Strasbourg’s Christmas Markets are held annually in Strasbourg. It draws in approximately 2 million visitors each year and it is considered one of the most famous Christmas markets throughout Europe.
WHAT ARE THE MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHTS?
THE TRADITIONAL MARKETS
At the Christkindelsmärik (Christ-child market) at Place Broglie, you’ll find regional produce, crafts, traditional Alsatian Christmas decorations and much more besides. Local craft producers’ associations will be on-hand to showcase their wares and their expertise, with plenty to keep you entertained. Head over to a typical chalet to learn the secrets behind traditional producers from Strasbourg and Alsace.
The market outside the imposing Strasbourg Cathedral is yet another iconic symbol of Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas. First held in 1570, it has been delighting people of all ages for centuries. It’s the perfect place to stock up on Christmas gifts and sip a warming hot wine. The markets embody everything that’s special about Christmas – its traditions and the festive spirit. So if you’re passing through Strasbourg, make sure you don’t miss out!
THE CHRISTMAS FOOD MARKET
Head over to the Christmas food market to sample traditional Christmas foods from our region, served up by a range of federations. Explore the magical world of bredele, including butterbredele, schwoewebredele, zimtsterne, makrone, anisbredele and anisschnitte – exotic names that will impress you even more once you’ve tried them for yourself!
The market also holds permanent events and tastings through the festive period. Sample Christmas beers from Les Brasseries Artisanales d’Alsace or, if food’s your thing, watch a Christmas spiced bread baking demonstration before trying some yourself.
THE CHRISTMAS TREE
The vast Christmas Tree – the 30-metre-tall centrepiece at the heart of the city – is the iconic symbol of Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas. Each and every year, locals and visitors alike flock to the square to see the lights switched on for the first time. Place Kléber is transformed into an enchanting, twinkling landscape, with illuminated white snowflakes enveloping the square and instantly evoking the magic of Christmas.
DISCOVER THE “PETITE FRANCE”
Spend some time ambling through the cobbled streets and drink in the atmosphere of this area so beloved by the locals. As you stroll past the many timber-framed buildings – a mainstay of Alsatian tradition – you’ll find plenty of restaurants to choose from, since the quarter is the epicentre of the city’s cuisine. With such a vast choice on offer, you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes – each as authentic as the next, and all with stunning views.
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