For three nights each year just in the midst of the holiday frenzy, Lausanne stores stay open late in order to allow shoppers to make their Christmas-present rounds. It sounds exhausting, but in fact it’s quite delightful! Choirs animate the streets with Christmas carols; venders sell vin chaud. Whether or not you need to shop, it’s a great time to be out and about the city.

Mark your calendars for this year’s “Nocturnes” on Friday December 14, Wednesday December 19 and again on Friday December 21. More details on Christmas activities in Lausanne: http://www.noel-lausanne.ch.

Corresponding to these three shopping-consecrated evenings, several Lausanne hotels are offering special deals on a one-night stay for those who might want to enjoy the festivities and then the ease of a downtown hotel. To learn more and make reservations for this Nuit des Etoiles: www.hotellerielausannoise.ch.

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