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When the winter season comes and the first snows of the season fall, Switzerland really shifts it up a notch, particularly when it comes to Christmas markets. One pops up in almost every town and city. To help you decide where to go we’re showcasing the most magical of all of Switzerland’s markets.
The whole of Zurich, from the old town to the railway station embraces the Christmas spirit. Visit the Niederdorf district to wander through Zurich’s oldest market where vendors hawk all manner of seasonal trinkets and antiques. Strolling along the famous Bahnhofstrasse, the city’s premier shopping street, takes you to the Werdmühleplatz market, where the highlight is a giant, singing tree that bursts into spontaneous song. If you’re just passing through you can also take in some Christmas cheer at the railway station where a huge 50 ft tree sparkles with Swarovski crystals.
Open from November 23 to December 24
St. Gallen doesn’t need Christmas to give it charm, but an extra smattering of snow and glittering fairy lights over its medieval buildings undoubtedly makes it even more special. On top of this, St. Gallen boasts the largest Christmas tree in the entire country, which is lit with a remarkable 18,000 lights every year. There are plenty of stalls to buy local handicrafts and treats, including local beers and a traditional cheesy raclette dish.
Open from 26 November to 24 December