For once, Paradeplatz in Zürich is not only sparkling golden underneath the pavement. During the festive season, this banking epicenter is decked with a giant Christmas tree, colorfully lit buildings and glittering lights.
We start our evening stroll on this plaza where several tram lines converge. But we will not be using any public transportation tonight as we want to experience the Zürich Christmas decorations firsthand.
The Christmas tree in front of the Credit Suisse building is stealing the show. It is gigantic, and pedestrians use it as a favorite selfie spot.
We veer into the quieter Old Town. Off the bustling Bahnhofstrasse shopping mile, this part of Zürich is where we feel the Christmas spirit the most.
Shop windows are decked, such as this one of the "teuscher" chocolate boutique:
After eating all that chocolate, one better get ready for winter sports, right?
And who said toys are only for kids? We loved the selection at Pastorini, one of Zürich's most established toy stores:
Lights have been strung across the cobblestone alleys of Zürich's old town.
Rennweg is one our favorite streets in all of Zürich when it comes to Christmas decorations: Since it slopes uphill slightly, the lights can be seen from all vantage points.
Whether from the upper end of the street...
Or from the lower entrance!
A vintage public transportation bus serves as a wrapping station. Shoppers can deposit their bags full of gifts here, or drop off their purchases to be wrapped.
From afar, we hear children's voices singing Christmas songs.
The "Singing Christmas Tree" across Pestalozziplatz has become a "must see" spot as of late, and we know the reason why: It is very charming to listen to this enormous Christmas tree decked with joyful kids - even though their singing might be a tune (or two) off...