Weather in December in Switzerland

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in December in Switzerland. Is this month a good time to go to Switzerland? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Switzerland in December?

The weather in Switzerland in December is in general poor. December is a winter month in Switzerland.

December has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from very cold in Säntis (the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif) with -3°C (27°F) to cold temperatures in Lucarno with 8°C (46°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 2°C (36°F) in Lucarno and -8°C (18°F) in Säntis (the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif). It is a very cold month in some areas, so be prepared and make sure to dress up warm.

Precipitation ranges from moderate in Saint Moritz with 48mm (1.9inch) snow/rainfall to heavy in Säntis (the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif) with 299mm (12inch) snow/rainfall. In general it is also a dark month with an average of 83 hours of sunshine in Zermatt during the whole month.

Where to go in Switzerland in December

Find the average weather conditions in December for the most popular destinations in Switzerland on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Switzerland

What is the weather like in December for the 5 most popular destinations in Switzerland?

Average weather in Zermatt

In December Zermatt generally has very cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 1°C (34°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -7°C (19°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Zermatt
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
5°C / 41°F 
-4°C / 25°F 
95 hours 
55mm / 2.2inch 
7 days 
poor 
1°C / 34°F 
-7°C / 19°F 
83 hours 
48mm / 1.9inch 
7 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
0°C / 33°F 
-8°C / 17°F 
86 hours 
45mm / 1.8inch 
7 days 
poor 
Climate in Zermatt

Average weather in Grindelwald

In December Grindelwald generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 4°C (39°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -2°C (29°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Grindelwald
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
8°C / 46°F 
1°C / 34°F 
67 hours 
85mm / 3.3inch 
10 days 
poor 
4°C / 39°F 
-2°C / 29°F 
51 hours 
85mm / 3.3inch 
10 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
3°C / 38°F 
-3°C / 27°F 
66 hours 
70mm / 2.8inch 
9 days 
poor 
Climate in Grindelwald

Average weather in Nendaz

In December Nendaz generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 5°C (41°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -3°C (28°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Nendaz
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
10°C / 51°F 
1°C / 34°F 
98 hours 
50mm / 2inch 
7 days 
poor 
5°C / 41°F 
-3°C / 28°F 
70 hours 
69mm / 2.7inch 
8 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
5°C / 41°F 
-3°C / 27°F 
95 hours 
52mm / 2inch 
7 days 
poor 
Climate in Nendaz

Average weather in Zürich

In December Zürich generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 4°C (39°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -0°C (31°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Zürich
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
8°C / 46°F 
2°C / 36°F 
62 hours 
77mm / 3inch 
12 days 
poor 
4°C / 39°F 
-0°C / 31°F 
48 hours 
83mm / 3.3inch 
13 days 
poor 
January   >> January
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3°C / 38°F 
-1°C / 30°F 
61 hours 
67mm / 2.6inch 
14 days 
poor 
Climate in Zürich

Average weather in Davos

In December Davos generally has very cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 1°C (33°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -7°C (19°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Davos
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
5°C / 41°F 
-4°C / 25°F 
105 hours 
72mm / 2.8inch 
9 days 
poor 
1°C / 33°F 
-7°C / 19°F 
95 hours 
69mm / 2.7inch 
9 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
0°C / 32°F 
-9°C / 17°F 
112 hours 
71mm / 2.8inch 
9 days 
poor 
Climate in Davos

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Is December the best time to go to Switzerland?

In our opinion December is not the best time to visit Switzerland with commonly poor weather in Zermatt.

On average the best time to visit Switzerland is in July and August with generally pleasant weather in Zermatt. The worst months are January, February, March, April, November and December that can have poor weather conditions.

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