What’s On in Zurich Christmas 2018 and Beyond


What's On in Zurich Christmas 2018 and Beyond

What’s On in Zurich Christmas 2018 and Beyond

What's On in Zurich Christmas 2018 and Beyond

It’s almost Christmas so the last opportunity to enjoy the Christmas Markets and of course get your last minute Christmas presents. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, thank you for reading and wishing you all the best for 2019!

Heiliger Bimbam christmas

HEILIGER BIMBAM 20th – 23rd DEC: There’s another Christmas Market in Zurich which began on Thursday and finishes on Sunday 23rd December called Heiliger Bimbam. It’s on at Halle 622 in Oerlikon. See 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.

Click here for video.

MUSICAL ADVENT CALENDAR ZURICH OPERA HOUSE UNTIL 23rd DEC: Why not enjoy the festive spirit at the Opera House in Zurich by attending one of the free short concerts in the foyer every day until 23rd December. Find out more here.

ARCTIC CIRCLE CHRISTMAS MAGIC AT DOLDER GRAND 23rd DEC: Pianist Gabriel E. Arnold will be performing at the Ballroom of the Dolder Grand on Sunday 23rd December. He will present images from his concert series “The Polar Tour” on the big screen accompanied by his atmospheric piano compositions. Drinks reception at 5.00 pm and concert from 5.45 till 7pm. Tickets CHF 65.00 per person including a welcome drink. More details here.

Musical Advent Calendar at the Opera House Zurich

The Musical Advent Calendar at the Opera House

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 until 24th December. Find out all about it 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 to find out all about the tree.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS GUIDE ZURICH & SWITZERLAND: Most of the Christmas Markets continue in Zurich until 23rd or 24th Decemer. 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.

TAKE 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.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SUNDAY 23rd DECEMBER: The 3rd and final Christmas Shopping Sunday in Zurich will take place on Sunday 23rd December. Check out the full information here.

What's On in Zurich Christmas 2018 and Beyond

PETER MARVEY – MAGIC IN ZURICH TILL 29thDEC (& 20% READER DISCOUNT): Swiss and International Magician Peter Marvey is back in Zurich for his amazing magical show at the MAAG Halle. We have a special 20% Ticket discount for all NewInZurich readers when you use the promo code MA20MARVEY. Find out all about the show and bag your tickets before the shows sell out!

ZAUBERWELT LENZERHEIDE LIGHT FESTIVAL UNTIL 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.

Lenzerheide Zauberwald

TOP CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN ZURICH: Tick off this list of the Top Christmas Events in Zurich. See the top Christmas events here.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS?: Have you got all your presents sorted? Take a look at our Gift List for some ideas and inspiration here.

Christmas Gift List Zurich

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. Find out 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 until 30th December from 5pm onwards. FREE! The special show is an additional charge. Find out more here. 

Click here for the Illuminarium video.

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 at our photos here.

CONELLI CIRCUS AT BAUSCHÄNZLI UNTIL 31st DECEMBER: The familiar red top reflecting in the Limmat can only mean one thing – that the Conelli Circus is back in town. With performances until 31st December, why not book your tickets now? No animals. Find out more here.


Photos of Zurich New Years Fireworks

NEW YEAR FIREWORKS ZURICH: Did you know that Zurich’s New Year Fireworks Festival is the biggest New Year celebration in Switzerland? The program begins at 2pm in the afternoon and continues until the wee hours. Read all about it and see the program here.

ROCK THE BALLET 8th – 20th JANUARY: Rock the Ballet is back in Zurich with its 10 Year anniversary tour! Expect to enjoy great music along with lots of dancing, amazing energy and fabulous acrobatics from the Bad Boys of Rock! What’s even better is that with our NewInZurich promo code MA20RTB you get 20% discount off all tickets! Find out more here.

Rock the Ballet X - 10th Anniversary Tour & Reader Offer

LIGHT SCULPTURES IN EUROPAALLEE UNTIL 12TH JANUARY: It’s not just in Bahnhofstrasse that all the lights look brilliant. Europaallee has its own exhibition of beautiful light sculptures. Why not pop over and take a look. Find out more here.

MISS SAIGON AT THEATER 11 ZURICH NOW UNTIL 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.

“KIDS GET DIGITAL” SATURDAYS THIS JANUARY – Join TechSpark Academy this January for a series of Digital Workshops in Zurich and see what your child can create with the power of technology! Choose from Game Design with Python, Photography & Film or Cyber Security. More information and sign up 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.


