Christmas in Zurich: traditions, food, markets

Christmas in Zurich: traditions, food, markets

Zurich is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas, no matter whether you want to have fun, or take great pics, or spend quality time with family. It's truly one of the most festive towns in Europe due to its decorations, markets, street food, and Christmas carols.

Christmas Markets

There are four Christmas Markets, each with its own unique atmosphere: Niederdorf Christmas Market, Wienachtsdorf Market, Werdmuhleplatz Christmas Market, Christkindlimarkt. Let’s learn about each of them.

  • Niederdorf Christmas Market

Niederdorf Christmas Market is the oldest Christmas Market in the city. It's located in the Niederdorf area of the charming part of the old town. This market reminds of the classic Christmas movies - the smell of the mulled wine and cinnamon fills the festive alleyways with the fairy lights and decor, while you are wandering in the search of Christmas gifts. Niederdorf Christmas Market is open the whole of December, opening hours: Mon-Sat: 11 am – 9 pm; Sun: 11 am – 7 pm. Address: Weihnachtsmarkt im Niederdorf, Niederdorfstrasse, 8001 Zürich.

  • Wienachtsdorf Market

Wienachtsdorf Market is the biggest Christmas Market in Zurich. A hundred stalls form the "festive village" with a variety of tasty dishes, handmade gifts, and thousands of Christmas lights. Here you can also find an ice rink to make an unforgettable fairy-tale ride. Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 11 am – 10 pm; Sun: 11 am – 8 pm. Address: Zürcher Wienachtsdorf, Weihnachtsmarkt, Sechseläutenplatz, 8001 Zürich. 

  • Werdmuhleplatz Christmas Market

The feature of the Weihnachtsmart Christmas Market is a unique ‘Singing Christmas Tree’ and a surreal image of millions of shimmering stars. These lights were named ‘Lucy’ after the Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Each of the 12 000 lights is encircled by a crystal to make the mind-blowing diamond and star-like effect. Weihnachtsmart Christmas Market is opened Monday to Thursday 4 pm – 9 pm, Friday 4 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 1 pm – 10 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 9 pm. 

  • Christkindlimarkt

Christkindlimarkt is held in the main concourse of the Train Station, the feature is the 32-feet Christmas tree with thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystals. The unusual location puts the Christkindlimarkt on the list of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe. Here you'll be lost count of the varieties of mulled wines, desserts, and gifts. Opening hours: Opening hours: Sun-Wed: 10:30am – 9pm; Thu – Sat: 10:30am – 10pm (Dec 24: 10:30am – 4pm). Address: Christkindlimarkt, Hauptbahnhof Zürich, 8001 Zürich.

Swiss Christmas street food in Zurich

In December Zurich becomes impregnated with the scent of spices, dough, and cinnamon, on every step you see a stand with raclette, fondue, and hot chestnuts. And to keep your hands warm, there are lakes of mulled wine and sweet punch.

Raclette is a tasteful melting cheese that is heated up then scraped onto a plate with potatoes and pickles. It's one of the most delicious Swiss dishes you can find at the Christmas Market in Zurich.

Öpfelchüechli is deliciously crispy apple fritters served with custard. You have to taste it if you like sweets.

Flammkuchen is a flatbread with creme-fraiche, bacon, and onions on the top. On the street markets, you can find Flammkuchen with different toppings to choose the most delicious one.

Kaiserschmarrn is the shredded pancakes with powdered sugar, usually served with a side of apple sauce or ice cream.

Other activities

If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of crowds in the center of Zurich, you can spend the day out of the markets to leave all your cares behind you. Let’s take a closer look at it.

  • Mountains

There are mountain areas that can be easily reached from Zurich in less than 90 minutes, where you can ski, snowboard, and even tobogganing, for example, Flumserberg, Sattel-Hochstuckli, Amden, Chäserrugg, Hörnli, and Alp Egg. You can get a car from GetRentacar service with fine price. 

  • Lindt Home of Chocolate

An interactive exhibition welcomes all guests to the seven chocolate worlds. Here you will find out the history of this dessert and taste the Swiss chocolate. Don't miss this stop – Lindt Chocolate Shop is a really interesting museum.

  • Zurich Opera House

The Zurich Opera House is one of the best in the world. Here you will find the performance you'll love. The program of Opera House features popular plays, renowned singers, and ballets.

  • National Museum Zurich

The National Museum Zurich is located near Zurich Main Station and resembles a magical castle. However, if you're curious enough to pass through the fairy-tale doors, you'll find out that the museum is modern and interesting with lots of expositions and interactivities. 

Christmas in Zurich is a perfect place to spend the winter weekends: picturesque medieval streets, Christmas trees, sparkling lights, tasty street food, and carols. All of it creates a magical atmosphere and makes you believe that a miracle really exists. 

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