This bizarre year is almost over, and with this ending comes Christmas. For obvious resons, most Christmas events have been cancelled, but it does not mean there is nothing to do! I mean, this is why you follow Parentville, right? Whatever the season, whatever the weather,no matter the day of the week – I will always find things to do and places to visit for you!
Ready? Let’s go!
Ville de Geneve
Christmas lights in Geneva are an art of its own. It’s not so much about Santa, but more about lightning up the city with amazing art pieces. Illuminated trees, fountains, and other places – there are 22 places to discover! Grab warm jackets, gloves and all – and enjoy the evening walk expierencing a very seasonal Geneva! More about it here.
Plan-les-Ouates also holds its annual illuminations! While strolling through the city of PLO – look up! Among the illuminated places are the Town Hall, la Julienne, and over 30 trees. It’s always beautiful and if you’re looking for new stroll routes, I recommend PLO. Have fun! (official website).
Illuminations in Carouge are my favorite of all. All the birds and fish sparkling above the streets together with elves and flowers make walking in Carouge a marvelous experience. There’s lots to see! I invite you to check this website for detailed plans of each illumination’s location. You can also scroll down this article to find out about more things happening in Carouge this month! (official website)
A not that long drive away from Geneva, in Lausanne, you can admire an amazing mapping show on many buildings. It’s colorful, mesmerizing, and fascinating! There are guided tours available. It’s a great way to get to know this beautiful city. More info here.
Schilliger Garden Center
Schilliger’s Christmas decorations turn this garden center into the most beuatiful Christmas wonderland. This year the theme is very trendy and spot on (not only for those living in Switzerland): Swiss Mountains. There’s lots of snow, ski lifts, lots of wood, and it’s just hard to imagine that it was made by people and not elves. It’s usually accompanied by various workshops and events, but this year.. well it’s 2020, so there’s that.
Herstreet will transfrom into a Christmas market on December 5th (11h-20h) and 6th (11h-18h). Thirty local makers will show up with their goods – perfect Christmas gifts. And for kids? Santa’s grotto awaits – to meet Santa (while respecting social distance) please book online. The old man will also read stories to little groups and has little gifts for kids to take home. There is also a Christmas cards workshop for children (8y+). More info here.
The shops in beautiful Carouge are open every SUNDAY from 11h till 17h. This way you can combine shopping, illuminations, poney rides (yes, yes! read on!) all in one place.
Know-it-All Marketplace is back in Planete Charmille with over 40 local creators. You can find out more here.
Hammeau du Pere Noel (France)
Santa’s village across the border is a fairytale on Earth. Their shop alone is an all-year-round Christmas wonderland. If you’re looking for some seasonal gifts of any kinds 0 they probably have them. (Please rememmber about restrictions in France).
OTHER FUN THINGS
HAMEAU DU PERE NOEL (France)
The most famous Santa’s place in the region opens again on December 15th. There is a chance (fingers crossed) that Parc de Noel will open up as well – I will surely announce it on Instagram once there’s any info. This year, of course, you have to book your visit online (they reimburse 100% in case you cannot come), small groups will be allowed in, masks are mandatory. Please, check the Covid measures in France on the day of your visit and prepare required documents. To book your visit check here.
CABINE A HISTOIRE
A fantastic idea by Plan-les-Outaes – listen to a story while waiting for the bus! Each story is 1-5 minutes long, so just perfect when you have a moment to spare. Stories are all-ages appropriate and are awaiting your visit in an old phone booth next to the Aviateurs bus stop.
CARRIAGE & PONEY RIDES, Carouge
Enjoy the seasonal ride till January 3rd at Place du Marche in Carouge! If your kids prefer poneys, it’s also possible but at the Place de la Sardaigne (till January 5th).
LETTERS TO SANTA
Sending the letter to Santa is one thing, but receiving a reply (not written by parents) is one of the most exciting things that can happen to those who believe in Santa. There are two ways to do this.
The first is by sending a letter in your local post office. You can find out all about it here.
The other way, is heading to Carouge and sending the letter there via a very festive and special letter box. To receive the old man’s reply before Christmas – send your letter by mid december.