23rd November to 24th December 2017
One of Europe's biggest and best Christmas Markets, Montreux Noël welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Numerous magical locations are used as settings for shopping and entertainment so that even those who come for a couple of days can experience the winter beauty of Lake Geneva and the nearby mountains. Open into the evening, this is a chance to soak up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere of Montreux.
The main Christmas Market is held on the shore of the lake and features around 160 stalls. Here, shoppers can browse and choose Christmas gifts as diverse as sheepskin gloves, handmade soaps or sweet treats. There are traditional, handcrafted wooden nativity scenes on sale as well as more modern and sparkly decorations for your home. You can enjoy freshly made crèpes or waffles, or spoil yourself at the oyster and Champagne stall. Musical entertainment adds to the cheery atmosphere, from festive brass bands to traditional Alpenhorns and fabulous Gospel concerts.
Head to beautiful Chillon Castle - just along the lake - which takes on a fairy tale appearance for the unique Medieval Market. On Saturdays and Sundays from 2nd to 17th December, fair maidens and gallant knights serve on the stalls and provide historical entertainment, such as traditional weaving and leather working, medieval dancing and birds of prey demonstrations. Or try the enchanting Elves Village, daily in the gardens of the Casino Barrière with its circus, marionettes, reindeer park, chocolate and candle making workshops. The Lumberjack Village is found close to the main station and offers a welcoming log cabin with plenty of warm drinks, great food and a very festive atmosphere. For children, or just the young at heart, do not miss the spectacular journey up to Rochers-de-Naye, for it is here that Santa has his grotto at 2,042 metres above sea level. The train journey is worth the trip simply for the beautiful views. Available Wednesdays-Sundays during the Christmas Market period.
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Find out about other Swiss Christmas Markets: Lucerne, Bern, Basel.
Suggested Itinerary - including a day trip to Gstaad
4 DAYS - CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN MONTREUX AND EXCURSION TO GSTAAD
From £674 per person
This short break is a wonderful way to enjoy Montreux's festive activities in the run up to Christmas, with enough time for a day trip to the stunning winter scenery of Gstaad.
This suggested break is based on a stay in the 3 star Hotel Helvetie, ideally located close to the lake promenade for the Christmas Market. However, we are able to tailor make an itinerary with any of the Montreux hotels mentioned below.
Day 1 Arrival and get to know lovely Montreux with a stroll along the lakeside. Perhaps start your shopping extravaganza, then browse the menus of the town's many restaurants for tonight's meal.
Day 2 Shop to your heart's content in the Christmas Markets and enjoy lunch from one of the stalls offering delicious traditional treats. There will be time for a trip up the mountain to Caux's Christmas Village or a sightseeing cruise on the lake.
Day 3 Day trip to Gstaad. Travel on the route of the GoldenPass Line to glamourous Gstaad for a day of sightseeing, winter sports or more shopping!
Gstaad is one of the world's most famous winter resorts. The rail journey from Montreux takes around 1 ½ hours on a beautifully scenic route through the wintry countryside. You'll find this picturesque village at the intersection of two valleys, surrounded on three sides by the stunning alpine mountains of the Bernese Oberland. The centre of Gstaad is traffic free and has an array of smart shops, galleries and restaurants to enjoy. Why not take a trip up into the mountains to try your hand at tobogganing or a walk along one of the excellently prepared winter hiking routes. There are plenty of traditional mountain restaurants in which to rest and enjoy lunch. Whatever you choose to do with your day in this special location, there are guaranteed beautiful views and crisp, clean mountain air.
Day 4 A hearty breakfast, perhaps time for another stroll through the Market then bid farewell to Montreux with many happy memories and a suitcase full of Christmas gifts!
Your holiday price includes scheduled flights from Heathrow to Geneva inclusive of all airport taxes and security charges, 2nd class return rail transfers, 3 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on 2 people sharing, 2nd class return rail tickets to Gstaad and FREE Half fare card which entitles you to half or reduced price travel on most trains, PostBuses and lake steamers. Financial protection ATOL 3148. Booking conditions apply. Tailor Make Your Break: additional days, extra excursions, half board arrangements, higher grade hotels, upgraded rooms and additional resorts can be added. Call our team on 0800 619 1200.
Winter Scenic Rail
Extend your stay and enjoy Switzerland's perfect snowscapes
Montreux is perfectly placed as the starting point for a classic scenic rail journey. So, after the Christmas Market, travellers can enjoy the next part of their holiday - taking in wonderful views of the wintry countryside en route to a stay in another part of this beautiful country. Winter can turn the Swiss sky a deep blue, while the snow covering the mountains and pastures is an unspoiled blanket of purest white. While you are warm and cosy in the carriage, perhaps enjoying a steaming coffee, the passing scenery produces mile upon mile of mesmerising beauty. Even for those who have previously enjoyed a summer scenic rail trip, this is an experience not to be missed.
There are two winter scenic rail options from Montreux. The destination resorts shown are just examples - please ask if you have a different itinerary in mind.
The GoldenPass Line
A classic 3 hour rail journey on panoramic carriages to Interlaken. There is a good choice of hotels in town, which is a great base for enjoying many winter lake and mountain excursions.
This famous train starts its journey in Montreux and slowly wends its way past the snow of Les Avants, Gstaad (famous as one of the world's most glamourous ski resorts) and the mountains of the Bernese Oberland. There's an easy change of train at Zweisimmen, then you can sit back and enjoy the spectacular journey to the beautiful lakeside village of Spiez . The track hugs the Lake Thun shoreline as it makes its final approach into Interlaken.
The Luzern-Interlaken Express
This journey connects to the GoldenPass Line, for those wishing to stay in Lucerne rather than Interlaken.
After the journey from Montreux as described above, you'll board the Luzern-Interlaken Express, whose panoramic windows afford wonderful wintry views as you pass through the countryside. Even visitors who have visited this area many times in summer will be delighted to experience a completely new perspective on the scenery. The train travels alongside pretty Lake Brienz towards Meiringen and the stunning Brünig Pass before arriving in Lucerne.
Tailor Make Your Break. Additional days, extra excursions, half board arrangements, higher grade hotels, upgraded rooms and additional resorts can be added. Call our team on 0800 619 1200.