Montreux’s Christmas Market is known for its stunning location, famous flying Santa and over 170 exhibitors who sell their wares at the market ever year.
And, honestly, after seeing it for ourselves, we consider it one of the prettiest Christmas markets in Switzerland.
We first visited in 2018 and fell in love with its scenic lakeside location, and delightful array of stalls from around the world… and we’re sure you will too!
Looking to learn more about Montreux Christmas market, or perhaps need some guidance on planning your own trip there?
In this post, we’ll be covering…
- Practical Info for Montreux Christmas Market
- Why Visit Montreux Christmas Market?
- Where is Montreux Christmas Market?
- How to Get to Montreux Christmas Market
We hope you find it helpful and interesting!
Christmas Market Packing Essentials:
Practical Info for Montreux Christmas Market
Here are some quick must-knows for Montreux Christmas Market this year:
- Dates: Nov 23 – Dec 24, 2023
- Official website: Click here
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Why Visit Montreux Christmas Market?
Wondering if Montreux Christmas Market is worth a visit? Here are some reasons why you should consider adding it to your trip:
Gorgeous Lakeside Location
In terms of setting, Montreux may have one of the prettiest locations of any Christmas market in Switzerland.
Set along the shores of Lake Geneva, your Christmas market shopping here is made all the more delightful by snow-capped mountains and crystal clear blue water. So picture-perfect!
Another unique feature of the Montreux Christmas Market is its “Santa & His Flying Sleigh” spectacle, where Santa magically appears to glide over the lakeside promenade in his sleigh 3 times a day.
Click here to see a video of Santa in action!
Unique Santa Train
Of course, visiting Montreux Christmas Market also means a unique opportunity to visit Santa in his Grotto at Rochers-de-Naye.
… Even more magical, you’ll have to take a special cogwheel train to get there!
This unique Christmas experience is a special opportunity for kids (old and young) to meet Santa throughout the Montreux Noël season, and is one of the most unique festive offerings of the city.
A Children’s Elf Square
Those travelling with little ones will also be happy to know that there’s an entire section dedicated to kids just below the Big Wheel, where an Elves’ square with fun workshops and activities await.
Enchanting Light Displays
While we only saw the market during the day, we’ve seen a lot of photos of what the Montreux Christmas Market looks like by night and… wow!
All along the lake, you’ll find pretty light installations, including some that are interactive.
Where is Montreux Christmas Market?
Of course, this strip is filled with over 170 artisans and exhibitors, along with multiple restaurants, attractions, and rides, so it has plenty to offer visitors, whether you’re staying overnight or just coming for a day trip like we did.
To main highlights of Montreux Christmas can be found along the lake at Quai de la Rouvenaz and Quai Edouard-Jaccoud.
Here are the main market sites and their locations:
- The Lakeside Christmas Market (and Restaurants): Quai Edouard-Jaccoud
- The Elves’ Village: Place du Marché
- The Lumberjack Village: Quai de la Rouvenaz
How to Get to Montreux Christmas Market
Once in the city, getting to the Montreux Christmas Market is easy. Here are your options:
ON FOOT: It’s a quick and lovely walk to the Montreux Christmas Market from the train station – simply head west to get to the water, and then walk along the lake towards Place du Marché, which is where you’ll find the Big Wheel and the Freddie Mercury Statue.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: From the train station, you can hop on the 201 to Rennaz, Village and ride it two stops to “Montreux, Marché”. Note that this option takes around the same amount of time as walking.
BY CAR: According to the official Montreux Christmas Market website, parking is available on weekdays at the following parking garages:
- Place du Marché
- Railway station
- Montreux Palace
We hope you enjoyed this Montreux Christmas Market Guide!
Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about your trip – we’re always happy to help.