Fondue Dinner at Les Pleaides Vevey

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

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE WIDDER HOTEL: The Widder Hotel has just relaunched its Afternoon Tea and now offers a delightful Japanese style “Bento Box” version, offering both sweet and savoury delicacies. Find out all about it here.

CHRISTMAS TURKEYS TO GO :Both the Marriott Hotel and the Park Hyatt 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 AT LES GOURMANDISES DE MIYUKO: Tucked away in a little side street in Zurich you can find the beautiful tea rooms belonging to Les Gourmandises de Miyuko. We went for an amazing Afternoon Tea there – read all about it here.

CHEZ VRONY POP UP AT WIDDER HOTEL UNTIL 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 – 2 RECIPES FOR TURKEY STUFFING: If you’re looking for a recipe for turkey stuffing we have two different version for you. See recipe here.


Tobogganing in st moritz

TOP PLACES TO GO TOBOGGANING: Check out these top places to go tobogganing near to Zurich. See our list here.

TOP THINGS TO DO IN BADEN: Baden is a beautiful city to explore any time of year and this spa town is great in the colder months too. Take a look here.

ESCAPING THE GREY AND CHASING SUNRISES IN PHUKET: We visited Phuket in Thailand the other week and delighted in the beautiful sunrises. See some photos here.

CRANS MONTANA VOTED BEST SKI DESTINATION: Crans-Montana has just been voted one of the top 5 ski resorts in Europe and the top ski resort in Switzerland. Find out more 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.

Wellness area and pool at The Radisson Blu Reussen Andermatt

Radisson Blu Andermatt

NEW RADISSON BLU HOTEL IN ANDERMATT: If you’re planning on visiting Andermatt to ski you might be interested to know that the brand new Radisson Blu Reussen is officially opening on 20th December. Find out 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.


Silvesterkläusen Urnäsch

THE SILVESTERKLAUSEN 31st DECEMBER & 12THE JANUARY: Will you be going to see the celebrations for the Silvesterklausen? Find out all about this old Appenzell tradition here.

THE SWISS SPORTS AWARDS: The annual Swiss Sports Awards took place the other week and the Top Sportsman of the year was Nino Schurter and the top Sportswoman of the year was Daniela Ryf. Take a look at Geoff Pegler’s photos here.

GOT YOUR WINE FOR CHRISTMAS? ORDER ONLINE WITH OUR DISCOUNT: We’ve visited some of the vineyards belonging to Obrist and discovered that they deliver their wines straight to your door. Use our promo code to get a small discount off your order. See here for details.

NEED A PROFESSIONAL LINKED IN PROFILE PHOTO?: It’s not too late to get your Christmas (or New Year) family photo portraits done and Carmen is also extending her LinkedIn Photo 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 costs just CHF 99! All you need to do is email Carmen here  using the Promo Code “NewInZurich”. You can visit Carmen’s website here.

Carmen Sirboiu Photos

WORLD SNOW FESTIVAL GRINDELWALD 21st – 26th JANUARY: Another excursion to put in the diary for 21st – 26th January is a trip to the World Snow Festival in Grindelwald. Find out all about it here.

The World Snow Festival Grindelwald

NEW YEAR FIREWORKS & CELEBRATIONS ZURICH 31st DEC: Don’t miss the fabulous New Year Fireworks and celebrations in Zurich on 31st December.All the details here.

New Year fireworks 2015

ART ON ICE ZURICH 2019 7th – 17th FEBRUARY: Art On Ice will be back in Switzerland from 7th – 17th February and in Zurich at the Hallenstadion from 7th – 10th. With a fabulous line up of Olympic and World Ice Skating Champions as well as James Blunt and Stefanie Heinzmann singing, it’s a show not to miss! Tickets are on sale now.

PHOTOSCHWEIZ 19: 10th – 14th JANUARY: The biggest photographic exhibition in Switzerland will be taking place in January at two locations in Zurich Oerlikon. As well as the exhibition there are talks and workshops too. Read all about it here!

HUGH JACKMAN AT HALLENSTADION ZURICH 19th MAY: Heart throb Hugh Jackman is performing in Zurihc on 19th May at the hallenstadion in Zurich for his World Tour “The Man. The Music. The Show.” Find out all about it here.

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.

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Photos by Carmen Sirboiu

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