It is that time of year again and Basel is ready to celebrate. Not sure what to do or where to go? Listed below you will find a few ideas the entire family can enjoy!


MünsterplatzThe Lighting of the Christmas Tree – Thursday, November 27

Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 27 at 18:30 p.m. for the official lighting of the Christmas tree in Münsterplatz. This will be the official kick – off of the Christmas markets, so don’t miss this great evening. The music during the event will be performed by the Musik Akademie.


Christmas MarketsThursday, November 27

The smell of glühwein infused with flammkuchen is symbolic of holidays in Switzerland. The twinkling lights, Christmas trees, the bustling crowds and the overall merriment penetrate the senses to make for the perfect outing at the Basel Christmas Markets – or any other Christmas Market for that matter.


Your Guide to Christmas Markets in the Area:

Location Dates Food & Drink Parking
Basel – Barfüsserplatz &MünsterplatzOfficial start of the market begins on November 27 at 18:30 when the lights are lit in Münsterplatz November 27 throughDecember 23

Open daily 11:00 – 20:00

Yes Yes
Zurich November 20 throughDecember 23 Yes Yes
Bern November 29 throughDecember 27 Yes Yes
Lucerne – Franziskanerplatz December 4 through December 21 Yes Yes
Montreux November 21 through December 24 Yes Yes
Freiburg, Germany November 24 throughDecember 23

Monday – Saturday – 10:00 20:30

Sunday – 11:30 – 19:30


Yes Yes
Baden-Baden, Germany November 24 through December 3011:00 – 21:00

Christmas Eve 10:00 – 15:00

Yes Yes
Colmar, France November 21 throughDecember 31 Yes Yes


For more information on Christmas markets, please visit the following websites:



Stadtlauf – Saturday, November 29

Looking for a beautiful way to spend a night under the lights of Basel? Consider running the Basel Stadtlauf, which is a fun run through the city that is sure to bring in your holiday spirit. For added enjoyment, children can also run the race, which is a true joy to watch.


 Free Ice Skating – Sunday, November 30

Free entry at the Kunsteisbahnen Margarethen and Eglisee.

Margarethen Open from 10 – 19

Kunsteisbahn Eglisee from 9 – 19

An entire program has been planned for the Margarethen location starting at 13:00 including: curling, ice hockey, music and more. Don’t miss this fun event!


Robi-Spiel – In Münsterplatz – December 4 – December 22

Allow the children in your family to get swept away by the magic of the holidays at Robi Spiel. With glass blowing, gingerbread decorating, train riding, hot chocolate to drink and fresh bread to make over an open fire, what’s not to love?

Monday – Friday from 13:30 – 19:00

Saturday – Sunday from 11:00 – 19:00



Sunday Shopping in Basel! December 14 and 21     13:00 – 18:00


If you haven’t quite purchased all of your holiday gifts consider taking advantage of shopping on Sunday in Basel. For two days starting at 13:00, Basel will open their stores to make those last-minute purchases.

If you are not sure what to do with your children, consider the professional child services offered by Kindernäscht. Located at Gerbergasse 14 on the second floor, this childcare service is available for children 18 months of age to 12 years. Parents pay by the hour and a reservation is typically not required. To learn more about Kindernäscht, please visit their website:

Oh, and don’t forget to give and help those in need!

This year, the Swiss Post will be celebrating their 18th annual 2 X Christmas that helps collect food and items that families can use on a routine basis to deliver to those in need. Each year the Swiss Post ships (free of charge) the items you donate to Bern where the items in the boxes are sorted and distributed to those in need.


If you are looking for a way to contribute to the holiday cheer by helping those in need, all donations can be dropped off at your local post office from the 24th of December through the 10th of January.

To read more about this worthy cause, please visit:

Here’s to making the most of the holidays!  Be well and share the holiday cheer!


2 thoughts on “Basel Brings in the Holidays!

  1. Gosh..your winter photos are stunning! They are Christmas cards materials! Thank you so sharing this info..marvelous places for Christmas markets (I love the ones in Germany but certainly will consider the rest for future visit!)

    1. Thank you for your compliments. Switzerland is beautiful in the winter! The markets are really impressive and certainly worth a visit. Have a great day and thanks again for stopping by.

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