Events During the Holiday Season
Concerts, circus performances, the Lichterschwimmen candle-floating event and the Fairy Tale Tram transform Zurich into a magical place at Advent.

Events in Zurich During Christmas Season

Spectacular events create a magical Advent mood in Zurich.

The Lichterschwimmen floating candles event has delighted spectators for over half a century, while the Circus Conelli on the Bauschänzli and the official switching on of the Christmas lights along the Bahnhofstrasse are just two of a whole host of highlights during the Advent period.

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November 9 – December 23, 2018

Candle Making

Candle making has been among Zurich's Advent traditions since 1969.
November 15 – December 31, 2018


From November 15 to December 31, 2018, the National Museum is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, illumination, illusion and cuisine.
November 15 – December 31, 2018
The circus with a difference sweetens the cold winter months with artistry and music.
November 22, 2018

Christmas lighting & Night Shopping

The switch-on of the Christmas lighting in Zurich is celebrated with a night shopping event.
November 22 – December 24, 2018

Christmas Markets

Allow yourself to be captivated by the enchanting atmosphere at Zurich’s Christmas markets.
November 22 – December 24, 2018

Stories of the Old Town – Christmas Special

This guided walking tour of the Old Town is a journey of discovery for both visitors and locals. At Advent, the Christmas lights along the Bahnhofstrasse and the various Christmas markets give rise to a magical ambiance.
November 23 – December 31, 2018

Circus Conelli

Conelli’s Christmas Circus has been a firm part of the festive season in Zurich since 1992.
November 23 – December 23, 2017

The Singing Christmas Tree

This Christmas market enchants with its unique daily concerts.
November 25, 2018

Christmas procession

Santa Claus and his «Schmutzli» assistants hand out delicious treats during the parade along Bahnhofstrasse.
November 28 – December 23, 2018


For children, the best way to enjoy Advent is on a trip in the "Märlitram". Angels read their young passengers Christmas stories while the festively decorated streetcar trundles through the city.
December 1 – 23, 2018

Musical Advent Calendar

During the Advent period, daily short concerts are held in the foyer of the Opera House – admission is free.
December 9, 2018
Not for the fainthearted – the “Samichlausschwimmen” swimming event takes place in Zurich in winter.
December 16, 2018
This race always has a great atmosphere. Whether wearing fancy dress or regular sports gear, competitors of all ages run through the festively lit Old Town.
December 20, 2018
The atmospheric spectacle of lights at Christmas time – with greetings from Zürich Tourism
December 31, 2018

New Year’s Eve

In Zurich, the New Year is greeted in style with a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Zurich.

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