des personnes faisant du patin à glace sur les quais.

From the Geneva Lux festival to the Fête de l’Escalade and the end-of-year festivities, Geneva dons its best suit of lights and is always in festive mood, despite the cold. Discover a selection of indoor and outdoor activities, unusual events or convivial festivals organised throughout the winter in the City of Geneva.


Une vue générale de la banquise au pied du Jet d'eau.

La Banquise des Eaux-Vives

With its well-being zone (massages, wood-fired saunas, relaxation Mongolian yurts), its Nordic sports activites (axe throwing, mattercurling, mölkky), its musical entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays as well as its food-trucks serving candadian dishes, La Banquise has settled close to the pier leading to the Jet d’eau from 18 January to 26 March.

Arbres illuminés à l'esplanade Saint-Antoine lors de Genevalux

Geneva lux, the festival of lights in Geneva

From 24 January to 2 February, Geneva shines bright thanks to Geneva Lux, which invites artists to create light installations specially designed for the occasion. Coloured or monochromatic, figurative or abstract, minimalist or opulent, these works of art create a new circuit through the city.


Coureurs lors de l'Antigel Run

Atypical festivals

In Geneva’s busy cultural agenda, January marks the opening of two festivals that are as prestigious as they are atypical. Black Movie shines the spotlight on international cinema d’auteur with screenings of films which more often than not fall through the net of mainstream cinema. The Antigel festival combines music, dance and performance art, fostering the unusual nature of its offerings, in particular in terms of the venues adopted by the event.

Serre tropicale du jardin botanique

Exoticism at the Conservatory and Botanical Garden

To get away from the winter weather and enjoy a temporary change of climate, why not visit the greenhouses of the Botanical Conservatory and Garden. Under these elegant glass shelters, visitors can admire the most unusually-shaped plants, experience the oppressive humidity of the tropics and, upon prior request, discover a number of carnivorous plants. A number of temporary and permanent exhibitions as well as interactive visits available via smartphone extend the pleasures of your botanical exploration.

Une famille sur la patinoire des Bastions

Winter sports in the city

For fans of sliding sports, the City installs several ice rinks during the winter. Seasonal ice rinks can be found in Parc des Bastions and in les Charmilles, offering free access and events; skate rental costs CHF 2. The indoor ice rink in les Vernets is also open to the public, offering longer opening hours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m., unless a special event is scheduled.

Once a month, from November to February, the discos on ice will have you strutting your stuff from 7.30 p.m. to midnight, with music and rink-side bar.

Nageurs en hiver aux bains des Pâquis

Winter swimming

For fans of the Bains des Pâquis

In addition to the visitors who come to savour a fondue while enjoying the view over the lake, more and more winter swimmers come to swim at the Bains des Pâquis, whatever the weather.

For fans of the Coupe de Noël

In December, courageous souls brave the glacial cold of Lake Geneva to participate in the Coupe de Noël, the world’s biggest cold water race, swimming 120 metres along the promenade of the Jardin Anglais in water temperatures varying between 5° and 10°C. The public are more than welcome to come and support this extraordinary event held in a festive atmosphere.

Un couple se balade à la Perle du Lac en tirant un enfant dans une luge

Major events during the winter

Discover all the not-to-be-missed events in Geneva during the winter as well as the events and happenings in the city’s online diary.

Article modifié le 21.02.2024 à 17:12