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Zürcher Wienachtsdorf

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Zurich Wienachtsdorf (Christmas Market)

It’s Christmas for hipsters at Zurich’s new global, design-forward Wienachtsdorf, a hybrid of a Christmas Market village and street food festival with a moodlit ice-rink, numerous cocktail bars and a gemütliche (cozy) pop-up fondue tavern replete with crackling woodstoves and checkerboard tablecloths. Located by the Opera House at the newly built Sechseläutenplatz and overlooking the swan-lined shores of Zurisee, the market first opened in 2015 and runs from November to late December. The 200 vendors at its Designmarkt change weekly but expect upcycled Swiss brands like Frietag wallets made from used truck tarps or custom Swiss-made carving skis. 100 food kiosks serve up a convoy of street food that’s a refreshing alternative to the German-speaking world’s fattening and bland Christmas foods, including fragrant Tibetan beef bowls, crumbly chicken and avocado arepas, Venezuelan tequeños, and tangy pulled pork sandwiches. Don’t fret, the requisite glühwein and bratwurst is there too.