gifts to international foods. But the real star of this market is the magnificent Christmas tree featuring Swarovski crystals…

The Christchindlimarkt in Zürich is open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM, with extended hours until 10 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Turgi AG: Turgemer Weihnachtsmarkt

Nov 24

The one-day Christmas market in Turgi celebrates the cultural heritage of market vendors. This event comes with the works: festive stalls selling crafts and foods, a nostalgic merry-go-round, candle-making, and Christmas lights. Open Friday from 2 to 8 PM.

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Chur GR: Christmas Market

Nov 24 - Dec 23

The oldest town in Switzerland hosts a beautiful Christmas market featuring foods and goods. The visit of Swiss Santa on Dec 4 at 12:30 PM will light up children’s eyes. There's an American-style Coca-Cola Christmas truck. Poststrasse will be renamed Adventure Street as of Dec 1, allowing you to try various winter sports activities: cross-country skiing, curling, and even Christmas ball throwing (?).

The market is open daily from 11 AM to 7 PM.

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Wald ZH: Christmas Market

Nov 24 - 25

In the highlands of Zurich in Wald, there is a charming Christmas market. Some 40 wooden chalets with vendors from near and far will be scattered in the small center of the town. (Hot caipirinha, anyone? It's sold at booth 28.)

Samichlaus will visit the market on Friday and Saturday evening at 5:30 PM. Highlights on Saturday include an Alphorn performance at 4 PM. The market is located on Schlipfplatz, at Gässli, and on Schwertplatz.

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Lyss BE: Stärnemärit Christmas Market

Nov 24 - 26

During the first advent weekend, Lyss will turn into a Christmas village. On the Marktplatz square, Stärnemärit vendors will hawk all the goodies inside wooden chalets. Meanwhile, inside the Sieberhuus, an artisanal market will focus on art and handicrafts.

Another highlight quite literally awaits in the Stegmattquartier neighborhood: American-style Christmas decorations! Several families, including the initiators at Stegmattweg 8, usually deck their houses with blinking lights. If they are on this year despite the energy situation, the decorations will be on from 5 PM until midnight.

Basel BS: Japanese Christmas Market

Nov 25

おまたせ! The Embassy of Japan invites us to the sixth annual Japanese Christmas market at Villa Crescenda from 2 PM to 8 PM. Where to start? You could indulge in Osaka-style takoyaki, yakitori, sushi, ramen, and Japanese sweets. Or you could quench your thirst with Japanese sake, sweet amazake, Kirin beer, ramune, yuzu ginger, and Pokka green tea.

The musical and performance lineup features Iino Tomohiro's percussion performances at 3 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM. We're equally excited about Sakai & Okada's live shamisen performances at 4 PM and 6 PM.

Admire the wearable art of kimono remakes and origami from Hayami Brunner and handmade accessories from Reina-san dyed with natural colors. HAORI-ya brings you haori, obi, and fabric goods, while Tsuchiya-san offers origami, fabric accessories, ornaments, cards, and upcycled kimono dresses.

Organic farm Maiehof showcases Japanese vegetables, free-range eggs, and their own chiffon cake and caramel pudding. Sumomo by Yuko Delley offers imported Japanese goods and adorable KAWAII plushies, while Yoko-san presents calligraphy art, and KeiTo has hand-knitted creations. And finally, Keiko's organic green tea from Kagoshima is from a place we know so well!

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Zürich ZH: Jingle Mingle Market

Nov 25

The enchanting Jingle Mingle Market is nestled in the vibrant Löwenbräukunst locale from 4 to 8 PM. The market showcases curated treasures crafted by Zurich's visionary designers and artists. Dive deeper into the festive spirit by participating in hands-on workshops, where you can craft uniquely artistic gifts.

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Bad Ragaz SG: Christmas Market

Nov 25 - 26

The Rathausplatz in Bad Ragaz hosts a charming annual Christmas market featuring the “Gschenklisunntig” special event by local retailers.

