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Swiss Christmas Market dates [2020]

September 28, 2019 Last Updated on October 9, 2020

If you are going to be spending Christmas in Switzerland, chances are you’ll get to experience one of the many Christmas markets. Switzerland is the perfect destination to enjoy the festive season and the best way to immerse yourself in one of the most popular Swiss Christmas traditions is to head to the nearest market.

There are many Christmas markets in Switzerland – you’ll find them in both cities and smaller towns and villages – and they are loved by locals and tourists alike.

A typical Swiss Christmas market features wooden huts or chalets assembled in the town square.  Sellers offer a variety of goods including handmade crafts perfect for gifts, Christmas ornaments, Christmas trees and food and drink.

NOTE: This post will be updated with 2020 Switzerland Christmas Market dates as they become available. Dates are subject to change pending the COVID-19 situation.


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Some of the largest Switzerland Christmas markets include:

Zurich Christmas Market – Whilst there are numerous markets in Zurich each festive season the most romantic is also Zurich’s oldest Christmas market. It’s held at Niederdorfstrasse in the heart of the Old Town. At Werdmuhlepltaz you’ll find a market and what is probably the most unusual Swiss Christmas tree.  The Singing Christmas Tree features choristers standing on a Christmas-tree-shaped vertical podium who entertain the crowds with their carols.

Basel Christmas Market – The oldest Christmas Market in Switzerland, Basel’s Christmas Market can be found in the Old Town.  More than 180 stalls add to the festive charm and they are watched over by a huge Christmas tree decorated by Johann Wanner, a Basel local who, for more than 50 years has created beautiful hand-blown and hand-painted Christmas decorations.  

Why not join an organised coach tour to visit the Swiss Christmas Markets? Click here to search available tours.

Bern Christmas MarketBern is home to a number of Christmas markets but one with a slight difference is the Bernese Christmas market which is held in front of the Munster (Cathedral).  This market has an ethos to only sell unique items that the artisan stall holders have produced in their own studios. Rather than offering customers mass-produced goods, only lovingly handcrafted products are for sale.

Montreux Christmas Market – Widely regarded as one of the best Christmas markets in Switzerland, Montreux’s market can be found along the lakeside promenade where more than 160 chalets sell their wares. This is a favourite market amongst children as, each evening, Santa and his reindeer can be seen flying across the sky.

You’ll find more detailed information about the most popular Christmas markets in Switzerland in this article.

Basel’s Christmas market, with its giant tree decorated by Johann Wanner. Image © swiss-image.ch / Andre Meier

Below you will find a list of the dates for Switzerland’s Christmas Markets in 2020. These are not all the Christmas markets in Switzerland but still offer plenty of options for visitors to Switzerland at Christmas time.

Switzerland Christmas Market dates for 2020

Bern28 November to 24 December
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Basel26 November to 23 December
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Brienz28 and 29 November
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Chur29 to 30 November
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Einsiedeln27 November to 6 December
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Geneva04 to 31 December
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Gruyeres13, 14 & 15 and 20, 21 & 22 December
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Interlaken19 to 27 December
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Kandersteg/Blausee12 and 13 December
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Lausanne19 November to 31 December
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Locarno8 December
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Lugano1 to 24 December
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Luzern3 to 20 December
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MartignyTo be advised
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MontreuxCancelled for 2020
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Mount PilatusCancelled for 2020
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Rapperswil-Jona3 to 20 December
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Saanen6 and 19 December
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Schaffhausen12 and 13 December
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Solothurn2 and 3 December
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Spiez5 December
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Stein am Rhein2 December to 3 January
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St Gallen26 November to 24 December
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St MoritzTo be advised
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Thun9 to 23 December
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Vaduz (Liechtenstein)14 & 15 December
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Veytaux-Chillon Castle5 & 6, 12 & 13 and 19 & 20 December
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Winterthur20 November to 22 December
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Yverdon-les-Bains30 November to 24 December
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Zug28 Novermber
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Zurich19 November to 24 December
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Whilst you are in Switzerland during the winter for the Christmas markets, you might also be planning a mountain excursion or two. In this article you can see the dates that the Swiss cableways and funiculars will be closed.


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Top image: Christmas market at Stein am Rhein. Credit: swiss-image.ch/Jan Geerk