What’s On in Zurich Early December 2018 Onwards

What's On in Zurich Early December 2018 Onwards

What’s On in Zurich

Early December 2018 Onwards

CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER FIRE SHOW AT WIENACHTSMARKT BELLEVUE 1st DEC: There’s a great calendar of events taking place at the Christmas Market at Bellevue. On Saturday 1st December at 7pm Christian Ziegler (photo above) is performing. See more here. 


MISS SAIGON AT THEATER 11 ZURICH 28th NOV – 13th JAN: Experience Miss Saigon, an epic love story and musical in English in Zurich. From 28th November  13th January at Theater 11 in Zurich Oerlikon. Theater 11 is in Thurgauerstrasse 7, 8050 Oerlikon. For tickets and more information see here.

SOUND OF FOOD IN A SWISS CASTLE 1st DEC: How about a trip to Schloss Schwandegg for a 5 star experience for all the senses? The Sound of Food Winter edition consist of outstanding classical music performances & fine dining in a medieval castle about an hour’s drive from Zurich. Starts at 6pm and ends just before midnight. More information here.


MUSICAL ADVENT CALENDAR ZURICH OPERA HOUSE 1st – 23rd DEC: Why not get into the festive spirit at the Opera House in Zurich by joining them for a free short concert in the foyer every day from 1st – 23rd December. Find out more here.


COMEDY FESTIVAL IN ENGLISH IN MONTREUX 2nd DECEMBER: Fancy a trip to Montreux? There’s a great   line up of Comedy in English taking place in the town on 2nd December. Why not go along? See here for details.


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SUNDAYS IN ZURICH STARTING 2nd DEC: This Sunday is the first of the 3 Christmas Shopping Sundays in Zurich, when the shops open from 11am – 6pm in the run up to Christmas. The other Sundays are 9th and 23rd December. Check out the full information here.
The Klausjagen St Nicholas Procession Küssnacht am Rigi
KLAUSJAGEN PROCESSIONS KÜSSNACHT AM RIGI 5th DEC: Why not take a trip to Küssnacht am Rigi to see the traditional Klausjagen processions? Find out more here.

SAMICHLAUS DAY 6th DECEMBER: Did you know that 6th December is Samichlaus Day. Fancy taking the children to see Santa in the woods? Take a look here.

THE RED ARROW CHURCHILL BAR AT ZURICH HB 5th & 6th DEC: If you’re at Zurich main station on Wednesday 5th or Thursday 6th December, make sure you stop by platforms 12 and 13 to see the Churchill Red Arrow Train and the Churchill Bar. The train was the one which Winston Churchill took on his visit to Switzerland and you can take a look inside too. Open from 11am til 8pm on both dates.

ICS CHRISTMAS MARKET IN ZUMIKON GEMEINDESAAL 6th DECEMBER: Don’t miss the annual ICS Christmas Market which takes place at the Gemeindesaal in Dorfplatz,  8126 Zumikon from 1pm till 6.30pm on Thursday 6th December. Live music, crafts, vendors, food and drinks and lots more. Don’t miss out on the shopping and the fun!

LAKRITZ AT THE LANDESMUSEUM 6th DECEMBER: Check out the monthly Lakritz evenings at the Landesmuseum with live guided tours, music, drinks and a DJ. Every first Thursday of the month at the Swiss National Musuem. Next one on 6th December 2018. See here for more information.

ZURICH HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 5th – 10th DECEMBER: The Human Rights Film Festival takes place in Zurich from 5th – 10th December showcasing feature-length documentaries and fiction films which reflect all aspects of human rights themes. For more information and to see the programme click here.

SAMICHLAUS SCHWIMMEN 9th DECEMBER: If you’re feeling brave why not go along to Zurich’s Santa Swim across the River Limmat on 9th December. Find out more here.

ZURICH SILVESTERLAUF 16th DECEMBER: A fun run though the city on 16th December. Online registrations will be accepted until 9th December. Find out all about it here.


The Märlitram Zurich

THE MÄRLTRAM CHRISTMAS TRAM RIDE FOR KIDS: This children’s only tram ride with Santa and his merry helpers takes place daily departing from Bellevue. Find out all about it here.

TOP CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN ZURICH: Read our Guide to the Top Christmas Events in Zurich and don’t miss out on all the fun. See the Christmas events here.

ZURICH’S SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: Don’t miss the opportunity to view Zurich’s very own Singing Christmas Tree. On now till 23rd December. See details here.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS GUIDE ZURICH & SWITZERLAND FROM 22nd NOV: The Christmas Markets in Zurich opened their doors on 22nd November. Check out our guide to see those you really must visit in Zurich and Switzerland this festive season. We’ve also included the Shopping Sunday dates when Zurich Shops (and those in Glattzentrum and Volkiland) are open on Sundays! See our guide to the Christmas markets here.

Reise in ice Fabelwelt Europaallee Zurich

LIGHT SCULPTURES IN EUROPAALLEE: It’s not just in Bahnhofstrasse that all the lights and fun are taking place. Europaallee has its own exhibition of beautiful light sculptures. Why not pop over and take a look. Find out more here.

