Christmas Hot Spots in Bern
#1 Bern Starsmarket
The Starsmarket on the Kleine Schanze is the latest addition to the Bernese Christmas markets. Some 70 huts with delicacies from all over the world, hot drinks and changing designer products invite you to shop and linger. The Starsmarket is located only a short walking distance from the station and features a large fondue chalet, weather-protected lounges and a children's area with merry-go-round.
Market 28 November-29 December 2019
Mon-Sat 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sun 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Fondue Chalet Mon-Sun 11:00 a.m.-midnight
Open until 5:00 p.m. on 24 December 2019
Closed on 25 December 2019
#2 Christmas Market on Waisenhausplatz (Orphanage Square)
The Bernese Christmas market with over 30 years of tradition. On the Waisenhausplatz (Orphanage Square), 50 festively decorated stands offer a wide range of souvenirs, Christmas presents and products for everyday use. The stands are lovingly decorated and the scents of gingerbread, caramel and mulled wine hang in the air. By the way, here the restaurant «Platzhirsch» takes care of your physical well-being – perfect for fans of fondue, raclette and mulled wine!
Market 30 November–24 December 2019
Mon–Sat 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Sun 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Restaurant Platzhirsch Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Sun 10:00–8:00 p.m.
End of year market 27–28 December 2019 Old Year Market
daily 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
#3 Bern Minster Christmas Market
Enjoy the Christmas spirit far from the hustle and bustle: The Christmas market on Münsterplatz (Minster Square) offers a cozy, charming atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Local artisans sell their unique handicrafts at the foot of Bern Minster, the cathedral with the highest tower in Switzerland. Discover lovingly created arts and crafts, culinary delights, unique jewellery and much more. Tip: Rumour has it that the mulled white wine in the «Märitbeizli» (small restaurant) is the best in town!
Market 30 November–24 December 2019
Mon-Wed, Fri 11:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Thu 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sat-Sun 10:00–6:00 p.m.
Restaurant daily 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. "Shining hour" daily, according to program on site
#4 Artisan market Münsterplattform (Minster terrace)
Over two weekends in the Advent season, the Christmas edition of the traditional craftsman's market on the Münsterplattform (Minster terrace) invites you to wander around and marvel at the sights. Artists from Bern and the surrounding areas will be presenting their exclusive, hand-crafted products at more than 100 stalls. Here, passion and love for craftmanship are plain to see.
#5 Chalet Schanze - high above Bern
Charming chalet atmosphere and mountain views only a lift ride from Bern railway station: The “Grosse Schanze” is probably Switzerland's largest terrace. At this delightful venue, a cosy evening or lunch break in the cosy winter chalet awaits you. The fondue is served with truffles, champagne or in its classic form. If you feel like something different, you can enjoy a raclette, Spätzli with winter vegetables or Fondue-Beef-Burger with Rösti Frites.
opening hours 21 November 2019–31 January 2020
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sat 5:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
24/25/26/31 December 2019, 1/2 January 2020
Outdoor bar Tue–Sat 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
"Rummelbummel" stands for a unique ambiance in the playfully decorated courtyard of the PROGR and a varied Advent programme that will delight young and old. The hustle and bustle in the courtyard of the PROGR Centre for Cultural Production is not a Christmas market, but a lovingly and lavishly decorated place to marvel and linger. Old furniture, discarded objects, special decorative elements and light productions create a unique and cozy atmosphere – young and old alike feel at home here!
#7 Chalet Alpenland
Chalet magic in the heart of the city: the rustic chalet on Kornhausplatz (Granary Square) serves a large selection of winter specialities. Flammkuchen, fondue and raclette are served – variety is the keyword here. How about a beer fondue, for example? Or would you prefer the champagne version? For those with smaller appetites "Apéro-Plättli" and sweet treats are offered in Chalet Alpenland. And of course, homemade mulled wine is a must. Note: all ingredients used in Chalet Alpenland come from producers in the city or region of Bern.
#8 Øscår Elch
In summer, the pop-up bar Peter Flamingo on the Grosse Schanze has been a source of excitement. Now Øscår Elch is turning Bern's Ringgenpark into a winter wonderland. Colourful, creative, cheerful and urban: anyone who has fallen in love with Peter Flamingo this summer will also love Øscår Elch. There is also a varied cultural programme in winter. Gourmets can look forward to the unique homemade Hot Mules, Raclette from Jumi or the soul-warming Swedish mulled wine "Glögg".
#9 Ice Rink on Parliament Square
The artificial ice rink in front of the unique scenery of the Swiss Parliament Building is popular with locals and guests alike: every year, thousands of visitors lace up their skates and show their skills on the 600 m2 of this vast illuminated ice rink. In the restaurant at the ice rink cold feet are warmed and skaters are provided with mulled wine and cheese fondue.
Ice Rink 18 December 2019–16 February 2020
daily 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Restaurant daily 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. Ice skating lessons for children Starting 9 January 2020: Thursdays 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Entry is free of charge. Ice skates are available for hire on site.