Our advice: Visit on Saturday to partake in the opening of the Bad Ragaz Light Celebration ("Lichterfeier") in the historic Dorfbadhalle at 5 PM. Musical performances from local students and the Musikgesellschaft Harmonie Bad Ragaz enrich the event.

Then, on December 6, another unique tradition happens when the Bishop, accompanied by 40 Samichläusen and Schmutzli, parades from Föhrenwäldli to Dorfbad. The arrival of Swiss Santa regularly attracts hundreds of visitors eager to experience this enchanting atmosphere and over 60 years of tradition.

Geneva GE: Marché de Noël des Pâquis

Nov 25 - 26

Geneva will be in the holiday spirit this season, and the Marché de Noël des Pâquis is where to catch those Christmas spirits. This market offers various handicrafts and is a true delight for foodies.

The line-up of events is long, but some highlights include concerts and performances at La Traverse. Yoga classes, zumba workouts, and even a K-pop dance workshop for teens await. Also, crafts workshops and storytelling sessions.

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Estavayer-le-Lac FR: Exhibition of Christmas cribs

Nov 26 - Jan 14, 2024

The narrow old town alleys of Estavayer-le-Lac will display a classic Nativity scene. The annual holiday event allows aspiring artists and seasoned participants to showcase their cribs. More than 80 crib installations of various styles give you a perfect reason to walk this medieval town after dark. While some stations are decorated windows and other more traditional cribs, they are connected by a poetic path.

A Christmas market will be in this charming medieval village on Dec 2 and 3.

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St. Gallen SG: Sternenstadt

Nov 30 - Jan 6, 2024

St. Gallen has all the rights to claim the title of City of Stars. Some 700 large stars will light up the old town streets and alleys during the pre-holiday season. We have reported about the Sternenstadt event in the past.

On Dec 11, witness a live re-enactment of the Christmas story. The parade of human and animal actors starts at Klosterplatz and lasts from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. The regular Christmas market in St. Gallen is located at Waaghaus, Bohl, and Marktgasse Street. It is open daily from 11 AM.

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Hindelbank BE: Christmas Market

Dec 1 - 3

Held at a women's prison, the Schlossmärit offers quite a captivating experience. Explore handcrafted items like textiles, woodwork, and holiday decorations. Enjoy delicious food, learn about modern prison life, and soak in the festive atmosphere with live music and activities for kids. It's a unique mix of culture and craftsmanship!

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Aesch BL: Christmas Market

Dec 1 - 3

Starting at the church, the Christmas market in Aesch will snake through the alleys of the old town. As you walk past the 70 booths, you will undoubtedly hear the traditional sounds of the barrel organs. Samichlaus will be visiting the market on Sunday at 1:30 PM. The market is open Friday from 6 PM to 9 PM, Saturday from noon to 8 PM, and Sunday from noon to 6 PM.

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Aarberg BE: Chlousermärit Christmas Market

Dec 1 - 3

Held at Stedtli Square, the Christmas Market in Aarberg features over 100 market stalls and food vendors. The market is named Chlousermärit Aarberg for a reason: On Dec 2 and 3, the little ones can meet face-to-face with Samichlaus, the Swiss Santa.

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Bischofszell TG: Adventsmarkt Bischofszell

Dec 1 - 3

If you have never visited Bischofszell, this season might be your chance. The historic old town sits elevated and offers a beautiful setting for the Bischofszell Christmas market. There will be 120 market booths, a nostalgic merry-go-round, and caroling. The market is open Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM, Saturday from 11 AM to 9 PM, and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.

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Brunnen SZ: Christmas Market

Dec 1 - 3

The Brunnen Christmas market, set by Lake Lucerne, offers a unique lakeside ambiance. The vendors offer various handcrafted goods and delicacies of honey, fresh gingerbread, and roasted almonds. Activities like candle making, gingerbread decorating, and storytelling captivate children, while the Samichlaus visit adds a touch of magic.

