Festive Fun in Geneva with Nova Car Hire
A nation famed for its prowess at banking and watch-making should be a dull place where precision and control are valued above all else, but Switzerland likes to surprise. Like cuckoo clocks and lederhosen (they’re actually from Bavaria), the cliche about the Swiss being boring fails to ring true. Rent a car in Geneva and take a look at what they get up to at Christmas:
International Christmas Market
With its fairytale buildings and pristine snow, Geneva was designed for Christmas. From November to January, you can expect the traditional Christmas spirit to be dialled up several notches, with the fabulous International Christmas Market at Fusterie Square. The market features hand-made Swiss folk arts and crafts, as well as an array of tempting food stalls, all housed in picturesque miniature wooden chalets on the main shopping street.
There are few things more Christmassy than the sizzle of skates on ice on a crisp, winter day. You’ve a choice of places to skate in Geneva, including the Christmas skating rink in Parc des Bastions, open until February 28. There are also rinks at Place de Sardaigne – Carouge
and La place de l’Europe in the, Quartier des Charmilles, and these rinks remain open until March 1st and March 29th, respectively. Admission to all these rinks is free, and it costs 2 CHF to rent skates with ID.
Christmas Tree Festival
Geneva’s annual Christmas Tree Festival (also known as the Festival Arbres et Lumieres) offers a unique display of stunning trees and beautifully designed sculptures. Visit any of the city’s most popular attractions and you are likely to be encounter some imaginative street art and a heavily adorned Christmas tree.
Christmas Swimming Cup
If you are feeling brave (or slightly mad), you could register for the open-air Christmas Swimming Cup. Staged at the Jardin Anglais on December 14, the annual events pits swimmers against the elements in the world’s biggest cold-water, open-air swimming event. The 76th Coupe de Noël promises to be another success, with about 200 swimmers registered. You can also stay warm and dry and just cheer them on.