Christmas Markets Guide Zurich and Switzerland

Updated for 2018

Bellevue Christmas Market

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Christmas Markets Guide Zurich and Switzerland 2018


It’s getting colder in Zurich and there is already snow in the mountains. The Christmas Lights were switched on on Thursday 22nd November at 6pm and the late night shopping kicked off straight after with the shops staying open until 10pm. 22nd November was also the same day that many of the Zurich Christmas Markets opened their doors – 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 2018

Zurich Wienachtsdorf Christmas Market Bellevue

This popular Christmas market featuring 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: 22nd November – 23rd December 2018


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: 22nd Nov – 24th December 2018

Sunday to Wednesday 10.30am – 9.00pm

Thursday to Saturday 10.30am – 10.00pm

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

Swarovski Christmas tree Debora Eliyo-Zeyrek

Photo Credit Debora Eliyo-Zeyrek


Christmas Market by the Singing Christmas Tree

Location: Werdmühleplatz just off Bahnhofstrasse

Dates: 22nd November – 23rd December 2018

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: 22nd November – 23rd December 2018

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: 20th – 23rd  December 2018



Rapperswil Advent Market

This Advent Market

Location: Fischmarktplatz Rapperswil 

Dates: 7th – 14th  December 2018 (shut Monday 10th Dec)



Winterthur Christmas Market

Location: Neumarkt, Winterthur

Dates: 1st – 22nd December 2017

Monday to Wednesday 11am – 8:30pm

Thursday 11am – 9pm

Friday and Saturday 11am – 8:30pm

Sunday 11am – 7pm

On Friday 14th December Rapperswil Christmas Market opens its doors.



Einsiedeln Christmas Market

Location: Kloster Einsiedeln

Dates: 1st December to 9th December 2018

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 22nd November to 23rd December 2018

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

Baden Advent Market 8th December 2018 from 9am – 5pm 

Berne 1st – 24th December 2018

Biel 6th – 24th December 2018

Bremgarten 6th – 9th December 2018

Lausanne 21st November to 31st December  2018

Lucerne  30th November to 19th December 2018

Erratum: Thanks to Mrs Jaeger Lucerne Market is now showing correct date.

Montreux 22nd November to 24th December 2018 

Beautiful setting by the lake

Morges 5th – 9th and 12th – 16th December 2018

The biggest covered market in French speaking Switzerland.


Late Night Shopping Zurich &

Christmas Lights 22nd November 2018


Thursday 22nd November 2018 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 2018

The three “Christmas Shopping Sundays” for 2018 in Zurich are as follows:

  • 2nd December 11am – 6pm 
  • 9th  December 11am – 6pm
  • 23rd 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: 25th Nov and 9th, 23rd December 2018 10am – 6pm) and Volikland  on Sunday16th December 2018 from 10am – 5pm.

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


Zurich Christmas Lights © Zurich Tourism

Photo © Zurich Tourism

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

Christmas Markets Switzerland 2013


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