Lucerne

Christmas Traditions & New Year's Eve in Lucerne

23 Nov 2023

Christmas in Lucerne is an enchanting experience, characterised by its unique charm and festive ambience. The city becomes a veritable winter wonderland, with the streets and buildings adorned with twinkling Christmas lights that reflect off the pristine snow, transforming the place into a magical tableau.

Christmas and New Year's Eve in Lucerne, Switzerland © Richi Brandenberger / Pixabay
One of the highlights of the season is the Lucerne Christmas Market, a vibrant affair held in the old town square. Here, locals and tourists alike can explore an array of charming stalls offering a vast selection of handmade Christmas ornaments, festive delicacies, and unique gifts. The air is filled with the tantalising scent of mulled wine, gingerbread, and Swiss cheese fondue, adding to the festive spirit.

The stunning backdrop of the snow-covered Swiss Alps and the serene Lake Lucerne make for a picturesque setting, adding to the city's festive charm. The grandeur of the century-old buildings, adorned with holiday decorations and illuminated by thousands of fairy lights, is a sight to behold. In the evenings, the city is often serenaded by carol singers, their melodious voices echoing through the streets, adding to the joyous atmosphere. Indeed, Christmas in Lucerne is a celebration of tradition, culture, and community spirit that leaves an unforgettable impression on all who witness it.
© Susan Q Yin / Unsplash
The festive celebrations in Lucerne do not end at Christmas, as the city also hosts a magnificent New Year's Eve party. The highlight of this event is undoubtedly the traditional countdown and firework display over Lake Lucerne, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. The city's charming streets and squares are adorned with colourful decorations and bustling with energy as locals and tourists come together to celebrate the start of a new year.

From traditional Swiss dishes and live music performances to street entertainers and carnival rides, there is something for everyone at this festive event. The spectacular firework display over Lake Lucerne is truly a sight to behold, as it illuminates the night sky with an array of vibrant colours that reflect off the water's surface. As midnight approaches, the entire city comes alive with cheers and excitement as everyone counts down to the new year together.
Taking public transport (or walking) home after your New Year's Eve revelry is a must! © Simon Infanger / Unsplash
The celebration continues well into the early hours of the morning, with lively street parties and bars offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Undoubtedly, celebrating New Year's Eve in Lucerne is a truly unforgettable experience that should not be missed.

Thinking about visiting Zurich for Christmas or New Year's Eve? You can find more info about the festive season in Switzerland's largest city here.

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