How To Celebrate New Year in Zurich
Updated for 2021
If you’re in Zurich over the New Year there are lots of activities to get involved in – take a look here to get some ideas and inspiration:
Silvesterzauber Light 2021 (Instead of New Year Fireworks – see below)
This year instead of Zurich’s usual New Year Fireworks there will be a unique and impressive series of light shows by Zurich artist Gerry Hofstetter. These light shows will take place across the fascades of various prominent buildings in the Limmatquai area, such as the Grossmünster etc in and Zurich’s city centre on New Year’s Eve between 5pm and 2am. If you miss them on 31st December they will be repeated on 1st and 2nd January between 5pm and 11pm.
NEW YEAR FIREWORKS 31st DEC Cancelled due to COVID
(Sadly these have been cancelled for Dec 2021/Jan 2022 – Instead Light Installation Info above)
In usual times, people travel from far and wide to witness the beautiful New Year Fireworks over Lake Zurich. The celebrations begin in the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. Unlike most cities where the fireworks begin on the stroke of midnight, in Zurich they don’t start until 20 minutes past! You can buy tickets to have a VIP grandstand view (and there are various dining options too) or you can simply find a great vantage point around the lake or in the old town and watch and enjoy. There are lots of food and drink vendors all around so you are sure not to go hungry! It is now forbidden to bring your own fireworks into the city for safety reasons. The firework display lasts until around 12.35am. You can see some photos here here.
Please note all the above is what happens in usual times. The city fireworks will NOT take place for 2021/2. However, you may see private fireworks in people’s gardens etc all around the lake.
NEW YEAR’S MARATHON ZURICH
If you’re feeling sporty yo may want to celebrate the last year of the year by running? Zurich’s annual New Year’s Marathon takes place at midnight on 31st December through to the 1st January 2020.
OTHER NEW YEAR’S EVE ACTIVITIES
New Year’s Eve Concert at Tonhalle
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise on Lake Zurich
There are a number of dinner cruises takin place on Lake Zurich on New Year’s Ever and as well as a celebratory dinner you usually get to enjoy the fireworks directly on the lake. Although the fireworks won’t be taking place this year – the cruise still will. Find out all about the New Year’s Eve Cruise on the Panta Rhei on the lake here.
New Year’s Gala Dinner at The Dolder Grand
If you’d like to dress up and push the boat out, how about a Gala Dinner at the Dolder Grand by chef Heiko Nieder and a stay overnight at the hotel?
New Year’s Menu at A Zurich Restaurant
Alternatively, why not book a table at one of your favourite restaurants in Zurich or try a new one? At this time of year many restaurants offer a special menu.
New Year’s Marathon
Read all about the New Year’s Marathon which takes place on 31st Dec / 1st January. See the details here.
Silvesterkläuse Celebrations in Appenzell ( As of 8th Dec still planned to go ahead)
Alternatively why not take a trip to Urnäsch in Appenzell and see the customary New Year Festival which takes place on 31st December and again on 13th January. Read all about it here.
Dinner For One – Same Procedure As Always
Of course, if all else fails you could simply watch the cult short film “Dinner For One” On TV. Find out all about it here.
Xenocracy & Integrated Circuit New Year’s Eve
Sector 11, Zurich
Xenocracy & Integrated Circuit proudly present a New Year’s Eve with drum and bass at its best and DJs such as Adverblaster b2b Monn, Noizesplitter, Ruffcut, SubVibz and Zekka. the decks. Siewerdtstrasse 73, 8050 Zurich. Details of tickets here.
Celebrate & Stay at the Salz Restaurant at the Dolder Grand
- 3 nights including breakfast and + 1 New Year’s brunch (on 1 or 2 January 2022)
- 5-course New Year’s Eve dinner in the Saltz restaurant or Garden Salon
- Entertainment in with live music & disco
- Access to the 4,000 m2 Dolder Grand Spa
Dates: 29th December 2021 to 3 January 2022
Price: From CHF 3,525.00 for 2 people including a 5-course dinner in Saltz restaurant or Garden Salon
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