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    Zurich Christmas Markets Guide

    Every year from the middle of NOvember, Zurich turns into a Christmas wonderland with SPARKLING lights on the streets, charming Christmas markets, traditional carols, smell of mulled wine and a magical atmosphere.

    Our Guide includes all “good to knows” about Zurich Christmas Markets and Holiday Specials, so you can joyfully meet with friends and family and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

    Illuminarium, the Light Festival at the National Museum (Landesmuseum Zürich)

    Fascinated illuminations and light shows are taking place in the inner courtyard of the Landesmuseum Zurich. It is a great place for meeting with friends for a glass of Glühwein or magical show with kids. It is like a small fairy realm of illusions and mysterious mythical creatures. Beside many gastronomical treats and drinks,  you can also have a cosy dinner at a dome restaurant.

    GOOD TO KNOW:

    • Dates: 14 November – 30 December, 2019.
    • Location: The inner courtyard Landesmuseum Zürich, Museumstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland.
    • Working hours: 17:00 to 24:00 daily.
    • Tickets: Festival – Free Entry; Light show – Adults: CHF 13,50; Teens (10 – 16 years): CHF 8,5;
      Children (6 – 9 years): CHF 5,5.
    • Getting there: The museum is located just across the main train station. By train to the Zurich main train station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof). By tram 4, 11, 13, 14, 17 or bus 46 to the “Zurich, Bahnhofquai / HB”.
    • The Illuminarium is not suitable for people with photophobia.

    SPARKLING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS “LUCY”

    On November 21, 2019, at 18:00, the Christmas lights “Lucy” on the Bahnhofstrasse will be lighted up, proclaiming beginning of a holiday season in the city. “Lucy” has been an annual tradition since 2010 during the Christmas season. The sparkling lights illuminate the Bahnhofstrasse with more than 12,000 crystals and twice as many lights. This beautiful shimmering dress turns the otherwise busy shopping street into the one of the most romantic streets in Zurich. During this evening, you can enjoy “Night Shopping”, as the shops are open until 22:00. In addition, the musical performances all over the city ensure a festive atmosphere.

    CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT THE BAUR AU LAC PARK

    As every year, on November 22nd the hotel invites guests and citizens to the Baur au Lac park to light up Zurich’s tallest Christmas tree with more than 70,000 lights, while enjoying mulled wine and biscuits. I think, it is a wonderful tradition and a great way to start the festive season. The park is always beautifully decorated, as the Christmas songs and traditional carols from the stage surely provide a festive mood.

    GOOD TO KNOW:

    • Date: November 22, 2019.
    • Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The tree lighting up at 6:00 p.m. sharp.
    • Location: the park of the hotel Baur au Lac.
    • Free Entrance.

    ZURICH CHRISTKINDLIMARKT (CHRISTMAS MARKET) AT THE ZURICH MAIN TRAIN STATION (ZÜRICH HAUPTBAHNHOF).

    The Christmas market at the Zurich Main Train Station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof) is one of the biggest indoor Christmas markets in Europe. There is a very special Swarovski Christmas Tree just in the middle of the market. The tree is 15 meters height and decorated with over 7,000 crystal ornaments. The brightest tree ever! :) The market has a lot of small cute Christmas lodges with the wide choice of handcrafted toys, decorations, jams and spices. It’s a wonderful meeting point for friends and families during the festive season. As soon as you arrive to the Train Station, you will feel irresistible aroma of cheese, ginger bread and Glühwein. :)

    GOOD TO KNOW:

    • Dates: November 21st – December 24th, 2019.
    • By all means, the absolute super-star of the market is a 15-meters-tall Christmas Tree, decorated with thousands of Swarovski crystals.
    • Working hours:
      Sunday to Wednesday – 10.30 am to 9 pm.
      Thursday to Saturdays until 10 pm.
      Until 4 pm on December 24th.
    • Location: On the ground floor of Zürich Hauptbahnhof (Zurich Main Train Station).
    • Don’t forget to get some cash for shopping (for all Christmas markets).
    • Be vigilant about thieves and pickpockets!

    THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN FRONT OF THE OPERA HOUSE /  ZÜRCHER «WIENACHTSDORF» AM BELLEVUE

    It’s not just a market, it’s a cosy Christmas Village in front of the Opera House on Bellevue (Sechseläutenplatz). It is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Zurich and frankly one of my favourite. A beautiful Christmas Tree in the middle of the Sechseläutenplatz and over 100 huts around it, all gathered together to form this festive Christmas Village, including toys stores, exclusive decorations, food lodges and a cool Fondue-Chalet for a nice dinner with friends.

    Another great thing here is an ice-skating rink! Get your skates on and have some fun with a stunning view of the Opera House. For those who can’t skate there are plenty of the benches around the rink, so they can watch and take photos of those on ice. :) In addition, groups can try Bavarian curling, the game which is fun, and doesn’t require any skating skills.

    GOOD TO KNOW:

    • Dates: November 21 – Desember 23, 2019.
    • Location: Sechseläutenplatz, in front of the Zurich Opera House.
    • Working hours:
      The Christmas market: Mon – Sat 11:00 – 22:00; Sun 11:00 – 20:00.
      The Chalet: Mon – Thus 11:00 – 23:00; Fri/Sat till 00:00; Sun till 22:00.
      The Ice-skating rink: Mon – Sat 11:00 – 22:00, Sun 11:00 – 20:00.
    • Prices:
      Entrance to the ice-skating rink: Adults – 6 CHF; Children – 4 CHF.
      Skates Rental: Adults – 9 CHF; Children – 6 CHF.

    You may also be interested in organising a perfect winter picnic at the Christmas market -> WINTER PICNIC, 5 SIMPLE STEPS.

    THE NIEDERDORF CHRISTMAS MARKET

    The Christmas market on the Niederdorfstrasse in the Old Town is the oldest Christmas market in Zurich. The Christmas lights on the old buildings and everywhere around tiny streets give the feeling of fairytale. The market itself is not very big, but absolutely charming. Lovely place for walking and meeting with friends.

    GOOD TO KNOW:

    • Dates: November 21 – December 23, 2019.
    • Location: Niederdorfstrasse, 8001, Zürich
    • Working hours:
      Monday – Saturday 11:00 – 21:00; Food stands until 22:00.
      Sunday 11:00 – 19:00; Food stands until 20:00.

    THE CHRISTMAS SINGING TREE

    The Christmas market at Werdmuhleplatz is small, but famous with its Singing Christmas Tree. Different choirs entertain with Christmas songs. It can be easily found from the Bahnhofstrasse (just turn right before the MANGO store if going to the Hauptbahnhof direction).

    What is your favourite Christmas market? Let us know in the comments below.

    Finally, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me -> GET IN TOUCH

    BE HEALTHY AND WEALTHY! :)

    Yuliia Caliskanhttps://moname.ch/about-me/
    At MonAme Magazine, I’m in charge of content and publication. I am passionate about all things new and sustainable - traveling, food and active lifestyle. As an MD specialized in Dermatology, I also always keep myself up to date about new advancements in beauty and cosmetics industry.

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