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Christmas & New Year

During the Christmas season, Lucerne is transformed into a contemplative city of lights. Lucerne has a number of Advent highlights and events in store this year as well. Shorten the waiting time until Christmas Eve on the Christmas tour, enjoy musical performances at the Christmas forum "Venite" or be inspired by handmade gift ideas at the crafts market.

To the map with all the festive activities.

Christmas Markets City of Lucerne

Looking for something nice for your nearest and dearest? Visit Lucerne's markets this Advent. 

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After-work Advent concerts

On selected days, various music groups, singers and choirs perform on Europe Square. We warmly invite you to enjoy our concerts and the «Dancing Christmas Trees» at the same time. 

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Christmas tour

Join us on a stroll through Lucerne. The Pine Boughs and Bright Lights tour through the festively decorated city helps pass the time more quickly in the run-up to Christmas and sheds light on some of the local seasonal customs.

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Christmas Stories Tree Path

During a stroll through Lucerne, discover the Christmas trees in the shop windows made by school classes and brought to life with stories, tales or pictures and take part in our prize draw. 

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The «Dancing Christmas Trees»

Discover the somewhat different Christmas trees. Light shows and music bring the trees to life and immerse you in a world of Christmas splendour. 

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Christmas tree on Europe Square

The large Christmas tree with its many lights invites you to enjoy the Advent atmosphere with a view of the Lucerne lake basin. Come and admire the 15-metre-high spruce on Europe Square. 

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New Year's Magic 2024

Celebrate the start of the new year in Lucerne. On 1 January 2024, the traditional New Year's fireworks display will bathe the sky above the lake basin in bright colours and bring a sparkle to many an eye with its magic. 

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Lilu Light Festival Lucerne

In January, Lucerne becomes a place of encounters immersed in light. Artistic light installations illuminate numerous building facades and squares, bringing warmth into the wintery city.

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Zentralschweizer Gutschein

Give a piece of Central Switzerland as a present. Whether for a family outing, a leisure activity with friends or a romantic evening programme for two: with the 'Zentralschweizer Gutschein' you can give your loved ones the whole variety of the Lucerne – Lake Lucerne Region as a gift.

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Further details about all Advent and Christmas events:

Christmas events


CHF 50 free for your Christmas shopping

Book your overnight stay through Lucerne Tourism and benefit from our CityCard promotion: When booking a room with a minimum value of CHF 100, we will offer you a free CityCard worth CHF 50. Find out more