Christmas village: Zurich Bellevue

IMG_5263The Zurich Christmas Village opened on Sechseläutenplatz on November 19, to the delight of the city of Zurich, families and visitors from around the world. On the piazza between Bellevue and the Opera house you will find around 100 enchanting cottages creating a cosy village, inviting you to browse, shop, dine and linger. The cottages offerings include traditional Christmas gifts, home accessories, jewellery, and various design items. In addition, one will also find a wonderful array of food stalls, which will alternate during the 36 days. You will find some favourites from the Zurich Street Food Festivals that we’ve come to know and love and a small selection of new suppliers with some interesting and tasty dishes to try. IMG_5262 IMG_5266IMG_5271IMG_5270

The market offers a pre-Christmas entertainment program ranging from Fairytale storytelling hours to daily and free “musical Advent Calendar” in the foyer of the Opera House.

There is beautiful large chalet where there are fondue and Graubünden specialties.IMG_5279 It’s a great escape from the cold with a cosy seating area around the fireplace. The fondue is delicious!  IMG_5283

There’s an awesome ice rink for to live out your skating dreams in a magical environment, which also offers chance  to try out curling IMG_5272

Personally, I find this market a welcome addition to the Christmas season. Even though it’s much smaller then the Zurich station Christkindlimarkt, it offers so much more and is far less commercialised. Truth be told that after 11 years of me going to the station market, I’m quite bored of  the same stands and the same products and basically the same layout year after year.

Operating hours:

Runs until 2pm on Christmas Eve

Market: Mondays to Saturdays 11am – 10pm and Sundays till 8pm
Chalet: Mondays to Thursdays 11am – 11pm / Fridays & Saturdays till midnight / Sundays till 10pm
Ice rink: Mondays to Fridays open from 9am

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