Strasbourg Christmas Market 2018

Written by on November 21, 2018 in Christmas Markets

The tallest decorated Christmas tree in Europe at Strasbourg, north east France

The oldest and one of the largest Christmas markets in France, Strasbourg is home to the “Christkindelsmärik” a spectacular Christmas market. With the highest Christmas tree in Europe, several Christmas markets and the most illuminated city in Europe in December – no wonder it’s called “Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas”.

It began in 1570 in front of the Gothic Cathedral with just a few stands. Today there are more than 300 market stalls spread throughout the city. The heart of the market remains in Place Broglie (where it moved to in 1870) and Place de la Cathédrale, the lovely medieval square in front of Strasbourg’s graceful Gothic cathedral where it all started almost 450 years ago.

Christmas chalets lit up at Strasbourg against the ancient Cathedral walls

The atmosphere that prevails in Strasbourg as Christmas approaches is unique. The city is adorned in its most beautiful finery, the houses are richly decorated and at nightfall, the magic comes alive. The windows light up and the streets and squares, all connected by a network of light, give off their different scents amid sparkling decor. The “Carré d’Or” (the Golden Square which encompasses the city’s prettiest streets) is especially spectacular. Don’t miss the rue des Hallebardes, with its magnificent crystal chandeliers hanging in glass boxes above the street – only in France!

While in this area don’t forget to pop into the pharmacy at No. 10 place de la cathédrale. It’s the oldest pharmacy in France and well worth stopping off for. This lovely area is full of pretty houses including the Maison Kamerzell built in 1571, a fabulous example of Renaissance architecture.

At the heart of this latticework of christmas lights, the Cathedral stands proud, bathed in golden light. Throughout December, Strasbourg is the most illuminated city in Europe and an absolute joy to behold.

Strasbourg Christmas market 2018 details

Strasbourg Christmas market with lights and garlandsThere are scents of spices, cinnamon, mulled wine and bredle biscuits. A profusion of garlands, Christmas decorations, cribs, nativity scene figures and advent wreaths decorate the streets. Stalls are piled with traditional pottery, tablecloths, decorations and handmade toys at the colourful markets. This is the place to buy great arts and crafts. From glass paintings, marquetry, music boxes and embroidered tablecloths to earthenware pottery. The food stalls will certainly tempt you. Spiced bread, kugelhopf cake, berawecka cake, traditional sweets and cakes, mulled wine and, of course, foie gras.

You will find the Strasbourg Christmas markets at:

The “Christkindelsmärik”, Place Broglie

The Christmas Markets, Place de la Cathédrale, Place du Corbeau

The Bredle Market, selling delicious little biscuits baked during the Advent period, and the Kingdom of the “Couronne d’Or” Wine Growers:  Place d’Austerlitz

There are several themed markets where you can buy speciality produce from the local area (details from the website below).

The giant Christmas Tree of Strasbourg

Beautifully decorated street in Strasbourg France at ChristmasStrasbourg has boasted of its traditional Christmas tree for centuries. An ancient manuscript from 1605 describes decorated fir trees placed in Strasbourg’s guild houses during Advent. Every year, a thirty-metre tall Christmas tree is brought to Place Kléber. It’s decorated with colourful ornaments and shimmering lights. It is the highest decorated Christmas tree in Europe.

There are concerts, carol singing, storytelling, a carousel, ice rink and entertainments. Don’t miss a visit to La Petite France, located on the Grande Île (Main Island). The river splits up into a number of canals and cascades through a small area of medieval half-timbered houses and baroque sandstone buildings. It is an enchanting, riverfront area of black-and-white timbered fairy-tale buildings, including a gingerbread bakery.

When: From 23 November to 30 December 2018

More on Christmas in France

10 Fabulous Christmas towns in France
20 beautiful images of France at Christmas

Can’t make it to Strasbourg Christmas Market this year? Make your own traditional Alsacian Kugelhopf cake at home with Rachel Khoo‘s wonderful recipe.

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