Christmas markets in and around Strasbourg
As magical as they are authentic, the Alsacian Christmas markets have been fascinating visitors for over 500 years. Over 150 villages will put on their best show of festive spirit in preparation for their beautiful Christmas markets.
Strasbourg, flavour capital of the Bas-Rhin
Now in its 443rd year, the Strasbourg Christmas market is the oldest in France, and one of the oldest in Europe! From the more traditional Chriskindelmärik which dates back to 1520, to the 12 themed markets which can be found across the town today, the European capital has managed to keep the tradition of it Christmas markets alive. More than 300 wooden huts are spread throughout the town, taking visitors on a spellbinding tour. The Christmas markets run from November 24th until December 31st.
Known as the « capital of Christmas », Strasbourg showcases its 4 centuries of tradition and attracts over 2 million visitors each year. With celebrations lasting over 5 weeks and more than 600 activities to chose from, you can’t miss out on Christmas in Strasbourg! And to top it all off, this year’s Christmas tree will be over 30 metres high!
Strasbourg successfully combines traditional festivities while providing a cultural showcase of events, and draws crowds from the world over every year! Visitors can take in the authentic atmosphere of the many markets but also the exceptional setting of the Grande île of Strasbourg, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
« The land of mysteries » in the Bas-Rhin
After having been divided up into 7 different themed regions by the Alsacian tourist board, the “land of mystery” covers various regions of the Bas-Rhin such as L’Outre Forêt and Haguenau. The region is also home to fairytale creatures such as elves, giants and magical Christmas creatures such as the terrible Hans Trap, the evil cousin of the bogeyman. Visitors can also discover the origin of the beautiful Alsace pottery in the towns of Betschdorf and Soufflenheim; and admire the unique medieval timber-framed houses in Seebach and Hunspach.
Useful dates you don’t want to miss!
- Haguenau: November 25th until December 30th (except 25th December)
- Niederbronn-les-Bains: November 39th and every Saturday and Sunday from the 1st-16 December for the artisanal Christmas market. December 22 and 23 for the Christmas treats market.
- Wissembourg: every Saturday and Sunday, December 1st – 23rd.
- Hunspach: December 8 and 9
The « land of lights » in the Bas-Rhin
Throughout the villages of Saverne to Bouxwiller, prepare yourselves for a real spectacle of light. From the furnaces of the Lalique glassworks at Wingen sur Moder, to the candles atop the headdresses of the Christkindel as they walk through the scintillating streets, a real festival of light takes over at Christmas. Situated at the rolling foothills of the Vosges, the region is part of the Northern Vosges Regional National Park.
Dates to remember:
- Kirrwiller: 24 November to 31 December.
- Struth, the smallest Christmas market in Alsace: 25 November to 1 January 2013.
- Bouxwiller, “Christmas in Hanau”: 8 & 9 December.
- Wasselonne, “Christmas at the Château”: 1 & 2 December.
The « land of the fir tree » in the Bas-Rhin
Situated in the heart of Alsace, the “land of the fir tree” covers the width of the lower Rhine plain, from the Grand Ried to the conifer forests of the Vosges. With hidden treasures such as the Château of Haut Koenigsbourg, or the spiritual shrine of the Mont Sainte Odille; you will also find the village of Sélestat hidden amongst the forest, where the local museum displays the first records of Christmas trees.
Dates to remember:
- Sélestat: 1 to 14 December.
- Obernai: 24 November to 31 December.
- Barr: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 16 December.
- Rosheim: Saturdays and Sundays, 8 to 23 December.
The « land of stars » in the Haut-Rhin
Part of the Alsace Wine Route, the “land of stars” showcases the Alsatian vineyards. The beautiful countryside is dotted with quaint fortified villages; the village of Neuf-Brisach once being described by Louis XIV as “one of the most beautiful diamonds of the crown of France”. A picturesque region of snow-capped mountains and culinary delights, the final jewel to be found is the beautiful valley of Munster.
- Colmar: 23 November to 31 December.
- Riquewihr: 24 November to 31 December.
- Ribeauvillé, Medieval Christmas market: 8,9,15 and 16 December.
- Kaysersberg: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 30 November to16 December and 19 to 23December.
The « land of carols and fabrics » in the Haut Rhin
From Mulhouse to Guebwiller, the region’s role within the textile industry still plays an important part in its history today. The industry is ever present, from the fabrics which adorn the buildings in Mulhouse, their showcase at the Museum of Printed Textiles; even on show in the Thann valley and the Ecomuseum at Wesserling Park. With plenty of locals taking part in the numerous choirs and musical activities on offer, there is a distinct festive air unlike anywhere else!
Festive dates to remember:
- Mulhouse: 15 November to December (except December 25)
- Thann: 23 November to 24 December (closed Sunday with the exception of December 24th)
- Guebwiller’s “Blue Christmas”: Saturdays and Sundays, 2-23 December and 26 December.
- Soultz-Haut-Rhin, A winter wonderland: Friday, Saturday and Sundays, 30 November to 9 December.