Christmas Events in Zurich 2016

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A holly jolly December! Zurich is packed with Christmas Festivities…Parades, Floating Lights, Santa Swims, Singing Christmas Treets, Marli Trams, Ice Rinks and that jolly ole fellow whether you call him Santa Clause, SamiClaus, Father Christmas or Kris Kindle will be popping up in his red suit all over the city!

Starting Thursday, the 24th with the lighting ceremony on Bahnhofstrasse & Late Night Shopping until 10pm, the winter wonderland begins!

Check out our Guide to Christmas Events in Zurich below as well as our Guide to Christmas Markets in Zurich.

Make it a magical month gals!


12 November – 21 December: Make Your Own Christmas Candle

2-second scoop: Burkliplatz hosts a candle-making tent

Find out More: Zurcher Kerzenziehen Website


17 November – 31 December: Circus-Conelli

2-second scoop:  Holiday acrobatics, musical performances & comedy (in Swiss German)

Find out More: Zuri Girl’s Inside Scoop / Circus Conelli Website


24 November – 23 December: Singing Christmas Tree

2-second scoop: Childrens’ concerts, a carousel, 13 food stands, night tours and a market

Find out More: Singing Christmas Tree Website


26 November – 31 December: Eisglitzer und Lichterglanz

2-second scoop: An ice rink, gingerbread & craft making, Kasperlitheater, concerts, face painting and a fondue chalet

Find out More: Europaallee Website


26 November – 2 January: Fairytale Ice Skating

2-second scoop: A rink lines the Landesmuseum Castle walls, night illuminations and moonlit mulled wine

Find out MoreLive on Ice Website


27 November: Samichlaus Parade from Werdmühleplatz to Bürkliplatz

2-second scoop: Meet Samichlaus, Schmutzli, enjoy marching bands and over 15,000 gingerbread cookies

Find out More: Zurich Tourism Website


27 November, 4 December, 18 December: Sunday Shopping

2-second scoop: Over 500 stores open on…yes, you heard it…Sunday. The Päcklibus will store bags for free while you shop.

Find out More: Shopping in the City Website


28 November – 23 December: Märlitram

2-second scoop: Samichlaus & his angels escort kids ages 4 – 10 on a 25-minute a tram ride

Find out More: Märlitram Website


1 – 23 December: Philharmonia Zurich Advent Calendar

2-second scoop: Daily (franc savvy free) 15-minute concerts in the foyer of the Opera House

Find out More: Zurich Opera House Website


2-21 December: Chalet in the Park

2-second scoop: Enjoy champagne & fondue while admiring Zurich’s tallest Christmas tree

Find out More: Baur au Lac Website


2 December – 7 December: Samichlaus Waldhüsli on the Käferberg (Santa’s Hut)

2-second scoop: A 30 minute forest walk to meet Samiclaus and Schutzli at their hut and enjoy songs & cookies

Find out More: Sami Clause Zurich Website


3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21 December: Book Readings

2-second scoop: Christmas stories Wiehnachtsmümpfeli & Adventsmümpfeli are read aloud (free event!)

Find out More: Opera House Website


4 December: Santa on a Harley-Davidson and Coca Cola Christmas Truck

2-second scoop: Motorcycling Santas support the Kinderspital and family photos are a ‘not to miss’

Find out More: Sihl City Website


4 December: Santa Swim

2-second scoop: The largest winter swimming event in Switzerland – chilly willy!!

Find out More: Samichlausschwimmen Website


6 December: Dreikönigstag

2-second scoop: Samichlaus & Schmutzli put nuts, tangerines & ginger breads on doorsteps and Grittzbänzs and Lebkuchens line the bakery

Find out More: Ask your Swiss neighbor!


7 December: Family Concerts

2-second scoop: The prestigious Tonhalle Orchestra hosts Christmas concerts

Find out More: Tonhalle Orchester Website


22 December: Candles along the Limmat River (Lichterschwimmen)

2-second scoop: 800 candles float; complimentary warm punch & sweets

Find out More: Zurich Tourism Website


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