Nestling at the southern tip of Lake Geneva, the city of Geneva is dramatically surrounded by the Jura and Alps mountains, particularly offering stunning views of Mount Blanc, the highest mountain of the Alps. Geneva’s French influence can be felt throughout the city, as well as in the language spoken and in the delicious cuisine. The city is home to fascinating, bohemian districts, including Carouge, a small city all to itself. Carouge is home to many boutiques and art studios, where craftsmen and artisans can be viewed as they ply their trade. This bohemian vibe continues with its quaint cafes, nightclubs, and jazz bars. Sights to see in Geneva include Geneva Water Fountain, set on the lake, and L'horloge Fleurie, a beautiful floral outdoor clock. The city particularly comes to life, sparkling with joy, during the festive season. Book the best budget hotels, and scroll below to view the top Christmas markets in Geneva, Switzerland.
1. Christmas Market at Marché de la Fusterie
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As if Switzerland could not get any more beautiful during winter, Geneva takes the holiday season up several notches by filling its streets with twinkling lights, cute decorations, and cheerful Christmas markets. Christmas Market at Marché de la Fustarie, or Marché de Noël à la Fusterie, showcases an array of artisan products and handmade crafts, from festive decorations to independent designer clothing. Get into the Swiss holiday spirit, partake in some shopping at the Christmas Market, and bring home a trinket or two!
Marché de la Fusterie
Address: Marche de, Place de la Fusterie, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Website: Marché de la Fusterie
2. Christmas Market in Parc des Bastion, Geneva
From December 4 to 31, Bastions Park in Geneva becomes a magic place. Lit with beautiful Christmas lights, this Christmas market offers a range of beautiful and unique gifts created by many artisans in the region. The market is also a winter street food village, selling delicious treats all day, along with mulled wine bars and the Chalet of Fondue, where the best cheeses can be tasted in best fondue style. This Geneva Christmas market is ideal for families, as it also offers an ice rink, carousel, and other entertainment options for the little ones at their most exciting time of the year.
Noël aux Bastions
Address: Parc des Bastions, entrée Place Neuve, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Website: Noël aux Bastions
Opening hours - Street Food Market: Mon - Wed: 11am - 9pm; Thu - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 8pm
Opening hours - Fondue Chalet: Mon - Wed: 11am - 11pm; Thu - Sat: 11am - 12am; Sun: 11am - 10pm
3. Rue du Mont-Blanc Christmas Market
Rue du Mont-Blanc Christmas Market is held in the pedestrian street, Rue du Mont-Blanc, just down from Gare Cornavin. The small market offers dozens of stalls, which mostly target the many commuters heading from the train station into the city. The Christmas market is held each year from November 25 to December 24. Goods on sale include a variety of Christmas gifts, including salt lamps, crystal stones, jewelry, wooden craft items, kitchen accessories, books, and toys. Visitors can enjoy hot wine and snacks, such as burgers, hot dogs, bakery products, and cakes. Goods are displayed in several small wooden chalets along the lakeside, next to Rue du Mont-Blanc.
Rue du Mont-Blanc Christmas Market
Address: Rue du Mont-Blanc 15-30, Geneva, Switzerland
Website: Rue du Mont-Blanc Christmas Market
Opening hours: November 25 to December 24: Wed - Fri, Sun: 10am - 7:30pm; Sat: 10am - 8:30pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
4. Christmas at Chillon Castle
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Chillon Castle stands on Lake Geneva, south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. Christmas at Chillon Castle is a fairy-tale affair when the medieval castle is transformed into a magical Christmas Market in shades of red and green. This Lake Geneva Christmas market comes to life with the smells, sounds, decorations and lights of Christmas. Visitors can visit arts and crafts workshops, learn about cookery, candle-making, calligraphy and more, and enjoy storytelling and entertainment for the whole family. While other markets are free to enter, Chillon Castle does charge a small fee. The castle is the ideal day-trip from the center of Geneva and the Christmas festivities are available on the first three weekends of December.
Christmas at Chillon Castle
Address: Avenue de Chillon 21 · CH 1820 Veytaux, Switzerland
Website: Christmas at Chillon Castle
Opening hours: First three weekends of December: Sat - Sun: 9:30am – 5pm
Price: From 6 USD
Christmas market nearby
5. Bô Noël Sàrl in Lausanne
Not even an hour away from Geneva is the wonderful city of Lausanne, which has its own versions of Christmas markets too. Bô Noël is the most frequented Christmas market in the city. Since its first year of exhibition, the market quickly became a tradition for locals, enlivening the holiday culture in Lausanne. Stalls are filled with unique winemakers, fashion designers, and many other artists offering their ornate works. If you still haven’t gotten your fix from the Geneva Christmas markets, head to Lausanne for Bô Noël.
Bô Noël Sàrl
Address: Rue Dr César-Roux 4, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland
Website: Bô Noël Sàrl
6. Christmas Market in Carouge
Les Intérêts de Carouge is the organization responsible for setting up a Christmas market each year in Rue Saint-Joseph, on the Place du Temple and the Place du Marché. Several local artisans set up stalls selling their crafts and entertainment. 180 shops in Carouge are open on four consecutive Sundays in December. The Christmas market is held on December 7, 8, and 9, where upmarket handmade gifts can be purchased along with accessories, such as hats, scarves, and jewelry. Besides the Christmas Market, shops in the area are open on Sundays in December, prior to Christmas.
Christmas Market in Carouge
Address: Rue Saint-Joseph, Place du Marché, Place de l’Octroi, Place du Temple, Rue Ancienne and the surrounding area, Geneva, Switzerland
Website: Christmas Market in Carouge
Opening hours: December 7 - 9 (normal business hours)
Christmas in Geneva is a magical time
Make your Geneva, Switzerland Christmas trip extra festive. Enjoy the pristine white snow coating the rooves of the city and the pretty lights and decorations all over town. Relax while sipping hot, mulled wine, or munching festive treats, while shopping for Christmas gifts for your loved ones at some of the best Christmas markets in the city.
Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, the business hours of these markets may differ from the stated timings in this article. Please be sure to check the updated hours from the websites.
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