What’s On In and Around Zurich this coming week

The forecast looks set for a fabulous time to go skiing and snowboarding in the mountains!  The snow is great following the recent snow showers and the sun looks set to shine.

Atzmännig ski resort

So where are you heading?  Klosters the resort with royal connections where you can recline in a deckchair by the palm trees and catch the rays, Davos where you can take a dip in a hot tub perched right in the snow after a hard day’s skiing or hard day’s networking at the World Economic Forum – or perhaps Flims/Laax where you can show off your latest snowboarding tricks at the snow park? Or why not explore one of the closer resorts like Atzmaennig, Hoch Ybrig, Pizol or Flumserberg?  If you want to check the conditions in nearby resorts take a look at our Practical Info page under Skiing.

Another possibility is the St.Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow which is on till this Sunday 27th January. This event is the world’s most prestigious Winter polo tournament – so if you’ve not been to one before, this is a great one to experience. It all takes place on the frozen lake there – lots of fun, excitement and colour! Click here for our previous post.

If you’re staying home in Zurich there are lots of things to do:

1. The Kunsthaus’s exhibition of Paul Gaugin’s “The Prints” has been extended till this Sunday 27th. For more information check here.

Paul Gaugin The Prints

2. The Migros Museum in Zurich is showing a “VideoInstallation” exhibition by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson called “The Visitors” which also ends on Sunday 27th January.  Please check the website or read our previous post (complete with rather interesting photo!).

3.“Tango Fire” is an exciting Argentinian dance group from Buenos Aires consisting of 10 talented young dancers bringing the passion of the tango to life in their new show “Flames of Desire”. Click here for more information and to book. Take advantage of our special NewInZurich offer: 20% discount off any performance of Tango Fire up till Sunday 27th – just quote code XP2013TF to get this offer. You can also book tickets online at www.tangofire.ch/angebot with the promotional code XP2013TF             
Tango Fire Zurich
4. Aura Grand Opening Party Saturday 26th If you are in Zurich on Saturday why not visit Aura, the new place to be in Zurich,  as they will be celebrating their grand opening from 11pm – 4am. Tickets CHF 30 .To book please go to this website.
5. The Helmhaus Museum in Zurich shows a lot of contemporary art and their current exhibition is entitled “Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel” (After the game is before the game) and also runs till the 27th January. Entrance is free and the exhibition is open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday For more information.
6. The Original Cuban Circus

The Original Cuban Circus

Another exciting event coming up is the Original Cuban Circus performing live at the Volkshaus from the 24th to the 27th January. Featuring unicycles, clowns, acrobats, dancers, fire-eaters and lots more it’s sure to be a treat for the whole family. Tickets available here. 

7. The Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments is bound to be of interest to horse lovers and is on this weekend at the Messe in Oerlikon from the 25th to the 27th January. For more information please read our previous post.

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

8. Pure Beauty Spa Opening Party

Our friends at Pure Beauty Spa are celebrating the opening of their new salon in Zollikerstrasse 82 in Seefeld, Zurich with an opening party on Thursday 31st January at 6pm . Lots of special offers and treats and an opportunity to see what is on offer. For more information. 

pure beauty spa zurich

9. Simply Theatre Auditions in Zurich for “The Jungle Book” production
This weekend could be your chance to audition to be part of the exciting play. If you are aged between 8 – 18 you can come along to audition on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th for a part in Rudyard Kilping’s Jungle Book. For more information and to book online or phone directly click here.
The Jungle Book by Simply Theatre
10. Orell Fuessli’s English Book Club
Kazuo Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go” bookclub event moderated by Jill Prewett, author of “Beyond Closed Doors” and “Raw Material” will be discussed at Orell Füssli at 8.30pm on 31st January at The Bookshop, Bahnhofstrasse 70, Zurich. This is a free event.
 
