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 ©

Photos: NewInZurich and Singing Christmastree

Great weekend ahead in Zurich! Silvesterlauf, Skating, Singing Christmas tree and more…

This weekend as usual you will be spoilt for choice in Zurich as there is so much to do!

On Saturday you could check out one of the Christmas Markets in Zurich, go and watch the children singing at the Singing Christmas tree and then, if you’re brave enough, why try some do some ice skating at the Dolderbahn, at Live on Ice in Kusnacht or take the children skating at the ice skating rink at Glattzentrum whilst you’re shopping. And of course that way you could also get some Christmas Shopping done!

On Sunday, there is Sunday Christmas Shopping in Glattzentrum and Volkiland too (but NOT in Zurich!) and it is also the day of Zurich’s annual Silvesterlauf! If you haven’t managed to sign up for it, no sweat – simply relax, grab a Gluhwein (for medicinal purposes of course!) and cheer and watch as your friends go by on this annual run through the city of Zurich.














The week ahead offers the very pretty and quaint tradition of “Lichterschwimmen” on December 20th from 5pm as hundreds of candles are lit and released onto the river Limmat and then float gently downstream. It all happens just off Weinplatz – so a great place to watch and grab (yet another!) Gluhwein! Do wrap up warmly though as it can get very cold!!!

There is also a Faye Dunaway retrospective at the Xenix Cinema and then then there is the Paul Taylor Orchestra in Zurich and Zumikon. If you fancy a show do check out Swiss Christmas, Conelli Circus and Salto Natale. For Christmas Carols this weekend at 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday visit St Andrews Church in Zurich. And if you’re lucky enough to get to the slopes and do some skiing or snowboarding – enjoy and have fun!

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

Snow scene in Switzerland ©

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.















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

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich














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.


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

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

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, and Voca People

The Week Ahead in Zurich

It’s a busy week ahead for many people with Thanksgiving next Thursday and before you know it, it will be full steam ahead towards Christmas.  Here are a few ideas for the next couple of weeks in and around Zurich:

The Schoggi Tram Saturday 17th November

Schoggi tram Zurich, Chocolae Tram Zurich, Confiserie Honold

No need for translation here – the Schoggi Tram is the “Chocolate Tram” which has been doing a special run this week in Zurich. Sadly, Saturday 17th is the last day when the chocolate tram from Confiserie Honold wends its way through the city.

For just CHF 5 you get a hot chocolate, a piece of Almond Cake and a praline! You can buy your ticket at Bellevue stop or at Rennweg as you alight (no pre-booking). The chocolate tram runs from Bellevue at 13:30 / 14:00 / 14:30 / 15:00 / 15:30 / 16:00  (and in the other direction 15 minutes later) limited capacity. Enjoy!

The First International Arabic Film Festival in Zurich 16th – 25th November

International Arabic Film Festival Zurich

After the Zurich International Film Festival in October, now for the first time, Zurich plays host to the International Arabic Film Festival. The festival is running for 10 days from the 16th November till the 25th November. The films are running at the Filmpodium. For more information, the programme and to buy tickets.

Now is the time of year that all the circuses come to town:

Salto Natale Circus is in Zurich from 21st November to 2nd January. The venue is at  Zurich Kloten. For further information.

Conelli Circus is in the centre of town at Bauschänzli from 22nd November to 6th January  For further information. 

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.

The Singing Christmas Tree Zurich

Blickgang Exhibition 23rd, 24th and 25th November

Blickfang Zurich 2012

Blickfang is the International design exhibition for fashion, interiors and jewellery and the good news is that it is coming to the Kongresshaus in Zurich on the 23rd – 25th November.  If you have never visited it before, then now is your opportunity! There is plenty of innovation, inspiration and plenty of things to look at and buy.  There is even day care provided for children from 12 noon and 6pm – so the kids can come too! Tickets are CHF 23. Opening hours are:

FR I 23. November 12.00 till 10pm
SA I 24. November 11.00 till 9pm
SO I 25. November 11.00 till 7pm

For more information