Dan Rang - Dec 9, 2015

A beautifully decorated Christmas tree, joyful singers of Christmas carols, mulled wine – all of this is the essential part of any Christmas market. Some cities however attract visitors with much more than that. Explore the best Christmas markets ready to welcome you and your family.

Basel, Switzerland

26 Nov - 5 Jan 2016

Get ready for special tram tours around the city center driven by Santa Claus himself! The advent market on Barfsserplatz offers ultra-modern as well as vintage and traditional gifts, colorful toys, glittering glass baubles, typical Swiss crafts, old books and a lot of rarities.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

1 - 31 Dec

Located along the Ljubjanica river in the center of the town, the Ljubljana Christmas market offer remarkable atmosphere. The wooden stalls decorated with Xmas ornaments and lights, sell craftwork, Slovenian specialties, mulled wine (kuhano vino), warm honey schnapps (medica), fried sausages and other delicious snacks.

Montreux, Switzerland

20 Nov - 24 Dec

Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, this is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets with its 150 artisans and merchants, gift ideas by the thousands, chalets decorated in the grand tradition of the holidays. Explore the Christmas village including Santa Claus’ animals and workshops for children. Visit Santa Claus in his house perched at the top of the Rochers de Naye above Montreux. Enjoy the medieval Christmas market within the walls of the Château de Chillon. The Story Festival will transport visitors into the fascinating world of tales of chivalry and great stories of bygone years. 

Stockholm, Sweden

22 Nov - 23 Dec

Several Christmas markets can be found around the city and in the archipelago, with Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked sausages, reindeer meat, glögg (mulled wine) handicrafts and decorative arts on offer. For a genuine Stockholm Christmas, the Old Town’s market held in Stortorget since 1915 is a must.  

Bern, Switzerland

28 Nov - 24 Dec

The Old Town houses, dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, provide a fantastic and unique backdrop for the distinctive Bern Christmas Market. Münsterplatz is devoted mainly to arts and crafts. Traditional market can be found 10 minutes away on Waisenhausplatz. 

Lucerne, Switzerland

3 - 20 Dec

Located on the Franziskanerplatz, the market attracts visitors with 60 stands that feature artists presenting their skills live complete with gifts, traditions, customs, art and culinary highlights galore.

Tjolöholm Castle, Sweden

14 - 16 and 19 - 23 Nov

More than a hundred craftsmen and food producers are selling their products during the market. Festive concerts and a fire show in front of the castle with actors and clowns attract thousands of visitors every year.

Zurich, Switzerland

22 Nov-24 Dec

Explore the city's oldest Christmas market in the picturesque Niederdorf quarter and enjoy the romantic Christmas markets in the Old Town districts of Winterthur or Rapperswil. With its 150 stalls one of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe takes place in Zurich’s Main Train Station and its underground mall. Here you can admire the glittering 50ft tall Christmas tree decorated with thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystals and enjoy local delicacies.


Genève, Switzerland

9 - 24 Dec

The Christmas market on Geneva’s Place de la Fusterie offers shoppers the chance to stock up for the festive season with locally made arts and crafts and colorful knickknacks from around the world. A selection of chalets forms a remarkable international “village”. 

Lugano, Switzerland

28 Nov - 6 Jan 2016

The traditional Christmas market stretching all over the city center offers gift ideas, art-products, crafts, decorations, as well as many traditional local gastronomic specialties. Beautifully illuminated houses, wooden stalls and the Christmas tree attracts thousands of visitors coming to experience the unique atmosphere of the holidays.

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