If you find all the other festivals in the city too monotonous in nature, in terms of music, dance, food, and artistic performances, this festival is sure to bring a smile to your face. This is the time when the people of Geneva truly display their Christmas spirit. Apart from the traditional Christmas celebrations, unique events and attractions like the Christmas Swimming Cup and the Open Air Skating Rink offer a pleasant escape from the monotony of the year-round festivals.
The annual Christmas Swimming Cup is a competition for those who dare to swim in the ice cold waters from the Jardin Anglais to Quai General Guisan.
The skating rink is set up at Place du Rhone, with tickets costing CHF 6 for adults and CHF 3 for children.
An international Christmas Market is held at Fusterie Square, offering handicrafts, including folk arts and crafts items from all over Switzerland.
The Christmas Tree Festival is also an interesting event. This features a diverse collection of trees and sculptures especially designed and crafted by reputed international craftsmen.
Dates: November through January