Christmas Events in Zurich 2017

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A holly jolly December! Zurich is packed with Christmas Festivities…Parades, Floating Lights, Santa Swims, Singing Christmas Trees, 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 23rd 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!


10 November – 22 December: Make Your Own Christmas Candle

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

Find out More: Zurcher Kerzenziehen Website

Night Shopping & Christmas Tree Lighting

2-second scoop: Bahnhofstrasse lights up with Christmas decor and shops keep doors open until 22.00

Find out More: Night Shopping Website

Mid 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

25 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

1 November – 27 January : Winter Garden

2-second scoop: An ice rink, winter fondue chalet, romantic gondola dinners, Samichlaus visits and more

Find out More: Europaallee Website

26 November: Samichlaus Parade along Bahnhofstrasse starting at 17.00

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

Find out More: Zurich Tourism Website

26 November, 3 December, 17 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

9 – 17 December: The Nutcracker & the Mouse King

2-second scoop: The Zurich Opera House’s spin on Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet

Find out More: Zurich Opera House Website

1 -31 December: Chalet in the Park

2-second scoop: Enjoy champagne & fondue in a mountain chalet set aside Zurich’s tallest Christmas tree

Find out More: Baur au Lac Website

1 December – 6 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 December: Santa Swim

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

Find out More: Samichlausschwimmen Website

6 December: Samichlaus Day

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!

10 December: Family Concert

2-second scoop: The prestigious Tonhalle Orchestra hosts a Christmas Carol Singalong

Find out More: Tonhalle Orchester Website

21 December: Candles along the Limmat River (Lichterschwimmen)

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

Find out More: Zurich Tourism Website

PS. For more holiday inspiration, check our Christmas Market Guide


Image Courtesy of Night Shopping