Off the beaten track: Hidden Christmas markets Celebrate the festive season across Switzerland

Switzerland offers a variety of Christmas markets throughout the festive season all over the country, including off the beaten track. When you visit a small village, you can experience authentic Swiss culture. Here is a list of the Hello Switzerland team's top picks. So grab a glass of mulled wine and celebrate this festive season.

Advent market in Burgdorf, Bern

5 December

Less than 14 minutes away from Bern, this traditional Christmas market is one of the largest markets in the Emmental region.

The city is festively decorated, and many shops are open for Sunday shopping.

The entire city is open for festivities, including a market hosted in the medieval streets. Make sure to visit the castle and taste the hot spiced apple cider from the regional farmers.

Read more about the Christmas market in Burgdorf on this website.

Christmas market in Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen

1 December 2021 - 2 January 2022 (CANCELED for 2020)

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 are sure to impress the young members of your family.

Read more about the Christmas market in Stein am Rhein on their website.

Christmas market in Sion, Valais (CANCELED)

7 - 23 December

With good reason, this Christmas market is a favorite with the locals. With over 85 stands offering local crafts, as well as festive activities and a beautiful location, this market promises a full day of enjoyment.

Read more about the Christmas market in Sion on this website.

Christmas market in Yverdon-Les-Bains (CANCELED)

28 November - 24 December

Throughout the month of December, the heart of the old town of Yverdon-les-Bains beats to the rhythm of the Christmas market.

From the Pestalozzi square to the Place de l'Ancienne-Poste there are chalets and stalls that offers original gifts and everything else required at a Christmas market such as local delicacies as well as a skating rink, concerts and animations for children.

And, of course Santa will make an appearance!

Read more about the Christmas market in Yverdon-Les-Bains on this website.

Christmas market in Gruyères (CANCELED, but you can admire the Christmas lights throughout the city)

5 December - 10 January

The medieval city of Gruyères will be illuminated with a thousand lights for Christmas and provide activities for the whole family. Here is the place to be if you want to do some serious Christmas flavours tasting, as the market will welcome forty artisans from the region. 

Read more about the Christmas market in Gruyères on this website.

Christmas market on Rheingasse, Basel (CANCELED)

26 November - 23 December

Maybe try something new this year? This market, "Adväntsgass", is a Christmas present to all those who are interested in the world of Gastronomy. Along the street Rheingasse you can enjoy delights from all over the world at 20 different stalls. In addition to that you have also events happening that will put you in the Christmas spirit.


Read more about the Christmas market on Rheingasse in Basel on their website.


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