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Zermatt: Concerts and festive occasions at the turn of the year 2012/2013


If you are in the winter fairytale village of Zermatt over the festive period and are looking for something with a truly festive atmosphere then you are going to be thoroughly spoilt for choice – concerts, classical and otherwise, festive menus with musical accompaniment, New Year’s Eve menus with fireworks... and much more besides. Enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s spirit in Zermatt.

Musical delights  
Zermatt Unplugged will be staging three concerts to mark the season opening of the Music Festival which takes place from 9th to 13th April 2013. The Christmas oratorio by Bach will be performed on 27 December from 6 pm by the Bach-Collegium in the Church of St. Mauritius. And later in the evening there is more: at the Club Vernissage you will be able to hear the shooting star Bastian Baker (from 22.15 pm), followed by Marc Sway on 28.12.
The Hotel Continental will be presenting, on 24 and 25.12 from 6.30 pm, musical entertainment (Christmas music) with the AlpPanDuo and a candlelight dinner or à la carte. The Hotel Mirabeau, on 24 and 25.12, offers its gala menu, on 24.12 with carol singing accompanied by the in-house pianist. At the Hotel Mont Cervin Palace the festive menus start on 19.12. Then it’s the "Valais" Wine & Dine with "Prestige de la Musique" concert. And on the same evening, evergreens and hits in the Alexander Seiler Hall. On 24.12 we have Kids’ Christmas and Gospel. On Christmas Day, the Hotel Schweizerhof has its Christmas gala dinner with musical accompaniment by pianist Felice Amoruso. On 24.12, at the Grandhotel Zermatterhof there will be a festive Christmas concert with Manuela Felice and Raymondo Tiziano. On 28.12, the "I dolci Signori Music Band" will be performing.

Musical delights before and on New Year’s Eve
On New Year’s Eve, from 6.30 pm, the Hotel Continental will provide musical entertainment (Ländler music) with the "Nid zum Lose" quartet. Aperitifs and bar service followed by a gourmet menu. In the evening, the Restaurant Farmerhaus offers a special gondola ride up to the Furi cable car station – with Prosecco at the wood fire outside in front of the restaurant. This is followed by dinner. The New Year Eve’s menu at the Hotel Mirabeau has seven courses, with musical accompaniment. On Friday, 28.12, the Hotel Schweizerhof has a special treat in store with fine dining and Hungarian gypsy music. And there will be a New Year’s Eve champagne cocktail, followed by New Year’s Eve dinner with party. At the same hotel, at the Restaurant Schwyzer Stübli, there will be a traditional New Year’s Eve with the Swiss accordion quartet Ueli Gerber. On New Year’s Eve, the hotel Silvana/Restaurant Gitz-Gädi at Furi will be putting on a special menu with fireworks and party. On New Year’s Eve, the Hotel Holiday offers an aperitif with musical entertainment and menu. At the Hennustall après-ski party house there will be a New Year’s Eve menu followed by a party (live band and DJ). And the Hotel Simi also has a New Year’s Eve menu with live music. The New Year’s Eve gala evening at the Grandhotel Zermatterhof includes a performance by Richie & The Elevators. This is followed by a big fireworks show in front of the hotel.

New Year’s Eve on Kirchplatz square
It has become a regular event over past years for Zermatt locals and visitors alike to gather on Kirchplatz square where music entertains everybody. Private fireworks are allowed, but pay attention, no firework rockets in the crowd.  So wrap up warmly, don’t forget to bring the champagne, and come celebrate, together with all the others from polyglot Zermatt!

Tickets for the Christmas oratorio by Bach and for the concerts with Bastian and Marc Sway are available on Starticket and in Zermatt at the ZAP bookstore and at the post office.

It would be worthwhile to check out the hotel websites to see what activities, concerts and kids’ activities are on offer. Note: reservations should be made in all cases.

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