Christmas in Zurich

Christmas in Zurich and Zug

Christmas in Zurich and Zug

Winter night in Zurich

Winter night in Zurich

While it does feel a bit early to be writing about Christmas,  we are now half -way through November,  most of the ski resorts have opened and we can see snow on the mountains and I can definitely feel the Christmas spirit coming alive, so perhaps it’s time to divulge a few Zurich and Zug Christmas secrets.

Zurich and Zug are beautiful during the Christmas period with Christmas markets, concerts, sunday sales and night shopping as well as  events like santa swimming and advent concerts so I thought I would give you a little run down.

 

 ZURICH

Christmas Markets

 Christmas market in the Niederdorf : The oldest Christmas market in Zurich is held every year in the “lower village” in old town. The market stalls are located next to central Niederdorfstrasse.  The Christmas market during advent season is a must in this picture perfect location of cobbled streets, even if it’s just a stroll to see all the market stands and to taste the mulled wine.Concierge service-Zurich

Opening times: 24th November  – 23rd December.

Monday to Saturday: 11.00 to 21.00

Sunday: 11.00 to 19.00

Address: Niederdorfstrasse, 8001 Zurich

 

Christkindlimarkt in Central Station: This is one of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe. Over 150 stalls, mulled wine and a 15-meter-high Christmas tree decorated in Swarovski crystals transform Zurich main station to a winter wonderland.

Opening times: 23rd November – 24th December

Sunday to Wednesday: 10.30 to 21.00

Thursday to Saturday: 10.30 to 22.00

Address: Hauptbahnhof  Zurich, 8001 Zurich

 

Christmas Carols Tree and Market: The market at Werdmuhleplatz is the youngest market in the city. On a beautifully decorated stage in the form of a Christmas tree daily evening concerts from choirs from the region make it feel like Christmas every day. Again this is a market not to be missed.Christmas-carol-tree

Opening times: 24th November – 23rd December

Christmas market

Monday to Thursday 4.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday 4.00pm – 10.00pm

Saturday 1.00pm – 10.00pm

Sunday 1.00pm – 9.00pm

Choir performances

Monday to Friday 5.30pm / 6.30pm

Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm / 3.30pm / 5.30pm / 6.30pm

Address: Werdmuhleplatz, 8001 Zurich

 

Zurich Christmas Market Bellevue –This fabulous Christmas market has over 100 stalls and is located right in front of the Opera House in Bellevue. What makes this market so special is the ice skating rink in front of the Opera house and the fondue Stübli in the Chalet by the Christmas tree.Christmas in Zurich

Opening times: 24th November – 23rd December 2015

Monday to Saturday 11am – 10pm

Sunday 11am – 8pm

Address: Sechselaeutenplatz in front of the Opera House

 

Christmas Shopping

Christmas lights and Night Shopping: On the 24th November the pre-Christmas shopping starts with the switching on of the Christmas lights at Bahnhofstrasse at 18.00 and then night shopping till 22.00.  Night shopping should not be missed on the 24th as many shops have festive events either inside or outside which include free mulled wine, concerts and other festive events.

Sunday sales in Advent: On 3 Sundays many shops in the centre of Zurich are open. The dates for these are:

Sunday, 27 November, 2016: 11.00am – 6.00pm

Sunday, 4 December, 2016: 11.00am – 6.00pm

Sunday, 18 December, 2016: 11.00am – 6.00pm.

New Year Shopping: Even though the 2nd of January is a holiday in Zurich many of the shops are open in the city.  The shops will close at 20.00 on the 2nd.

 

Events

Unique events make Christmas magical in Zurich. There are Christmas events on almost every day from the 17th November till the New Year.20151206-3698-MSKY

Christmas Circus Conelli: 17th November – 31st December

Top acrobatics, poetry, comedy and musical delights make this a must visit event with the family, friends and loved ones.

Christmas Procession: 27th November at 17.00

The procession travels from Werdmuhleplatz to Buerkliplatz. The parade celebrates the arrival of “Santa Claus”. The parade is led by a bishop with many children dressed up as Santa’s helpers.

Musical Advent Calendar: December 1st – December 23rd

At the Zurich Opera house, there is a free concert every day at 17.30 for 15 minutes. Its free to watch and they sing both well and lesser known music to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Santa Claus swim: 4th December –Zurich Schiffslande

This is the 2nd largest winter swim in Switzerland and is limited to 350 entries so book early to get your place. hallo@limmatschwimmen.ch

 

Zurich Silvesterlauf: 11th December at 12.00

 For those who like to keep fit (and stave off the effects of the mince pies) before the festive season really starts this is the perfect event. A traditional fun run though the old town of Zurich. Various distances ranging from 1.4 to 8.6 km are available.

Lichterschwimmen: 22nd December at 18.00

Floating candles are sent from Stadthausquai on a Christmas journey. At Weinplatz, Zurich tourism offers guests warm punch and something sweet between 17.00 and 19.00.

Christmas Nativity: 25th November to 8th January.

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday – 10.00 to 17.00

Thursday – 10.00 to 19.00

The national museum in Zurich presents a selection of nativity scenes. This is very popular with parents as its great entertainment for the kids.  The event happens at the Swiss National Museum, Museum Street 2, 8001 Zurich.

I hope that gives you a good insight into the goings on in Zurich during the Christmas break, particularly if you have friends and family to entertain.

 

Zug

 

Christmas Market

Klausmarkt mit Kinderattraktion: With over 70 stands and entertainment for the kids this is a great market to visit in Zug. Its on for 1 day on the 27th of November from 09.00 to 18.00 at Landsgemeindeplatz, Zug.

