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Schone Weinachten - Merry Christmas in SwitzerlandSwitzerland has a special glow at Christmas, seen in its festive light displays, colorful Christmas markets, as well as in the happy faces of its children.

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.

Despite the 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. Nicholas.

While some Swiss children may know him as Samichlaus, others may better recognize him as Father Christmas, the Christkindli, Père Noël, or Gesú Bambino.

Throughout 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


Christmas 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.

Holiday 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 cookies).

Rick 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.

Swiss Christmas Markets - Switzerland for Visitors - Check out a guide to the biggest and most colorful holiday markets throughout the country. Keep clicking for more details on the Zurich and Geneva holiday scene, with related links.

Swiss Christmas Market Schedule - Browse exact dates, times and related information on this year's Christmas markets throughout Switzerland.

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