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The best Christmas Markets in French Speaking Switzerland

With mulled wine in hand, fairy lights twinkling around you, happy cheers coming from the dancers on the ice and an indulgent scent of sweet cinnamon swirling through the air, nothing feels more magical than the atmosphere at Switzerland’s Christmas Markets. 

With the festive season in full swing, here’s our roundup of the best French-speaking Christmas Markets in Switzerland to explore with your family this year.

Montreux

19 November – 24 December 2021

Considered one of the most beautiful in Europe, Montreux Christmas Market brings a sprinkle of magic year after year. Enjoy traditional festive experiences, including a meeting with Santa Clause himself at Rochers-de-Naye, and discover a medieval Christmas at the Chillon Castle. Be sure to keep a look overhead between 5 and 7 pm every day to catch Santa and his reindeer flying through the sky. 

Discover more of the magic here.

Lausanne

18th November – 31st December

Lausanne truly comes to life in the run-up to Christmas. Visitors love the magical ambience of the city centre, where the traditional nativity scene performance awaits, and the younger audience plays and listen to Christmas stories in the children’s village. Lausanne is the perfect destination to feel the festive spirit. 

Visit here for more information.

Geneva

18th November – 26th December

Visit Geneva this December to discover the Winter Wonderland at the Jardin Anglais. There’s so much on offer the whole family. You can marvel at the craft stalls, indulge in traditional delicacies, an enchanting railway and chalet to explore.  You can also enjoy a magical walk through the park adorned in Christmas lights, and of course, don’t forget the Chalet à Fondue.

Find out more here.

Italian speaking 

Lugano

December 1st – 6th January 2022

For an unforgettable festive experience, visit Lugano – Switzerland’s southernmost city. The most magnificent Christmas tree sits at the heart of the wooden market stalls that offer an array of crafts, gifts and delicacies. With lots of entertainment on offer too, this is a perfect spot for even the youngest visitors. 

Find out more here.

For our ultimate guide to Christmas markets in German-speaking Switzerland, click here.

Information: most of the Christmas markets can take place under the current protection measures. However, there may be changes due to the further development of the Covid-19 situation. 

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