The run-up to Christmas

Storytelling during the Advent period

Spend the Advent period being whisked away to a land of magical fairytale adventures.

Fairytale magic in the run-up to Christmas

The run-up to Christmas is a particularly fun time to be whisked away to a magical fairytale world.

Hearing the words “once upon a time...” immediately invokes a contemplative frame of mind. And it’s not only children who are affected. If the story is told in a festive atmosphere – on the Märlitram, in a Christmas village’s sea of lights or on an opulently decorated stage – the result is twice as good.


In the beautifully decorated Badehaus at Museum Langmatt, kids can treat their eyes and ears to magical Advent stories, while their parents relax in the Veranda Café.

Thursdays, December 7, 14 and 21, 5.00pm -5.30pm, Museum Langmatt. From age four/no registration required/free of charge.

There once was a boy called Nikolas who lived in a village in the Arctic Circle. After his parents died, the villagers decided to raise the boy themselves. Find out how Nikolas experienced Christmas in this magical film from Finland.

Sunday, December 3 at 11.00am in Kino Orient in Wettingen. From age six/no registration required/reservation possible, CHF 13 per child, CHF 15 per adult (ticket also grants entry to the Kindermuseum Baden)

There’s a lot going on in the winter forest in the run-up to Christmas. Squirrels are building a snowman and birds are decorating the forest with Christmas decorations. A mouse is hungry and a hedgehog can’t get to sleep. Bula and Simo, two funny inhabitants of the forest, are searching for presents that are just right. A Christmas story told through puppet theater.

Saturday, December 9 at 4.30pm in Baden municipal library. From age three/no registration required/entry CHF 5.

Kids can treat their eyes and ears to the story of Auguste the Christmas goose and sing both old and new Christmas songs together, guided by the theater educationalist Claudia Sandmeier, in anticipation of Christmas.

Wednesday, December 20 at 4.00pm in Historischen Museum Baden. From age four/no registration required/free of charge.

Further Christmas cultural events in Baden can be found here.


It hasn’t snowed in years. The world is gray and the people sad. Anna’s mother tells her how it used to be, when kids whooshed down snowy hills on toboggans and built magnificent snowmen. Anna wants nothing more than for it to snow again. In the window of a bakery is a little wooden rabbit surrounded by icing sugar ‘snow’. Perhaps it can help her wish to come true? Schneeflocke is a poetically told story with table puppets, accompanied by music on the accordion and violin.

Wednesdays, December 6, 13 and 20, and Sunday, December 10 between 11.00am and 5.00pm at the Figurentheater Winterthur. From age four. CHF 17.

The Adventsbus treats you to live music and Advent stories as it drives through Winterthur, a magical treat for young and old alike! Duration: 30 minutes. Departs from: Schmidgasse opposite Casinotheater. Tickets are available from November 8, 2017 at Stadtbus Winterthur ZVV-Contact customer center, Bahnhofplatz. For those who haven’t planned in advance, eight tickets can be picked up on the day for each journey from the Adventsbus stop. Runs on Wednesdays, December 6, 13 and 20, 2017 and on Saturdays, December 9, 16 and 23. Free of charge.

Children’s stories, read by Judith Biegel for children from four years old and accompanied by an adult: exciting stories and free juice at the Sirup-Bar.
Friday, December 8, from 3.00pm to 4.00pm, Rudolfstrasse 1, 8400 Winterthur

More information about Winterthur can be found here.



The Zug Fairytale Sunday Association invites you to join in an afternoon full of magical storytelling once more. In Zug’s pedestrianized old town, an estimated 10,000 guests from the region and the surrounding cantons will come to experience the magic of Zug’s traditional Fairytale Sunday for themselves. Young and old alike can immerse themselves in the enchanting stories for a whole afternoon.

December 10, 2017, from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.


On Zurich’s Bellevueplatz, Samichlaus is waiting to take the children with him on a short trip. When everyone’s arrived, they will set off through Zurich on the Märlitram for 20 minutes, while two angels read Christmas stories to them. The tram sets off every 25 minutes. Starts and ends at: Bellevue tram stop.

From the end of November to December 23, 2017, weekdays from 1.25pm to 6.50pm, and from 12.10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For children aged from four to 10. Tickets cost CHF 8, are available through Jelmoli and can be booked up to a week in advance.

Andrea Fischer Schulthess and her husband Adrian put heart and soul into their stories. At their storytelling events, there is plenty of improvisation and the voices and dialects are tailored to the audience.

Friday, November 24 at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm in Villa Zaubernuss at the Wienachtsdorf, the Christmas village.

A flea in the snow, a curious little man living in the forest and silver pine cones. Sibylle Baumann tells all these stories and much more besides in dialect. Whimsical, funny and festive!

Wednesday, December 13, at 3.00pm in Restaurant Pantanal at Zoo Zurich. From age five. Reservation recommended.

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