11. Joanne Finnegan’s Mountain Paintings at the AWC 
British painter Joanne Finnegan is exhibiting her paintings at the  American Women’s Club Zurich from February 2nd to March 30th. The Vernissage is on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com
Joanne Finnegan
12. Laura Heselton, International psychic medium and motivational workshop leader is in Zurich now until February 8th. She is conducting readings and workshops and more so why not  contact her now to arrange a consultation via email here.
Laura Heselton International Medium and psychic13.  Leona Lewis will be performing at Art On Ice at the Hallenstadion on 31st January till 3rd February. There are still a few tickets available for purchase. Check this link for the latest details and for more details on the event itself read our previous post.
Leona Lewis In Zurich14. Beauty and Detox at Palais Kraft on 1st February
There is a Beauty and Detox event taking place at Palais Kraft, Kraftstrasse 29, Zurich on Friday February 1st from 5pm featuring catered food and drinks, lounge music,detox tips, information about Botox and fillers, shoes by Colette Sol and lots more.  For more information and to book this free event email karin.gaida@beautydetox.ch
15. **** FREE TICKETS **** for John Thade
Free prize draw for 5 sets of double tickets to see the American tenor John Thade sing at the Jecklin Forum in Zurich on 9th February and 9th March. For more infromation read here.John Thade Concert16. Grafik 13
Lastly, if you someone in your family with an artistic flair, why not get them to enter their work into the “Grafik 13” showcase for grafic design and young art.  The closing date to register is 4th February and Grafik 13 will be taking place at the Maag Halle.  For more information read here.
17. The 29th International Country Music Festival is coming to town and is being held at the Schutzenhaus in Albisguetli from 1st February – 24th March. Full details of the 38 day line up and the schedule can be viewed here.International Country Music Festival Albisguetli
Whatever you do, have a great weekend and a fabulous week ahead!
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Mercedes CSI Show Jumping “Golden Moments” at Hallenstadion 25th – 27th January

The Mercedes-CSI horse show is celebrating their 25th Jubilee at the Hallenstadion from 25th – 27th January with an event entitled “Golden Moments”.

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

The show promises a unique blend of elite sport and entertainment with a diverse program and a professional show. It also features the CSI “expo” or exhibition, with lots of attractions for the whole family. If you’re interested in learning more about the type of entertainment on offer check out this video.

Tickets start at CHF 68 – so for the horse lovers amongst you, do take a look here.

This Weekend in Zurich – Christmas is almost here!

Here’s a quick round up of things going on this weekend in Zurich.

Christmas Shopping Sundays Zurich1. This weekend there is Sunday Shopping in Zurich – so if you’re still looking for presents or indeed need to get some food in before all your visitors arrive, you have Sunday as well as Saturday to shop. For the full list click here.

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. There is also the “Heiliger Bimbam Market” taking place around the Maag Halle and Kreis 5 on both Saturday and Sunday which we talked about in our most recent post – more information here.

Christmas Market Zurich

3. The Christmas Markets in Zurich and most other locations in Switzerland close down for the season just before Christmas. For full details check the information here.

4. There is still ice skating to be had!  Why not do some ice skating at the Dolderbahn, at Live on Ice in Kusnacht or take the children skating on Saturday (closed Sunday) at the ice skating rink at Glattzentrum 

The Marlitram in Zurich ©NewInZurich

5. If your children haven’t ridden on the Marlitram yet with Father Christmas and his angels it might be worth checking at Jelmoli to see if there are any spaces left – otherwise one to put on the list for next year.

The Singing Christmas Tree

6. Do catch the Singing Christmas Tree if you haven’t already. The Singing Christmas Tree is located just off Bahnhofstrasse in Werdmuhlelplatz. This Saturday and Sunday are the last days to watch until next year. Here are the details of the times etc.

Sa. 22.12.2012 14.30 / 15.3017.30 / 18.30 Wylandmeisli AndelfingenKammerchor der Kantonsschule Stadelhofen KinderchorSchülerchor
So. 23.12.2012 14.30 / 15.3017.30 / 18.30 Offenes Singen mit 4 Händen und 50 Weihnachtsglocken
Offenes Singen mit 4 Händen und 50 Weihnachtsglocken

7. If you’re heading for the mountains to ski check our “Practical Info” page which lists the ski areas and info on the latest snow conditions in various resorts local to Zurich. For the practical info page go here.

