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Zurich activities for families from Nov. 20th, 2014 until Jan. 2015

On Thursday this week Lucy, the Zurich Christmas lights, will be turned on at 6 p.m. The Bahnhofstrasse will become the most beautiful street in Zurich. The best place to be is at Paradeplatz where you can also see the Christmas tree from Crédit Suisse. It will be the 10th year that the bank has its own tree on the square.

Bahnhofstrasse with Lucy by night, Zurich

Bahnhofstrasse with Lucy by night, Zurich – copyright Veronique Gray

You can eat a delicious soup at the stand SOUP Day. It is the 11th time this year and it will be there from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The shops will stay open until 10 p.m.

You can find out more information about the amazing Crédit Suisse Christmas tree here and about the Tirggels, the Advent calendar and Christmas in Zurich during the holidays.


Here are some of the activities you can do with your children:


at the Hechtplatz Theater: “Die Kleine Hexe” – for kids from the age of 4 – until March 29th, 2015

at the Bernhard Theater: De Zauberlehrling – a family musical – for kids from the age of 5 – until February 8th,2015

at the Kongresshall: The Harlem Gospel Singers show with Queen Esther Marrow – December 18th at 7.30 p.m.  Vivamost was there in 2012. Read our review here.

at the Kongresshall: The Nutcracker – Dec 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

at the Landesmuseum: artcraft for the Christmas tree – November 29th – for kids from the age of 5


Lindt Christmas shop in Kilchberg – will be opened from November 23rd to January 6th

Lindt chocolateria in Kilchberg – make your own chocolates

St. Nicholas and Santa Claus speeches at the Samichlaus Parade in Zurich - copyright Veronique Gray

St. Nicholas and Santa Claus speeches at the Samichlaus Parade in Zurich – copyright Veronique Gray

Samichlaus Umzug on the Bahnhofstrasse (yearly parade with Lebkuchen, music and Märlitram): Nov: 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Samichlaus at Jelmoli: December 6th in the store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in the food market from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sprüngli Samichlaus and donkey Fridolin Dec. 6th: children can go talk to Santa and receive a bag of peanuts and chocolates. It will be at the Paradeplatz from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wear some warm clothes as you may have to queue a while to talk to Santa.

Jelmoli backing for the holidays: Grittibänz on December 3rd and decoration of your Lebkuchen on Dec 10th & 17th

UBS Christmas box - candles

UBS Christmas box – candles – copyright Veronique Gray

Jelmoli Märlitram: from December 1st to December 23rd – Kids from  age 4 can travel in the Jelmoli tram and listen to Christmas stories. – Buy tickets in Jelmoli for 8 CHF.

 Zurich Christmas markets: from November 20th to December 24th

Salto Natale: from November 20th to January 4th – Circus Knie in Zurich Kloten

Singing Tree (Christmas songs at the Wermühleplatz): Nov. 20th – Dec 23d

Santa Claus at Circus Conelli, Bauschänzli after the show: Dec. 6th, 5:30 p.m. – Shows until January 4th

  • Züˆrcher Silvesterlauf 2011 - credit Giorgia Müller
    Züˆrcher Silvesterlauf 2011 – credit Giorgia Müller

Zürcher Silversterlauf: (yearly race for adults and children): Dec. 14th – you can register until November 30th.

Friedenlicht (Lights for peace) Bürkliplatz: Dec. 14th – starts at 4:00 p.m.

Lichterschwimmen (800 floating candles on the Limmat, at the courthouse bridge & Glühwein at the Weinplatz): Dec. 18th at 6:00 p.m

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

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