Embrace the holiday season at the finest Christmas markets in and around Geneva, which combine traditional local crafts with seasonal food and plenty of festive spirit. Stay at Geneva’s Hotel D’Angleterre and take part in this centuries-old tradition, where you can wander among stalls lit with twinkling Christmas lights, sip warm glühwein and pick out the perfect gifts for loved ones back home. Here are some of the best Christmas markets to visit in Geneva and its surrounding areas.
Geneva International, Place de la Fusterie
Geneva is famous for being an international city, so it makes perfect sense to host a Christmas market with both local artisan ware and traditional Christmas food from around the world. Place de la Fusterie is in the heart of Geneva’s shopping area, so you can also enjoy the Christmas displays of the luxury shops lining the Rue de Marche on your way home.
Chateau de Coppet
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the small village of Coppet hosts a charming five-day Christmas market in their grand chateau, just a short drive from Geneva. The 18th century chateau makes a unique location to celebrate the holidays, and you can keep toasty while you cross a few items off the gift list. It’s great fun for the family, with an ice skating rink, visits from Santa Claus and baking workshops for Christmas treats.
Enjoy Christmas in Carouge, a small town just over River L’Arve with a strong Italian influence. Known for its Mediterranean style and bohemian boutiques and studios, the handmade crafts at the Christmas market are sure to be of the finest quality. Throughout December, Carouge shines with festive decorations and Christmas entertainment. This year, there will be an old-fashioned fun fair at the Esplanade du Théâtre, complete with a merry-go-round and Ferris wheel.
One of the largest of its kind, the Montreux Christmas Market takes place on the shores of Lake Geneva. With unbeatable views of the shimmering lake and snowy Alps, it’s especially magical when lit up at night. You’ll easily slip into the yuletide spirit when you smell the fresh pine cones as you browse the 150 market stalls. To warm up afterwards, visit the majestic Chillon Castle. Here, children are invited to take part in medieval activities such as calligraphy and candle making. There’s also a nearby Christmas Village in the gardens of the Caux Palace, which is comprised of small chalets along the mountainside overlooking the coast, and includes plenty of activities for young visitors.
The nearby town of Lausanne is home to several Christmas markets, meaning there’s something special for all the family. The local delicatessens’ market brings together cheese, wine and craft beer producers, and there’s an entire square dedicated to jewellery and fashion. There’s plenty of music too, with choirs performing traditional Christmas songs to serenade you as you cosy up underneath Lausanne’s spectacular giant Christmas tree.
All of these wonderful Christmas markets are within easy reach of Hotel D’Angleterre, where you can rest by the fire after a day of exploring the festive fun that the region has to offer.
Image Credits: Lead image © Chateau de Coppet Christmas Market. Christmas gingerbread ornament © iStock/AMzPhoto. Chateau de Coppet Christmas Market © Chateau de Coppet Christmas Market. Carouge Christmas Market © Loris von Siebenthal.Lausanne Christmas Market © Lausanne Christmas Market.