Top Christmas markets in Switzerland

Switzerland offers a variety of Christmas markets throughout the festive season. Grab a glass of mulled wine and check out our guide to the top markets throughout the country.

Christmas market Basel

Barfüsserplatz & Münsterplatz
22 Nov to 23 Dec
Open daily from 11:00 to 20:30 except on 23 December 2017 when the opening hours are Münsterplatz: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; Barfüsserplatz: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This large market stretches over two squares in the city center and is considered to be one of the prettiest in Switzerland. Over 190 traders and artisans set up in small wooden chalets. Between culinary delights and various events, the official opening ceremony stands out with seasonal music and the Christmas lights at Münsterplatz are switched on.

Visit this page to read more about the Christmas market in Basel.

 

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Christkindlimarkt Zurich

Main Station
22 Nov to 24 Dec

Sunday-Wednesday: 10:30 to 21:00, Thursday-Saturday: 10:30 to 22:00, Christmas eve: 10:30 to 16:00.

Among the various Christmas markets in Zurich, this is the most central. Inside the train station hall, it is one of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe. The scent of mulled wine and cinnamon make travelers skip their connecting trains to stroll around the stalls under the spectacular Christmas tree decorated with thousands of Swarovski crystals. It's a feast for the eyes.

Visit this page to read more about the Christkindlimarkt in Zurich.

 


Christmas in Montreux

At the lakeshore
22 Nov to 24 Dec

Monday-Thursday: 11:00 to 20:00, Friday: 11:00 - 22:00, Saturday: 10:00 to 22:00 and Sunday: 10:00 to 20:00.

Over 150 decorated and illuminated chalets on the quays of Lake Geneva make for one of the most beautiful and innovative Christmas markets in Switzerland. But it's not the regional culinary specialties, thousands of gift ideas and musical entertainment that make Montreux Noël special. A big Ferris wheel, children's workshops, the additional site in the town of Caux above Montreux and Santa's house atop the Rochers de Naye make it the perfect Christmas destination.

Visit this page to read more about Montreux Noël.

 


Christmas markets in Bern

Waisenhausplatz and Münsterplatz
01 to 24 Dec

Waisenhausplatz: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 to 20:00, Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00, Christmas eve: 10:00 to 16:00.
Münsterplatz: Monday-Wednesday + Friday: 11:00 to 18:30, Thursday: 11:00 to 21:00, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00, Christmas eve: 10:00 to 16:00.

Bordered with a fence made of fir tree branches, the traditional Christmas market at Waisenhausplatz offers a wide range of Christmassy and everyday goods, as well as plenty of stands with snacks and meals. In front of the Cathedral of Bern — Switzerland's largest ecclesiastical building — the Münsterplatz market is devoted to arts and crafts on everyone's wish list.

Visit this page to read more about the market at Waisenhausplatz or visit this page to read more about the market at Münsterplatz.

 


Christkindlimärt, Rapperswil St. Gallen

Adventsmarket at the Fischmarktplatz 7 to 13 Dec, Christmas market in the Old Town & at the lakeshore 14 to 16 Dec and 18 to 23 Dec

7 Dec: 14:00 - 21:30, 8. Dec: 11:00 - 21:30, 9 Dec: 11:00 - 19:30, closed 10. Dec, 11. Dec: 14:00 - 20:00, 12. Dec: 14:00 - 20:00, closed 13. Dec.
14 Dec: 14:00 to 21:30, 15 Dec 11:00 to 21:30, 16 Dec: 11:00 to 19:30.
18 - 20 Dec: 14:00 - 20:00, 21 Dec: 14:00 - 21:30, 22 Dec: 11:00 - 21:30, 23 Dec: 11:00 to 19:30.

This large yet lovely Christmas market is known countrywide. On the first days it takes place at the Fischmarktplatz, then in the old town and on the shore of Lake Zurich. It is then reduced to the lakeshore part but still offers a varied festive programme. You will find musical performances, candle dipping, cheese fondue and other culinary delicacies for old and young alike. Let the old town illuminated by thousands of tiny lamps enchant you!

Visit this page to read more about the Christmas festivities in Rapperswil.

 


Christmas market, Murten Fribourg

Old Town
14 to 16 Dec

Friday: 16:00 to 22:00, Saturday: 10:00 to 22:00, Sunday: 10:00 to 17:00

For three days, the lovely old town fills with decorated chalets, twinkling lights and the scent of sweet chestnuts. Find Christmas gift inspiration from jewelry to clothes to delicacies. Or, just stroll along the alleys with a cup of mulled wine in your hands. The temporary wonderland puts the whole family into the right spirit for Christmas.

Visit this page to read more about the Christmas market in Murten.

 


Christchindli Christmas market, Bremgarten Aargau

Old Town
06 Dec to 9 Dec

Thursday: 13:30 to 22:00, Friday & Saturday: 11:00 to 22:00, Sunday: 11:00 to 18:00.

With good reason, many international travel organizations offer bus trips to the Christchindli market. Along with over 320 stands, there are colorful events and a diverse cultural program. Big Christmas trees, culinary delights and romantic rides in a white horse-drawn carriage, as well as pony rides and a petting zoo make everyone's eyes gleam with joy.

Visit this page to read more about the Christmas market in Bremgarten.

 


Fairy Tale Town, Stein am Rhein Schaffhausen

Old Town
05 to 31 Dec
Opening hours: Download the "Märlistadt Stein am Rhein" App for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone for more information

Every December, this well-preserved medieval town turns into a magical place. A canopy of lights over the Rhine bridge, the illuminated castle and lovingly decorated shopwindows delight visitors of all ages. A carousel, Santa Claus with his ponies, storytellers and trips on a miniature steam railway wow the young.

Visit this page to read more about the magic in Märlistadt Stein am Rhein.

 


Christmas market, Einsiedeln Schwyz

Monastery Square
01 Dec to 9 Dec
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 to 19:30, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 to 21:00

With the impressive Einsiedeln monastery in the backdrop, this market has a special charm. The big Christmas tree, festive illumination and a cultural supporting programme create a Christmassy atmosphere in the village. Besides, Einsiedeln also features the biggest Christmas crib/crèche in the world and a gingerbread museum.

Visit this page to read more about the Christmas market in Einsiedeln.

 

Christmas markets, Geneva

Rue Saint Joseph
03, 10, 17 and 24 Dec
10:00 to 17:00

The Carouge market in Geneva (7 - 9 December) is very charming, with carrousels, gospel choirs, carriage rides and plenty of stuff for kids to do. Geneva boasts several Christmas markets: in addition to the Carouge Christmas market, you have the ‘official‘ market on Quai du Général Guisan (open 26 Nov to 24 Dec), the artisans' markets on Rue de Mont Blanc (open 24 Nov to 26 Dec) and Place de la Fusterie (open 10 to 23 Dec) and the ‘family markets' in the town of Chene Bourg (Place du Gothard, open 2-3 December 2017).

Visit this page to read more about the Christmas market in Carouge.

 

Also, check out Hello Switzerland's selection of hidden Christmas Markets.

 

Photos: 1st&2nd: © Basel Tourismus; 3rd:  © Zürich Tourism/Bruno Macor ; 4th: © Montreux Tourism; 5th: © Bern Tourismus; 6th © Florian Edelhoff; 7th: © Murten Tourism; 10th: © swiss-image.ch/Stefan Gruenig

Author: Elias Poletti - Hello Switzerland

My internship at Hello Switzerland was a great opportunity to apply what I learned during my studies in media and communication research at the University of Fribourg and my exchange semester in Colorado.

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