December sees Geneva’s beautiful Parc des Bastions transformed into an enchanting Christmas Market, popular with locals and visitors alike. Spend time strolling through the varied market stalls and discover locally crafted products, seasonal trinkets and other wonderful surprises. Many are edible, and with mulled wine in hand, the bewitching scents will guide you between lobster rolls, strudel, fondue and raclette to share with family and friends.
For those in search of some cultural history this festive season, make sure to attend the famous annual Fête de L’Escalade (6-8 December 2019) where Genevans celebrate the 1602 victory over the Duke of Savoy. With colourful processions, period costumes, musket firings and age-old traditions including the smashing of the chocolate cauldron (marmite en chocolat)- this is certainly one not to be missed!
After you’ve enjoyed the festivities until your heart’s content, take a step back and relax in one of Geneva’s world-renowned spas. Have a relaxing day overlooking the iconic Jet D’Eau at La Reserve Spa or the Bain-Bleu, or why not enjoy a steamy afternoon at the Bains des Pâquis’ winter sauna with panoramic views of the Alps and Jura mountains. To round the day off, why not indulge in a traditional Swiss fondue high in the sky in a hot air balloon while you soak up the jaw dropping views…
For the active, Geneva is perfectly located to make the most of the snow, with proximity to popular resorts including Courchevel, Megève, Chamonix and Gstaad all a short driving distance away from the city. Mix up city and mountains and take a day away from the city centre to the ski slopes, and return to the city for dinner at one of Geneva’s world-class restaurants.
Visit Geneva with the ‘Christmas Market’ package starting at just £33 per person. Enjoy 50% off your hotel room, a complimentary fondue at Geneva’s Christmas Market and complimentary travel with the Geneva Transport Card for the duration of your visit.
For more information on festive activities in Geneva, visit: https://www.geneve.com/en/december-in-geneva?utm_source=the-communication group&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=winter_2019