The 2022 edition saw a bustling atmosphere, with vendors passionately sharing their handmade products, families enjoying creative activities in the Waldstätterhof tent, and the much-anticipated arrival of Samichlaus by water.

Glarus GL: Christmas Market

Dec 1 - 3

The annual Christmas Market in Glarus is one of the highlights for many locals. For one weekend, the Zaunplatz square will be turned into a Christmas village: festive decor, vendors hawking delicacies and gifts, activities for the kids, and more. The little ones will get a chance to meet Samichlaus face-to-face on Saturday from 2 to 5 PM, and on Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

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Trubschachen BE: Kambly Christmas Market

Dec 1 - 3 and Dec 8 - 10

Switzerland’s favorite cookie brand spreads Christmas cheers during the annual Kambly Christmas Market. Apart from the 30 chalets selling local handicrafts, you can walk along the lantern train to a bonfire. This is a hands-on market where you can try your skills at candle-making or decorating cookies. The Christmas market at Kambly Experience is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 AM to 8 PM, and Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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Einsiedeln SZ: Einsiedler Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec 1 - 10

Not too many Christmas markets have a monastery as a backdrop. Einsiedeln boasts a gigantic Christmas tree in front of the Benedictine monastery and the world's largest nativity scene featuring 450 hand-carved figures. The nativity scene is open from noon until 5 PM, and the market opens daily at 11 AM.

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Bern BE: Münster Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec 1 - 23

The theme of this year’s Christmas market in front of the Bern Minster is “peaceful” (Friedvoll). What sets it apart from other Christmas markets are the vendors. They are largely locals who are hawking handcrafted gifts. The market is open weekdays from 11 AM, and weekends from 10 AM.

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Bern BE: Berner Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec 1 - 23

Located on Waisenhausplatz, the Berner Weihnachtsmarkt features some 50 vendors hawking everything from household gadgets to locally produced foods. The market is open daily from 10 AM.

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Yverdon-les-Bains VD: Christmas Market

Dec 1 - 24

Although we have yet to visit during winter, we really like Yverdon-les-Bains and its medieval old town. It must be magical to wander those charming alleys lit with Christmas lights. Vendors spreading Christmas cheer will be located on the central Place Pestalozzi with its majestic tree and Santa appearances (Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.) The grand opening will occur at Place Pestalozzi at 6 PM.

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Lugano TI: Natale in Piazza Christmas Market

Dec 1 - Jan 7, 2024

As part of Natale in Piazza, the old town of Lugano will feature countless market stalls, festive lights, and decorations. On Piazza della Riforma, there will be a giant decorated Christmas tree. And Parco Ciani is turned into an enchanted forest. Live music, theater performances, film screenings, and narrations are also on the schedule.

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Rheinfelden AG: Adventsfunkeln

Dec 1 - Jan 7, 2024

We love visiting Rheinfelden during summer, but the town is even more beautiful during the holidays. Adventsfunkeln Rheinfelden is all about the illuminations that stretch from Inseli to Stadtpark and some 25 Christmas trees throughout the old town.

Regarding special events, look out for the pile of snow on Zähringerplatz starting Dec 89. Other highlights include a Nativity scene or carriage rides.

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Aarburg AG: Christmas Market "Aarburg leuchtet"

Dec 2

Expect a spectacle of lights at the Christmas market in Aarburg. The Städtli old town will host various booths, choir performances, and more. And after dusk at 5:15 PM, it will be time for Lichterschwimmen. At the Aarewaage vortex down by the River Aare, you can purchase a star-shaped paper boat with a candle, add a wish, and send it off into the stream.

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Arbon TG: Christmas Market

Dec 2

The town of trees returns with its traditional one-day Christkindlimarkt. More than 100 vendors promise goods that you would not normally expect to find at a Christmas market. Open 10 AM to 7 PM.

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Klosters GR: Christmas Market

Dec 2

Various booths selling decoration objects and delicacies will line Hintere Bahnhofstrasse in Klosters. The traditional candle-making workshop and the crafts corner for the little ones are back. To top it off, Samichlaus and Schmutzli will stop by around 5 PM.

