What’s On in Zurich Early December 2016

What's On in Zurich Early December 2016


What’s On in Zurich Early December 2016


What's On in Zurich Early December 2016

Zurich is looking very festive at the moment with all the lights and colours – even the Opera House is bathed in hues of pink and purple. There’s lots on in the run up to Christmas so take a look here for some inspiration. Have fun!

Cashmere Sale For a Good Cause in Zumikon 1st, 2nd and 3rd December

why not treat yourself to some luxurious cashmere and at the same time do good for a worthy cause? Luxe4Education is hosting a sale of cashmere just in time for Christmas. See here for full details.

Ladies Shopping Night at Sport Shop Time Out 2nd December 

a night of shopping at Time Out Uster from 7pm till 9.30pm with finger food and prosecco and 15% discount on most items! Have fun shopping! For more information see the Facebook site.

Sunday Shopping Zurich 4th December 

most of the shops are open in Zurich from 11am till 6pm in the centre of Zurich for Advent Christmas Shopping. Enjoy!

Samichlausschwimmen 4th December

fancy a festive swimming session in the river Limmat on 4th December? Well don’t worry all the tickets have sold out! If you want to see what happens check out some photos we took of a previous Samichlausschwimmen here.

Samichlaus Schwimmen 2013

The American Women’s Club Christmas Market 4th December

the American Women’s Club Christmas Market takes place 4th December from 10am till 4pm at Höschgasse 38 in Seefeld. Entry is free! More details here.

Human Rights Film Festival in Zurich 7th – 11th December

don’t miss the Human Rights Film Festival in Zurich taking place at the Houdini, Riffraff and Arthouse Uto cinemas. Find out more here.

Pop Up Berlin 5th – 17th December

you don’t have to travel to Berlin to experience it as there is a new “Berlin pop up” in Zurich from 5th – 17th December. It all takes place at Schoffelgasse 2/4, Rüdenplatz, 8001 Zürich and features a pop up store with approximately 20 Berlin brands as well a  Club offering a variety of art, music and other creative events. Find out more here. 

Why Not Pop into Berlin in Zurich for a couple of weeks?

English Wine and Cheese Tasting at the British Cheese Centre 10th December

the Cheeseman, Mike Jones will be hosting an English Wine and Cheese Tasting at the Viaduct in Zurich on 10th December – and if you follow the NewInZurich website or Facebook page simply tell Mike to get a free hot toddy on the day. For details of the event see here.

Silvesterlauf Run Through the City 11th December

the annual Silvesterlauf takes place this year on 11th December. Don’t forget many of the roads will be closed to traffic that day. If you’re not competing it’s always great to go along to cheer everyone on. More details here.

Port and Stilton Degustation at the British Cheese Centre 17th December

there is a port and stilton tasting at the British Cheese Centre in the Viaduct on 17th December. As before, NewInZurich readers can get a free hot toddy just by mentioning NewInZurich to Mike. More details here.

Mary Poppins Coming to Zurich in English

the Mary Poppins musical is coming to Zurich in the New Year and will be shown at Theater 11. For more information and how to book tickets see here.  

Shop On Sundays in Zurich in the run up to Christmas!

for the Christmas Shopping Sunday dates click here.

Christmas Events

Zurich at Christmas

Christmas Markets Guide to Zurich & Switzerland

see our guide to the key Christmas Markets in Zurich and Switzerland

The Märlitram Children’s Tram with Father Christmas

the Märlitram is an institution for children as they get to ride this special red tram with Father Chrismas and his angels – and no parents! Tickets sell out extremely quickly – so see here for full details on how to get them.

The Singing Christmas Tree

why not pop over to Werdmühleplatz just off Bahnhofstrasse and enjoy a Glühwein whilst listening to the Singing Christmas Tree? Find out more and see times of performances here.

The Weihanchtspyramide Outside Stadelhofen Station

if you’ve ever wondered why the Weihnachtspyramide  sits outside Stadelhofen every Christmastake a look here to find out about its history.

Lichterschwimmen Zurich 22nd December

the tiny lights that float on the river Limmat will set sail at 6pm on Thursday 22nd December – so mark your diaries and pop over for a Glühwein by the Hotel Storchen to watch them float by.

