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Christmas Markets in Lucerne

Christmas is less than a month away! In this time of heightened consumerism it is so much nicer to go local with your gifting, so here are some local markets for you to enjoy.

November 28 to December 31. : Rudolf Weihnachtsmarkt

The Rudolf Christmas Market will take place at the Inseli Quai and will be mainly a food market, with a Fondue Chalet, and stands offering cured meats, crepes or gin drinks. Cozy Yurts will be places to stay warm and watch cultural events. Of note on December 14 & 15 artisans will exhibit their goods too. More details here.

December 5 to 21: Lözaner Market at Franziskanerplatz

This is Lucerne’s iconic market. A place to meander through the stall buy your glass of Glühwein have a piece of garlic bread and listen to the various groups singins Christmas carols. More info here.

December 7 to 22: The Craft Market

Taking place on weekends, this market is filled with stands selling beautiful homemade crafted goods, from hand blown glass trinkets to embroidered presents, you will have the advantage of offering something unique and local.

December 12 to 15: Venite Market

This is an international market with stands from all over the world selling wares and foods to be consumed on the spot whilst enjoying some colourful musical entertainment from around the world. A must do, more information here.

December 16 to 23: The Christmas Tree Market

This market which is the oldest Christmas Tree market in Switzerland takes place in several venues, the Schweizerhofquai, the Nationalquai but also the Helvetiaplatz and the Bellerive Heights. The trees are grown locally. You can find the opening times here.

November 23 to December 23: Candle Making in Vögeligarten

This place is a Lucerne tradition, children have been making their own candles here for decades. It is a fun present to make and enjoy and there is more, glühwein and numerous stands sells goods there. The market opens daily at 11.

We also like to support our friends who run their own small markets.

December 7th at the LiLi Centre you can enjoy creative Christmas gift day.

December 8th at Sentitreff from 10 to 13.00 you can buy natural cosmetics, hand made gifts and all proceeds will go to charity.

Finally the People’s Factory offer the opportunity to make your own gifts and have your presents sustainably wrapped. Find out more here.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.