The Musical Advent Calendar at the Opera House
every day at 5.30pm until 23rd December there is a free short performance taking place in the foyer of the Opera House in Zurich. For more information see the details here.
The Swarovski Tree at the Christkindlimarkt
the crystals on the Swarovski tree are now sparkling more than ever as the lights were illuminated on Thursday evening marking the 20th anniversary. Do pop by to Zurich main station to see the tree for yourself. Take a look at our photos of the Swarovski tree here from the lighting up ceremony. Or see the video here.
The Singing Christmas Tree Just off Bahnhofstrasse until 24th December
one of the loveliest of Christmas traditions, the Singing Christmas tree, will be performing from 24th November till 24th December. Click here for all the information on performances and location.
The Pyramid at Stadelhofen
ever wondered what was the inspiration behind the Christmas Pyramid at Stadelhofen station? Find out all about it here.
Christmas Markets in Zurich and Switzerland
the Christmas Markets have started all over Zurich but there are some really good ones all over Switzerland worth exploring. Check out the key Christmas Markets you really shouldn’t miss in our Christmas Market Guide here.
Popular European Christmas Markets
just over the border there are some great Christmas Markets in France, Germany and Austria. Find out more here.
The Jelmoli Märlitram – Christmas Tram for Kids till 24th December
the Jelmoli Christmas Tram will be wending its way through he streets of Zurich until 24th December bringing much joy to the children of Zurich. Find out more here.
Sunday Shopping – 17th December in Zurich
check out the details of this year’s Sunday shopping in Zurich.. See the information here.
Kloster Einsiedeln and the Black Madonna
if you haven’t been already, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Kloster Einsideln exhibition at the Landesmuseum Zurich. It’s on until 21st January. More information (in German) here.
Lichterschwimmen on the Limmat 21st December
watch the tea lights sailing along the river Limmat as you sip a warming Glühwein. This festival takes place every year on the Thursday before Christmas at 6pm sharp! Find out more about it here.
Turkey Dinner To Go at the Marriott Zurich till 24th December
the Marriott in Zurich is creating some great turkey dinners to go all over the festive season until 24th December. Prepared in the traditional way with a wonderful homemade stuffing, don’t forget to reserve yours now! Order one now and enjoy! Find out more here.
Check Out Our Fondue and Raclette Guide
one of the best things about Winter in Zurich has to be finding a wonderful fondue or raclette restaurant. In Zurich there is so much choice and right now there are a great number of Pop Up fondue chalets too. Check out our list here to find one for you!
Tubecon Switzerland 29th December
the biggest social media stars of Switzerland will be on stage at the Hallenstadion Zurich on 29th December for Tubecon Switzerland. Over 60 Swiss digital creators and influencers and their fans will be live at this event with everything from comedy routines to workshops, panel discussions, live gaming sessions, sport challenges as well as an Awards Show as the highlight of the evening. Tickets are available at ticketcorner.ch.
The Illuminarium at the Landesmuseum Zurich until 31st December
why not go and see the light show and illuminations at the Landesmuseum in Zurich? They are quite spectacular and continue until 31st December. Find out more here.
Broadway Hit Wicked in Zurich in English Until 31st December
the much acclaimed Broadway hit Wicked will be performing at Theater 11 Zurich from 15th November till 31st December in English! Tickets are bound to go fast so find out more here.
The Credit Suisse Sports Awards 2017
the Credit Suisse Sports Awards took place in Zurich on 10th December and Roger Federer was voted Swiss Sportsman of the Year, Wendy Holdener was voted Swiss Sportswoman of the Year and Marcel Hug was voted Swiss Disabled Sportsperson of the Year, earning this title for the 6th time. See the results and photos here.
Fondue Am See at Strozzi’s Strandhaus Herrliberg
how about fondue with a view over Lake Zurich? At Strozzi’s Strandhaus in Herrliberg they serve the most dreamy champagne and truffle fondue (along with a good selection of other varieties). It’s only open until the end of December so book now if you’d like to reserve a table! More information here.
Christmas Gift Guide
have you bought all your presents yet? If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration we’ve included lots of presents at a range of price points – so why not check out our Christmas Gift Guide here.
SmartWatcher Emergency Watch – Enter Contest to Win One
the innovative Swiss company SmartWatcher have launched a range of watches which are also security devices, aimed at helping the elderly or the very young enjoy their independence without endangering themselves. Enter the contest until 19th December for a chance of winning one. Read all about the SmartWatchers here. Simply email us here with a) your name b) your telephone number and c) and whether you would prefer to win the PEARL or the SENSE SmartWatcher. Please put the word SmartWatcher in the subject line of the email. The winner will be drawn on 19th December.
Where to Go Ice Skating in Zurich
there are plenty of places to go ice skating in Zurich – so grab your skates and take a look here.
Nenad Mlinarevic at Restaurant “tatar” Globus am Bellevue
restaurant “tartar” at Globus Bellevue hosts a number of “Tavolata” style lunches and dinners and we went to one recently with top chef Nenad Mlinarevic. Find out all about it 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.
Russian New Year Dinner at Le Musigny 13th January
our friends at Restaurant Le Musigny in Seefeld are having a Russian New Year’s Dinner on 13th January. Find out all about it here.
Looking for a Light Weight Camera That Takes Amazing Photos & Video?
we put the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 through its paces – see what we thought! Find out more about this great mirrorless digital camera here.
More Tips For Newcomers to Zurich and Switzerland
more practical tips if you are a newcomer to Zurich or Switzerland. Read them all here.
Party Fare the Pesto Puff Pastry Christmas Tree
if you’re holding a Christmas party the Pesto Puff Pastry Christmas tree is a variation on last week’s recipe and is easy to make. See the recipe here.
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