Christmas Markets

Combine festive shopping and Swiss scenery

 

Come to glorious Switzerland to enjoy the traditional Christmas Markets, set in a choice of fabulous historical or lakeside locations. Shop for gifts for loved ones (or yourself!), cards and decorations. Soak up the magical atmosphere and savour the delicious snacks and mulled wine. These wonderful short breaks offer a lively few days in the best Christmas Markets but we can also include a scenic day trip for you, so that you may explore a little more of this unique country.

Call us 0800 619 1200 for more advice on your pre-Christmas holiday.


Lucerne - 23 Nov-23 Dec 2018

Held in the Lucerne's atmospheric Old Town, this magical event features around 70 little wooden stalls selling all the typical handmade Christmas gifts you can imagine, from traditional wooden toys to cosy scarves and delightful candles. You can also stock up on beautiful decorations as well as delicious confectionary. There are plenty of stalls offering tempting treats such as crèpes and mulled wine to enjoy as you browse. The market is open into the evening, offering an atmospheric experience amongst the illuminations. Don't miss the ice rink, perfectly situated on the lake shore. 

Lucerne - 23 Nov-23 Dec 2018

Held in the Lucerne's atmospheric Old Town, this magical event features around 70 little wooden stalls selling all the typical handmade Christmas gifts you can imagine, from traditional wooden toys to cosy scarves and delightful candles. You can also stock up on beautiful decorations as well as delicious confectionary. There are plenty of stalls offering tempting treats such as crèpes and mulled wine to enjoy as you browse. The market is open into the evening, offering an atmospheric experience amongst the illuminations. Don't miss the ice rink, perfectly situated on the lake shore. 

 
Montreux - 23 Nov-24 Dec 2018

Montreux Noël is spread across several delightful venues. The main market is is held on the lakeshore with over 150 stalls; browse and choose Christmas gifts, handcrafted nativity scenes and more sparkly decorations. Enjoy a hot waffle or spoil yourself at the oyster and Champagne stall! Chillon Castle features a unique Medieval Market on selected weekends and you can also try the enchanting Elves Village with plenty of entertainment. The spectacular journey up to Rochers-de-Naye at 2,042m has fantastic views - and even a Santa's grotto.

Montreux - 23 Nov-24 Dec 2018

Montreux Noël is spread across several delightful venues. The main market is is held on the lakeshore with over 150 stalls; browse and choose Christmas gifts, handcrafted nativity scenes and more sparkly decorations. Enjoy a hot waffle or spoil yourself at the oyster and Champagne stall! Chillon Castle features a unique Medieval Market on selected weekends and you can also try the enchanting Elves Village with plenty of entertainment. The spectacular journey up to Rochers-de-Naye at 2,042m has fantastic views - and even a Santa's grotto.

 
Bern - 1-24 Dec 2018

Bern's Old Town is an attractive backdrop to two Christmas Market venues. The Münsterplatz market is devoted to local artisans and offers the chance to find a truly unique gift for a loved one. The more traditional market on Waisenhausplatz has festively decorated wooden stalls with a wide selection of typical Christmas gifts, sweets, decorations and handcrafted souvenirs. There are plenty of stalls offering regional snacks and mulled wine to give you a warm glow you as you shop. You can also skate on the ice rink in front of the Parliament Building.

Bern - 1-24 Dec 2018

Bern's Old Town is an attractive backdrop to two Christmas Market venues. The Münsterplatz market is devoted to local artisans and offers the chance to find a truly unique gift for a loved one. The more traditional market on Waisenhausplatz has festively decorated wooden stalls with a wide selection of typical Christmas gifts, sweets, decorations and handcrafted souvenirs. There are plenty of stalls offering regional snacks and mulled wine to give you a warm glow you as you shop. You can also skate on the ice rink in front of the Parliament Building.

 
Basel - 22 Nov-23 Dec 2018

Basel is the 'Christmas City' with illuminated buildings and decorated pine trees. The markets in the Old Town feature around 180 wooden stalls offering a wonderful Christmas experience. Traders and artisans present pottery, Christmas spices, wooden and decorations as well as perfumes and candles. Sweet gifts include famous Läckerli biscuits. Johann Wanner, the 'couturier of Christmas' has his famous shop in Basel's historic centre. It is well worth a visit for its beautifully made Christmas decorations, handblown glass and traditional wooden toys.

Basel - 22 Nov-23 Dec 2018

Basel is the 'Christmas City' with illuminated buildings and decorated pine trees. The markets in the Old Town feature around 180 wooden stalls offering a wonderful Christmas experience. Traders and artisans present pottery, Christmas spices, wooden and decorations as well as perfumes and candles. Sweet gifts include famous Läckerli biscuits. Johann Wanner, the 'couturier of Christmas' has his famous shop in Basel's historic centre. It is well worth a visit for its beautifully made Christmas decorations, handblown glass and traditional wooden toys.

 

Non-ski winter holidays

Find out more about staying in Switzerland during the winter - you don't have to be a skier to enjoy the snow. We can add on a stay in a mountain resort after you have completed your shopping break. 

Christmas in Switzerland

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Scenic rail holidays

Ask us about the Swiss scenic rail journeys - a great way of combining resorts to create your own two or multi centre holiday
Glacier Express
Bernina Express
GoldenPass Line
Gotthard Panorama Express

Planning your holiday

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  • Decide which resorts you would like to visit
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Choose where to visit with your Half Fare Card
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