What’s On In Zurich Mid to End of December 2018
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. Find out all about the show and the discount code here and bag your tickets before the show sells out!
PHOTOS OF SUNDAY’S SAMICHLAUS SCHWIMMEN: Take a look at Carmen’s photos from last Sunday’s Sammichlaus swimming across the River Limmat. The air and water temperature was just 9 degrees (and it was raining!) but despite that, a record number of people took part. See the photos 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 until 23rd 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.
ARCTIC CIRCLE CHRISTMAS MAGIC AT DOLDER GRAND 16th & 23rd DEC: Pianist Gabriel E. Arnold will be performing at the Ballroom of the Dolder Grand on Sunday 16th and 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 welcome drink. More details 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.
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.
ZURICH’S CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES
CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS?: Have you got all your presents sorted? Take a look at our Gift List for some ideas and inspiration here.
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 top 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: 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.
HEILIGER BIMBAM 20th – 23rd DEC: Don’t miss Heiliger Bimbam Christmas Market taking place at Halle 622 in Oerlikon from 20th – 23rd December. See here.
LIGHT SCULPTURES IN EUROPAALLEE: 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.
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.
Mountain Biker Nino Schurter Won the Sportsman of the Year Award on his 10th attempt
THE SWISS SPORTS AWARDS: The annual Swiss Sports Awards took place last Sunday 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.
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. See the details 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 – 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.
TRAVEL AND EXCURSIONS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PRE CHRISTMAS PAMPERING?
- Grey hair? Why not try the new PHYTO RE 30 colour restore product? It won’t change your hair colour overnight but claims to restore your natural shade. Find out more here.
- Or how about a professional facial by Cornelia Fäh of Skintherapist Zurich?
- Or a spot of pampering at Pure Beauty Spa?
- Or why not push the boat out with a full facial analysis and Haute Couture treatment by Dr Burgener at the Dolder Grand Spa?
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 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 visit Carmen’s website here.
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.
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.
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.
Photos by Carmen Sirboiu
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