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Activities for the entire family in Zurich from now through New Year

Why not going to the circus, to a Christmas Parade, a Gospel concert or a

It is again a busy time of the year with so many enjoyable activities to do in Zurich. There are more than you will be able to do, but I selected  the ones which look the most  interesting.

Train Station Christmas Market in Zurich - Lebkuchen stand

Train Station Christmas Market in Zurich - Lebkuchen stand


My list:

Christmas markets: from November 17th to Dec 31st – Four markets. with the first one opening in the city center. There is a new one this year on the Sechseläuten  Platz, Bellevue– The train station market on November 24th.

Salto Natale: from November 17th to January 1st – Circus Knie in Zurich Kloten

Conelli: Première on November 18th – Christmas circus with gala dinners – Will last until January 2d, 2012 – Located on the Bauschänzli insel, Bürkliplatz

Swiss Christmas: Première on November 18th – A music, acrobatic
show with Christmas stories to last until December 31st – Location: Oerlikon
near the Hallenstadion –  For more info click here.

Artist_2011_Stylize_WEB - copyright Swiss Christmas

Artist_2011_Stylize_WEB - copyright Swiss Christmas

Räbeliechtli Parade: November 19th at 6:00 p.m. Cutting starts at
3:30 p.m in the Schulhausstrasse 22. Parade from last 45 minutes – Location
Enge. For more info write to or

Lighting of Lucy (city lights): November 24th at 6:00 p.m. with shopping night
until 10 p.m. – Bahnofstrasse

Singing Tree : November 24th to December 23rd – Christmas carols –
Location: Werdmühleplatz downtown

Crédit Suisse Tree: in November before the Christmas Parade – In
front of the bank headquarters on Paradeplatz

Samichlaus Parade: November 28th at 5:00 p.m. – Bahnofstrasse

Swinging Comedy Christmas: November 29th to December 31st – Comedy
and Christmas songs in Maag Halle in Zurich

Märlitram and Samiclaus at the Chrismtas Parade in Zurich

Märlitram and Samiclaus at the Chrismtas Parade in Zurich

Jelmoli Märlitram: from November 30th to December 23rd – Kids from
age 4 can travel in the Jelmoli tram and listen to Christmas stories. – Buy tickets
in Jelmoli.

Sprüngli and Fridoline: December at 3d from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m –
Paradeplatz in front of Sprüngli

Live on Ice: From December 4th to January 2d – Ice Skating with music – Celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011 – Location: near the Landesmuseum near the main train station.

A5EB7066-  Live on Ice by night - Copyright Live on Ice

A5EB7066- Live on Ice by night - Copyright Live on Ice

Prinzessin Lillifee: December 8th – Musical at the Kongresshaus at 2:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

The Harlem Gospel Singing: December 11th & 12th – Kongresshaus

Circus Stey: from December 17th to December 30th – Sponsored by

Friedenlicht (Light for Peace) : December 18th – Bürkliplatz at
4:00 p.m. – It celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Lichterschwimmen (Schwimming lights): December 22d – Limmat – go
admire the 800 lighted boats on the river.

New Year Firework in Zurich

New Year Firework in Zurich

New Year Firework: December 31st – Bükliplatz – Don’t miss it.

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  1. Elisa

    wow, that’s quite a lineup! Thank you Veronique, I wasn’t aware of some of these events – I will keep this post for reference :-)

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