These last few weeks we’ve had family and friends visiting us in Zurich, eager to experience the Swiss Christmas. And, among other things, we took our visitors around Zurich to see the different Christmas Markets. It has been a beautiful Advent time to explore the different stalls selling handicrafts and typical Swiss Christmas sweets and decorations, and to drink Glühwein and Glühmost (yes, this year I’ve discovered the non-alcoholic version of Glühwein and I loved it!!!) while enjoying the Christmas lights and Christmas carols… All of this with the beautiful background of the pretty streets of the Swiss cities. I think I haven’t enjoyed the Christmas season as much as I have this year! Mostly because I’ve had to chance to learn what Christmas markets are like in Europe: they are the place to meet with your loved ones, family and friends, and enjoy with them these little things during the cold and dark winter nights… I can’t think of a better plan!! 🙂

At the moment I’m back in Spain, ready to enjoy the holidays with my family and friends. Here the Christmas atmosphere is different than what you experience in Switzerland, but they’re also beautiful days and I plan to make every moment count 🙂 So I’m planning to take also a few days off the blog! Two well deserved weeks of vacation, so I can come back with a lot of more photos from beautiful places!

But before that, here are some photos I’ve taken during these Advent weeks in Zurich. I tried to make something different from last year, exploring new streets and new ways to edit the photos… I even had the opportunity to try a new lens, the awesome Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L!! Such an amazing lens, so wide and sharp! I had a great time wandering in Zurich trying new Christmas compositions with this lens and the new camera!

And now, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas time with your loved ones!! And, of course, a very happy 2019!! See you next year!! 🙂



  1. ¡me encanta!

  2. Happy Holidays Mercedes, and enjoy your time off!

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a mil, Anne!! Merry Christmas to you too!! I hope you had a beautiful Christmas with your loved ones!!!
      And, of course, happy new year! 🙂

  3. Merry Christmas Mercedes!! 🤗🎄✨ And what a better way to kick it off than your very fairytalelike photos!!

    • mercedescatalan

      Merry Christmas, Snow!! I hope you have wonderful holidays with your little ones! I’m sure it must be magical to celebrate these days with small kids in the family! And happy new year!!
      And yes, Zurich looks like out of a fairy tale these days!! Such a pity it didn’t snow so much this year during Advent, it was the only missing thing!

  4. Completely magic. This really looks like Christmas!

    • mercedescatalan

      It does, right? I remember the first time I visited Zurich 5 years ago… I saw the lights in Bahnhofstrasse (the ones that are named “Lucy”) and I completely fell in love!! For me, Zurich, Stockholm and Strasbourg are the three best and most magical cities in Christmas!!
      I loved how Madrid looked in the past… but now that they have change the old tungsten bulbs for led lights, everything looks too modern for me. And the decorations depends so much on the sign of the political party in the city hall… it’s a pity… 🙁
      Tomorrow Christmas markets open and the Christmas lights are switched on the lights in Zurich!! And in a few days I’ll visit Stuttgart! I’m so excited to see my first German Christmas market!! They have quite a fame!! 🙂

      • I plan to go to a castle not too far from where I live this weekend which organizes an artisans’ market filled with hand made creations; they offer mulled wine and “pain d’épices” too. It’s usually very pleasant. But last year it was so busy, you could not go in. They refused people 2 hours before closing time. Too bad the really good stuff here only take place for a short period of time…

        I’ll be back in Paris again the following weekend. Nothing really interesting there only the “passages” – covered alleys – which can be quite lovely if not filled by tourists!!

        • mercedescatalan

          I love those artisans markets! And even more if they have mulled wine and pain d’epices!! But how can they get so crowded in France??? Last year, when I went to Strasbourg, I also tried to visit the small towns around Colmarc. Eguisheim was more or less ok… But we couldn’t even park near Kaysersberg (“near” means 5 km away from the town!!!!) and Riquewihr and Colmarc were like flooded with people!!! The towns were incredibly pretty with all the Christmas decorations and markets but… way too many people!!

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