Christmas Markets Guide Zurich and Switzerland

Updated for 2019

Bellevue Christmas Market

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Christmas Markets Guide Zurich and Switzerland 2019


It’s getting colder in Zurich and there is already snow in the mountains. The Lucy Christmas Lights are turned on on Thursday 21st November at 6pm and the late night shopping kicks off straight after with the shops staying open until 10pm. Many of the Zurich Christmas Markets open their doors on 21st November too – see details below.

So now is the time for the Christmas Markets all over Switzerland to welcome you with a Glühwein and lots of seasonal fare. Each Christmas Market has its own character and specialities – so don’t just visit one! Visit as many as you can 🙂

We’ve listed the key Christmas Markets in Zurich and Switzerland for Christmas 2018 below. So take along your friends and indulge and enjoy!

Zurich Christmas Markets 2019

Zurich Wienachtsdorf Christmas Market Bellevue

This popular Christmas market featuring around 100 stalls located right in front of the Opera House and Bellevue, is taking place at Sechselaeutenplatz again this year. One of the many highlights are the food and refreshments. Special features include an ice skating rink right in front of the Opera House and a beautiful Fondue Stübli in the Chalet by the tree. It’s so cosy you might not want to leave.

Location: Sechselaeutenplatz in front of the Opera House

Dates: 21st November – 23rd December 2019


Monday to Saturday 11am – 10pm

Sunday 11am – 8pm  Website

(Also Fondue Chalet and Ice rink too)

What's On in Zurich late December 2016


Zurich Christmas Market at Hauptbahnhof 

One of Europe’s biggest indoor markets with the glittering 15m Swarovski Christmas Tree and 150 stalls, making it is one of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe.

Location: Zurich main railway station

Dates: 21st Nov – 24th December 2019

Sunday to Wednesday 10.30am – 9.00pm

Thursday to Saturday 10.30am – 10.00pm

Closing day 24th December –  11.00am – 4.00pm  Website 

The Tradition of the Swarovski Christmas Tree at Zurich HB


Christmas Market by the Singing Christmas Tree

Location: Werdmühleplatz just off Bahnhofstrasse

Dates: 21st November – 23rd December 2019

Monday to Thursday 4pm – 9pm, Friday till 10pm

Saturday and Sunday 12noon – 10pm and 9pm  Website

Singing Christmas Tree Zurich


Dörfli Christmas Market

This popular Christmas Market takes place in Hirschenplatz in the Niederdorf.

Location: Hirschenplatz in the Niederdorf

Dates: 21st November – 23rd December 2019

Monday to Thursday 11am – 9pm

Friday and Saturday 11am – 10pm

Sunday 11am – 8pm   Website

niederdorf Christmas Market

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Heiliger BimBam Christmas Market

Location: Halle 622 in Zurich Oerlikon

Dates: 19th – 22nd  December 2019



Rapperswil Advent Market

This Advent Market

Location: Fischmarktplatz Rapperswil 

Dates: 13th – 22nd  December 2019 (shut Monday 16th Dec)



Winterthur Christmas Market

Location: Neumarkt, Winterthur

Dates: 22nd Nov  – 22nd December 2019

Monday to Wednesday 11am – 8:30pm

Thursday 11am – 9pm

Friday and Saturday 11am – 8:30pm

Sunday 11am – 7pm



Einsiedeln Christmas Market

Location: Kloster Einsiedeln

Dates: 29th November to 8th December 2019

Sunday to Thursday 11am – 7.30pm

Friday and Saturday 11am – 9pm


Montreux Christmas market

Swiss Christmas Markets

Click on the Market name for more information:

Basel 28th November to 23rd December 2019

Open daily from 11 am to 8.30 pm – one of the biggest Christmas Markets in Switzerland

Baden Advent Market 7th December 2019 from 9am – 5pm 

Berne 30th November – 24th December 2019

Biel 5th – 24th December 2019

Bremgarten 5th – 8th December 2019

Lausanne 20th November to 31st December  2019

Lucerne  5th to 22nd December 2019

Montreux 21st November to 24th December 2019 

A beautiful setting by the lake

Montreux by night



Late Night Shopping Zurich &

Christmas Lights 21st November 2019


Thursday 21st November 2019 is the date when approximately 150 of the shops in the centre of Zurich will stay open late till 10pm. It kicked off with the “Lucy” Christmas lights being switched on at 6pm. Do pop down to Bahnhofstrasse to see Zurich’s beautiful Christmas lights!


Christmas Shopping Sundays Zurich 2019

The three “Christmas Shopping Sundays” for 2019 in Zurich are as follows:

  • 1st December 11am – 6pm 
  • 8th  December 11am – 6pm
  • 22nd December 11am – 6pm

Around 500 shops will open in the centre of Zurich. Out of town stores may have different dates for example see details for: Glatt Shopping Centre  open on the following Sundays: 24th Nov and 8th, 22nd December 2019 10am – 6pm) and Volikland  on Sunday 15th December 2019 from 10am – 6pm.

Please note that shops are CLOSED on Christmas Day, Boxing Day (Stephantag) and New Year’s Day.


Zurich Christmas Lights © Zurich Tourism

Photo courtesy of Zurich Tourism

Wrap up warmly and enjoy the Swiss and Zurich Christmas Markets 2017!

Christmas Markets Switzerland 2013


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