What’s On in Zurich End of November Early December 2018

The Tradition of the Swarovski Christmas Tree at Zurich HB

What’s On in Zurich

End of November Early December 2018


What's On in Zurich late December 2016

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.

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.

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.

Reise in ice Fabelwelt Europaallee Zurich

4 ARTISTS x 6 ROOMS 22nd – 25th NOVEMBER ZOLLIKON: Find out all about this great art exhibition featuring local artists from the Zurich area. See all the details and opening times here.

FIRST AID COURSES FOR THE SWISS DRIVER’S LICENCE 23rd & 24th NOV:  Taking place in English on Friday, 23rd November from 4pm – 9.30pm and on Saturday, 24th November from 8am – 3pm. Course fee: CHF 150 pp. Find out 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.

Singing Christmas Tree Zurich

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.

NESPRESSO GOURMET WEEKS SWITZERLAND 4th – 25th NOVEMBER: Nespresso Gourmet Weeks are taking place at 25 restaurants through out Switzerland from 4th – 25th November. Take the opportunity for fine dining (with a hint of coffee) at an affordable price at top venues throughout Switzerland. See details here.

BLICKFANG 23rd, 24th, 25th NOVEMBER: Blickfang is back at StageOne in Zurich on 23rd, 24th and 25th November at StageOne in Zurich Oerlikon. Find out more here.


STORIES TO DELIGHT 24th NOVEMBER: Festival for families with children aged 0 to 7 at Children First Association, Freiestrasse 175, 8032 Zürich. Three storytelling sessions in English, German and French for children and three talks for parents about multilingual education, the benefits of early reading, and going from school to university in Zurich. For more information see here.
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT JUCKER FARM 24th & 25th NOVEMBER: Don’t miss the delightful Christmas Market at Jucker Fram in Seegräben starting this weekend at 11am. See more here.
SHE PRO WOMEN IN BUSINESS WEEKEND 24th & 25th NOV: Find out more about this women in business weekend at the ETH 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 .

Vinea On Tour Wine Tasting Widder Hotel Zurich
VINEA ON TOUR WINE TASTING 27th NOV AT WIDDER HOTEL:  A wine tasting exclusively of Swiss wines featuring 32 wine producers all around Switzerland. From 4pm till 8pm at the Widder Hotel. Full details here.
POLYBALL 1st DECEMBER: This year’s Polyball takes place on 1st December.Get your tickets here.
COMEDY FESTIVAL IN ENGLISH IN MONTREUX 2nd DECEMBER: Find out more about this great line up of Comedy in English in Montreux on 2nd December. See here for details.

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.

Illuminarium Zurich Switzerland

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 THE ILLUMINARIUM: Check out this article for lots of photos of the Illuminarium. Stay tuned as we will be updating it with new photos of this year’s event too. Take a look here.

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

Food News

Afternoon Tea at Park Hyatt Zurich

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.

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.

NESPRESSO GOURMET WEEKS 2018: New for the 2018 season of “Nespresso Gourmet Weeks” is L’Amant Brasserie & Bar at Sihlcity with chef Marc Ullmann. We went to find out what was in store. Take a look here.

YALDA – NEW MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE RESTAURANT SIHLCITY: There’s a new restaurant at Sihlcity in Zurich called Yalda. Serving Middle Eastern cuisine it works on a similar basis to Hiltl and Tibits, whereby you help yourself and then weigh and pay. The big difference is that they also offer meat and fish as well as a large range of vegetarian dishes. See photos and find out more here.

NEW 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.

Chez Vrony at the Widder Hotel Zurich

NEW IN ZURICH – URBAN FORK: The people running the very popular Fork & Bottle Restaurant have just opened a new restaurant in Zurich called Urban Fork. Offering a great range of burgers, tacos, bao buns as well as amazing truffled fries and Mac and Cheese, you really should give this one a try! Conveniently close to Zurich HB at Ackerstrasse 56, 8005 Zurich. For more information see here.

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

Fondue Dinner at Les Pleaides Vevey

Style and Beauty

DR BURGENER SKINCARE AT THE SPA AT THE DOLDER GRAND: Dr Burgener personalised skincare treatments, products and services opened recently at the Spa at the Dolder Grand. Using high tech cameras and equipment to really see how your skin is faring and what can be done to protect it from further damage, Dr Burgener’s treatments take “made to measure” to the next level. Find out more about Dr Burgener at the Dolder Grand Spa here.

NEW RECOVERY SERUM FROM SWISSLINE: Swiss brand SwissLine has launched a new serum which is designed to improve the radiance and luminosity of tired skin. Maybe the perfect Christmas gift for someone?  For more information take a look here.

SUPER COMFORTABLE SOREL KINETIC SHOES: We’ve been testing out Sorel’s Kinetic Leisure Shoes. Take a look here.

Sorel - Perfect Hiking, Walking and City Footwear

Travel and Excursions

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.

UETLIBERG TO FELSENEGG: The walk along from Uetliberg to Felsenegg is fun to do any time of year. Find out more here.

 FIRST CLIFF WALK BY TISSOT GRINDELWALD FIRST: A little further afield, but 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.

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.

The World Snow Festival Grindelwald


TAKING THE “X” OUT OF EXPAT: Amy Challenger embraces the changes that life as an Expat can bring and realises it’s all about adding to rather than taking away. Read all about it here.

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?: Carmen has a BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER WEEKEND OFFER if you’re looking for a professional photo of yourself for your LinkedIn profile. Instead of CHF 190, over Cyber Weekend it just costs CHF 99! All you need to do is email Carmen here before midnight on Sunday using the Promo Code “NewInZurich”. You can also  Visit Carmen’s website here.

Carmen Sirboiu photography


Photos by Carmen Sirboiu

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