22 November – 24 December, 2018
We are a little more than a month away from the most magical time of the year – Christmas! With all its bright lights, fireworks, candles, and of course, Santa Claus it is celebrated by billions around the world. Across Switzerland in the beginning of December on can feel a festive atmosphere at multiple markets. The biggest ones take part in Zurich, Basel and Montrex.
For 24 years the delightful lakeside promenade of Montreux is transformed into a charming Christmas market for an entire month, bringing life and joy to the city. There are 175 chalets selling various products from differents corners of the world. One can buy unique handcrafted gifts, decorations, hand-knitted clothing, candles, glass ornaments, jewelry, antiques, accessories, and traditional Christmas food and drink.
Montreux Christmas market attracts thousands of visitors every year. They come here during the whole December to find handmade Russian dolls, soaps from Provence, and maple syrup from Quebec. Dramatic foodies enjoy vin chaud (hot wine), brandy punch, chestnuts, crepes, Christmas tea, and, of course, Swiss fondue or raclette. One of the most popular stands at the Montreux Christmas Market is the Candy Shop Bonbons, which sells a variety of candies and other unique sweets to satisfy your sweet tooth. Try them all!
Panoramic views at Montreux Christmas market from the lake are possible to enjoy on the board of an authentic ferry which crosses Geneva Lake. Another option is to do it from the wheel in the center of the fair, a step from the monument of Freddie Mercury. Near the entrance of the Christmas market, in front of the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, there is a fantastic light show that occurs every hour after nightfall in the Magic garden.
A trip to Santa Claus’ house at the top of Rochers de Naye is a must for children. Here, Santa’s Helpers will greet every kid with snacks and gifts. Reindeer park, face painting sessions and the Treasure Hunt, gifts, candles, candies and photos with Santa are the attractions here. The cherry on top is to have a dinner with Santa at his house with personalized gifts.
Pack your suitcase and head to Montreux to enjoy all the festivities that the lakeside fair has to offer amongst the beautiful backdrop of the snowcapped Alps.
Illustration: Montreux Christmas Market Facebook Page