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Davos GR: Christmas Market

Dec 2, Dec 15 - 16

The vendors at the Christmas market in Davos pride themselves on only selling handcrafted goods. The market on Dec 2 takes place on Arkadenplatz. (10:30 AM - 6:30 PM). The later edition on the weekend of Dec 15 will be located on Seehofseeli.

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Brienz BE: Christmas Market

Dec 2 - 3

The charming town at Lake Brienz hosts a romantic Christmas market in the historic village and along the lakeshore promenade. Immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere with music, entertainment, and unique handcraft demonstrations. Witness live woodcarving at Huggler Woodcarvings, explore open workshops and enjoy concerts in the Reformed Church. Children can delight in games and a visit from Swiss Santa.

Chillon Castle VD: Christmas Market

Dec 2 - 3, Dec 9 - 10, Dec 16 - 17

As part of Montreux Noël, the beautiful Chillon Castle will be lavishly decorated, too. And during one weekend, the castle will open its doors to authentic Christmas festivities. From 10 AM to 6 PM, you can participate in traditional handicraft workshops, see dances, hear stories, and play medieval games. This family-friendly Christmas tradition allows you to experience the holidays as they were celebrated in the past.

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Luzern LU: Artisanal Christmas Market

Dec 2 - 17

On several days in December, the Weinmarkt plaza in Luzern's old town will feature an artisanal market. Handmade jewelry, knitwear, toys, and healthy foods are among the things you can buy at this unique market. Check the website below for dates and times.

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Biel/Bienne BE: Christmas Market

Dec 2 - 23

The Christmas market in Biel stretches some 300 meters along the Nidaugasse shopping alley. Vendors from neighboring France, Germany, and Italy will set up booths alongside local producers. One of the special attractions this season will be live glass-making. Meanwhile, the merry-go-round and train tracks are returning traditions.

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Grüningen ZH: Christmas Market

Dec 3

The streets of Grüningen near Zürich are a lovely setting for the annual Christmas market. One winter, a long time ago, I celebrated my first birthday at this very Christmas market. And as I grew older, I would return every year to ride the merry-go-round. The market is open from 11 AM to 6 PM.

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Saanen BE: Christmas Market

Dec 6 and Dec 23

The charming town of Saanen is back with its traditional Christmas market. From 2 to 8 PM, stroll among vendors hawking gifts and edibles.

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Bulle FR: Christmas Market

Dec 6 - 10

The Bulle Christmas Market transforms the Grand-Rue into a festive wonderland, featuring over 90 quaint chalets. Local artisans and city merchants showcase their Christmas products and decorations, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The pedestrian street comes alive thanks to all the food vendors and visitors spreading holiday cheers.

Thun BE: Christmas Market

Dec 6 - 23

The beautiful town of Thun hosts its own traditional Christmas market. Located by the covered bridge on Waisenhausplatz, this market has over three dozen booths with wooden crafts, alpaca products, herbal tea, jewelry, or upcycled gifts. Donkey rides for the little ones are offered on Dec 11 and 18. And even Santa has announced a visit on Dec 14 from 2 PM.

The market is open Mo/Tu/We/Fr from 11 AM to 7 PM, Thursday from 11 AM to 9 PM, plus Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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Stein am Rhein SH: Märlistadt

Dec 6 - Jan 2, 2024

The medieval old town of Stein am Rhein is our favorite quick getaway during summer. One year, we have to venture there during the holidays as the place is turned into a fairytale village. Maybe you will beat us to it this year? Before you head there, get started by reading up on this year’s very own fairytale.

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Altstätten SG: Christmas Market "Klaus-Markt"

Dec 7

What better setting for the traditional Niklaus Christmas market than the old town of Altstätten? From 8 AM until 6 PM, find market vendors throughout the old town, plus Samichlaus and Schmutzli. The Swiss Santa and his sidekick will hand out goodies to the little ones.

