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Advent sparkle Rheinfelden

The Advent activities in Rheinfelden will take place this year from Friday, December 1, 2023 to January 7, 2024. Numerous attractions, Christmas markets and illuminations will sweeten the contemplative Christmas season. Admission to the Magic of Lights is free.

Christmas sparkle December 1, 2023.

To get in the mood for the Advent season and the start of the Advent sparkle, the Christmas sparkle took place in the old town on December 1, 2023 from 5 pm. The Stadtmusik Rheinfelden, together with the WindBand of the Unteres Fricktal music school and under the direction of deputy conductor Patrick Herta, provided the musical backdrop for this event. The stores in the old town were open until 8 pm. As a highlight, the Feldschlösschens brewery' s illuminated 6-horse carriage drove through the old town and brought the Christmas beer to the town hall.

Pferde Sechsspänner Weihnachtsfunkeln

Christmas lights.

During Advent, not only the classic Christmas lights in the old town and the two large Christmas trees by the town hall sparkle; around 70 trees are decorated by 12 kindergarten and primary school classes as well as by the town and businesses; the Stadtpark West and the Inseli also shine in contemplative light.

The public street lighting, which is linked to the lighting in the Old Town, begins at 3.30 pm.

Altstadt im Advent Rheinfelden

Magic of lights.

The Stadtpark West, the Inseli and the Storchennest/Obertorturm are skillfully staged with illuminations. The Magic of Lights starts at 4.30 pm.

Not only the start time, but also the end times of the Magic of Lights have been adjusted compared to the last event, so that shorter operating times are planned. In addition, certain locations will no longer be illuminated (including the Rhine bridge). These measures are expected to result in a 50% saving in electricity - without detracting from the experience. There is also a surprise waiting for visitors in the Stadtpark, where they can use their own muscle power to generate electricity and thus create Christmas lights.

Unfortunately, ten floodlights that illuminated the trees in color were stolen on the night of December 28, 2023. As a result, the park is unfortunately no longer illuminated to the same extent. However, a walk through the park with a visit to the Buvette is still worthwhile.

Adventsfunkeln Beleuchgung Stadtpark Stern

Carriage rides during Advent.

Enjoy a ride in a carriage pulled by Feldschlösschen brewery horses through the pre-Christmas decorated Old Town and a mulled wine or punch stop in the city park at the Rhybar WinterQuartier.

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Adventsfunkeln Kutschenfahrten Feldschlösschen Hotel Schiff
Feldschlösschen Winterdorf Eingang Marktstände Schloss

Christmas markets

Rheinfelden does not have a large, classic Christmas market - but it does have various specialized Advent markets.

Medieval Christmas market in the Martinum from November 25-26.

The creative Christmas market takes place on December 9 and 10 in the Kurbrunnen complex. Over 90 creative minds from Rheinfelden and all over Switzerland will be offering their Christmas-inspired crafts.

From November 30 to December 3, 2023, the area around the "Brauwelt" will be transformed into the "Feldschlösschen Winter Village". Salt products, woodwork, beery gift ideas, mulled beer and Schüblig await visitors.

The Rheinfeld weekly market takes place as usual on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in December.

Photo spots.

The ideal location for a perfect Advent sparkle photo with friends or family? This year, two photo spots invite you to capture the unique experience with a picture.

Photo spot in the old town at mundArt.

Photo spot in the Schützenmatt park opposite Hotel Schützen with "RHYFÄLDE" lettering. The 125cm high letters made of untreated Swiss fir/spruce are another eye-catcher at the entrance to the old town as part of the Advent sparkle.


Altstadt im Advent Rheinfelden

Sunday and evening sales.

Shopping in a Christmassy town? A shopping spree on a Sunday? Browse and find Christmas presents in the old town of Rheinfelden.

  • Friday, December 1, 2023, until 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2023, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 2023, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adventsfunkeln Beleuchtung Altstadt

Gift ideas for under the Christmas tree.

Are you still looking for a Rheinfeld Christmas present? How about a Rheinfeld gift voucher? Or a gift of salt from the Swiss salt works? We present the best gifts from our tourism store.

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Baumschmuck Advent Rathausinnenhof Rheinfelden

Rhybar WinterQuartier.

A culinary outdoor experience awaits you at the Rhybar in Stadtpark West near the playground/ball track with hot drinks and small snacks. Entertainment is also provided.

Rhybar WinterQuartier

Adventsfunkeln Stadtpark Buvette WinterQuartiere
Rheinfelder Krippe Zähringerplatz

Advent season for families & children.

There is also plenty for families and children to discover in the run-up to Christmas.

  • Ice disco at the Rheinfelden artificial ice rinkDecember 8 / December 22 / January 5, 2023, 8.15 - 10.30 p.m.
  • Snow hill in the old town from December 8th
  • Gingerbread house and nativity scene with Christmas music on Zähringerplatz incl. activities and readings for children
  • Santa Claus and Schmutzli under the willow dome in Stadtpark West on December 6
  • Handicrafts with the family association on Zähringerplatz on December 16
  • Stories for children on Zähringerplatz: December 13 / December 20, 3 p.m.

All events during Advent

Customs & traditions.

Well singing takes place in Rheinfelden on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. This ancient custom has been celebrated by the Sebastiani Brotherhood for hundreds of years.

Every Saturday and Sunday, the Three Kings stand in front of the town hall from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm and collect donations for a good cause.

Rheinfeld blog post 3 Kings

Sebastiani Brunnensingen Kirche Eingang Rheinfelden

Rheinfelden Advent windows.

It's hard to imagine Rheinfelden without the tradition of artistically decorated Advent windows. For many years, volunteers have been decorating their windows with a great deal of creativity and joy, helping to bring a touch of Christmas magic to Rheinfelden.

Advent windows in Rheinfelden

Adventsfenster Rheinfelden Engel beim Schulhaus an der Bahnhofstrasse

Gastronomy & Events.

A fine fondue in the cheese tent or a warming mulled wine in the city park? Discover the gastronomic highlights during the Advent season.

Gastronomy during the Advent season

Feldschlösschen Restaurant Brauereiareal Chäs-Hüttli Fondue

Good to know

The activities and events surrounding the Advent sparkle will take place from December 1, 2023 to January 8, 2024.

Joint project for Rheinfelden

A collaboration between the City of Rheinfelden (City Marketing and Cultural Office), City Management, Rheinfelden Tourism and Rheinfelden Pro Altstadt.

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