The Tradition of the Swarovski Christmas Tree at Zurich HB
Less Sparkle As No Swarovski Tree at the Christkindlimarkt for 2022
24th November – 24th December 2022
No Swarovski Tree at the Christkindlimarkt for 2022
Usually, over Christmastime people flock from near and far to visit Zurich to see the magnificent Swarovski Christmas Tree. It is normally located at the Christmas Market at Zurich main station. In 2020 the markets didn’t take place and sadly there was no tree – but in 2021 both the market and the Swarovski tree were back. However with 2022 and the energy situation, there is a change of plan. For 2022 there is no Swarovski Christmas Tree Dripping in Jewels and accompanied by a light show. Instead, there is a giant Christmas Tree but is powered by visitors to the market using bikes to light up the decorations!
So if you’re passing by the market definitely do have a go!
Swarovski Christmas Tree – A Zurich Tradition
The sparkling Swarovski Christmas tree at the Christkindlimarkt is however, usually one of the most beautiful traditions of Christmas in Zurich. The station, or “HB” as it is often referred to, usually comes alive at Christmas time as the hall is filled with the bustle of the Christkindlimarkt. The Swarovski Tree is donated each year to the Christkindlimarkt and it serves as a beacon of light and beauty and a real centrepiece for the market. The tradition began over 20 years ago and it gives Swarovski the opportunity to highlight its latest Christmas Collection which is always featured at the base of the tree in beautiful glass cabinets. Every year Swarovski produce a new collection to inspire you for Christmas – so there is always something new to view and admire.
The Swarovski Tree Usually at the Christmas Market in Zurich
The Christmas Market at the station lasts around 4 weeks from the end of November until Christmas Eve. It’s full of bright lights, colour and lots of stall holders eagerly selling their wares.
The beautiful, glittering, 50 ft tall tree usually stands proudly overseeing the HB Christmas market. In previous years it was bedecked with over 7,000 shimmering Swarovski pieces, creating an elegant structure which dominated the skyline. The tree was covered with tiny lights which changed colour intermittently and the sparkles could be seen from all corners of the station.
Swarovski Tree in Zurich
Usually around an hour after the “Lucy” lights are illuminated in Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s main shopping street, the lights are switched on the Swarovski tree, around 7pm. As the lights on the tree go on (you can see a video here), you know that Christmas is definitely on its way!
Here is a video of the Swarovski tree at Zurich HB at the lighting ceremony with an address in German.
And a shorter version of the Countdown to the lighting of the tree without the introduction in German:
The Christkindlimarkt at Zurich Main Station 2022
Where: Christkindlimarkt, Haupthalle , Zurich Main Station, 8001 Zürich
Dates: 24th November – 24th December 2022
Opening Times: 10.30am – 9.30pm every day except on 24th December when the market shuts at 4pm
The Christmas Tree is usually sponsored by Swarovski and is a free attraction. We await further news to see if it will be back for 2023.
Photos taken by Carmen Sirboiu on Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk iii
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