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Samichlausschwimmen - Missed the Limmatschwimmen in August? Put on a Santa hat and jump into the Limmat on December 8th. Check here for details and to register (in German).
Filmstelle, a student-run film club, also shows movies in English as part of its always brilliant programmes. Movies run through the fall and spring semesters. This semester's programme of cinematic culinary tidbits, that sometimes get stuck in your throat concludes with "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on Tuesday, December 10th. Doors and bar open at 7:30 pm, movie starts at 8.
Christmas Market – This market is older than the one at the train station and runs along Niederdorfstrasse and Spitalgasse and covers Rosenhof and Hirschenplatz. Slightly less expensive, with more handmade gifts, it's also somewhat more relaxing. December 15 - 23. information in German www.gld.ch
Silvesterlauf – If running around the old town in the freezing cold with thousands of likeminded people sounds like fun, this is for you. Laps of 1.5 to 8.6 kms are open to various age groups. December 15th. www.silvesterlauf.ch
As part of its December retrospective of films starring James Gandolfini and by Michel Gondry, Kino Xenix will show the following movies in English: Get Shorty, She's So Lovely, The Man Who Wasn't There, Lonely Hearts, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Killing Them Softly, All the King's Men, Block Party, Human Nature, Be Kind Rewind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The We and the I.
Lichterschwimmen – Primary school children release little floating candles into the Limmat River at the Rathausbrücke to celebrate the pre-Christmas season. December 19th, from 5 pm
Zurich Christmas Market – Zurich's central train station plays host to more than 100 stalls offering food, handicrafts and trinkets from around the world. Ongoing until December 24. www.christkindlimarkt.ch
New Year's Eve Fireworks – Go early to the lakeshore between Bellevue and Bürkliplatz for the best views of these annual fireworks, which are set to music. Food and drinks stalls provide sustenance. December 31, of course, from 8pm until about 3am.
The Conelli Circus presents its winter programme on Bauschänzli (the little island off Bürkliplatz, the one with the huge red tent on it). November 21 to January 2.
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