In pictures: Switzerland’s fabulous Christmas lights

In pictures: Switzerland's fabulous Christmas lights
Photo: Ivo Scholz/Swiss Tourism
The Local tours the country's Christmas lights via the medium of Instagram.

December is a magical time in Switzerland. The cities are strewn with festive lights, the town centres are dotted with stalls selling artisan gifts and the air is filled with the wonderful smell of vin chaud /Gluhwein.

With the festive season in full flow, we take a look at some of the best Instagram shots of Christmas in Switzerland…

 

The classy lights on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse are always stunning.

 

Zürich – Switzerland . #zürich #switzerland #amazing #beautiful #lights #street

A photo posted by wowplaces__ (@wowplaces__) on Dec 12, 2016 at 1:23am PST

 
One festive highlight in Switzerland's largest city is the singing Christmas tree.
 
 
Lights, rather than smoke, on the water in Montreux, site of one of Switzerland's biggest and most famous Christmas markets.
 
 

Christmas Market Montreux – Switzerland #Switzerland_Vacations

A photo posted by Sennai Senna (@sennarelax) on Dec 2, 2016 at 8:56am PST

 
Revellers gather at Lausanne's St Francois to drink vin chaud under the lights.
 
 
Shoppers enjoy browsing for gifts in beautiful Basel's city centre.
 
 
Bern's Christmas market is a good place to glug some Gluhwein.
 
 

Enjoying a spot of #gluhwein at #bern #Christmas market #Switzerland

A photo posted by The Local Switzerland (@thelocalswitzerland) on Dec 8, 2016 at 1:28pm PST

 
Understated elegance in St Gallen.
 
 
White lights used to great effect in Lucerne.
 
 
Pretty Ascona in Ticino is lit up for Christmas.
 
 

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