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Unmissable December events in Switzerland

December's not just about Christmas. There are plenty of fantastic non-festive events happening all over the country, too

Written by
Emily Rose Mawson

Sure, Christmas is a big deal, and we love a mulled wine and a carol concert as much as the next person. But alongside all the festive activities taking place in December, there are many brilliant non-Christmas events taking place in Switzerland, too. Find the best below...

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December events in Switzerland

  • Museums
  • Schosshalde

This show carves out Swiss-born artist Paul Klee a new place in art history, revealing the influence he had on the US art scene during the ’30s and ’40s and the birth of abstract expressionism. Works by Jackson Pollock and Mark Tobey feature.

Until Jan 7 2018.

Ai Weiwei: It’s Always the Others…· Lausanne
  • Museums
  • Lausanne

The celebrated dissident Chinese artist held his first European solo show in Switzerland in 2004 thanks to Bernard Fibicher. Now the Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts’ director has invited him back, this time to fill the Lausanne museum with 40 works.

Until Jan 28 2018.

Ice skating at Dolder Sports · Zurich
  • Things to do
  • Ice skating
  • Fluntern

Make sure your boots are comfy, because Europe’s largest open-air ice rink offers 6,000 square metres of super-chilled action. It first opened in 1930 and once hosted the Ice Hockey World Championships, but it’s a great place to learn other winter hobbies too – the complex also offers curling and snow sculpture lessons. Warm up with a fondue in its igloo-style tent.

Until Mar 11 2018. Mon, Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-10.30pm, Wed 9am-5.30pm, 7.15pm-10.30pm, Sun 9am-5.45pm.

  • Things to do
  • Ice skating
  • Flon

It isn’t big and it isn’t fancy, but it offers a fun-packed schedule of events and an excellent location right in the heart of Lausanne’s trendiest district. Try to tame your two left feet at one of the weekend discos or let off some steam at a snowballing party – they’ll be new winter traditions before you know it.

Until Feb 25 2018. Daily 11am-10pm.

Ice skating at Vaillant Arena · Davos

Ice skating at Vaillant Arena · Davos

With capacity for 7,080 spectators, 3,280 of them seated, the home of HC Davos ice hockey club is definitely the place to enjoy some ice sports for those less inclined to get their skates on. With hockey champs, ice dancing and even the odd show held under its beautiful timber roof, it offers plenty to gawp at.

Until March 5 2018.

Various times and prices, see more information on the website.


Festival of Lights · Lausanne

Rediscover Lausanne by night through a series of intriguing light installations set up around the city by 15 contemporary artists.

Until Dec 31.

Visit the website for more details.

Last Work · Geneva
  • Theatre
  • Performing arts space
  • Jonction

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s electrically charged show aches with emotion. Articulating their movements with utmost precision, 18 dancers from his Batsheva Dance Company haunt the stage, hurling their bodies around as if for the last time.

Dec 17-19. 

Le Chanteur de Mexico · Lausanne
  • Music
  • Ville Marché

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s muse Rossy de Palma stars in French composer Francis Lopez’s catchy 1951 operetta in two acts and 20 scenes. If you don’t come out giddily humming ‘Acapulco’, you should probably get your hearing checked.

Dec 22, 23, 27-29, 31.

  • Museums
  • Riehen

The first major exhibition to focus on Swiss painter Paul Klee’s abstract work reveals both his sense of playfulness and the gentle musicality of his compositions.

Until Jan 21 2018.

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