CHRISTMAS EVENTS 2019
Christmas is a wonderful time in central Switzerland with fun for the whole family and picture perfect scenery. December 6th is when St Nicholas (or Samichlaus) travels through Zug leaving treats in shoes left out by children (contact your gemeinde - in some areas you can register your house so he visits you!).
From the Singing Christmas Tree in Zurich to the smaller Christmas Markets throughout the Zug canton, there is something for everyone. Get in the mood for fondue, glug some glühwein and show off your ice skating skills!
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas markets in the area, with large markets open every day of advent, to smaller one-day affairs. With carol singing, gluhwein and fondue on offer, get into the festive mood with our pick of the best:
29 November - 8th December- EINSIEDELN
The Christmas market in this charming monastery town is well worth a visit, with its spectacular setting, and over 140 stalls.
Address: Kloster Einsiedeln, Klosterplatz, 8840 Einsiedeln
22ND NOVEMBER-29th December- COLMAR
Situated in France, but highly recommended by Zug residents in the know, this market spans 6 weeks. The Old Town has a fairytale setting and there are hundred of events during the advent period with five markets around the city. The pedestrianised town centre means it's a safe place for little ones.
Usually there is a Christmas market in Zug, but due to work on the local rail link, it is having a year off. However, there are quite a few in Zurich, and we have highlighted our favourites (the full list available via link below):
By the Opera House with over a 100 stalls including street food from around the world and an ice-skating rink.
One of the largest indoor markets in Europe with a sparkling 50-ft-tall Christmas tree decorated with thousands of Swarovski crystals.
Einsiedeln Christmas Market
CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN ZUG
AGERI ON ICE- 22nd November-5th JANUARY
This is a popular local event with ice skating, fondue and a chalet with a bar by the picturesque lake Ägeri next to an illuminated birch forest.
Great for both families and larger groups, be sure to book in advance at popular times- 30,000 visitors are expected over 6 weeks!
Address: Minigolf Birkenwäldli, Seehofstrasse 13, 6314 Unterägeri
Reservations hotline: +41 79 654 73 13
PHOTO: Ägeri on Ice
SAMICHLAUS BOAT on THE ZUGERSEE - WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER
Meet Samichlaus and Schmutzli on this boat cruise on Lake Zug, lasting 1.5 hours. This promises to be a great Wednesday afternoon event for those of you with children at home by then.
Time: 13:30 or 15:30- book in advance
Price: 10CHF adults, 5CHF for children
Address that boat sets off from: Zug Bahnhofsteg (See)- Ferry terminal at Lake Zug
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8th- ZUGER Märlisunntig
Now in its 36th year, the pedestrianised old town of Zug becomes a fairyland with performances and entertainment for all.
The afternoon ends with fireworks and there are food stalls available.
This is a free event.
LICHTERWEG BAAR- NOvember 29th-January 5th
This year celebrates the 6th anniversary of Lichterweg Baar where from November 3th until (provisonally) January 5th around 1500 LED lamps illuminate a 1.5km circuit at the foot of the Baarburg.
There is a programme of events including evenings of raclette, music concerts, a lantern parade, and meeting Samichlaus.
Address: Wishalde, Chapel Heiligkreuz, Bruederhus Wishalde, 6340 Baar
CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE (in ENglish)- Friday 14th December
Come and sing traditional carols, and listen to the Christmas story with refreshments after. All are welcome.
Address: Reformierte Kirche, Alpenstrasse, Zug (next to Coop City)
OTHER EVENTS IN THE AREA
PILATUS CHRISTMAS MARKET - FRI 15 - SAT 17 NOVEMBER
Christmas magic 2000 metres up - with around 40 stalls. Remember to budget for going up and down Pilatus - 57.60chf for adults and 32.40chf for children / Halbtax. Check the website for opening times.
Illuminarium- A mesmerising light festival in Zurich...
Experience a world of illuminations, music and great food at the inner courtyard of the National Museum of Zurich. From 14th November to 30th December
Bar & fondue chalet: 17:00-00:00 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Show & Food court: 17:00-22:00
Address: Swiss National Museum, Landesmuseum Zurich, Museumstrasse 2,
Price: Tickets to the festival are free, tickets for the show can be purchased from the website link below from 5.50-13.50 CHF.
JELMOLI MÄrlitram, Zurich- NOVEMBER 22nd-December 24th
This is a ride for children aged 4-10 in a small red tram accompanied by Santa and his helper angels. It is an old tradition in Zurich as the tram has been running since 1958! The tickets are sold at Jelmoli on their 4th floor for 8CHF each (although if you have a Jelmoli card you can get them by phone too). They are available one week before the date of the tram you wish to take, and there are many time slots each day.
GOOD TO KNOW: The journey is 20 minutes long around central Zurich and parents aren't allowed, so be prepared!
Singing CHRISTMAS Tree- November 21st-December 23rd
This unique attraction is at the Christmas market on Werdmühleplatz just off Bahnhofstrasse. Children from around the area (including the international schools) sing carols in German and English.
There are food stalls selling gluhwein, crepes, marroni, raclette and sausages near the Singing tree as well as a fondue tent, so make an evening of it with your family and friends and enjoy the Christmas cheer.
Address: Werdmühleplatz, 8001 Zürich
Klausjagen, Küssnacht am Rigi - 5th December
This festival takes place on the eve of St.Nicholas Day on the shores of Lake Lucerne and is attended by around 20,000 people. Around 1500 people take part in the parade which lasts well into the night . Klausjagen literally means 'chasing the Klaus' so be prepared for a Santa chase involving whips, cowbells and horns! Once the procession is over, the feasting begins with crowds hopping from restaurant to restaurant.
GOOD TO KNOW: This is a rather noisy event ("ear splitting" according to some) that starts at 8pm, so may not be suitable for younger children.