Christmas markets

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Christmas markets
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As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, and as the aroma of gingerbread fills the air and those first tentative snowflakes are falling, it’s the time for the Christmas markets to open.
In fact, the many such markets held in the canton of Bern are a special feature of the region and most of them have a long tradition behind them. They not only offer a shopping experience, but they also focus on the traditional crafts.

Bern Region

There are two locations in the Swiss Capital where you can enjoy a romantic stroll against a unique backdrop of historic buildings. While on Ophanage Square there are all manner of things on sale at the market, at the market on Cathedral Square it is the handicrafts that take centre stage. Here you will find the perfect Christmas gift - with everything from hand-blown Christmas tree balls to exquisite wood carvings to choose from. With as many as 50,000 visitors each year, the Christmas market in the Oberaargau "Flower Town" of Huttwil (German) is by far the largest and most popular in the Mittelland. And in the Emmental, a visit to the Kambly Christmas market is sure to draw you into a contemplative and reflective mood.
Christmas market Bern, Bern Region
Christmas market Bern, Bern Region
Christmas market Bern, Bern Region
Christmas market Bern, Bern Region

Interlaken holiday region

The Interlaken holiday region is home to countless Christmas markets, all just waiting to be discovered. Of these, the largest and best known are the markets on the Waisenhausplatz in Thun (German) and the Experience Christmas Market (German) in Brienz. Here, at ninety market stalls in an historic, festively decorated part of the village, there are regional products, artistic Christmas decorations and fine wood carvings on sale. And, through their nativity figures, you can also gain an insight into the work of the world-famous local woodcarvers. And likewise, let the Christmas market in Interlaken (German) next to the Top of Europe work its magic on you – ICE MAGIC as well as the Advent and Christmas market at the Stadthausplatz in Unterseen.
Top of Europe – ICE MAGIC, Interlaken
Top of Europe – ICE MAGIC, Interlaken

Jungfrau Region

This year, at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, there will once again be Christmas markets where you can enjoy a reflective and relaxing time, for example in Lauterbrunnen.
Christmas market Lauterbrunnen, Jungfrau Region
Christmas market Lauterbrunnen, Jungfrau Region

Gstaad

During the pre-Christmas period, Winterzauber Gstaad (Winter Magic Gstaad) and the Christmas market Saanen are a delightful place to spend time and explore. Festively decorated chalets, music stages and an ice rink all transform the Saanenland into an atmospheric world of fascinating experiences.
Christmas market Gstaad, Gstaad
Christmas market Gstaad, Gstaad
Christmas market Gstaad, Gstaad
Christmas market Gstaad, Gstaad

Kandertal

The Christmas market at the Blausee (German) in the Kandertal is definitely worth a visit. Here, there are 45 exhibitors offering regional products in a fairy-tale setting where the focus is more on the romance than on the carnival atmosphere.
Christmas market at the Blausee, Kandersteg
Christmas market at the Blausee, Kandersteg

Lenk

A festive atmosphere is very much the order of the day at the Christmas market at Lenk - so much so that even Santa Claus makes his appearance on a donkey.
Christmas market Lenk, Lenk-Simmental
Christmas market Lenk, Lenk-Simmental

Christmas markets

Dates Christmas market
24. - 25.11.2018 Advent and Christmas market at the Stadthausplatz in Unterseen
28.11. - 2.12.2018 Christmas market Huttwil
30.11. - 2.12.2018 and 7. - 9.12.2018 Kambly Christmas market
1.12.2018 Chlouse-Märit Spiez
1. - 2.12.2018 Christmas Market Brienz
1. - 24.12.2018 Christmas markets Bern
8.12.2018 Christmas market Lenk
8. - 9.12.2018 Christmas market Blausee
8. - 16.12.2018 Christmas market Interlaken
12. - 23.12.2018 Christmas market Thun
20.12.2018 - 2.1.2019 Winterzauber Gstaad

Our partners

Bern Economic Development Agency
Swiss Travel System
Switzerland Mobility
Grand Tour of Switzerland
Thoemus
Emil Frey AG, Autocenter Bern
GoSnow.ch
Hotellerie Bern+ Mittelland
Hotelier-Verein Berner Oberland
Emmentaler AOP