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. The market is 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 the place to be 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. The waterside festivities on Jardin Anglais are also spectacular.
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 or Swiss chocolate made locally.
On December 11-12, 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: November 18- December 26
- Mont Blanc at Rue du Mont Blanc: November 26-December 26
- Plainpalais Christmas Market: November 26-28
- Carouge Christmas Market: December 10-12
- Place de la Fusterie Christmas Market: December 12-24
- Noël a la Ferme Christmas Market: December 13-24
Attending Geneva Christmas Markets
The markets are generally open from 11am until 8.30pm. Attendees most likely need to show a COVID-19 pass, which many Christmas markets in Switzerland require. To find out more about Geneva Christmas Market, check out this Geneva Christmas Market event page.