Children’s Christmas Market

The Christmas Market - by and for children - is an event that is greatly anticipated by both the primary school pupils in the City of Geneva and their families. The 2023 edition will take place on Wednesday 6 December from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Parc des Bastions.

Marché Noël enfants

Giving toys a new lease of life

Every year at the beginning of December, Parc des Bastions hosts a Christmas market specially dedicated to children, organised both by and for them.

Since 2007, this event has brought primary school pupils together in the l’Escalade heated marquee, offering them a unique opportunity to give their books, toys and other games they no longer use a new lease of life.

At home, before the market starts, the children will sort out their toys and games that are still in good condition before bringing them to marquee on the given day at 1.15 p.m.. The staff of the Schools Service will welcome the young stall holders and take them to their allotted place (no prior registration required).

The market will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and everyone is welcome to come and buy books, board games, dolls, building toys and numerous other treasures at very reasonable prices.

In the run-up to Christmas, the Christmas Market by and for children offers a perfect opportunity to make the younger generations aware of the value of things and to consider a more responsible means of consuming. At the end of the market, any unsold items which the children don’t want to take back home will be donated to the  association Caritas, which works day in day out to create a society characterised by solidarity and will be on-hand at the market to explain its role and actions to the public.

A joyful moment in Parc des Bastions

The Christmas Market by and for children will be held in a festive atmosphere, with free entertainment planned throughout the afternoon.


  • Music played by the association la Bulle d'art
  • Festive make-up for the children
  • Pony rides outside the marquee by le Ranch de Backyland
  • Free afternoon snack for the children present


  • 1.15 p.m. Arrival of the exhibiting pupils
  • 2 p.m. Doors open to the public
  • 5 p.m. End of the event and tidying away.

A refreshments stand run by the association St Jean Basket.

We look forward to seeing you in the heated marquee of La course de l’Escalade!


Service des écoles et institutions pour l'enfance

100 Rue de la Servette




Article modifié le 21.02.2024 à 12:04