Switzerland is the quintessential Christmas destination, and the Jungfrau region definitely delivers when it comes to a festive atmosphere, with cosy wooden chalets, cute alpine villages blanketed in snow and glühwein a plenty. The locals are just as excited as we are about celebrating Christmas and you’ll find the streets in Wengen, Mürren and Grindelwald are lined with tasteful decorations and Christmas trees. Seek out the local Christmas markets for some last minute gift shopping, and visit one of the food stalls to try tasty regional specialities such as raclette (melted cheese, served with toast or potatoes – just the ticket after a hard day on the slopes).
We love to visit the region at this time of year as there are lots of special events over the Christmas period. In particular you mustn’t miss the village tradition in Mürren, where locals turn their shops and houses into an advent calendar by decorating one of their windows so that it looks like a calendar window for one of the days in December. On their appropriate day, the homeowner welcomes everyone, not only residents but also tourists, for a glass of glühwein and some Christmas biscuits. Aside from the festive celebrations, the skiing in the Jungfrau area during December is usually in great condition. If for some reason the snow fairies haven’t quite delivered the powder you were expecting, then don’t worry, the snow making facilities are outstanding: over 50% of the pistes can be covered by artificial snow.
So don’t delay organising your holiday for this Christmas – it’s a very popular time to go and accommodation in the Jungfrau area does book out fast, so to avoid disappointment book in advance.