 

Einsiedein Market: Even though it’s not in Zug, this market is the biggest in central Switzerland. Its located right by the monastery and with amazing decorations, Christmas carols, market stands and so much more, this is best authentic market in Switzerland and is set in such a stunning location.

Opening times: 26th November – 4th December

Sunday to Thursday: 11.00 to 19.30

Friday and Saturday: 11.00 to 21.00

 

 Events

 Fairy Tale Sunday in Zug: 4th December 14.00 – 18.00

 This is an enchanting Christmas event for all ages in Zug. Zug’s old town is turned into a wonderland for a day with fairies, storytellers, magicians, witches and Gnomes.

There are pony rides, refreshments, delightful food treats, fair ground rides, live music and much much more.

The event comes to a climax at 17.30pm when the St. Nicholases convene with the cowbell ringers, whip crackers, jesters, magicians and fairy tale figures at the Landesgemeindeplatz to bring Fairy tale Sunday to a close with a spectacular fireworks display.

 

Whether you are excited or stressed out about Christmas approaching – why not consider asking Allow Me Lifestyle Management Services to make your life easier? Planning your Christmas/New Year’s Eve party, present or food shopping, gift wrapping, catering, picking up relatives from the airport, planning ski trips and anything else – all at a very reasonable price and without the drama. More time for you to relax and enjoy the festive season!?! What’s not to love… 

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Winter Events and The Start of The Ski Season in Laax

Winter Events and The Start of The Ski Season in Laax

 

Winter is finally here!  With the snow falling on the hills around Zurich and Zug we can all start to enjoy the mountains and the excitement for Christmas has started.

 

Christmas Parties and Events

 

With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s parties just around the corner why not ask Allow Me to take away the stress of the event by letting us organize and run your event. We offer bespoke event planning to individuals and corporate clients for events of all sizes – from a small and elegant gathering to a large office party.12764410_1158288480849030_6621769340630707704_o

 

We can help you with every aspect of planning and organising your event, from idea generation to execution. If you have already planned your event but would like to enjoy it rather than worrying about it on the day, Allow Me can also provide on-site assistance, hosting, managing service providers and ensuring attention to detail.

 

Allow Me specialises in designing bespoke, sophisticated and memorable events from dinner parties to baby showers, anniversary/engagement parties, weddings, birthday parties, BBQs, wine tasting and corporate events. We love this time of year and have some great ideas for events that will round of 2016 for you and your friends and colleagues in style.

 

Don’t forget that we are also available for any Thanksgiving and Christmas-related services prior to the holiday season. We can help with present or food shopping, gift wrapping, catering, picking up relatives from the airport, planning ski trips and pet/house sitting – at a very reasonable price, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy your time off.

For more details, please contact us.

Start your Ski Season in LAAX

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Allow Me can help with all your weekend (or longer) ski break bookings during the winter season and with over twelve years of involvement in the winter sports industry we can make sure you have an unforgettable and stress free ski break.

 

Films-Laax-Falera – Located just a short (circa 90 minutes) drive from Zurich, LAAX is the marketing name for the linked ski circuit above the villages of Flims, Laax and Falera, which is regarded – glorified, even – as Europe’s leading freestyle resort. With 224 kilometres of slopes and five downhill runs with artificial snow, multiple snow parks and the world’s largest superpipe, Laax is unquestionably one of the best winter resorts in Europe.  The original village of Laax is a short bus ride away from the lifts but Laax Murschetg, a more ski-friendly purpose built satellite, has recently been built around the base-station with the rocksresort at its heart. This resort has become a serious magnet for snowboarders, who congregate at the trendy Riders Palace hotel, but the accessibility to the lifts, and on-site food and shopping make it ideal for skiers and families too. With a number of cool eateries and an apres-ski scene that explodes at the weekend when young people pour in from Zurich, the rocksresort is the perfect mix of great skiing and après-ski for a weekend break.

 

With over a metre of fresh snow last weekend, LAAX will be opening the ski resort and some of the slopes around Crap Sogn Gion this weekend, starting on Saturday 12th November.

 

ALLOW ME is very happy to be able to offer you PREMIUM access to the LAAX INSIDE APP free of charge, worth 69 CHF. The LAAX INSIDE APP gives access to background information, lift ticket webcams & queue alerts and free Wi-Fi in the ski resort. For more information, please email Robert Brommer for the free access code: Robert.brommer@laax.com

 

 

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The LAAX INSIDE app is your ideal companion for you winter adventure in Flims Laax Falera. Book tickets at the best available rate within seconds, reserve your parking spot next to the gondola, check the snow conditions on the top of the mountain, track your on-mountain activities and get rewarded for the days you spend in LAAX skiing, snowboarding, sledging or simply having a good time.

 

Discounted lift tickets from 49 CHF (instead of 77 CHF) available in the LAAX INSIDE APP and on the designated ticket website:

SAVE NOW, SKI LATER

Benefit from the early bird rates and book your lift tickets for the coming winter season now. The amount of lift tickets is limited and the prices can change at any time. Be the quick, it pays off!

 

For information on all the up and coming events happening at Laax this winter please click here.

 

Accommodation deals at Rocksresort

 

Short break with Family

 

Laax family deal 4 Nights offer is ideal for a spontaneous short break in the richly varied ski resort in LAAX. Enjoy spending time with your family in the spacious apartments at the rocksresort and take advantage of the lift tickets included in the offer to explore the ski resort with your nearest and dearest. Please click here for more details.danuser-160310090638

 

Short break with Friends

 

Enjoy four nights with your friends in a rocksresort apartment and discover the richly varied ski resort in LAAX.

Thanks to our 4 Nights for Friends offer, all this awaits you and your companions. Make the most of the rocksresort’s ideal location by the base station and enjoy perfect days on the slopes. Please click here for more details.