Both the French and Swiss Alps make popular choices for a European skiing vacation and Geneva’s strategic location makes it the ideal basecamp for hitting the slopes on both sides of the border. Whether you want to visit top resorts like Chamonix or explore miles of off-piste ski routes, skiing from Geneva is an easy choice for a day or multi-day trip.
With its dramatic alpine backdrop, car-free streets and celebrity-owned chalets, Zermatt has long been renowned as one of Switzerland’s glitziest (and priciest) ski resorts, offering access to some of the country’s most famous peaks. A ski break beneath the Matterhorn might put a dent in your bank account, but the tranquil mountain village is definitely worth the hype and there are plenty of great reasons to visit Zermatt.
From visiting Santa’s mountaintop grotto in Montreux to touring a chocolate factory in Zurich or riding the spectacular Glacier Express train; Switzerland is a magical place to spend a family Christmas and if you’re spending the holidays in the central lakelands, there’s plenty of winter fun for kids in Lucerne too.
Home to the world’s largest manufacturer of handmade Christmas decorations and famously hosting Europe’s longest street of holiday illuminations, the annual displays of Christmas lights in Basel are always show-stopping and offer a dazzling backdrop to the festive season.
The picturesque Swiss Riviera transforms into veritable winter wonderland over the Christmas season and celebrating the holidays in Montreux means you’re guaranteed a white Christmas. Whether you want to explore the nearby cities of Geneva and Lausanne, marvel at the snow-blanketed landscapes on the famous Golden Panoramic train or shop at some of Switzerland’s most atmospheric Christmas Markets, there are plenty of things to do in Montreux at Christmas.