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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas in Zurich

Swarovski christmas trese in Hauptbahnhof in Z...Image via Wikipedia

Author: Asif Khan

At the traditional Christmas markets and in Zürich's shops, both locals and visitors find inspiration for gifts and can treat themselves to delectable delicacies. The Christmas circuses are as much a part of the season as the New Year's Eve Magic with its legendary fireworks display hosted by the Zurich Hoteliers' Association. Thanks to the new Christmas lighting display on Bahnhofstrasse in the city center and special "Night and Sunday Shopping," visitors to Zürich city breaks can expect even more highlights during the Advent season.
Delight in the extravagant traditional celebrations of a magnificent European city in Zurich, where the country's largest market bustles around the most spectacular Christmas tree adorned with over 5000 Swarovski crystal decorations. Or discover bliss in an indulgent spa retreat nestled in the pristine snow-clad Alps. Allow the mountain air, and the world class wellness treatments, to revitalise your body, mind and soul.

What a disappointment if it is mild like last week in Zurich! Anticipation of festive things to come fills not only the minds and seasonal spirits of the young. A particular joy on your senses after dark, the cold air is redolent with a myriad of smells associated with Christmas like toasted almonds and chestnuts, chocolate-covered or candied red apples (called paradise apples here) and mulled wine. Wooden stalls with straw-covered roofs display a vast array of handmade crafts and art: old fashioned dolls, fragrant soaps, bees wax candles, silver jewelry, or environmentally correct wooden toys, (no lead, please).
Locally known as the Zurich Christkindlmarkt, this market is open from the 28th of November till the 24th of December and offers visitors a delightful array of various related goods and services. This is easily the biggest market in Switzerland with hundreds of stalls and thousands of visitors attending.
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