Here is the schedule that I could find so far. The second one sounds really good – especially for steam train lovers!

Santa Claus at “Bô Noël” Christmas Market in Lausanne

Under the arcs of the Grand Pont in the afternoon (13-18:00) of Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 21 November – 24 December 2015. Make sure your kids do the Santa boot hunting (info).

“Le train du Père Noël” – LEB’s Special Steam Train Program

On Sunday 6 December 2015. Take the regular LEB from Flon to Echallens, every hour at minute 03 and 33. Catch the Santa Claus steam train at Echallens. The steam train will go back and forth between Echallens and Bercher. Cost CHF14 per adult, CHF7 per child from 6y/AG/half-card (Junior Card accepted). The price include the LEB from Flon to Echallens. No reservation, get the tickets directly from the machine or the counters. Limited space so buy your ticket early. More info on pdf. Note that you cannot take stroller on board.

Saint-Nicolas in Chailly

Sunday 6 December 2015 from 15:00. More info.

Saint-Nicolas in Pully

Sunday 6 December 2015 – 10-18:00. More info.

Saint-Nicolas in Fribourg

In Fribourg, 5-6 December 2015. I included this event on the list as it seems to be a big one, as St-Nicolas is the patron of the city of Fribourg. There are parade, fondue, etc. More info.

Santa Claus in all IKEA stores in CH (in Aubonne for Vaud)

Santa will be in IKEA Aubonne on 4 & 5 December 2015 (same days IKEA offers their Christmas trees)

Santa Claus at “Pully en Fête 2015”

On 9 December 2015 – 16:00-18:00 at Place d’Obernai, Pully. More info.

“The Magic of Christmas” at Château Aigle

Sunday 13 December 2015 – 10:00-16:00. Many activities and of course, Santa Claus. Entry CHF5. More info.

“Le Noël des Enfants” – Flon Ice Skating Rink

Santa Claus will pass by on Wednesday 16 December 2015, from 2pm. More info.

“Noël des Enfants” – Maison de Quartier Sous-Gare

On Wednesday 16 December 2015, from 3pm. Santa Claus and a marionette show. Free entry and open for everyone. More info.

Santa Claus at “Animation de Noël” in Renens

On 19-20 December 2015 – 15:00 at Place du Marché at Renens. More info.


In addition to those above, many municipalities organize local celebrations with St. Nicolas on 6 Dec and Santa Claus (Père Nöel) usually around mid Dec, so make sure you check your municipal’s programs. And there is also the GoldenPass program to visit Santa’s home at Rochers-de-Naye (read my blog post about it here).

Please leave a comment or send me an email if you know other schedule/places! I am especially looking for info about the Santa events at the Christmas market and the mall Métropole, let me know if you happen to see the schedule posted somewhere in town. Thanks in advance.

*Photograph courtesy of LadyDragonFlyCC – used under Creative Commons