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Christmas in Zurich

Zurich is simply enchanting during the advent period, with quaint Christmas markets, traditional advent concerts and impressive Christmas shows.

At the Christmas markets, the air is filled with the smell of cinnamon and mulled wine, beeswax and gingerbread. Candle dipping, the magical Märlitram and sensational shows create a festive atmosphere for young and old.

The Christmas market at Zurich main station is Europe’s largest covered market. The centerpiece is a 15 meter high Christmas tree, literally dripping with Swarovski crystals.
The Christmas village at Sechseläutenplatz is many residents’ favorite market. An adorable and quaint hive of activity, reminiscent of Santa’s fabled home in the North Pole.
The oldest Christmas market in the city is in ‘Niederdörfli’, in Zurich’s Old Town.
Zurich’s public candle-making event – during which young and old can create their own candles out of pleasantly smelling beeswax – is for many locals just as much a part of Christmas as Christmas tree decorations are for others.

The Märlitram

The Märlitram has been chauffeuring children around Zurich’s city center since 1958. During the trip, two angels recite Christmas stories.

Glühwein (Hot Mulled Wine)

à la Tages-Anzeiger restaurant critic Daniel Böniger

serves 4 persons

1 bottle of fruity Zürich Blauburgunder (Pinot noir) wine
freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange
2 sticks of cinnamon
2–3 whole cloves
1–2 anise stars
2 bay leaves
5–6 peppercorns to add some spiciness (if desired)
honey to sweeten as desired

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The sound of the Singing Christmas Tree

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The sound of the Singing Christmas Tree

The singing Christmas tree at Werdmühleplatz Christmas market delights visitors year after year.

Ice skating

Ice skating is especially popular at Christmas. Zurich’s three most beautiful rinks stand in a forest, by the lake and in front of the opera house. A cup of hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine taste even better here.

The ‘Christkindlimärt’ in Rapperswil is particularly charming. Children adore these lovingly decorated little cabins in the heart of the city.
The Winterthur Christmas market in the center of the Old Town is especially picturesque, thanks to its unique historic surroundings.
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