Tuesday November 24th, 2015
We are officially on the fast track to Christmas now as the first events are starting this week!
Festival Lausanne Lumières
Starting today, this fourth edition of festival of lights illuminates Lausanne until the new year.
While most of the light installations were designed and made by artists, there will again be another by the school pupils (8-15y) from Lausanne schools. Last year they created this, and this year it will be the glowing butterflies – “L’Effet Papillon” can already be seen on the living wall of the TL building in Place d l’Europe. More info here.
I am super excited about this year’s Christmas markets in Lausanne as I love going around Christmas markets — while enjoying hot food and drinks, the atmosphere, decoration and beautiful lights. And this year, we have…
The new Christmas Market of Lausanne, now under a new event organizer and baptised “Bô Noël” will start in 2 days and will last until 24 December 2015. There will be there St. François, Place Pépinet, and under the arches of the Grand-Pont.
I’m honestly very curious. The last few years Christmas market in Lausanne had been uninteresting, so I hope this one will really bring a better atmosphere and products.
Mon-Thu: 11:30 – 21:30
Fri-Sat: 11:30 – 22:30
Sun: 13:00 – 19:00
Nocturnes on 18, 21 and 23 Dec until 23:30
For Santa fans, here’s a fantastic news: The jolly old man would be there under one of the arches of Grand-Pont (#46 on the map). But…. he seems to always lose one of his boots and needs the kids to help him look for it. Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon (13:00-18:00) between 21 November – 24 December. More info and downloadable boot hunting map here.
Le Marché de Noël by Places We Love
On Thursday 3 December 2015 from 17:00 to midnight. More info.
Marché de Noël Solidaire
This year 38 associations will be present on this special kind of Christmas Market. They will bring products that are different to the traditional Christmas markets as most items come from other countries and continents. As the name implies, this is a solidarity market so that you can be sure that your purchases here will be guilt-free, as they should be fair-trade and help to finance many community projects back in the countries where they come from.
From 10 December to 12 December 2015 in Pôle Sud – Av. Jean-Jaques Mercier 3 (Flon). More info.
Pop-Up Market by Les Ripailleuses
Saturday, 12 December 2015 – 10:00-19:00. More info.
Marché aux Jouets
A toy market for and by the children. On Saturday 19 December 2015 at Casino de Montbenon. The perfect opportunity to get some space for the new ones they may get for Christmas! To have a stand cost chf5 per child. Registration and more info here.
Nocturnes and La Nuit des Etoiles 2015
For those of you who enjoy Christmas shopping at the last minute, the end-of-the-year “late-night” shopping (Nocturnes) in Lausanne City Center is scheduled on 18, 21 and 23 Dec, which means that many shops will be opened until 10pm, instead of the regular 6 or 7pm.
During the Nocturnes, many hotels in Lausanne that participate in “La Nuit des Etoiles” offer special price. More info.
Don’t forget that there will also be a lot of other events as every year. Last year we had St. Nicolas going around the city center and Santa Claus/Father Christmas in the city.
As a note, the traditional bag of treats that St Nicolas gives usually contains clementine, chocolates and peanuts! They sometime give it to the kids in schools or day cares, so if your kids had peanut allergy, make sure to let the teachers or minders remember this.
Finally for those eager to meet Santa elsewhere, here’s the post!