Christmas markets in Switzerland

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The Christmas market in the old town center of Basel, Switzerland.

The Swiss Christmas markets, and more

The Christmas markets are a good reason to visit Switzerland in late November or December. Combine a city trip, one or more Christmas markets, and a visit to the snowy mountains for the ultimate Christmas feeling. There's only day light from about 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, so plenty of time to enjoy the illuminated Swiss cities and towns.

Famous Christmas markets

There are smaller and larger Christmas markets all over Switzerland, mainly between mid November and December 24. Some are open for weeks, others just a day or two. There is even one on top of Mount Pilatus:

The main Christmas markets in 2018

Ideal December itinerary

Our proposal for an ideal December visit to Switzerland: start with a few days in a city to experience the cosy December feeling and of course the Christmas markets. Then travel to the mountains, preferable by a scenic train. Enjoy a couple of days of snow and good views from the peaks of the Swiss Alps, before returning home to celebrate Christmas. Do note that this time is considered low season, so do check the timetables and opening hours of places you'd like to visit. Some cableways and mountain trains may not be operational.

Itinerary suggestion: Zürich and Wengen

First spend a few days in Zurich. Your can visit the Christmas markets in Basel, Bern, Lucerne and Zurich from here if you wish. Then spend a day on scenic railroads: take the train to Chur, then the Glacier Express route to Brig, and finally travel to Wengen to enjoy the mountains. A shorter route is Zurich - Lucerne - Interlaken - Wengen via the Golden Pass line.

Itinerary suggestion: a week in Lucerne

The city of Lucerne offers many options, including a Christmas market. Your can also make day trips to the Christmas markets in Basel, Bern and Zurich from here. Apart from that, mountains like Pilatus, Rigi and Titlis are nearby and make for an easy day trip.


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Guided walking tour in Christmassy Zurich

Explore Zurich in the weeks before Christmas during this guided walking tour along the Christmas decorations, the luxurious shops of the Bahnhofstrasse and the Christmas markets.

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Guided walking tour in Christmassy Lucerne

Explore the historical center of Lucerne in the weeks before Christmas during this guided walking tour along the Christmas decorations and the markets.

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Christmas in France, Germany and Switzerland in 1 day

This tour starts in Colmar, France. If you stay in Colmar, the bus can pick you up at your hotel. You'll first visit the fortification of Neuf-Brisach in France. Then you'll go to the Christmas market in Freiburg, Germany. At night you'll visit the Christmas market of Basel in Switzerland.

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  • Attraction type: christmas market;
    city tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Duration: 1 day or less
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Christmas in France, Germany and Switzerland in 3 days

You'll stay in Basel for 2 nights to visit the Christmas markets in Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) and Colmar (France). Breaskfast, public transport in Basel and return train tickets to Freiburg im Breisgau and Colmar are included.

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4-day pre-Christmas trip to Montreux from Geneva

You'll take the train from Geneva to Montreux to visit the Christmas market. The next day there's a scenic ride to the home of Santa Claus on top of the mountain Rochers-de-Naye, and a visit to the Christmas market. Day 3 is reserved for Chillon Castle. The trip ends in Geneva on day 4.

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  • Attraction type: culture, museum;
    city tour;
    christmas market;
    natural site, mountain top, by train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Geneva (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Details & booking: Tours4fun

5 day trip to the Golden Pass line, Jungfraujoch and Christmas markets

You'll start with the Montreux Christmas market with its 160 little chalets. Then you'll take the Golden Pass train to Interlaken for a snowy ride to Jungfraujoch. You conclude the tour in Zurich to visit the Christmas markets in the old town and at the train station.

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