Switzerland has a special glow at Christmas, seen in its festive light displays,
colorful Christmas markets, as well as in the happy faces of its
A unique blend
of Protestant and Catholic observances, and French, German and
Italian influences, Switzerland is truly a land of many wonderful
and various traditions during the holiday season.
differences, all of Switzerland shares in many of the same customs
at Christmas, including the lighting of the Advent wreath, carol
singing, Christmas tree decorating and honoring St.
Swiss children may know him as Samichlaus, others may better recognize
him as Father Christmas, the Christkindli, Père Noël,
or Gesú Bambino.
the month of December, children are also treated to a tradition
unique to Switzerland - the famous marlitram or "fairytale
tram" found in Zurich and other major cities which run only
during the holidays. On board, children take a special ride with
St. Nicholas and are entertained with candy treats, songs, and fairy
tales told by Christmas angels. And it's children only, please.
Parents can meet their children at the last stop....
More information about Christmas in Switzerland around the Web:
Christmas in Switzerland
in Switzerland - Get the complete picture of the holiday season
in Switzerland with photos and information on Advent traditions,
Klausjagen (Chasing St. Nicholas), Samichlaus (Santa Claus), plus
scroll down for a multimedia presentation of Swiss Christmas carols,
and related links.
traditions - Switzerland - Here's a good overview with comparisons
between Swiss, Italian and French customs, with information on
modern holiday observances, and related recipes for Christmas
butter cookies, zimsterne (cinnamon stars) and spitzbuben (jam
Steve's Europe - Christmas in Switzerland - Enjoy an insider
look from the famous American travel guide with information on
Catholic and Protestant customs, Christmas tree decorating, the
annual visit from Samichlaus, and complete recipes for Gimmelwald
fondue and Samichlaus gluh wine.