THE SWAROVSKI CHRISTMAS TREE AT ZURICH HB: Don’t forget to take a look at the glittering Swarovski Tree when you next pass by Zurich main station. Read this article about the tree .

ZAUBERWELT LENZERHEIDE LIGHT FESTIVAL 14th – 30th DEC: Don’t miss this special light festival in Lenzerheide with a light installation, music, a magical Christmas Market and lots more. See here for details.
LICHTERSCHWIMMEN 20th DECEMBER: This pretty event always takes place on the last Thursday before Christmas when lights are floated on little “boats” along the Limmat beginning at 6pm at Weinplatz. Read all about it here.


STADELHOFEN’S CHRISTMAS PYRAMID: Find out more about the Christmas Pyramid just in front of Stadelhofen station. There’s more to it than just Raclette and Glühwein. See more here.


THE ILLUMINARIUM UNTIL 30th DEC: The Illuminarium is one of our favourite events in Zurich. It began last year and is now running for the second time. A light festival in the courtyard of the Landesmuseum close to the main station, with food and drinks and lots of pretty lights. Open every evening from 15th November – 30th December from 5pm onwards. There are also light shows you can buy tickets for too. Find out more here. 
Photos of Illuminarium - Zurich's Best Free Winter Festival

PHOTOS OF THE ILLUMINARIUM 2018 – PROBABLY ZURICH’S BEST FREE WINTER FESTIVAL: Check out our photos of the 2018 edition of the Illuminarium. Take a look here.

CONELLI CIRCUS AT BAUSCHÄNZLI: The familiar red top reflecting in the Limmat can only mean one thing – that the Conelli Circus is back in town. Find out more here.

THE ICE SKATING RINKS ARE OPEN IN ZURICH: Check out or guide to the ice skating rinks which in operation in and around Zurich. Take a look here.

Food News

Fondue at the Illuminarium Zurich

FONDUE AND RACLETTE IN ZURICH: Check out our guide to great Fondue and Raclette Restaurants in Zurich. Take a look here.

CHRISTMAS TURKEYS TO GO : Both the Marriott Hotel and the Park Hyatt both offer a “Ready Cooked Turkey For Home Service” too. The take home turkey service is available for Christmas and up to New Year. Click on each hotel name for more details.

AFTERNOON TEA IN ZURICH: Winter is the time to enjoy Afternoon Tea in Zurich. We enjoyed Tea Time at the Park Hyatt in Zurich. Read all about it here.

CHEZ VRONY POP UP AT WIDDER HOTEL 9th NOV- 14th FEB: Enjoy your raclette in style with Ruinart Champagne at the new Chez Vrony pop up at the Widder Hotel from 9th November 2018 till 14th February 2019.Find out all about it here.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK – THE PREFECT LENTIL DAAL: Ideal for cold days this warming daal is vegan and very easy to make. See recipe here.

Travel and Excursions

Best European Christmas Markets

PLAN A TRIP TO THE  BEST EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Zurich is so well placed for making day (or weekend) trips to some of the best Christmas Markets in France, Germany and Austria. Check out our guide here.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING FROM THE ARABELLA HOTEL WALDHUUS DAVOS: We stayed at the Arabella Hotel Waldhuus in Davos and explored the cross country skiing and spa options available.Find out more here.

JUNGFRAUJOCH – TOP OF EUROPE: How about a trip to the Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe. Perfect for all the family! Find out more here.

 FIRST CLIFF WALK BY TISSOT GRINDELWALD FIRST: Another location with amazing views all year round is the First Cliff Walk by Tissot at Grindelwald First. Take a look here.

Fete des Vignerons 2019 Vevey Switzerland

FÊTE DES VIGNERONS 2019: You may wonder why we’re posting about this wine event now as it takes place in Vevey in July and August 2019. However, the tickets went on sale in September and this very special event only takes place once every 25 years! If you’d like to find out more take a look here.

RAINY DAY FUN IN ZURICH: 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.

SPAS AND HAMMAMS CLOSE TO ZURICH: Beat the cold in Zurich by warming up in a spa or hammam. Find out more here.

The World Snow Festival Grindelwald

WORLD SNOW FESTIVAL GRINDELWALD: Another excursion to put in the diary for next January  is a trip to the World Snow Festival in Grindelwald. Find out more here.

HOW THANKSGIVING IN SWITZERLAND BECAME FAR MORE THAN A MEAL: Writer and poet Amy Aves Challenger tells us about her experiences celebrating Thanksgiving as an expat in Zurich. Find out about here experiences here.

How Thanksgiving In Switzerland Became Far More Than A Meal

TOP CAFÉS IN ZURICH: check out our guide to great cafés in Zurich – see here.

GREAT BRUNCHES IN ZURICH: take a look here at out Brunch Guide.

NEED A PREOFESSIONAL LINKED IN PROFILE PHOTO?: It’s not too late to get your Christmas family photo portraits done and Carmen is also extending her BLACK FRIDAY LinkedIn Offer. So if you’re looking for a professional photo of yourself for your LinkedIn profile, instead of CHF 190, with the special offer it just costs CHF 99! All you need to do is email Carmen here  using the Promo Code “NewInZurich”. You can also  Visit Carmen’s website here.

Carmen Sirboiu Photos


Photos by Carmen Sirboiu

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