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How to spend the first Christmas in Switzerland?

I am a girl from China, now leaving in Lausanne. I have never celebrated a Christmas before in China, this is the first time. I wonder how people in Switzerland usually spend Christmas? If I do not want to be alone during Christmas time, where can I go and what can I do? Is there any party or dinner held for public or foreigners?

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Re: How to spend the first Christmas in Switzerland?

Am in a similar boat, first for me as a singleton in switzerland. Can't say that I'm looking forward to it.

Good luck finding something to do! If all else fails we can throw a party here on the forums
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I am a girl from China, now leaving in Lausanne. I have never celebrated a Christmas before in China, this is the first time. I wonder how people in Switzerland usually spend Christmas? If I do not want to be alone during Christmas time, where can I go and what can I do? Is there any party or dinner held for public or foreigners?

Thank you all~
A) There is a pre-Xmas meeting at the Viadukt on the evening of 23rd
B) The usual way of Christmas in Switzerland is to have, in the evening of 24th, a Christmas tree around, have some Christmas music playing, open the gifts. Now over to the tree. This usually is a real one, bought each year. But I for example, having been used to the system above, when my mother, in whose apartment I always was on 24th, started to feel age, etc, bought an artificial one, which looks amazingly genuine ! BUT if you buy an artificial one, forget about candles , while all other decoration is ok.
C) the 25th is the day for "wider" family meetings, either in the home of somebody or in a restaurant
D) on 24th there usually are "Gottesdienste" in the churches relatively late in the evening, particularily for people no longer having family around. Many of these services, depending on the reverend in charge, are really nice
E) just a detail, in case you have to do with children. In Switzerland, Santa Claus is active on 6th December which is his day, BUT on Christmas, he no longer is around. It is the "Christchind" which brings round the presents for the children. The "Christchind" is a small girl, angel like, and only moving into the room with the tree when not being disturbed
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Am in a similar boat, first for me as a singleton in switzerland. Can't say that I'm looking forward to it.

Good luck finding something to do! If all else fails we can throw a party here on the forums
A) Again, let's mention the 23rd in the Viadukt in Zurich
B) You in your profile have "Ireland" which to my knowledge is 90%plus Catholic, and Freiburg is 200%plus Catholic, so you might check up church occasions (being religious is not necessary)

-- and do not being surprised in case of meeting Muslims at the occasion. To celebrate the birth of Isa (Jesus), one of the major prophets according to the Koran, is absolutely "legal"
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Re: How to spend the first Christmas in Switzerland?

Same here and also in Lausanne. It's a funny time of the year if you don't celebrate Christmas. First, there are all of the Work and social Christmas parties leading up to the holidays, and these are generally fun.

But when the holidays start, it gets a bit boring since everybody is with their families. Not to mention the TV programs which generally broadcast the same Christmas movies that they have for the past 10 years.

Having said that, it is also nice to have to do nothing and to relax for a bit . Enjoy your first Christmas

(P.S. sorry, I got somehow quite amused by the smileys and went a bit overboard)
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Re: How to spend the first Christmas in Switzerland?

My first christmas too here in Switzerland, but for a change in Zurich Not too sure if the shops are all open atleast to go out and have fun. And transportation too.
Already its festive mood everywhere with light n decor. Looks awesome.
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Re: How to spend the first Christmas in Switzerland?

Just for your general info on Christmas this year:

Christmas Eve (24th) is on Friday, shops will be open until 16:00 hrs, after that everything closes down.
Saturday (25th) most everything will be closed, because Christmas is a huge public holiday and most people spend that day with their families (similar to Thanksgiving in the US). Sunday 26th is - well.... Sunday. Everything's back to normal on Monday 27th, so this year there's not really a "holiday" to speak of.

If you're not getting together with friends or such, I'd advise to stock up on DVDs and food/drink in advance

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Re: How to spend the first Christmas in Switzerland?

Sophiaxyang, it's a bit like a foreigner trying to spend Spring Festival / 春节 alone in China. Everything will be shut. Very, very few people will be out. Luckily for you it only lasts a couple of days rather than two weeks!

Your best bet is to find an event on here with other people who are away from their families, latch onto a co-worker and get invited to their place at least for a meal on the 25th, or stock up with your favourite foods, download (umm I mean buy) some movies and enjoy the solitude.
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A) Again, let's mention the 23rd in the Viadukt in Zurich
B) You in your profile have "Ireland" which to my knowledge is 90%plus Catholic, and Freiburg is 200%plus Catholic, so you might check up church occasions (being religious is not necessary)
Am tempted to head to the thing in Zurich but it's a fair old distance and home early enough on the train. Will make a decision closer to the time though .

You're right on both counts (tho exaggerated ) regarding ireland and fribourg. I'm not in any shape or form religious and while I know that doesn't necessarily exclude me from those events, I would feel awkward and out of place. Christmas for me has always been a time spent with close family and since I won't be doing that this year I will probably take the "DVD" option and bury my head in the sand

It's funny, as a child I used to hate going to the family meals on christmas day but not that I'm older and farther away I miss them. Funny how that works.



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That looks like a lot of fun though unfortunately I'm working christmas night till 4am so no chance I'd be able to make it. Thanks though
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Re: How to spend the first Christmas in Switzerland?

