At the traditional Christmas markets and in Zürich’s shops, both locals and visitors find inspiration for gifts and can treat themselves to delectable delicacies. The Christmas circuses are as much a part of the season as the New Year’s Eve Magic with its legendary fireworks display hosted by the Zurich Hoteliers’ Association. Thanks to the new Christmas lighting display on Bahnhofstrasse in the city center and special “Night and Sunday Shopping,” visitors to Zürich can expect even more highlights during the Advent season.
Although the Advent season does not last very long, the event calendar during this time is packed with exciting activities such as the enchanting “Lichterschwimmen” floating candles display, Christmas circuses, the Live On Ice skating rink, the “Singing Christmas Tree,” and the new light art on Bahnhofstrasse.
A unique shopping atmosphere can also be experienced at the five traditional Christmas markets. Zürich’s oldest Christmas market in the middle of the Old Town guarantees a romantic ambience and shopping bags bursting with Christmas gifts. The 160 quaintly decorated market stalls transform the immense hall at Zürich’s Main Railway Station into the “Zürich Christ Child Market,” and the centrally-located Christmas market in the heart of the city also offers a diverse range of toys, tasty Christmas goodies and trendy fashion accessories. The Christmas market at Werdmühleplatz square is legendary with its “Singing Christmas Tree.” Choirs of both children and adults take their place on the Christmas tree which towers above the houses, and spread festive cheer with their repertoire of Christmas carols. And at Bellevue this year, the Sechseläuten square will be transformed for the first time into a Christmas market with traditional and top-quality products offered at 15 market stands.