Visiting Switzerland’s financial capital and largest city – Zurich in November or December? Then visiting Christmas markets is a must-do on your itinerary! We visited Zurich’s famed Christmas markets and give you the lowdown on which Christmas market to visit, especially if you have limited time!
Christmas markets in Europe are popular attractions for locals and tourists alike. You can try local fare – sausages and buns, cheese, mulled wine and more. If you are in Switzerland, we would recommend trying Swiss Raclette Cheese, Sausages (various flavours), Gluhwein, Macaroni & Cheese and crepes!
Best Christmas Markets to Visit in Zurich
Biggest Christmas Market: Christmas Market at the Opera House, Zurich Sechseläutenplatz
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One of the largest in Zurich, this Christmas market has plenty to offer in terms of food, local crafts, Christmas décor and even photo opportunities. Situated right in front of the iconic Opera House, there are around 100 stalls forming a Christmas village ideal to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy some gluhwein (mulled wine).
Best Christmas Lights: Illuminarium at Swiss National Museum, Landesmuseum Zürich courtyard
The courtyard of Swiss National Museum lights up for Illuminarium for Christmas. Decked in traditional luminous sculptures, the museum which is located right next to the main train station welcomes all to its food stalls, light tent, cocktail bars, fondue palace and a ticketed light show.
Best Songs: The Singing Christmas Tree & Christmas Market
What’s Christmas without carols and music? The Singing Christmas Tree is a must-watch as choirs form a “tree” and belt their hearts out. Apart from the song performances, there is a small Christmas market near the Singing Christmas Tree.
Address: Werdmühlepl., 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Most Festive: Zurich Munsterhof
Framed by the Fraumunster church and traditional guild houses, the Christmas market on the Munsterhof is a must-visit. Stalls retail gifts and Zurich-made products, there is also a tent where concerts, readings and workshops are conducted.
Most weather-friendly: Christkindlimarkt at Zurich Main Station
Even if it’s rainy or snowy, or you just want to be indoors, head to Zurich Main station for its indoor Christmas market. There many stalls selling the usual fare and also a wider variety of international cuisine.
Nice-to-visit: Zurich Old Town Dorfli, Niederdorf’s DÖRFLI Christmas Market
Old Town is a must-visit in Zurich. How about visiting a Christmas Market while you are exploring Old Town? The area – Niederdorf is steeped in history, sample some mulled wine as you stroll down the cobbled alleyways.