Go skiing on the 24th. Because the Swiss (and other central Europeans) open their presents on Christmas Eve - unlike the British who open theirs on Christmas day for the most part - the slopes are relatively empty!
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My first christmas too here in Switzerland, but for a change in Zurich Not too sure if the shops are all open atleast to go out and have fun. And transportation too.
Already its festive mood everywhere with light n decor. Looks awesome.
Transportation will go normal and most restaurants will be open, BUT shops in general will be closed on 25th and 26th except those in Zch-HB, Zch-Enge, Zch-Stadelhofen and similar places in Geneva, Basel, Bern and Luzern.
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Am in a similar boat, first for me as a singleton in switzerland. Can't say that I'm looking forward to it.

Good luck finding something to do! If all else fails we can throw a party here on the forums
I think Ireland is not so far away, why not go back with your family?

Anyway, which city are you living? I see the dinner in Zurich, but do not know whether I can make it or not, it's like too far away from Lausanne. If we are closer, probably plan sth together Thanks~~
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A) There is a pre-Xmas meeting at the Viadukt on the evening of 23rd
B) The usual way of Christmas in Switzerland is to have, in the evening of 24th, a Christmas tree around, have some Christmas music playing, open the gifts. Now over to the tree. This usually is a real one, bought each year. But I for example, having been used to the system above, when my mother, in whose apartment I always was on 24th, started to feel age, etc, bought an artificial one, which looks amazingly genuine ! BUT if you buy an artificial one, forget about candles , while all other decoration is ok.
C) the 25th is the day for "wider" family meetings, either in the home of somebody or in a restaurant
D) on 24th there usually are "Gottesdienste" in the churches relatively late in the evening, particularily for people no longer having family around. Many of these services, depending on the reverend in charge, are really nice
E) just a detail, in case you have to do with children. In Switzerland, Santa Claus is active on 6th December which is his day, BUT on Christmas, he no longer is around. It is the "Christchind" which brings round the presents for the children. The "Christchind" is a small girl, angel like, and only moving into the room with the tree when not being disturbed
Waha, thank you so much for your detailed explanation I'd say althought I am not Catholic, choice D seems quite reasonable. I am a kind of person always heading for food The pre-Xmas dinner sounds nice, but I am not sure if I join the dinner, any chance to have a train back to Lausanne that night?
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Same here and also in Lausanne. It's a funny time of the year if you don't celebrate Christmas. First, there are all of the Work and social Christmas parties leading up to the holidays, and these are generally fun.

But when the holidays start, it gets a bit boring since everybody is with their families. Not to mention the TV programs which generally broadcast the same Christmas movies that they have for the past 10 years.

Having said that, it is also nice to have to do nothing and to relax for a bit . Enjoy your first Christmas

(P.S. sorry, I got somehow quite amused by the smileys and went a bit overboard)
Haha, all these smileys are so cute, I love them~~~ Maybe, if any other thing fails, I would stay at home, and watch the Christmas movies, hope there are any English version ones~~~ BTW, if any chance that you are also alone in Lausanne, would you mind planning sth together?
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Just for your general info on Christmas this year:

Christmas Eve (24th) is on Friday, shops will be open until 16:00 hrs, after that everything closes down.
Saturday (25th) most everything will be closed, because Christmas is a huge public holiday and most people spend that day with their families (similar to Thanksgiving in the US). Sunday 26th is - well.... Sunday. Everything's back to normal on Monday 27th, so this year there's not really a "holiday" to speak of.

If you're not getting together with friends or such, I'd advise to stock up on DVDs and food/drink in advance
I see what you mean... Since the university will shut down the heating during 27th, Dec to 2nd, Jan, this week automatically becomes public holidays, haha, no one will be at school. Thanks for your suggestions anyway. I will head for more food ^_^
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Sophiaxyang, it's a bit like a foreigner trying to spend Spring Festival / 春节 alone in China. Everything will be shut. Very, very few people will be out. Luckily for you it only lasts a couple of days rather than two weeks!

Your best bet is to find an event on here with other people who are away from their families, latch onto a co-worker and get invited to their place at least for a meal on the 25th, or stock up with your favourite foods, download (umm I mean buy) some movies and enjoy the solitude.
Ah, have you spent the spring festival in China alone? Yes, the 春节 normally lasts from the 1st to 15th, Jan, lunar calender. But I think things begin to return to normal since 3rd, generally speaking~ It's sad that I am going to spend both Christmas and Spring festival alone this year

Anyway, thanks for your reply. Enjoy your christmas ^_^
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Re: How to spend the first Christmas in Switzerland?

Most bigger cities have Christmas parties. Look out for the posters, or google it. There are for sure some other "lonely" foreigners in some pubs or restaurants.
Or a Christmas Eve service. I guess there are some Christmas concerts: classic or gospel.
You really don't have to be religious to visit a church concert.

If there's nothing you can deal with, how about a cosy DVD evening at home?
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I think Ireland is not so far away, why not go back with your family?

Anyway, which city are you living?
Unfortunately I'm working christmas night which is why I didn't go back. I'm heading back to Ireland for New Years though to see my family

Will send you a message and we can see if we organise something.
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Christmas in Switzerland..

Hello

I've spent most of my Christmas' in the UK and just wondered if it is celebrated any different here in Switzerland.

Also, what tends to happen around Christmas time, are there fairs, stalls etc like in some parts of Germany.
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