What’s on this weekend in Zurich 1st & 2nd December and ahead…

Swarovski Christmas tree at Christmas Market

There’s lots to do this weekend in Zurich.  Here’s a quick round up – just click on the blue links for more information:

1.Whisky sampling on the Whisky Ships at Burkliplatz.

Whisky ships zurich

2. The Singing Christmas Tree in Werdmühleplatz just off Bahnhofstrasse is an institution in Zurich and if you haven’t seen it before then don’t miss it this year.  Christmas carols are sung by children all lined up in the formation of a Christmas Tree.  Why not go along and watch with a warming glass of Gluhwein! From 24th November to 23rd December
 For more information.

3. The LIP Lounge Christmas Party takes place on Saturday December 1st from 7.30pm to 4am at Schloss Sihlberg, Sihlberg 10, 8002, Zurich.

Local International Party Zurich

4. Samichlus Schwimmen – Father Christmas Swim in the Limmat – takes place on Sunday 2nd December from 2pm from Schifflände near Bellevue (Restaurant «Pier 7») to the Barfussbar at the Frauenbadi in Stadthausquai  Don’t worry, it’s too late to register to actually swim – but you can go along and watch as the brave souls dive into the freezing cold water!

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5. Sunday Shopping  in Zurich, in Glattzentrum and in Sihlcity.  Check this post for full details.

6. Book signing on Sunday 2nd December by JJ Marsh at Orell Fuessli in Rennweg in Zurich from 4.30pm – 6pm

Raw Material, JJ Marsh

JJ Marsh







7. Airport Santa bakes Christmas Cookies this Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 4pm on the Upperdeck of Zurich Airport.  This event is free for children 4 years old onwards, accompanied by one adult. If possible register in advance (see link above in blue) otherwise you can just turn up. Free refreshments for children and live music too.  This event is also on on 8th and 9th December at the same time.

8. You can also go Christmas Shopping at the airport and leave your little ones in a free creche. While you shop the children are entertained with painting and other activities.  This service is available from 1st – 23rd December on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm – 6pm and on Saturdays and Sunday from 10am – 6pm.

9. A visit to Zug for the English speaking production of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs.

10 A visit to a Christmas Market in Switzerland.

Christmas Market Zurich

11 A trip on the Marlitram for the children.

12 On 4th and 5th December Landscapes of the Soul Art Exhibition by Guillermo Rodriguez. Read more here.

Guillermo Rodriguez


Book Signing with JJ Marsh and Sunday Shopping in Zurich







The British author JJ Marsh (also known as Jill Prewett) was one of the three female entrepreneurs delivering an inspirational talk at the Powerhouse Event in Zurich on Tuesday and on Sunday 2nd December she will be at Orell Fuessli between 4pm and 5.30pm signing copies of her latest novel “Raw Material”, a crime thriller, which is set all over the UK from deserted Pembrokeshire beaches, through to the shadowy underpasses of North London and in to the remote Irish countryside. Jill’s first novel, “Behind Closed Doors”, based in Zurich, was the first novel in this detective series and both books would make ideal Christmas Presents.

Why not pop over to Orell Fuessli this Sunday to meet the author in person and to pick up a signed copy – and how about some Christmas shopping at the same time?  Don’t forget this Sunday is one of the Special Shopping Sundays in Zurich where the shops will be open from 11am – for more information on Sunday Shopping click here.

*** Prize Draw **** We have a signed copy of each book up for grabs – the draw will take place on Sunday 8th December – simply show your support for our Facebook page or post to enter.

Photo: courtesy of Orell Fuessli

Art Exhibition 4th and 5th December – Guillermo Rodriguez – Landscapes of the Soul

The Spanish artist Guillermo Rodriguez is presenting his latest works “Landscapes of the Soul” at a special exhibition in his atelier at Forchstrasse 307 on Tuesday December 4th and Wednesday December 5th from 2pm to 8pm.  Don’t miss the opportunity to talk to this talented artist and view his latest collection.  Guillermo, though born in Spain and now resident in Zurich has lived all over the world and his paintings are influenced by his global adventures. There will also be a sale of designer shawls, stoles, capes and kaftans in the atelier at the same time. If you are unable to make these dates you can contact the artist directly to make an appointment for a private viewing.

Christmas Events – Christmas LIP Lounge Party, ICS Christmas Market, Susi Prinz Jewellery Apero

Looking for a party to get you in to the Christmas Spirit this weekend?  Look no further: 

The LIP Lounge Christmas Party takes place on Saturday December 1st from 7.30pm to 4am at Schloss Sihlberg, Sihlberg 10, 8002, Zurich.

19:30 Doors open

21.00 ESCALA – Electric Girl String Quartet 

22.00 Rico Loop together with ESCALA

23.00 Rico Loop

00:00 – 04:00 AFTER PARTY DJs Jenna Liv, James Mc Hale and Simon Schönberg (KaterHolzig, Berlin)

Tickets CHF 50 in advance, CHF 60 on the door (CHF 20 after 11pm)                            Contact Dorothy Yeung : dot@lipevents.com

Complimentary shuttle bus service from Hotel Europe to Schloss Sihlberg from 7:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m and 11:00 p.m – 00.00 a.m every 15 minutes.

