This week we will leave grey November behind and enter what is, without a doubt, the most wonderful time of the year in Lausanne.

For the last several years, we’ve been rounding up all the holiday themed events in one post so that you have a reference for making the most of the festive season, and every year this task becomes bigger and bigger. Christmas has exploded in Lausanne! And we definitely do not hate it ;).

Much of this is in thanks to the work of the team behind Lausanne’s Bô Noël festival, which spans the public squares and animates the town until late into the evening (on the weekends at least). We’re excited to be partnering with Bô Noël to offer two lucky winners a 100chf voucher for an apéro, fondue and curling evening for you and a friend.

For a chance to win, take a look at the events below and then head over to Instagram or Facebook to leave a comment that 1) tells us which event you’re most excited about and 2) tags a friend you want to join you. Note: leave a comment on both platforms for two chances to win!

This year you’ll find a mix of holiday and non-holiday events below, along with a few tips on things like where you can buy a Christmas tree. We’ve also included New Year’s Eve events, because it’s the season for partying after all.

All season:

Weekend: December 1-2

December 4

December 5

December 6

  • Did you know that the City of Lausanne makes wine? Taste the local vintage at the Hotel de Ville.
  • CHRISTMAS: St. Nick will be marching with kids in a lantern parade in the Vallon neighborhood – apparently with live donkeys…

December 7

Weekend: December 8-9

  • After two nights of wine tasting, you have a chance to buy the city’s wine at a live auction. This tradition has been taking place for the last 216 years! Even if you don’t want to buy, it sounds like something to see.
  • The Toy Market at Casino de Montbenon is an opportunity for your kids to sell their old toys or buy used toys from others. Sign up required if you want to sell.
  • Go behind the scenes with the Chamber Orchestra at their open door concert.
  • CHRISTMAS: Lutry is hosting their own Christmas Market with open stores and lots of merriment throughout town.
  • CHRISTMAS: The Swedish do Christmas right. To participate in special Swedish holiday traditions, head over to the CPO for carols, treats, and Sainte Lucie’s parade. You can also find the Facebook link here.
  • Les Urbaines festival celebrates the work of emerging artists across Renens and Lausanne with three days of exhibitions and shows.
  • CHRISTMAS: Head up to adorable Gruyères for a Christmas market in the charming old village.
  • CHRISTMAS: Atelier Typo is opening up to the public for a Christmas apéro and a chance to take a closer look at their 19th century letterpress machine.
  • Tea time and jazz at the Lausanne Palace.
  • CHRISTMAS: Take your kids to the Chateau de Chillon for some good medieval holiday fun.
  • Head to Cirpiano for some brunch and shopping.

December 10

December 11

December 12

  • Kids (from 8 years old) and adults can participate in a workshop to learn to make a stop motion film using clay figures at the mudac museum.
  • CHRISTMAS: The Chamber Orchestra is performing the Nutcracker for children. Note: It’s not actually clear if this version has ballet dancers or if it’s more a musical medley.
  • CHRISTMAS: Head to the Chateau de Morges for their Christmas Market.

December 13

  • CHRISTMAS: Head to the Chateau de Morges for their Christmas Market.
  • CHRISTMAS: Shop with a cause. Head over to the Marché de Noël Solidaire where you will encounter 40 different exhibitors who all share values to create a more just and sustainable world.

December 14

  • CHRISTMAS: Tonight is one of three holiday “nocturnes” events when stores across town will stay open to welcome Christmas shoppers until 21:45 (time to crazy, Lausanne! ;)). The streets are filled with choirs and lots of holiday merriment. Even if you’re not shopping, you’ll want to head into town for the party and a verre of vin chaud.
  • CHRISTMAS: Head up to adorable Gruyères for a Christmas market in the charming old village.
  • CHRISTMAS: Head to the Chateau de Morges for their Christmas Market.
  • CHRISTMAS: Shop with a cause. Head over to the Marché de Noël Solidaire where you will encounter 40 different exhibitors who all share values to create a more just and sustainable world.

Weekend: December 15-16

December 18

  • CHRISTMAS: The Bejart Ballet is performing Bejart’s unique version of the Nutcracker.
  • A mid-day concert with the Chamber Orchestra.
  • From 9-11pm, live jazz music over dinner and drinks at Etoile Blanche.

December 19

  • CHRISTMAS: Tonight is one of three holiday “nocturnes” events when stores across town will stay open to welcome Christmas shoppers until 21:45 (time to crazy, Lausanne! ;)). The streets are filled with choirs and lots of holiday merriment. Even if you’re not shopping, you’ll want to head into town for the party and a verre of vin chaud.
  • CHRISTMAS: The Lausanne Children’s Choir will hold a candle-light Christmas concert at St. François.
  • CHRISTMAS: Santa Claus will be hanging out in the Flon and looking forward to welcoming Lausanne’s smallest citizens. Also, they’re having donkey rides! How cute is that?!
  • CHRISTMAS: The Bejart Ballet is performing Bejart’s unique version of the Nutcracker.
  • CHRISTMAS: Santa Claus will be celebrating Christmas at the Maison de Quartier Sous-Gare along with a marionette show!

December 20

December 21

Weekend: December 22-23

December 24

December 26

Weekend: December 29-30

  • Help serve a holiday meal to those in need – starting on December 1, click here to sign up as a volunteer.

December 31

  • New Year’s Eve for the clubbing crowd! Consider buying your tickets early for better prices.
  • Ring in the New Year in style at the Beau Rivage Palace hotel.
  • Celebrate the passage of 2018 on a CGN boat with a 6 course meal and all you can drink bar options.
  • If you’re looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve in another part of Suisse Romande, Loisirs.ch has put together a great round up of all the local festivities in the surrounding area.
  • A midnight organ concert at the Cathedral.

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