December means many towns in Switzerland have organized their yearly Christmas Market. So does Montreux. From the 18th of November till the 24th of December you can visit the Christmas Market in Montreux. Enjoy the Christmas mood, the stunning lights and Santa flying over lake Geneva! In this blog post, we will inform you about everything you need to know for a visit to the Christmas market of Montreux.
We love Christmas time, gatherings with family and friends, having dinner together and sharing unforgettable moments with our loved ones are one of the most beautiful things about Christmas. Visiting Christmas markets has been and is a popular yearly activity for many. Whether you live in Switzerland or visit Switzerland during your holidays, we think you should definitely consider visiting the Christmas market of Montreux.
The Christmas Market in Montreux
The market in Montreux is well-known for its absolutely fantastic atmosphere created by the thousands of lights and of course, all stalls selling their wares, there are over 170 stalls selling their wares.
Why visit the Christmas market of Montreux?
A question that’s been asked many times, is why should you visit the Christmas market of Montreux. Well, there are several reasons why to visit this particular market. Starting with the amazing flying Santa over Lake Geneva. Check out the video that we posted on our Instagram page: Swissfever, or the video below. Especially when the evening rolls in and it’s getting a bit darker, it’s even nicer to see Santa flying over Lake Geneva. Santa flies by about 3 times a day.
Meeting Santa Claus is an awesome opportunity too. You will have to take a little train, heading towards the mountain top at Rochers-de-Naye (altitude: 2,042 m). This is such a fun activity for families, especially with younger children. The ride by the cogwheel railway towards Santa is already a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Children and even parents love it. Santa ensures that no child leaves this magical place without a gift. You can perform this activity on Wednesdays to Sundays from 24 November to 24 December 2022. The prices for this activity can be found here.
Simply strolling over the market and enjoying the atmosphere is amazing too. Over 170 stalls sell their wares, lovely.
We already made a blog about castle Chillon which you can check out here. During Christmas time, the castle also offers you several activities. During the weekends (3-4, 10-11 and 17-18) December from 10 am till 6 pm you can perform handcraft workshops and other activities.
Where is the Christmas market in Montreux located?
Whereas larger cities such as Zurich have multiple Christmas market locations, Montreux has one large Christmas market located at the promenade of Lake Geneva. Along the lakeside over 170 exhibitors and artisans, restaurants and rides ensure you that there is plenty of things to do.
How to get to the Christmas market in Montreux?
There are three main ways to reach the Christmas market in Montreux. Starting with travelling by car. This option is not the most recommended one. Parking is highly restricted in Montreux. Public transport is a better option if possible. Check out up-to-date information about visiting the market by car here.
Travelling by public transport is an easy and convenient way. Why? Because the Christmas market is located almost directly at the right of the train station. Travelling by train is therefore recommended.
Travelling by foot is also an option. A lovely walk takes you from the train station to the market. You just need to head west to the water and then walk along the lakeside to Place du Marche. Here you will find the Big Wheel. In our opinion making use of public transport and then walking to the Christmas Market is the most convenient way.
All in all, we can conclude that you should definitely consider visiting the Christmas market of Montreux. All the stalls, restaurants, Christmas lights and of course people create a lovely ambience. Flying Santa over lake Geneva is amazing to see as well, especially during the evening. We hope you will have a lovely time visiting the Christmas market of Montreux. If you have any questions left, feel free to leave a comment below.