And tomorrow Thursday 29th there is the ICS Christmas Market at the Gemeindesaal, Dorfplatz Zumikon form 11am – 6pm.

In the evening from 6.30pm Suzie Prinz will be presenting her collection of distinctive and beautiful necklaces and jewellery. The apero takes place at the Festsaal der Serbisch-Orthodoxen Gemeinde, Zollikerstr. 76, 8008 Zürich. Please reserve seats at susiprinzgaller@gmail.com.  Photo: Susi Prinz

Suzi Prinz jewellery

NewInZurich Guide to Christmas Markets Part II Over the border from Switzerland

Christmas Market, Stuttgart

Zurich is ideally placed to hop over the border either by train, car or even plane.  If you’re a dedicated “Christmas Market visitor”, chances are you’ve already been to some of the Swiss ones – so for a bit of diversity here’s a quick guide to some of the Christmas Markets over the border.


Konstanz 29th November – 22nd December

Stuttgart 28th November – 23rd December

Nuremburg 30th November – 24th December

Freiburg 26th November – 23rd December

Frankfurt 26th November – 23rd December

Cologne 26th November – 23rd December

Hamburg 26th November – 31st December

Munich 30th November – 24th December

Berlin 26th November – 31st December

Bremen 29th November – 23rd December

Dusseldorf 22nd November – 23rd December

Heidelberg 21st November – 22nd December


Colmar 23rd November – 31st December

Strasbourg 24th November – 31st December

Lille 21st November – 30th December

Mulhouse 24th November – 28th December

Avignon 24th November – 1st January


Vienna  17th November – 24th December

Graz 23rd November – 23rd December

Innsbruck 15th November –  6th January

Salzburg 22nd November to 26th December

We believe that all information provided is correct at the time of publishing but please check the links in blue before setting off as dates may be subject to change.   

Photo courtesy of www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk

NewInZurich Guide to Christmas Markets Part 1 Switzerland

Christmas Market Zurich

There’s nothing quite like visiting a Christmas market with a cup of hot Gluhwein in your hand as you explore the goods and wares of the market holders, sample a few goodies and get some inspiration for Christmas presents and turn your sights to Christmas.

Zurich itself has three main Christmas markets –  one with the glittering 15m high Swarovski Christmas Tree, in Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station, another in Hirschenplatz in the Niederdorf, the old town, and yet one more in Bellevue, just near the Opera.  A little further along Lake Zurich is the Rapperswil Christmas Market. Each one has it’s own personality and specialities.

Here are the dates for the main Christmas Markets in Switzerland:

Zurich Hauptbahnhof November 22nd – December 24th

Zurich Niederdorf 7th – 23rd December

Zurich Bellevue 22nd November – 24th December

Rapperswil 14th – 23rd December (closed on 17th December)

Basel November 22nd to December 23rd

Baden December 8th and December 12th

Berne 1st – 24th December

Biel 6th – 24th December

Bremgarten – 6th – 9th December

Ensiedeln 1st to 9th December

Lucerne November 23rd to December 23rd

Montreux November 23rd to December 24th

Lausanne November 23rd to December 24th

Morges – 5th – 9th December

Winterthur – 4th – 23rd December

Later this week we will post Part II featuring Christmas Markets over the border in France, Germany and Austria.

This information was based on NewInZurich’s “Snowtime” talk for schools, companies, families and individuals.  If you are interested in knowing more about what is on in Zurich in the Winter please email newinzurich@gmail.com for more information.

The Märlitram rides again in Zurich

Märlitram, Zurich









The Märlitram resumes its Chrismas rides from today, 26th November. Between 1.35pm and 7pm children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old can embark on a fun-filled 25 minute journey around Zurich driven by none other than Father Christmas!  If that wasn’t enough, Santa is ably assisted by a team of angels as the little passengers travel to Limmatquai and Central, along Bahnhofstrasse and back to Bellevue.

Tickets cost CHF 8.00 per ride and need to be purchased not at Bellevue, but in the children’s department on the first floor at Jelmoli. The Märlitrams run until the 23rd December. Sadly, adults are not allowed to join in the fun on board!

Photo: Kiwez

Blickfang 2012 Zurich – some views

If you haven’t made it to Blickfang yet, the Exhibition is on for one more day on Sunday 25th from 11am – 7pm at Kongresshaus opposite Burkliplatz.  Great for ideas and inspiration! Here are some photos to give you an overview:

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If you’re going into Zurich anyway, don’t forget that the “Samichlaus Parade in Bahnhofstrasse is on today, Sunday 25th, too. It takes place around 5pm starting off near Globus. Schmutzli will be there too giving out treats and snacks!

For more ideas on what to do this weekend check out our last post by either scrolling down or by visiting our home page.

This Weekend in Zurich – Christmas is on the way!