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Lindau ZH: Strickhof Advents-Markt

Dec 7

Wander among decorated booths, try homemade goods, and get into a Christmas mood while listening to a brass band. Kids will love meeting Samichlaus and Schmutzli, baking their own Grittibänz, and enjoying pony rides. Don't miss the hot pumpkin soup, mulled cider, and a taste of Strickhof's special fondue in the festive Stübli!

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Gruyères FR: Marché de Noël de Gruyères

Dec 8 -10, Dec 15 - 17

Noël à Gruyères transforms the medieval city into a fairytale, showcasing regional talents through artistic creations and local flavors. Nestled in the charming Rue du Bourg, the Christmas market offers unique holiday shopping while humming to festive tunes. With 40 artisans displaying their handmade treasures, the event promises a warm, intimate setting for all, capturing the essence of the holiday spirit in the heart of canton Fribourg.

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Appenzell AI: Christmas Market

Dec 9 - 10

During the Advent season, the Postplatz Square in Appenzell becomes a festive wonderland. Illuminated by twinkling lights and a grand star, you can explore handmade treasures such as wood-carved angels or pottery. Our advice: savor a local delicacy called Berewegge, a typical baked good with a pear filling.

Altdorf UR: Altdorf Christkindlimarkt

Dec 15

The Christkindlimarkt Altdorf transforms Unter- and Oberlehn into a festive wonder, featuring 70 stalls with handmade artworks, creating a unique atmosphere from 2 PM to 9 PM at Festplatz.

Bremgarten AG: Christchindli-Märt

Dec 7 - 10

The 26th edition of the Bremgarten Christmas Market is back. The so-called Christchindli-Märt Bremgarten is the largest Christmas market in Switzerland, with more than 300 booths.

The historic old town of Bremgarten will come alive with concerts, carriage rides at Obertorplatz, glassmakers at Schellenhausplatz, and a life-size Nativity scene. For a unique perspective on this traditional Swiss Christmas market, participate in a tour of the Spittelturm Tower.

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Brig VS: Christmas Market

Dec 7 - 10

For the first time, Brig is hosting a Christmas market in 2022. The Chrischchindlimärt features 50 booths between the train station and the castle. There will be just as many artisans among the mulled wine vendors selling unique gifts.

Another good reason to visit this market is the various live concerts: a women's a capella group, a youth marching band, and a choir of Ukrainian men. The market is open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM except for Sunday when it closes at 5 PM.

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Kriens LU: Christmas Market

Dec 7 - 10

Once again, the historic Bellpark will become an enchanting Christmas village. Foodies will appreciate the wide variety of dishes, from Asian to Italian. Or you might decide to BBQ your own sausage on the open fire - a favorite activity for the little ones. The market is generally open from 11 AM to 9 PM, but check the website for actual hours.

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Zürich ZH: Heiliger Bimbam

Dec 7 - 10 and Dec 14 - 17

Every Advent season, the indoor Heiliger Bimbam Christmas market takes over a former industrial factory at the Oerlikon train station. Halle 550 offers a cozy alternative to the outdoor markets for four days. Expect no less than 150 local designers who set up their booths. A mobile photo booth will record your vintage photographs. Children can line up for face paintings. And did we mention that this is also a foodie heaven with street food choices?

Heiliger Bimbam is open Friday from 4 to 9 PM, Saturday from noon to 7 PM, and Sunday from noon until 7 PM.

Rapperswil SG: WiehnachtsStädtli

Dec 7 - 23

The WiehnachtsStädtli opens up every week from Thursday through Sunday. This year, more than 100 market stalls spread along the pedestrian zone in the harbor area. There are many special events, too: candle-making, storytelling time, Samichlaus arrivals, and concerts.

During the main Christmas market from Dec 14 to 17, there will be 100 additional vendors in the Rapperswil old town, such as on the Fischmarktplatz, Hauptplatz, and Engelplatz squares.

