City of Zug, 07.12.2023

Zuger Märlisunntig celebrates its 40th birthday

The Zuger Märlisunntig (fairy tale Sunday)is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. The traffic-free old town of Zug will once again be transformed into a fairytale land on the 2nd Advent, 10th December 2023.

From 1.30 pm to 6 pm, fairies, witches, magicians and co. will perform their magic for both young and old. The organisers, the Verein Zuger Märlisunntig, expect around 10,000 visitors, according to the event's website.

Zug's old town will be transformed into a fairytale land on 2 Advent      Photo: Christof Theiler
Impressions from one of last year's Märlistuben                                               Photo: Nikolai Volle
Ifuln will light up the streets                                                                           Photo: Kussnacher Klausjagen

The traditional event has been taking place since 1984 and this year, for the 40th time, children can immerse themselves in dream worlds for an afternoon, be carried away on nostalgic carousel horses or ride through traffic-free streets in carriages. And what would a Märlisunntig be without music from the barrel organs that can be heard at various locations. Or on the Landsgemeindeplatz at the bazaar, where numerous non-profit organisations invite you to stroll around. Catering is provided for the visitors; Zug clubs will offer their drinks and delicacies and most restaurants will be open.

Fireworks will bring the event to a close
There will be a procession of the Risch-Rotkreuz Klausengesellschaft (St. Nicolas society) starts at 5.30 pm, with Trychlen (cow bell ringers), Infuln (illuminated pictures carried on the head), Geissechlöpfern (whips to scare away ghosts) headed for the Landesgemeineplatz, where here will be fireworks at the end.

Admission is free, but there is a voluntary collection at each fairytale parlour. Doors open 15 minutes before the start of each performance; the number of seats is limited.

The programme and further information can be found here: