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Christmas market in Lucerne: The best Christmas markets

Weihnachtsmarkt Luzern

The month of December in Lucerne is something very special. As the days get shorter, the city is transformed into a sparkling Christmas wonderland. The Christmas market in Lucerne takes center stage. From traditional stands to festive activities, Lucerne has something for everyone. In this article, we take you on a journey through the city's most beautiful Christmas markets. At the same time, we present exclusive Christmas offers from the Hotel Sempachersee.

Experience Lucerne's Christmas markets from a new perspective. Discover where to find the best regional delicacies and which stands you shouldn't miss. We'll also show you how you can celebrate Christmas at Lake Sempach in a very special way. With our X-MAS package, an unforgettable Christmas season awaits you at Hotel Sempachersee.

Join us on this festive discovery tour. We'll tell you why Lucerne is a must for every Christmas market lover during the festive season. Look forward to cozy hours filled with the magic of the Christmas season. Let's immerse ourselves in the world of Lucerne's Christmas magic together!


Discover the charm of the Lucerne Christmas market

The legendary Christmas market in Lucerne on Franziskanerplatz

Every year during Advent, Franziskanerplatz in Lucerne is transformed into a magical little town. With its colorful wooden houses, it offers an incomparable Christmas atmosphere. This Christmas market in Lucerne is not just a local attraction, but draws visitors from all over the world.

Located in the heart of Lucerne's old town, the market is an oasis of calm. It is away from the busy shopping streets. The Lozärner Wiehnachtsmärt exudes a contemplative atmosphere that is perfect for immersing yourself in the Christmas season. Visitors can stroll around at their leisure and enjoy the Christmassy atmosphere.

One of the highlights of the market is the largest Christmas wreath in Central Switzerland. With its meter-high candles, it is the trademark of the Christmas market. This wreath forms the glowing center of the market and creates an incomparable atmosphere.

You will find around 70 stands at the market. These offer a variety of regional specialties and artisan products. Whether you are looking for unique Christmas gifts or want to sample the local delicacies, Franziskanerplatz has something for everyone.

In this section of the Christmas market, you can experience the magic of Christmas in its purest form. Here, tradition is combined with modern flair. This makes the Christmas market on Franziskanerplatz an unforgettable experience in Lucerne.

Lucerne Christmas Market Franziskanerplatz
Lucerne Christmas Market Franziskanerplatz

Rudolf's Christmas Spectacular - a very special Christmas market in Lucerne

From November 17 to December 23, Inseli Park in Lucerne is transformed into a Christmas fairytale land. This event is known as Rudolf's Christmas Spectacular. With its magical ambience and unique offers, it attracts numerous visitors every year.

At the heart of the spectacle is the cozy Fondue Chalet. Here you can meet up with friends and family and enjoy different fondue variations. The aroma of melted cheese and fresh bread fills the air, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Around the chalet you will find a colorful mini delicacy market. Local delicacies and treats await you here. The chalet alleys offer a culinary variety ranging from traditional Swiss dishes to international specialties. Discover handcrafted products and designer items that are perfect for Christmas gifts.

The spectacle also offers a range of entertainment. Look forward to magical stilt walkers, concerts with Swiss singer/songwriters and fairytale storytellers. There are special programs for children to make the Christmas season an unforgettable experience.

The breathtaking fire shows are another highlight. These provide a spectacular experience that further enhances the festive atmosphere. Let yourself be enchanted by the festive lighting and the dreamlike backdrop of Inseli Park. Rudolf's Christmas Spectacular is more than just a Christmas market in Lucerne - it is a feast for all the senses.


Variety of Christmas markets in Lucerne

Craftsmanship and design: the Lucerne craft market

One of the unforgettable highlights in Lucerne during the Christmas season is the Lucerne Craft Market. Located in the picturesque Weinmarkt in the heart of the Old Town, this market is a paradise for lovers of arts and crafts. Here, local artisans present their own creations, made with passion and skill.

The craft market is known for its variety and uniqueness. You will discover a wide range of handmade products at the stands. These range from jewelry and accessories to paper goods and cell phone cases. Each item tells its own story and reflects the creativity of the artists.

The Weinmarkt not only provides a platform for purchasing these unique products, but also for interacting with the artists themselves. Visitors can watch the artisans at work and learn more about the processes and inspirations behind the creations. This personal exchange makes a visit to the market a special experience.

The craft market takes place on selected days in December. With opening hours from morning to evening, it offers plenty of time to browse in peace and enjoy the artistic variety. This market is not just a place to shop, but also a meeting place to experience the Christmas atmosphere in the historic old town.

The Weinmarkt itself, with its charming alleyways and historic buildings, provides the perfect backdrop for this unique craft market. It is the combination of artistic flair, Christmas atmosphere and historic ambience that makes the Lucerne craft market a must for every visitor.


Venite - The International Christmas Forum in Lucerne

From December 14 to 17, Lucerne's Kapellplatz will be transformed into a showcase of cultural diversity and festive joy. The international Christmas forum Venite celebrates its 20th anniversary and invites you to a truly global Christmas experience.

Venite is more than just a beautiful Christmas market in Lucerne. It is a cultural melting pot that showcases the culinary specialties and traditions of different countries. At the market you will find stands ranging from Finland to Vietnam to Italy. Each stand offers unique culinary experiences - from exotic dishes to traditional Christmas treats.

The heart of the Venite is its stage. There you can expect musical performances and cultural presentations that reflect the diversity of the participating nations. The opening ceremony in St. Peter's Chapel sets the festive tone for the Christmas Forum. Here you can experience the combination of music, culture and community that makes Venite so special.

In addition to the culinary delights, you can also admire and purchase handcrafted products and works of art. These come directly from the artists and craftsmen from the various countries. Venite thus offers a unique opportunity to find Christmas gifts that tell stories from all over the world.

Kapellplatz, with its picturesque location near the Chapel Bridge, provides the perfect scenery for this international festival. Here you can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere of Lucerne to the full. Venite is a feast for the senses and a celebration of the cultural diversity that Lucerne has to offer during the Christmas season.

Weihnachtsmarkt Luzern Venite
Lucerne during Christmas season

The Christmas tree market along the lakeside promenade

From December 16 to 23, the lakeside promenade in Lucerne is the setting for one of the most traditional events of the Christmas season: the Christmas tree market. This market is unique not only because of its magnificent location along the lakeside promenade, but also because of its special selection of Christmas trees.

A large selection of trees awaits you as you stroll through the market. All of them come from regional production, which guarantees their quality and freshness. From small fir trees for cozy living rooms to impressive large trees for large rooms - everyone will find the right tree here.

The variety of sizes and species is impressive. Whether you are looking for a classic Nordmann fir or something more unusual, the selection will not disappoint. In addition to the trees, you will also find fir branches and Christmas decorations to make your festive season at home perfect.

A special feature of the market is the expert advice. The experts on site will help you choose the ideal tree for your needs. They will advise you on how to care for the tree so that it stays fresh and green throughout the x-mas season.

The Christmas tree market on the lakeside promenade is more than just a place to buy trees. It is an experience that characterizes the Christmas spirit in Lucerne. Against the picturesque scenery of Lake Lucerne, it is a pleasure to choose a tree here. The market offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the city and get in the mood for Christmas.


Christmas on Lake Sempach - a feast for the senses

The Hotel & Conference Center Sempachersee offers a festive experience that will make your Christmas season unforgettable. From November, the hotel wraps itself in a Christmas ambience that invites you to linger and enjoy.

The centerpiece of the Christmas season at the Hotel Sempachersee is the X-MAS Package. Perfect for parties of 10 to 100 people, the offer starts with a Prosecco apero, accompanied by three delicious canapés per person. The festive 3-course menu is a culinary delight. For alcoholic drinks, the hotel offers individual advice on wine accompaniment.

Overnight guests can look forward to the comfortable Classic Hotel rooms. After a good night's sleep, a delicious breakfast awaits to bring the celebration to a comfortable close. This offer provides the perfect setting to relax in a festive atmosphere.

The hotel offers flexibility and individuality for the Christmas menu. Choose your starter, main course and dessert from four different menu suggestions. This variety makes it possible to put together a menu entirely according to your wishes.

The hotel also offers an attractive drinks package. This package includes a selection of drinks that perfectly complement the festive meal. It allows you to celebrate carefree and concentrate fully on your party and your guests.

The hotel's diverse and customizable event rooms provide the ideal backdrop for Christmas parties. Whether with employees, partners or customers, the hotel's expert event team will support you in planning and implementing your celebration. So you can enjoy the Christmas season to the full and look back on an eventful business year.

Sempachersee Hotel X-MAS Package
Sempachersee Hotel X-MAS Package

Plan your Christmas vacation in Lucerne

Accommodation options at the Hotel Sempachersee

The Hotel & Conference Center Sempachersee offers an inviting atmosphere for your Christmas stay in Lucerne. The hotel's rooms are designed to give you a feeling of warmth and coziness. With bright and spacious rooms, they create a relaxed atmosphere that is ideal for the contemplative Christmas season.

The hotel offers three different room categories:

  1. Classic room: These rooms offer comfort and style and are ideal for guests who value a pleasant ambience.
  2. Superior rooms: These offer extra space and comfort for those looking for a little more luxury.
  3. Junior Suite: For guests who want first-class accommodation during their Christmas stay, the Junior Suites are the perfect choice.

In addition to the comfort of the rooms, the hotel offers practical services:

  • Room Service: For a small fee of CHF 5.00 you can order food and drinks directly to your room.
  • E-Station: Charging stations are available in the D1 parking garage for guests with electric vehicles.
  • Luggage room: If your room is not yet ready for occupancy or you would like to leave your luggage on departure, the hotel offers a left-luggage room.
  • Sleeping pillow menu: The hotel offers a selection of different pillows to ensure your sleeping comfort.
  • Bike & Nordic walking pole hire: The hotel provides sports equipment for active guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

The first-class hospitality of the Hotel Sempachersee, combined with the comfortable accommodation and practical services, will make your Christmas stay an unforgettable experience. Whether you want to relax or enjoy the festive atmosphere in Lucerne, the Hotel Sempachersee offers the perfect setting.

Sempachersee Hotel room
Sempachersee Hotel room

Activities and sightseeing in Lucerne

Lucerne, with its picturesque location on Lake Lucerne, offers numerous activities and sights, especially during the Christmas season. The city is known for its historic old town and cultural assets that attract visitors from all over the world.

  • Exploring the Old Town: The Old Town of Lucerne, with its rich history, is a must for every visitor. In particular, the Chapel Bridge, built in the 14th century, is one of the top sights in Switzerland. A walk along the bridge offers an insight into Lucerne's history and architecture.
  • Famous sights: Alongside the Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument is another of the city's landmarks. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who fell in the 18th century and is a moving piece of history.
  • Mountain peaks and nature experiences: For nature lovers, the surrounding mountains such as Mount Pilatus, the Stanserhorn or the Rigi are a highlight. These peaks are easily accessible from Lucerne and offer breathtaking views and numerous hiking opportunities.
  • Christmas activities in Lucerne: There are a variety of events in Lucerne during the Advent season. From Advent concerts to Christmas markets, there is something for everyone. The Christmas platform weihnachten-luzern.ch provides information on all current Christmas activities in the city and the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne Region.
  • Tours and guided activities: For those who want to find out more about Lucerne, guided tours are available. These offer detailed information on the city's most important highlights and hidden treasures.


This variety of activities and sights makes Lucerne an ideal destination for your Christmas vacation. Whether you are interested in culture, history, nature or festive events, Lucerne has something for everyone.



We hope this article has given you a comprehensive overview of the Christmas season in Lucerne and at the Hotel & Conference Center Sempachersee. From the magical Christmas market in Lucerne to the special offers at the Hotel Sempachersee, Lucerne offers a wealth of ways to enjoy the festive season.

The Hotel Sempachersee, with its cozy rooms and culinary highlights, offers the perfect setting for your Christmas vacation. The hotel's wide range of Christmas offers, including the X-MAS package, ensure unforgettable moments. Experience the hospitality and comfort that will make your stay special.

Lucerne itself is a Christmas wonderland. With its historic sights, picturesque old town and surrounding mountains, the city offers numerous opportunities for day trips and explorations. Every corner of Lucerne radiates a special magic during the Christmas season.

We cordially invite you to experience the Christmas season in Lucerne and at the Hotel Sempachersee. Whether you stroll through the city, visit the Christmas markets or enjoy the festive atmosphere in the hotel - Lucerne has something for everyone.

Plan your next Christmas vacation in Lucerne and experience a time full of joy, festivity and unforgettable moments. We look forward to welcoming you to the Hotel & Conference Center Sempachersee and preparing a wonderful Christmas season for you.

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