by meta on Monday November 28th, 2016
St-Nicolas and Santa Claus/Father Christmas are Coming to Town – 2016 (Updated)
Here is the schedule that I could find so far. The second one has been a real favourite – especially for steam train lovers – so reserve the tickets early!
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 24 November – 24 December 2016. There will be a kind of treasure hunting! (info). Update: I passed by the chalet on Saturday 26th and saw the Santa. I found he was just too young to play the part! But he was really friendly and spoke English too 🙂
“Le train du Père Noël” – LEB’s Special Steam Train Program
On Sunday 4 December 2016. Take the regular LEB from Flon to Echallens. 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 (departure from Flon every hour on minutes 03 and 33) and a photo with Santa. Limited space so buy your ticket early from the counter at Echallens station. More info on pdf. Note that you cannot take stroller on board.
Santa Claus at IKEA Aubonne
On 2nd and 3rd December 2016, 10am-6pm.
Saint-Nicolas in Fribourg
In Fribourg, 3 December 2016. It’s not in Lausanne but 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, fae painting, lantern making etc. More info.
Santa Claus at “Pully en Fête 2016”
On 7 December 2016 – 16:00-18:00 at Place d’Obernai, Pully. More info.
Village du Père Noël at i.Life Etoy
7-24 December 2016. Entry chf10. More info.
Photos avec le Père Noël at Léman Centre Crissier
Saturdays 10 and 17 Dec 2016 from 10am to 11:30am and 2pm to 5:30pm. More info.
Maison de Père Noël in Lutry
Sunday, 11 Dec 2016. There will be Santa Claus and his elves, as well as many other activities for children. More info.
“The Magic of Christmas” at Château Aigle
Sunday 18 December 2016 – 10:00-17:00. Many activities and of course, Santa Claus. Entry CHF5-10. More info.
“Le Noël des Enfants” – Flon Ice Skating Rink
Santa Claus will pass by on Wednesday 21 December 2016, from 2pm. 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.
Santa Claus at Urba Kids in Orbe
On Friday and Saturday 23 and 24 December 2016 at 10:30-12:00. 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