There is plenty to do this weekend in Zurich.  If you’re in need of some artistic inspiration don’t miss the Blickfang exhibition at Kongresshaus which is running on both Saturday and Sunday. As well as plenty of ideas for the home and fashion it’s also great for present ideas too! Scroll down to see our earlier post for full details on opening hours, tickets etc.  Bring the kids along as they even offer child care too!

If you missed the Christmas lights going on in Bahnhofstrasse, (Zurich’s main shopping street and incidentally, the world’s fifth-most expensive retail street), on Thursday,  why not go and admire them this weekend?  This year’s version of lights are called “Lucy”, consisting of 1,550 “diamonds” made from light refracting crystal. Over the years there have been a variety of different patterns and types deployed since Christmas lights first were first introduced to Bahnhofstrasse in 1971 and these “eco” lights, use  50% less electricity than the previous design.  They are also a tad more subtle than London’s Oxford and Regent Street lights (which this year bizarrely feature a bottle of marmite as part of the display!), …. it just all means that Christmas is on the way!

Singing Christmas Tree, ©NewInZurich

On Saturday 24th the first performances of the “Singing Christmas Tree” will take place in Werdmuhleplatz, just off Bahnhofstrasse.  Featuring school children dressed in red and green, singing carols in the formation of a “human Christmas Tree”, this is something not to be missed.  The concerts take place at the weekend at 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm.  During the week the performances are at 5.30pm and 6.30pm and today 24th November the performances are just at 5.40pm and 6.30pm. They continue until the 23rd December.

On Sunday 25th there is the Samichlaus” Christmas Procession” in Zurich. Santa Claus, known locally as Samichlaus, and his assistant «Schmutzli»  hand out snacks and treats as they parade along Bahnhofstrasse. The procession starts around 5pm in Usteristrasse between Globus and Bahnhofstrasse.


And if you fancy sampling a Gluhwein or two why not head down to Zurich Hauptbahnof where the annual Christkindlmarkt takes places from now until the 24th December.  With stalls selling everything from jewellery, knitwear, pashminas, candles, as well as amazing cheeses and meats and you can even have your lunch or supper there as there is also raclette and bratwurst on offer! The crowning glory of the market is as always the magnificent Swarovski Christmas tree standing 15m high and glistening with over 7,000 crystals. Open daily till the 24th December from 11am – 9pm and on Thursday, Fridays and Saturday till 10pm.

There is a smaller Christmas Market in Bellevue near the Opera from 24th November to 24th December.  Once again there is Gluhwein, raclette, bratwurst, marroni and more. It’s best seen when it gets dark when all the fairy lights show up beautifully against the late afternoon and evening skies. It open daily at 12 (on Saturdays at 11) and finishes at 8pm on Saturdays, 6pm on Sundays and 9pm on weekdays.

Voca People

Or why not try something totally different and go to a show?  Voca People are performing at the Maag Halle just off Hardbruecke and going by the motto of “life is music and music is life”, this troupe of five men and three women dressed all in white with bright red lips entertain their audiences through music and sound.  For more information and tickets see here.

Photos: NewInZurich, http://www.chlaus-zuerich.ch and Voca People

Swiss Gastro Award Restaurants 2012

plate of prawns, © newinzurich.com

Fancy going out to eat?  This week the Tages Anzeiger published the winners of the Swiss Gastro Awards for 2012.  Only restaurants which have been open for three years or less, or which have have undergone substantial alteration can enter. These are the Winners of the “Best of Swiss Gastro” Awards 2012:


Category: Activity

1. 67 Sixtyseven Sportsbar, Zug

2. Restaurant Golf Gonten, Gontenbad

3. Alpina Stuba, Parpan

 Category: Bar & Nightlife

1. Boilerroom, Winterthur

2. Club Seventy7, Ascona

3. Volkshaus, Basel

Category: Business

1. Noerd Kantine, Zürich

2. PUUR restaurant Balsberg, Kloten

3. Restaurant The Traders, Zürich

Category: Classic 

1. Rosaly’s Restaurant & Bar, Zürich

2. Restaurant Seegarten, Kreuzlingen

3. Commercio, Zürich

Category: Coffee 

1. Einstein Kaffee, Bern

2. Café Ccino, Aarau

3. Pane-Con-Carne, Basel

 Category: Gourmet 

1. Gourmet Schlössli Utenberg, Luzern

2. Restaurant Heimberg, Zermatt

3. Restaurant Essen’z, Brugg

Category: On The Move

1. Wurst & Moritz, Zürich

2. Marché Airport Zürich, Zürich-Flughafen

3. Sternen Grill Provisorium, Zürich

Category: Outdoor

1. Hotel Frutt Lodge & Spa, Melchsee-Frutt

2. Chez Vrony, Zermatt

3. Marina, Ascona

Category: Trend 

1. The Steakhouse, Lachen

2. El Mosquito, Sursee

3. Restaurant Kiosk, Zürich              List courtesy of Tages Anzeiger, Photo NewInZurich