Winter in Lausanne

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The festival of lights ©  Amélie Blanc

The festival of lights © Amélie Blanc

If you fancy somewhere little different this coming Christmas but still with all the trimmings, consider Lausanne, the second largest Swiss city on Lake Geneva.

For a start it’s fairly compact enabling you to get around easily. Secondly it is on the lake and the evening lights reflecting off the water add to the splendour of the location. . The city decorates the street with lights to brighten even the drabbest times.

Thirdly there is a quite a lot that goes on over the winter in the city. Here are just three.

Festival Lausanne Lumières –  21st of November – 31st December

For the third year running the city will be celebrating Festival Lausanne Lumières. Poetic, avant-garde and in keeping with the urban space and the architecture, the Christmas lights in Lausanne will be an event in their own right. Thirteen art projects will brighten the streets and squares of the city centre for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Free guided tours are available throughout the event, allowing guests an insight into the inspiration behind each project.

Swiss Christmas market

Lausanne also welcomes over fifty illuminated winter chalets to the city for their annual Christmas markets. The markets can be found throughout the city with local trade stalls selling traditional produce to tempt and delight all shoppers looking for that perfect Christmas gift. For a whole month, the market atmosphere is enhanced by children’s activities, choral groups, gospels and Father Christmas himself.

Switzerland’s largest real-life Nativity Play
The city also plays host to Switzerland’s largest and most beautiful real-life nativity play, this is one of the highlights of the festive period in Lausanne.

Connections to Lausanne are from Bristol, London, Newcastle, Liverpool and Glasgow, often with changes in Geneva or Zurich. Direct flights are from London City.

For more information about Lausanne, click here.



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