Snow scene in Switzerland © NewInZurich.com

Photos: NewInZurich and Singing Christmastree

Lichterschwimmen in Zurich Thursday 20th December 6pm

Lichterschwimmen in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss the very pretty and quaint tradition of “Lichterschwimmen” on Thursday December 20th at 6pm as hundreds of candles are lit and released onto the river Limmat and then float gently downstream. It all happens just off Weinplatz near Stadhausquai and as the children float the lights gently on the water, you can watch them sail downstream along the Limmat. The Zurich tourist office will be providing refreshments at Weinplatz – so grab something hot and wrap up warmly as the lights sail by. If you want a view right by the river it’s advisable to  get there a little earlier as the lights start setting sail promptly at 6pm.

Click this link in blue to check out a video from the Tages Anzeiger to see what goes on.

Lichterschwimmen in Zurich

What’s new in Zurich this weekend ….and beyond

Snow scene in Switzerland © NewInZurich.com

Hope you’re all enjoying the snow.  Looks like there’s more on the way – so a great weekend for making snowmen, tobogganing or going skiing.  All the nearest ski resorts are now open – Flumserberg, Flims /Laax, Davos, Klosters, Lenzerheide and Hoch Ybrig – but check on their websites (click the resort links in blue above) before you head off to check how many runs are open and the latest conditions. We also always have the Snow Report listed on this website under Practical Info.snow falling

If you’re not hitting the mountains, here’s a round up of things going on in Zurich and a couple of tips too!

1. If you fancy taking part in the annual Sylversterlauf run round Zurich on 16th December you need to be quick.  Online registration closes on Sunday 9th December.

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2. Why not visit the Heiliger Bimbam Market with late night shopping, which is on this weekend at the Plaza.

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3. And after Samichlaus Day last Thursday if you (or your children) have Santa on your mind you could take them to visit Father Christmas in his cabin in Waldhüsli in Chäferbergwald. Take Tram 11 or 15 or bus 32 or 72 to Bucheggplatz and the cabin is a short stroll in the woods signposted from Restaurant Neue Waid. Open just this Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December from 10am – 4pm.   Visiting Father Christmas is free of charge but donations are welcome.

4. Or perhaps take the kids to see Santa on the Marlitram?
The Marlitram in Zurich ©NewInZurich
5. Or see the Singing Christmas Tree if you haven’t already. in Werdmühleplatz just off Bahnhofstrasse. 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.

6. Why not visit a Christmas Market in Switzerland?

7. Or visit a Christmas Market over the border?

8. Sunday 9th December is another Shopping Sunday in Zurich with most of the shops open till 6pm.  For the full list of dates and opening times of all the Shopping Sundays leading up to Christmas check here.

9. SBB TICKET PRICE INCREASE

On a practical note, the SBB are putting up the prices of tickets, Halbtax etc on Sunday 9th and tram tickets are going up too – so do check you have the right cash for your ticket!

Have a great weekend!

Photos: Silvesterlauf and NewInZurich

Local Christmas Markets – ICS Christmas Market in Zumikon

As well as the main Christmas Markets in Zurich there are lots of local Christmas Markets and craft fairs taking place in towns and villages across the whole of Switzerland. On Thursday, one such Christmas Market taking place in Zumikon, was the annual ICS Christmas Market at the Gemeindesaal, this year raising money for two charities, Pfarrer Sieben and SMD school in Nepal.

There was deep snow underfoot and it continued snowing for most of the day, but despite the “white weather” the show went on with choirs of children singing, a soloist, tomobola and a wide vriety of stalls offering tempting home made cakes, biscuits, amazing curries, British cheese, Italian olive oil, pearl and silver jewellery, shoes, books, childrens’s clothing, crafts, scaves, bags and much, much more. Even Father Chrismas turned up! Here are a few photos from the day:

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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

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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

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.

Samichlaus

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