Christmas and New Year Shopping Opening Times 2016 / 17

check out the Bank Holidays and shopping hours for Christmas and the New Year in Zurich here.

Art and Exhibitions

Joanne Finnegan artist

Joanne Finnegan Mountain Painter and Art Teacher

we met up with British artist living in Switzerland,  Joanne Finnegan, to find out more about her paintings and the fact that she exhibited at the Royal Academy in London this year. Find out more here.

Kunsthaus “Picture Ballot” Architecture Until 11th December

architecture is the theme of this year’s ‘Picture Ballot’ at the Kunsthaus and it is displayed as artists have depicted it over the centuries. Max Ernst’s work ‘La ville entière’ is the centrepiece of the exhibition. Find out more here. 

Couleurs Désert at the Bellerive Museum – LAST Exhibition!

the beautiful Bellerive Museum in Zurich is sadly closing in 2017 and the last exhibition is one about the Berber carpets made in Morocco by the talented craftswomen who live there. The exhibition is on now and ends on 29th January. Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm. More information here.

Restaurants & Food & Wine

Schloss Sihlberg Zurich

A Wine Tasting at Schloss Sihlberg in Zurich

the beautiful Schloss Sihlberg is privately owned but makes an ideal venue for events. We visited last week for a wine tasting for Mercure Hotels. Take a look and see our photos here.

Best of Swiss Gastro Awards for 2017

on 21st November the Best Of Swiss Gastro Awards for Switzerland for 2017 took place in Zurich. The awards were made in a variety of categories – so read here to find out the top restaurants in Switzerland to look out for.

Talisker Whisky Tasting and the Rowers in the Talisker Atlantic Challenge

we went whisky tasting at the Rowing Club in Zurich and met the four brave Swiss men who are planning to row the Atlantic for charity. Find out more about their remarkable story here.

Whisky Tasting and The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

Dinner for One

a new concept in dining out has been launched by Laura Schälchli called “dinner for one” – it’s not a singles night but you come alone and you don’t know who else will be there! Find out more by visiting the Dinner For One website here. 

Hung’er Pop Up Restaurant at the Park Hyatt only till end December

if you haven’t visited the pop up restaurant specialising in meat called “Hung’er” you’ve only got till the end of the month! Find out about more here.

A Taste of Italy at Neue Forch Restaurant

we recently went for dinner at the Neue Forch Restaurant in Forch. See here.

Raclette and Champagne in the The Forest at the Widder Hotel

if you’re looking for the ultimate in sophistication and a traditional raclette meal in Zurich you really must visit the “Forest” at the Widder Hotel. It’s a magical place which has been transformed for the Winter season and the perfect place to have a raclette and a glass of Ruinart champagne. Due to the fact that it has already sold out they are extending the Forest for one month until the end of January. Find out more here.


Fondue Restaurants in Zurich

looking for a good Fondue in Zurich? Here are some restaurants that offer great fondues and there’s also a recipe so you can make your own. Find out more about Fondue here.

Cranberries and Cranberry Recipes for Christmas

if Thanksgiving and turkey make you think of cranberries, then check out NextDoorMarket.com Swiss brand which is distributing Wisconsin cranberries in Switzerland. See here for some cranberry recipes.

Zurich's Whisky Boats

Whisky Ships at Bürkliplatz 1st – 4th December

the Whisky Ships are docked in Bürkliplatz  – but sadly this year for the last time and only until 4th December. Find out more about the event here and discover how you can dress to get in for free.

Solar Impulse 2 Home in Dübendorf with Bertrand Piccard and André Barschberg

if you missed our pictures last wee see the photos here of the arrival of Solar Impulse in Dübendorf .


How to be Swiss: An Instruction Manual

How to be Swiss: An Instruction Manual

the British author Diccon Bewes has got a new book out which is bound to raise a few smiles! Entitled “How to be Swiss: an Instruction Manual” it’s a light hearted read and a lot of fun. Find out more here.

The Big Swiss Colouring Book: for Mindful Adults and Creative Kids

just in time for Christmas this book is a great big colouring book about all things Swiss. Find out more about it here.

