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Things to do in Zurich during Christmas or a lazy winter day

Christmas markets – Fondue Chalets – Ice Skating Disco – What is your favorite activity in December?

If you think that in December when it is cold and dark outside people in Zurich stay in their sweet homes, you’ve got the wrong idea. The city shines from its best side. And we all love the pre and after christmas season!  Zurich is kind of magical, with plenty of Christmas decorations and lights. This blogs tory gives you an overview on how to spend your pre christmas time in the beautiful Zurich city centre.The start of the christmas season is the last weekend in November, when the “Lucy” fest takes place. This is the official day, when a sparkling starry sky over the Bahnhofstrasse is lit. At 6 pm the Christmas lights will be switched on and shops are opened till late in the evening.

Attractions for families

  • Christmas market
    The Wiehnachtsdorf at Bellevue platz belongs to Zurich’s main Christmas market attraction. It is a land of milk and honey for hungry and thirsty kids and adults. It’s on from 22.11. until 23.12.2018. On the traditional Sechseläutenplatz right in front of the opera house, more than 100 huts create a cozy christmas village for browsing, shopping, feasting and lingering. Experience a musical advent calendar, graceful ice princesses, enchanted storytellers and other guests provide entertainment for young and old. On the cute artificial ice rink, winter fans can enjoy a fun-filled round of games, and in the Villa Zauberwurz magical character captivates little visitors with fairy tales, humor and costumer. Beside that you find the Fondue Chalet Klosters, an Après-Ski chalet for a punch, Glühwein and other drinks including plenty food stalls with finger licking international street food.
    Opening hours: Monday – Thursday to 11 pm, Friday + Saturday to 12 pm, Sunday to 10 pm.
  • Winterwonderland with shiny lights, shows, food & drinks
    Welcome to Illuminarium where an enchanting winter wonderland of light, illumination, illusion, music and culinary delights waits for you. It’s located in the inner courtyard of the Landesmuseum Zurich. Be prepared to dive into a magical storytelling world. Try the food stalls, slurp mulled wine and enjoy concerts by mysterious mythical creatures by Yuki and her fabulous friends.
    Opening hours: 15.11. – 30.12. 2018 / 5 pm to 12 pm, daily – Landesmuseum Zürich, Museumstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich
    Get tickets for the Wonderland here,  Prices: festival Free entree – Light Show Adults: CHF 13, Adolescents (10 – 16 y): CHF 8, Children (6 – 9 y): CHF 5, Free for smaller children up to 5 y.

After-work Cocktails, Glühwein & cheesy christmas songs

  • Cheesy and cozy Rudolph’s Holy Moly Pop-up Bar
    Discover bizzare Christmas stories, fancy drinks and cool people to celebrate holy moly style!
    Opening hours: 22.11. to 21.12.2018 /Tuesday to Saturday, Dufourstrasse 43, Zurich
  • Restaurant, Canteen, Club & Bar “Warenhaus” – Pop-up
    This is where you hang out either for lunch or after work. In the basement of the former nursery department you can dance all evening long between white, naked mannequins and old OVS fashion campaigns.
    Opening hours: 22.11. to 23.12.2018 / Canteen Monday–Saturday 11.30–2.30 pm and 6.30 pm–10 pm, Discobar Wednesday–Thursday 6 pm–12 pm and Friday–Saturday 6 pm to 2 am, Sihlstrasse, Zurich
  • Bar & Dance club with local residence Djs – “Rouge”
    Red is the best cure for sadness, claimed American fashion designer Bill Blass (1922-2002). This motto is followed by the red decorated Rouge Bar in Kreis 5, which is also a club. Here DJs like Lexx, Sentiment or Jay Boogie are playing until Christmas. Of course, different red drinks are served!
    Opening hours: 23.11. to 25.12.2018 / Thursday 8 pm to 12 pm, Friday/Saturday: 10 pm to 4 am, Geroldsstrasse 15, Zurich

A wellness day or a relaxing weekend for two?

  • Relax & Wellness in a roman bath after a crazy Christmas Shopping – or an overnight with cozy dinner in a wine library?
    If you are traveling from abroad or you live in Zurich but are totally in the mood to overnight in a cozy boutique hotel that is connected with a thermal bath, this program is your choice. The site is located in a former brewery called Hürlimann. The building was partially monument protected, this is why parts of it are cleverly integrated and give to the space a very particular ambience.

    Take a bath in a centenarian stone vaults of the former brewery Hürlimann at Thermalbad  & SPA Zurich.

    The Wine Library at B2 Boutique Hotel is memorable. On the ceiling you find lamps constructed from old original beer bottles. All books that fill the hotel library – 33000 of them – come from the inventory of a former antiquarian bookshop in Zurich. Get your room rate or a special wellness package here!
    Enjoy a thermal bath that offers 3500 sqm of pure joy for body & soul. Absolutely take a bath in the rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city of Zurich. The fresh thermal water bubbles directly from Zurich’s “Aquispring and offers guests relaxation with valuable minerals in 35 to 41 degree warm water. A delight especially in cold winter days.
    Find all of their packages here.

  • Cozy Sunday afternoon Ice skating at Dolder
    Instead of spending a lazy Sunday afternoon on the sofa why not going out for some ice skating! The atmosphere at the Dolder Ice Complex is unique: surrounded by wooded countryside on 6,000 square meter you find the biggest artificial ice rink in Switzerland.
    Watch out for special events as the Ice disco.The next one is 15. December 2018 – 10. Zurich Ice Skating Disco and 29.12.2018, Eisdisco – M80 New Year Pre-Party.
    Opening hours: October – March, Monday – Saturday: 9 am-10.20 pm / Sunday: 9 am to -5.40 pm,
    Address: Kunsteisbahn Dolder AG, Adlisbergstrasse 36, 8044 Zürich.

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