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Cham ZG: Christmas Market

Dec 8

The town of Cham is going all out this season. Some 100 booths make up the Chamer Wienachtsmärt on the Dorfplatz and Kirchplatz squares. Market activities are from noon until 7 PM.

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Morat FR: Marché de Noël

Dec 8 - 10

The Christmas Market in Morat transforms the medieval town into a festive wonderland. Over 100 meticulously decorated artisanal stalls line the streets of Murten, offering everything from natural beauty items to regional honey and jewelry. Why not immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, surrounded by twinkling lights and the aroma of seasonal treats?

Wildegg Castle AG: Christmas Market

Dec 8 - 10

The Schloss Wildegg castle awakens to the most romantic Christmas market every year. Expect a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, a nostalgic merry-go-round, organ player, handcrafted gifts, and sweet and savory dishes inside the historic structure.

All in all, there will be about 50 booths. Activities include cookie baking, nighttime tours of the castle, and Samichlaus meets. A valid Covid certificate is required for vendors and visitors alike.

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Sion VS: Christmas Market

Dec 8 - 23

The Sion Christmas Market, sprawling across Place du Midi and Espace des Remparts, has 80 diverse vendors. Open from 2 to 7 PM on weekdays, it extends its hours for the weekend, inviting visitors from 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturdays and until 7 PM on Sundays.

This Marché de Noël is the largest Christmas market in the Valais canton, offering local artistic and culinary delights. A vibrant schedule of bands, concerts, choirs, and dance performances ensures a lively atmosphere, engaging young and old in the festive celebrations.

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Zürich Wipkingen: Christmas Market

Dec 9

From 11 AM to 7 PM, the Quartierverein Wipkingen hosts a Christmas market at Rütihof. About 18 booths cover everything from creative gifts to delicious treats. It's a great occasion to once again meet up with neighbors and friends before the holidays fully take hold.

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Bad Zurzach AG: Christmas Market

Dec 9 -10

Every December, the charming center of Bad Zurzach will be turned into a Christmas village. This small but cozy Christmas market has everything you could wish for: mulled wine, entertainment, band concerts, candle-making, and Samichlaus visits.

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Schaffhausen SH: Christmas Market

Dec 9 - 10

The Schaffhausen Christmas market is back with its 8th edition. With its 800-year-old history, the cloister is quite a backdrop for this market along Münstergasse and Vordergasse. The market is open on Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM, and on Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.

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Frauenfeld TG: Christmas Market

Dec 15 - 17

In 2023, the largest Christmas market in eastern Switzerland celebrates its 30th anniversary. No less than 170 vendors will line the old town streets this year. And you have to see it to believe it: a real-life camel train will be trotting from the Soldatendenkmal monument through the old town, giving the Three Kings a majestic entrance. (Dec 15 at 2 PM, Dec 16 at 11 AM.)

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Monthey: Super Noël

Dec 15 - 23

The 19th edition of Le Super Noël in Monthey offers quite a unique winter gathering. Alfred the Yeti, the event's snowy mascot, welcomes you to the city center, bustling with over 50 stalls. Engaging activities like makeup workshops, pony care sessions for kids, and the entertaining 3-kilometer non-timed Christmas Fun Run, ideally participated in festive costumes, are highlights. Have we mentioned live concerts and visits from Santa Claus?

Brugg AG: Christmas Market

Dec 16 - 17

The Christmas Market in Brugg opens its gates from 9 AM to 6 PM. The festive atmosphere includes pop-up concerts, storytelling hours, a merry-go-round, and foods such as homebaked cakes.

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Chêne-Bourg GE: Christmas Market

Nov 26 - 27

The Marché de Noël Chêne-Bourg on Place Favre offers stalls with lovely gifts. This year, there will be treats from Grisons. Among the animations will be a carriage (Sat from 2 to 6 PM), a visit by Père Noël (Sat from 3 to 6 PM), and a Jazz band (Sat from 5:30 to 6:30 PM)

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