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

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Heiliger Bimbam Christmas Market Part ll

If like me you’re still yet to buy all your Christmas presents (let alone get them all wrapped!) the Heiliger Bimbam Market (part 2) may be a destination for us both!

This Christmas Market starts Friday 21st December at 5pm and runs on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm too.  It takes place at the Maag Halle and the surrounding area in Kreis 5 – and there’s lot of things going on all around: food, music, Gluhwein and lots more. Click here for more information.

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening times: Friday: 5pm – 10pm  –  Saturday: 1pm – 7pm  –  Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

The following businesses are taking part:

Simone Gugger Schmuckgestaltung & Franziska Gnos / The Gloss /Steinfels La Maison du Vin / Les Halles Shop / Nord-Süd Verlag / Freitag Flagship / Michelles Cupcakes & Pony Hütchen / Senior Design Shop / Waldraud / Walter Vintage Möbel & Accessoires / Silver Disc / Dotti’s Lovely Vintage & Labels und Freulein Frech / LeTom

At Frau Gerold’s Markt:
Herrenglobus Pop-Up-Store Zum jungen Blut / Street Files II / Making Things II / Opia / Edition Populaire & Townhouse / Carhartt / Wooster Shop

At the Viadukt:
Erfolg / Caritas Secondhand / Klangwandel / Komplementair
LOLË / BIG Mode Werk Statt / Sibler / Fashionslave

At the Markthalle In the Viadukt:
BERGundTAL Marktladen – Comestibles, Spezialitäten
Braschler’s Comestibles Imp. – Comestibles, Feinkost
südhang – Wein und Spirituosen
Tritt Käse – Käse, Milchprodukte
British Cheese Centre
The Pie Shop

Acapulco Bar / Hotel Rivington and Sons / Restaurant Viadukt / Hive Club / Geroldchuchi / Senior Design Café / Exil

 

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.

Germany:

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

France:

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

Austria:

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.