Just like an Advent calendar, discover an outing or activity for every day in December in Geneva while waiting for Christmas.
Wednesday 1st: Enjoy yourself in the Jardin anglais
Eat a fondu in a chalet, drink a beer in a Christmas pub, shop at craft and designer stalls or ride the big wheel to enjoy the view over the city lights; Christmas in the Jardin means there is plenty to do this December in the Jardin anglais!
Thursday 2nd: Try some winter sports
The outdoor skating rink at les Bastions has been open since 20 November, launching the winter sports season in the heart of the city. All you have to do is hire your skates (CHF 2) and glide out onto the ice under the deadpan gaze of the Reformers.
Saturday 4th: Put on your slippers at the Musée Ariana
The Musée Ariana is offering a festive weekend of dance, theatre, blindfold or silent tactile visits (or visits in slippers) and the chance to join in a choir or a story-telling session, all with a focus on inclusion. A way of exploring the museum in a way you fancy and that suits your sensory abilities.
Sunday 5th: Think and act at the MEG
A whole day of activities for small and large visitors to the MEG about “thinking and acting” around the question of caring and repairing, with:
Monday 6th: Celebrate Saint Nicholas's Day on the streets
On Saint Nicholas’s Day, the rue Chausse Coq and rue Piachaud offer the public a concert, crafts, parties for children and young people, chocolate and mulled wine, mandarins and peanuts; and let’s not forget Saint Nicholas himself, accompanied by Père Fouettard!
Wednesday 8th: Dive into the ocean
With Bouteille à la mer 2120. Te Ao Maori, the Maori artist George Nuku invites us to explore an underwater world where mutated life is entirely created from recycled plastic bottles and plexiglass. A way of thinking about ocean pollution and our relationship with nature.
Thursday 9th: A shiver of polar excitement
For four days the Maison Rousseau Littérature is beating to the rhythm of a free festive programme, showcasing everything it can put on. The season opens on 9th December with authors Franck Bouysse, Joseph Incardona and Nicolas Mathieu for a polar evening.
Saturday 11th: Visit the secret Passage de Monetier
This is the time to visit the twisting remnant of an ancient path that ran beneath the walls at the end of the 5th century and allowed those defending the city to reach their fighting stations; only open to the public during the Escalade festival! From 10a, to 10 pm, more information on the website of Compagnie 1602.
Saturday 11: immerse yourself in Vermeer‘s universe
The Jardin des Nations offers a 360 ° experience in a giant cistern equipped with a projection system on all its walls. This is the setting where will appear, as in a dream, the famous «The girl with a pearl earring» or «The milkmaid», taking us dizzyingly into the world of the Dutch painter Vermeer.
Sunday 12th: break the chocolate pot
'Ainsi périssent les ennemis de la République' (so die the enemies of the Republic): once the ritual phrase has been pronounced and as the custom dictates, break the Escalade chocolate pot together in homage to the courage of 'Mère Royaume' who, legend has it, scalded an enemy with her cauldron of soup.
Monday 13th: The Escalade continues, in pictures
To prolong the festivities, come to the Couloir des coups d’oeil at the BGE library to see or remind yourself of the most striking images of the famous night of 11th-12th December 1602, taken from illustrated works from the beginning of the last century.
Tuesday 14th: Shop in a Christmas atmosphere
Plunge into the atmosphere of end-of-year parties by strolling among the little wooden chalets of creative craftworkers in la Fusterie, where the Christmas market got under way a few days ago! Other Christmas markets are organised all over the City.
Wednesday 15th: See the BAC of tomorrow
Housed in the buildings of the former Société genevoise d’instruments de physique, the Bâtiment d’art contemporain contains MAMCO, the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Centre de la Photographie and is going to be renovated. To give an idea of how will look in future, an exhibition at the Forum Faubourg is showing all the architectural designs submitted, along with the winning entry.
Thursday 16th: Enjoy an after-work event in the museum
This Thursday, the Museum of Art and History (MAH) stays open until 9 pm and is celebrating Christmas earlier. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting for the occasion and there will be also theatrical and offbeat tours in the museum. Further info on the MAH website
Friday 17th: Discover the artists of tomorrow
Illustrations, design and video: come and see creative works by young artists at the Comédie de Genève as part of Primart, a festival of urban art running until 19th December.
Saturday 18th: Encourage chilly swimmers
More than 3,000 people, some in costume and some not, will be setting off in the swimming race in the bay. The water will be between 3 and 9°C, so the chilly swimmers deserve some warm encouragement!
Sunday 19th: Meet around the fire
Mulled wine, soup, craft stalls, concerts of jazz, percussion and Cuban music and fire juggling displays will be raising the temperature at the Champel community centre and warming hearts for the festivities.
Monday 20th: Meet the residents at the Bois de la Bâtie
Come to the Bois de la Bâtie to get to better acquainted with our furry and feathered friends from the wildlife park and those who live in the surrounding woods. Playful new signage at child height offers information and a chance to do a fun quiz. Feeding the animals is strictly forbidden, in the interest of the animals’ health.
Wednesday 21th: Listen up at the MSH
The exhibition “Hear See (Ecoute voir)” at the Museum of Science History is a way of learning more about sound through play, while waiting to hear Santa's reindeer bells.
Wednesday 22nd: Playing with biodiversity
A huge tactile wall allows people to see how biodiversity waxes and wanes over time and discover the mechanisms of evolution in a playful way. Taking place as part of the exhibition “The Great Evolution Bazaar”, entrance is free from the cabinet of curiosities in the Conservatory and Botanical Garden (enter through the Botanic Shop).
Thursday 23rd: Jingle bells
The Feu de Dieu collective are putting on a show at the Eaux-Vives community centre: “Clochi, clochette, Noël c’est chouette!” (“Ding dong, Christmas is fun!”). Christmas stories with a great smell of pine wood and gingerbread, sprinkled with music and love, to delight those aged 6 and over.
Friday 24th: Buy your Christmas tree at the last minute
Anyone who has left things to the last minute but still wants to put their presents underneath pine branches will be able to find their ideal tree in one of the five Christmas tree markets scattered all over the city.
... And much more
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Article modifié le 13.12.2021 à 15:14