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10 - 24 Dec 2016

This Christmas market on Geneva’s Place de la Fusterie offers shoppers the chance to stock up for the festive season with locally made arts and crafts and colourful knick-knacks from around the world. A selection of chalets form an international "village".

Located in the heart of the main shopping area, with its jewellers and chic cafes, there is ample opportunity to extend the shopping experience well beyond the market - as long as you also extend your budget!

Timings
Daily 9.00 18.00 (some nights offer late-night shopping)

Watch a 17thC parade, smash chocolate soup pots, and give coins to costumed children during Geneva’s annual celebration.



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Affectionately nicknamed the “Capital of Peace”, Geneva is known as the worldwide centre for diplomacy and international cooperation. The city is embedded between the nearby Alpine peaks and the Jura mountains, and lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves the lake Geneva.

There are many sights to see, including the famous jet d'eau (a fountain with a 140-metre-high water jet on Lake Geneva), the old town - comprising Place du Bourg-de-Four, the oldest square in town, the St Peter's cathedral, the quays and many others...

Around Lake Geneva

Lausanne
16, 21 - 23 Dec 2011<

The Lausanne Christmas Market consists of some fifty illuminated and welcoming chalets on Place Saint-François

For a whole month running, the market atmosphere is enhanced by children's activities, choral groups, gospels and after work evenings, as well as by funny surprise acts performed by street artists.

The living nativity scene and the spectacle that goes with it are a must.

T41 021 613 73 73

information@lausanne-tourisme.ch
www.lausanne-tourisme.ch

Montreux
See separate page

Morges Christmas Market
7 - 11 Dec 2011

The largest covered Christmas market in Western Switzerland is held in Morges in the magnificent wooden station hall. Visitors are given a warm welcome in this convivial setting.

Over 160 craftsmen and women exhibit their most diverse creations: blown glass, ceramics, floral arrangements, all kinds of objects made of material, wood, ceramics, not to mention jams, foie gras and other delights.

The sumptuously illuminated and decorated stalls immerse visitors into the Christmas magic instantaneously. There are two restaurants as well as several refreshment stalls.

Admission is free and car parks are close-by.

Timings
Wed - Fri 16.00 - 22.00
Sat 11.00 - 22.00
Sun 11.00 - 19.00

T+41 021 801 32 33
info@morges-tourisme.ch
www.morges-tourisme.ch

Yverdon-les-Bains Christmas Market
11 - 23 Dec 2009


The Christmas Market at Yverdon-les-Bains consists of charming little chalets. A majestic Christmas tree dominates and illuminates Pestalozzi Square. Santa will make his appearance in this magic and enchanting setting and distribute candies to the children.

The Christmas Market of Yverdon-les-Bains is held in the heart of the old town on the pretty cobble-stoned Pestalozzi Square between the castle and the temple, as well as in the castle's ancient arched cellars.

Russia being this year's theme, a special decoration will be put in place. The back of the fifty-odd chalets will be painted with images relating a Russian tale. Craftsmen and women propose local products: pottery, wooden objects, ceramics, jewellery and a host of other objects, but also terroir produce, foie gras and mulled wine

Timings
Mon - Sat 14..00 - 20.00
Sun 11.00 - 20.00
Mon 21 Dec 14.00 - 22.00
Wed 23.14.00 23.00

T41 024 423 61 01
info@yverdon-les-bains.ch
www.yverdonlesbains-tourisme.ch

Villars Christmas Market
18 Dec - 3 Jan2010

Countless flavours, scents and traditional terroir products can be discovered at the Villars Christmas Market. Atmosphere guaranteed for young and old.

The Christmas Market is held on the village market square. Craftsmen and women as well as producers present their products: wooden objects, jewellery, statues, toys, traditional Swiss handicraft, Ollon wines, cookies, and homemade cakes and caramels. A welcoming yurt invites guests to spend a while next to the cosy fireplace.

Free activities and concerts are organized every day, with demonstrations of sculptures drilled into ice and wood sculptures. Santa will distribute his gifts to the children on 24 December.

Timings
open every day from 12.00 - 20.30
T41 024 495 32 32
information@villars.ch
www.villars.ch

Things to see and do in Geneva

Cathédrale de St-Pierre

. Palais des Nations
You won't find this anywhere else - one of the major tourist attractions in Geneva is this enormous building, which was built to contain the League of Nations. Today it's home to the UN and you're welcome to go inside and take a tour, provided you take some identification.

CERN
The European Organisation for Nuclear Research is home to the world famous Large Hadron Collider - a machine that, in theory, is capable of generating new forms of matter. It's also the biggest machine in the world! Check out the onsite visitor's centre, which is child-focused and runs short physics workshops.

Shop till you drop
For the best shopping Geneva has on offer, head down to the designer streets of Rue de Rive and Rue du Rhône. If your budget doesn't stretch that far, then you could always opt for the Plainpalais flee market, where you'll find everything but the kitchen sink./b>

Bois de la Bâtie
An inner city wooded park, this is the perfect place to spend a day with the family. You'll find peacocks and deer roaming freely - perhaps a little too freely if you're trying to enjoy a picnic! There are also playgrounds and fun things to do for the kids.

Mount Salève
Mount Salève is just outside the city and you can reach the summit by cable car. Of course, if you're feeling fit you can always hike to the summit along one of the many marked trails. From the top the view out over the Alps and the city itself is awe-inspiring,br>
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