Booonjour December! The days may be short and the weather may be iffy at best, but Lausanne loves to celebrate the holidays, so grab your warmest coat and glass of champagne because your social calendar is about to get busy.

For ideas on how to celebrate the season with children, check out our special list of family-friendly activities for the little ones.

We hope this list of activities will help you make the most of December in Lausanne. Merry Christmas to you all!

Christmas shopping events

Dec 4-15 (Wednesday-Sundays) Marché de Noël in Morges

Dec 7 and 8 – Swedish Christmas market

Dec 8 – Marché de Noël in Lutry

Dec 7 and 14 – Vins et Sapins at the Henny farm in le Mont-sur-Lausanne – the only thing more fun than picking out a Christmas tree, is pick out a tree with a glass of local wine in hand.

Dec 14 & 15 The Northern Lights Festival: Switzerland’s first Scandinavian
inspired sustainable lifestyle festival right here in Lausanne.

Dec 18, 20, 23 – The shops stay open extra late and the ambiance is oh-so-festive each year at the Nocturnes evenings. Even if you’ve finished your Christmas shopping, we love to get out and enjoy the music, mulled wine, and light shows.

Concerts and church services

Dec 6 – Live Jazz and Folk music on the Esplanade de la Cathédral

Dec 12 – Handel’s Messiah at the Cathedral

Dec 18 – The Lausanne Children’s Choir Christmas concert at St. François

Dec 19, 20, 22 – Three opportunities to hear the Armaillis choir (traditional cowboys from Fribourg) sing their Christmas concert at St. François

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve service with chilean music at the Abbaye de Montheron

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve service at St. François

Dec 25 – Christmas Day organ concert at the Cathedral

Foodie events and wine tastings

All month long, sip champagne in a cosy bubble in the garden of the Beau Rivage.

All month long, Five o’clock tea at the Beau Rivage

Dec 5 and 8, Oysters, foie gras, and bubbles at Domaine de la Crausaz in Cully

Dec 7 – Oysters and local sparkling wines at Brasserie de Montbenon

Dec 8 – Brunch Elysée, spécial Noël

Dec 12 and 13 – the City of Lausanne invites all citizens to the cellar under the Hotel de Ville for a tasting of its wines from 17:00

Dec 14 – Christmas aperitif at the Atelier Typo de la Cité

Dec 18 – Head to Chic Cham for a champagne tasting with Stahel, a small biodynamic producer.

Dec 25 – Christmas brunch at the Beau Rivage

Special events

Dec 7 – Le Noël de la librairie, Musee Elysée

Dec 9 – A chilling arctic photo exposition from artist David Rouge

Dec 10 – Mountains on Stage comes to Lausanne! A selection of the world’s best short films related to mountain sports. Buy your tickets here.

Dec 14 – Lausanne Christmas Run: holiday costumes strongly encouraged!

Dec 14 – For the 217th year in a row, the city will host its public auction of Lausanne wines.

Dec 15 – The Nutcracker is on at Pathé cinema

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