Imagine the tempting scent of hot mulled wine and raclette cheese gently wafting through the air and the sound of children’s choirs singing merry Yuletide carols on a vertical stage that resembles a Christmas tree. Picture handmade candles, wooden toys and wonderful gifts of all kinds at decorated stalls manned by local craftspeople eager to sell their wares. Over the last decade or so, picturesque Christmas markets and festive events to mark the holiday season have popped up all over Zurich.The latest addition is the Wienachtsdorf at Bellevue that’s open for only the second year in a row, yet already a must-see.
While still not exactly a classic Christmas destination, the markets and concerts certainly make Zurich a worthwhile place to visit at this time of the year. There are also no less than three temporary ice rinks in the city centre, although Live on Ice in the courtyard of the National Museum, which includes light installations by artist Gerry Hofstetter, is probably the most impressive of the lot. And if you don’t find the gifts you’re looking for at the market stalls, Zurich has plenty of other shopping opportunities like Bahnhofstrasse, the city’s most prestigious address for retail therapy.
But Christmas isn’t just about buying gifts, so if you’d like to get into the spirit of things, try one of the festive holiday shows like the Conelli Christmas circus or the artistic Salto Natale show . You can also escape the frantic pre-Christmas pace by making your own candles at the Kerzenziehen at Bürkliplatz. You’ll find more remarkable Yuletide tips in our Christmas feature here. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you enjoy your stay in Zurich this winter and we wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2017!