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The Pier Paolo Pasolini / Abel Ferrara programme offers films in English or with English subtitles this month at Kino Xenix: Pasolini, King of New York, Uccellacci e uccellini, Ms. 45, PPP Three Short Films by Pier Paolo Pasolini, The Driller Killer, Il Decameron, I racconti di Canterbury, Edipo re, Bad Lieutenant, Body Snatchers, Il vangelo secondo Matteo, Venus Boyz, New Rose Hotel, Teorema, The Funeral.
For showtimes and more information visit the Xenix site (in German).

Filmstelle, a student-run film club at the University of Zurich, also shows movies in English as part of its always brilliant programmes This semester the title is OMG! and includes the following movies in English: Jesus Christ Superstar, I Confess, Breaking the Waves, Santa Sangre and The Tree of Life.
Doors and bar open at 7:30 pm, movie starts at 8.
Filmstelle VSETH, Universitätsstrasse 6 / CAB, ETH Zentrum

A new Christmas market is being launched this year on Sechseläutenplatz at Bellevue. The Zürcher Wienachtsdorf will host 100 little huts selling food, drinks and Christmas presents, centered around a big chalet offering fondue and specialties from Graubünden. Ongoing until December 24. www.wienachtsdorf.ch

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

Grab the kiddies and watch a whole bunch of St. Nicks march down Bahnhofstrasse for the Samichlaus Parade on November 29th at 5 pm. www.chlaus-zuerich.ch

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Singing Christmas Tree, a huge tree that gets filled with schoolchildren who sing carols to passersby. At Werdmühleplatz, daily from November 19th until December 23rd. www.singingchristmastree.ch

Zurich Whiskyschiff - Sip over 700 kinds of the golden tipple on five boats tied to the dock at the tip of Bürkliplatz. Take public transportation to get home. November 26th to 29th www.whiskyschiff.ch

Samichlausschwimmen - Missed the Limmatschwimmen in August? Put on a Santa hat and jump into the Limmat on December 6th. Check here for details (in German).

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. November 27 - December 24. http://www.gld.ch in German

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 13th. http://www.silvesterlauf.ch

Lichterschwimmen – Primary school children release little floating candles into the Limmat River at the Rathausbrücke to celebrate the pre-Christmas season. December 17th, from 5 pm. Details...

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). Ongoing until November 20th to January 3rd. www.circus-conelli.ch


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