Christmas market Basel
28 Nov to 23 Dec
Open daily from 11:00 to 20:30 except on 23 December 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.
21 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.
Christmas in Montreux
At the lakeshore
21 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.
Christmas markets in Bern
Waisenhausplatz and Münsterplatz
30 Nov 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.
Christkindlimärt, Rapperswil St. Gallen
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!
Christmas market, Murten Fribourg
13 to 15 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.
Christchindli Christmas market, Bremgarten Aargau
05 Dec to 08 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.
Fairy Tale Town, Stein am Rhein Schaffhausen
04 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.
Christmas market, Einsiedeln Schwyz
29 Nov to 08 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.
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).
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