A Christmas Fairytale

The Swiss Boutique Town of Lausanne

Built on three sloping hills, surrounded by the Swiss Alps and just a stone’s throw from the edge of glistening Lake Geneva, the boutique town of Lausanne has a festive calendar that is sure to give any other European city a run for its money this winter. From elegant Christmas markets to winter festivals and magical experiences, an illuminated Lausanne can be seen from a far this festive season!

Lausanne Christmas Markets

Travelling to Lausanne during the Christmas season – being transported around the city on Switzerland’s only metro line – will place all guests at the front of the queue to enter the wonderland that is ‘Noël de Lausanne’. Made up of over 50 traditional wooden chalets, local traders will showcase hand crafted souvenirs, locally brewed ales, authentic cuisine and there will, of course, be something to keep the kids entertained too!

Festival Lausanne Lumières – www.festivallausannelumieres.ch

Christmas would not be Christmas without lights, and as winter approaches the lights of Lausanne become an event in themselves! For the fifth consecutive year, this eye-catching festival will bring the streets and squares of the city centre to life, displaying the illuminated works of local artists and students. During the festival visitors are also welcomed to enjoy a free guided tour to understand the inspiration behind each piece of art.

Saint François Covered Market – the largest in Europe!

Come rain or snow, Lausanne’s enchanting covered market – found in the romantic old town – is the perfect place to for both adults and children. Stroll undisturbed amongst the majestic Christmas stalls whilst admiring the view through the buildings glossy glass dome, or children can visit the luminous magic fountain, discover the ‘Père Noël’ choir, or enter a snowman-making competition!

Whatever guests choose to do during their visit, there’s no need to leave empty handed, but instead with a personalised greetings photo, which can be sent directly family and friends as a postcard!

Flon Ice Rink

For the active, Lausanne’s outdoor ice rink will be open from November 2015 – February 2016 on the Esplanade du Flon, in the heart of the city. Warm up afterwards at the on-site snack bar, or at one of the nearby local restaurants in this trendy and vibrant area of the city. This is also the perfect arena to train for the Youth Olympic Games 2020, which is to be held in Lausanne!

This is just a taste of what this magical Swiss city has to offer visitors during the winter season. On top of these scheduled events, Lausanne can offer traditional gastronomy experiences, fantastic theatre productions, lively clubs and museum exhibitions – make Lausanne the number one European city this Christmas!

For more information on Lausanne go to www.lausanne-tourisme.ch

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