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The end-of-year holidays and activities immerse the Vaudois towns and villages in a delightful atmosphere. A weekend stay during the holiday season with your family, partner or friends is perfect for getting a feel of the singularly festive and warm ambiance in our region.
Festive atmosphere and relaxation around a glass of good cheer
Friday evening, from 6 PM. Shorter days mean longer evenings, and a slower daily rhythm means taking more time to relax. After work, the inhabitants of the canton of Vaud like to enjoy a glass with colleagues or friends to get off to a good start of the weekend.
Many Christmas markets and luminous decorations shed new light on the towns and villages in the canton of Vaud and provide an especially inviting setting for merry afterwork moments that bring together locals and tourists.
A stroll through the Vaudois Christmas markets
Saturday afternoon, from 2 PM. This is the moment to browse the multiple stands held by artisans and tradesmen at the Christmas markets on the shores of Lake Geneva, in the Vaudois Alps or in the Broye-Vully near Lake Neuchâtel. The winter air is crisp and the sun bright, just right to go out and shop for Advent wreaths, glittering garlands and that special gift for your loved ones. This walk is a great opportunity to discover the wintry charm of the Vaudois towns while enjoying the lively and lovely shopping streets twinkling in a thousand and one lights.
Saturday evening, from 7 PM. At the aperitif hour, couples, families and friends like to gather around a glass of cinnamon-flavoured mulled wine or a cup of spicy tea and to share a few roast chestnuts. All this walking makes hungry... The delicious smells of food make gourmets want to taste a cheese-based Swiss specialty such as the traditional “fondue tree” or raclette, which – for wine fans – is served with a glass of Chasselas, the canton’s most popular white grape variety.
Events and end-of-year celebrations in Lausanne Region
A festive and warm atmosphere envelops all Vaudois cities and inhabitants during the last weeks of the year. There's something for everyone: traditions, gastronomy, all types of sports, and original celebrations.
From the end of November, Lausanne Lumières dazzles the passers-by in downtown Lausanne with special lights that make everything appear in a new light. In mid-December, the popular and fun Christmas Run has sportspeople disguised as Santa Claus run over the cobblestones in the old town. The businesses in the canton extend their opening hours for late-evening shopping sprees.
On December 31, the most daring snow bikers participate in the New Year’s Eve Grand Prix in Villars-sur-Ollon. Around midnight, a boisterous, giant Silent Party will be gathering at Place Centrale in Lausanne to celebrate the transition to the New Year. After striking the twelve strokes of midnight, the imposing gothic cathedral is bathed in light, an event that has taken place for more than a century. On the Vaudois Riviera, fireworks will enhance the sky above Vevey, an event that gourmets can enjoy on a special cruise on Lake Geneva.