The Naked Swiss by Clare O’Dea

there’s a new book out unravelling the psyche of the Swiss and written by an Irish author married to a Swiss man. This maybe a perfect Christmas present for someone you know? Find out more in this interview with the author here.

Zurich Insider Guide (in German)

for those German speakers amongst you there is a new guide to Zurich called “Zurich Insider Guide” by Peter Bührer of Zurich Welcome Home. As well as being packed with useful information it also offers a tremendous number of 2 for 1 deals and vouchers and it uses QR codes to show you exactly what to expect at some of the event venues and shows etc. You can buy it at all good book shops and online here. 

Travel and Explore

Stay in the Jungfrau Region and Ski for Free

Free Ski Pass in the Jungfrau Ski Region

some of the best skiing can be had in the Jungfrau Ski Region and this season the hotels there are offering a free ski pass if you stay 2 night or more. This is a brilliant deal – so take a look here for full details.

The Secret Jewel of Sils Maria

one of the most beautiful places you can find in Switzerland is Sils Maria. It’s a well kept secret but Clives tells us all about this beautiful place. A wonderful place to visit any time of year. Read more here.

Exploring the Cultural Side of South Western Turkey by Jeep

craving a little sunshine? Then take a look at our trip to South Western Turkey the other week. There is so much to see and do in Turkey. Read the article here.

A Sports and Sunshine Holiday in Lanzarote

fancy escaping the grey for some sunshine and sports? One visited Lanzarote and tried out lots of sport and fun in the sun! Find out about a sports break in Lanzarote here.

A Voyage Through Switzerland on the Bernina Express

Why not take a trip on the Bernina Express and get blown away by the beautiful and diverse landscapes you get to see in Switzerland in just one day. Find out more about travelling on the Bernina Express here.


James Morrison

Art On Ice Ice Skating 2nd – 5th February

Art On Ice is one of the most popular entertainment shows in Zurich attracting young and old alike. This year it will feature Chaka Khan, James Morrison (above), along with top figure skaters from all the world including Daisuke Takahashi, Stephane Lambiel, Florence Amodio and many more. Find out all about the full line up and book tickets here.

What to do in Zurich on a Rainy Day

if you’re wondering what to do in Zurich when it rains, (or is simply cold and grey) do check this list of rainy day activities for all the family.

Fancy a spa or Hammam in Zurich

if you’re looking for a spa or hammam in Zurich take a look at our guide here.

Day Spa at the Dolder Grand

you could of course splash the boat out and try out the Day Spa at the Dolder Grand. Or maybe a voucher for the spa would make a great Christmas present? Find out more here.

Blickfang Shopping and Design

Jen visited Blickfang design show last weekend – take a look at her report and all the photos by Carmen here.

The Zibelemarit  – Bern’s traditional Onion Market

did you make it to the traditional Onion Market in Bern last week? If not, check out the photos that Carmen tool when she visited. See the photos here.

Zibelemärit Bern Switzerland

Contests and Offers

Free Hot Toddy at Viaduct on the Tasting Days

As mentioned above, for the English Wine and Cheese Tasting and the Port and Stilton tastings at the Viadukt in Zurich, show Mike you’re a NewInZurich reader and follower to get a free hot toddy!

Lose Weight and Get Fit 

Find out all about the fitness offers that Jenny at NuYu fitness in Seefeld near Opera has for Christmas and into the New Year.  Jenny conducts her training sessions in English and you can see more here for details.

Free Skipass in the Jungfrau Ski Region as mentioned above.

Articles You May Have Missed

Cooking with Zoe Torinesi and Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

The Swiss Are the 8th Biggest Champagne Consumers in the World

The Work of the GreenLamp Charity and the Solar Suitcase

A Dinner of Chocolate in Zurich with Honold and Felchlin

Chill Out and Relax at the Beautiful Park Weggis Hotel

A Trip to the Turquoise Waters of Olu Deniz in Turkey

 Photos of the Swiss Cake Festival

Sils Maria – A Hidden Jewel in Switzerland

Couleurs Desert Last Exhibition at Museum Bellerive

Top Tips for Newcomers to Zurich

A weekend away in St Moritz

Best Burgers in Zurich

Best  Brunches in Zurich

Recipe – 5 Minute Hummus Recipe


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