Follow the glittering lights of a Christmas walk through the woods? Or buy the ultimate gift for a loved one at a Christmas market? With all the many things to see and do in Bern, you are going to be spoilt for choice!
Lumia and the magic of light
From 9 November to 10 December 2017, the world of Lumia the princess of the elves, forester Furrer, Pfurri Luftibus and the nasty mountain spirit Krux will work its magic on both young and old in Kandersteg. The enchanted lighting guarantees you a wonderful experience in the company of families and friends. This occasion includes events such as lantern making, a relaxing dinner and a wood sculpting workshop. lumia.alfasoleil.ch (German)
Winterzauber Gstaad – The meeting place
Festively decorated Chalets, a circus tent and the ice rink provide an idyllic and atmospheric range of events. With a winter lounge and open fires where you can while away the time in a cosy atmosphere. In the little chalet village the visitors enjoyed delicious specialities and discovered new ideas. From savoury nibbles to sweet bites, from sparkling drinks to hot ones. winterzauber-gstaad.ch
You don’t have to settle for just the one romantic Christmas market when you visit Interlaken; No, here during the Advent season you can really pull out all the stops! This wee town set between Lakes Thun and Brienz turns into a veritable Christmas wonderland in December. Walk along the Höheweg Promenade where such delights as Himalayan burgers, amber necklaces, dream catchers and scented candles are on offer. If it takes your fancy, you can even do a few laps on one or both of the ice rinks in the town centre or enjoy a ride through the festively lit streets on the Christmas train. And on the Sunday before Christmas, 18 December, the festively decorated shops on the Bahnhofstrasse (and environs) stay open all day until 24 December. weihnachtsmarkt-interlaken.ch (German)
Heiligenschwendi Christmas Trail: Lantern Trail and Mailänderli Biscuits
The Christmas route in Heiligenschwendi is an integral part of the village tradition. As early as summer, the first of the 80 voluntary workers begin with the preparations: the Christmas trees have to be trimmed, the shop window dolls representing the Christmas protagonists have to be reclothed, and the lanterns have to be made ready. Then, when the end of November finally arrives, it’s all go! For five weeks, locals and visitors can follow the lantern and circular route, admire the scenic representations of the Christmas story and sample homemade baked goods.
Aeschi Christmas Trail: Christmas Story and Alphorn Sounds
In Aeschi, the real "Christmas merrymakers" only really start to get going when night has set in. This is when a thousand lights light up the one-hour long circular trail through the magical winter landscape near Spiez. The six carefully staged "stations" along the way provide a close-up encounter with the Christmas story. The local clubs all band together to produce some quite magical moments as alphorn blowers, yodelers and cowbell ringers add their heart-warming tones to the cold winter night. From 25 December 2018 until 6 January 2019.
Biel Christmas Market: A Veritable Smorgasbord
Mulled wine, spices, "glismeti" socks and much more are on offer on Biel’s Nidaugasse in December. Encounter "tout Biel" on the city’s 330-metre main shopping street and in the side streets in the Advent season as you wander around, chat with others and enjoy the inspiration provided by the various offerings at the stalls selling Christmas gifts with personal flair. And if your legs start to get tired and those shopping bags too heavy to carry, you can always sit down to a glass of punch, a chässchnitte (cheese on toast) or a bratwurst in one of the wooden huts (these include the Burggemeinde Biel’s Canadian loghouse on the corner of Nidaugasse and Dufourstrasse).
From 6 December until 24 December 2018.
Ochlenberg Christmas Trail
Feel the excitement of Christmas grow with every step you take through the landscape around the Jordi-Hof on the Ochlenberg. On this 1.5-kilometre trail you make your way through the fresh snow and hear the rustle of the wind in the tops of the fir trees as you come across the enchanting little Christmas houses with their delightful felt figures portraying the Christmas story.
Until 6 January 2017.