Dossier: Celebrating and enjoyment

Christmas and New Year’s Eve with a twist

Popping the corks at home every year can get a bit boring. What about celebrating Christmas in a cave or spending New Year’s Eve in a tropical greenhouse? Our tips for changing it up this year.

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Fondue in a chalet above the city

High above the rooftops of Zurich, with a great view of the city’s evening lights, the rustic “Chalet Züriberg” is located on the edge of the forest, a stone’s throw away from Zurich zoo. The fireplace in the middle of the room creates a wonderful alpine atmosphere. A wide selection of fondues with cheese or meat sourced in Zurich are available for celebrating Christmas or New Year’s Eve with friends or family.

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Cave raclette with 100 candles

Christmas underground: a cave raclette is an adventurous alternative to the usual Christmas festivities. The unusual location and 100 candles create an unforgettable atmosphere, a mix of festive and almost mystical.

New Year’s Eve in an igloo village

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Eskimo room made of snow and ice is a cool experience in the truest sense of the word. To warm up there’s mulled wine and barley soup, followed, of course, by a delicious cheese fondue. The menu varies from igloo to igloo depending on the region. But one thing is always the same: At midnight, you’ll toast the New Year with champagne in the light of burning torches.

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New Year’s Eve in the tropics

If you’d rather be warm and cosy, you may prefer to celebrate at Tropenhaus Frutigen. You can ring in the New Year with an entertaining programme and a 6-course meal including aperitif – at a room temperature of 24 degrees Celsius surrounded by tropical plants. The party is always celebrated with a special theme.

Dinner murder mystery

If you’d like to ring in the New Year with a thrill, there’s nothing better than a dinner murder mystery party in Lucerne, Thun, Kriegstetten or on Lake Zug. You have the chance to help solve a murder case, while being sure of a good laugh at the same time. All the crimes are cleared up before the clock strikes midnight, when guests and actors alike can relax and toast to a peaceful new year.