One of the most beautiful traditions of Christmas in Zurich has to be the sparkling Swarovski Christmas tree at Zurich main station. The station, or “HB” as it is often referred to, comes alive at Christmas time as the hall is filled with the bustle of the Christkindlimarkt. The Christmas Market at the station normally lasts around 4 weeks from the end of November till just before Christmas. It’s full of bright lights, colour and lots of stall holders eagerly selling their wares.
However, rising high above is the beautiful, glittering, 50 ft tall Swarovski tree. Bedecked with over 6,000 shimmering Swarovski pieces, the elegant structure dominates the skyline. The tree is covered with tiny lights which change colour intermittently and the sparkles can be seen from all corners of the station.
Just around an hour after the “Lucy” lights are illuminated in Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s main shopping street, the countdown begins for the lighting of the Swarovski tree, shortly after 7pm. As the lights on the tree go on, applause breaks out across the station and you know that Christmas is definitely on its way!
Around the base of the tree is a Swarovski showcase where you can see the latest pieces from their current collection, in addition to pieces from the last twenty years.
So next time you’re in Zurich over the Christmas season, do pop by and take a look at this most brilliant spectacle at Zurich main station, the beautiful Swarovski Christmas Tree.
Here is a video of the Swarovski tree at Zurich HB at the lighting ceremony with an address in German.
Where: Zurich Main Staion
When: 22nd November – 23rd December 2018
The Christmas Tree is sponsored by Swarovski and is a free attraction.