Geneva Christmas Markets
Geneva Christmas Markets (Marchés de Noël à Genève) welcome revellers from near and far to enjoy the festive cheer and cosy atmosphere at the shop stalls. There are many markets that take place in beautiful Geneva, against a backdrop of majestic buildings. Get swept up in Christmassy revelry just a stone’s throw from Lake Geneva, also known as Lac Léman, which is one of the most famous lakes in Switzerland.
A festive day out in the city of Geneva
The city is glistening with Christmas lights and as a result, the festive atmosphere is unforgettable. Place de la Fusterie is bustling during the festive season, which is located between the old town and the new part of the city that slopes down towards the lake, with snow-capped mountains off in the distance, meanwhile the waterside festivities on Jardin Anglais are spectacular and unmissable. And there are so many more, as you'll see below.
Spending a cold winter’s day out and about strolling and browsing at Christmas stalls in harsh weather is bound to help you work up a hunger and thirst for something tasty, which is why the food stalls are such a welcome part of the market. Treat yourself to something delicious such as waffles, a steaming cup of Glühwein or hot chocolate, or local Swiss specialities like delicious Swiss raclette, fondue or Swiss chocolate made locally.
In early December each year, the Fête de l'Escalade takes place in the Old Town, to celebrate historical events in the city of Geneva. It’s fantastic that such an exuberant outdoor event coincides with the Christmas market - it is a celebration complete with historical reenactments of a time in history when the people of Geneva came together in solidarity to escape capture and oppression.
Many Christmas Markets in Geneva
Here are the dates of the different Christmas Markets taking place in Geneva this festive season:
Noël du Jardin at Jardin Anglais
Noël du Jardin at Jardin Anglais overlooking the iconic waterfront takes place from November 17-December 23 and is renowned as one of the most magnificent Christmas markets in the whole city. Browse the reams of festive chalets where you'll come across local crafts that would make the perfect Christmas gift. Take a ride on a carousel or if you get hungry or thirsty, wander into the fondue chalet or the "Christmas pub". This market has it all!
Mont Blanc Christmas Market
Mont Blanc Christmas Market at Rue du Mont Blanc occurs from November 25-December 28. It attracts visitors from all walks of life and commuters from other Swiss cities thanks to the ease of public transportation use, being located right near the city's main train station, Gare Cornavin. This market is prized for its artisanal products and particularly locally made specialities, which many would find to be a unique selling point for their Christmas shopping.
Carouge Christmas Market
Carouge Christmas Market on December 10-12 spans many streets in the municipality of Carouge, such as Rue Saint-Joseph, Place du Marché, Place de l’Octroi, Place du Temple and Rue Ancienne. As well as the enticing stalls selling gorgeous crafts and delicious food, visitors get to enjoy ice skating at Patinoire Carouge as well as illuminating art installations throughout the area.
Christmas Market at Marché de la Fusterie
Place de la Fusterie hosts regular markets throughout the year, and is popular in its own right, and it is also home to a very popular festive market each year leading up to Christmas. This year, from December 12-24, the Christmas Market at Marché de la Fustarie (Marché de Noël à la Fusterie ) captures the imaginations of many, who get into the Christmas spirit while browsing the many amazing stands.
Attending Geneva Christmas Markets
The markets are generally open from 11am until 8.30pm, with some variations and exceptions. To find out more about Geneva Christmas Markets, check out this Geneva Christmas Market event page.