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Christmas Markets 2022-2023

Check out some of the most atmospheric Christmas fairs in Europe to get into the mood before the holidays


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The largest Christmas markets in Switzerland: Bern (November 26–December 24, 2021); Basel (November 25–December 23, 2021)

Basel, Bern, and Zurich host the largest Christmas Markets in Switzerland. The smaller markets are also worth visiting! Try Geneva for its famous craft—like handmade winter garments, and enjoy great French food and Swiss winter specialties on Rue​ du Mont-Blanc.

Christmas markets in Montreux (November 19–December 24, 2021) and Lausanne (November 18–December 31, 2021)

Probably the best-known Christmas market in Switzerland is in Montreux. There's no more idyllic place than this small town with its snow-capped peaks in the background and glowing Christmas decorations. Kids especially adore this place for Santa's house and post office in the Christmas village. Lausanne's Christmas market features a skating rink, a market, and food at the St. François plaza with its 50 wooden chalets.

Zurich Christmas markets (November 25–December 24, 2021)

Zurich has many Christmas markets for any taste. Don't miss the Christkindlimarkt at Zurich Main Train Station next to a spectacular Christmas tree and the largest "Wienachtsdorf" Christmas village on Sechseläutenplatz in front of the spectacular Oper House. The market features about 100 stalls with decoration, souvenirs, mulled wine, and various culinary delights. There is also a picturesque ice rink that invites skaters of all ages. And don't forget about Niederdorf Old Town Christmas Market. It is perfect for a stroll through Niederdorfstrasse, Hirschenplatz, and Rosenhof, past the stalls with jewelry, handmade gifts, mulled wine, and snacks. Most Zurich Christmas markets operate from late November through Christmas Eve.

Märlistadt Stein am Rhein (December 1, 2021–January 2, 2022)

Lastly, you might want to check out another excellent Christmas market, Stein am Rhein, nestled between Lake Constance and the Rhine Falls, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Zurich. Märlistadt Stein am Rhein is distinguished by the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Along with the typical holiday fun, you'll enjoy blacksmith, carpenter, and craftsman activities.

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