From the end of November to the end of December, Alsace is decked in the most beautiful finery to celebrate Christmas, a tradition that’s alive and kicking. From Strasbourg to Colmar via Kaysersberg, discover the most beautiful Christmas markets in Alsace.
Kaysersberg, an authentic Christmas market
If you prefer a more intimate environment, head to Kaysersberg! This charming medieval city is the backdrop for a warm and authentic Christmas market, assembling a carefully chosen selection of around 30 local producers.
Exhibition at the Christmas Market
In addition to its exceptional setting, amid vineyards and mountains, the Christmas market features little Christmas cabins full of handcrafted gift ideas for every taste: from wooden toys to pottery, via jewellery and silk scarves, there’s something for all the family!
There is also an exhibition in the heart of the market, with a new theme every year. In 2015 “Les crèches cachées de Forêt Noire [The hidden nativities of the Black Forest]” will display hundreds of nativity scenes made with all sorts of material! Visitors can admire the artists’ work from 27 November to 3 January 2016, in the Salle de l’Arsenal.
Original and creative entertainment
Other types of entertainment are also organised to celebrate the end of the year in Kaysersberg. This year, the Christmas Concert will feature “Peter’s Quartett” which, as the name would suggest, is made up of four musicians. Two of them are tenors, the other a bass and the final a baritone. All four are graduates of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, so the concert promises to be an unforgettable must-see on 20th December at 4:00 pm in the Sainte-Croix church.
More practical visitors should head to the Advent garland workshop. Decorating your home for the festive season yourself is even more satisfying! So let your imagination and creativity run wild and use raffia, stars and ribbons to create your own garlands! What’s more, village florist, Sylvie, will tell you all the secrets for successful Christmas decorations.
Brindille et Pom de Pin boutique
From the end of November to 31 December
Reservation compulsory, prices from €22–€24.
A “Historic Christmas” treasure hunt will take young and older visitors through the streets of the village! Find the clues and discover the town and its illuminations, but don’t forget your mission: to find the treasure! Naturally, the best detectives will be rewarded... Don’t hesitate to ask for the game booklet at the Tourist Office!
Kaysersberg Christmas Market
Cour de l’Arsenal
Colmar, the most scintillating Christmas market
Visit Colmar and its peaceful canals to continue marvelling. Every weekend, the old town is lit up like a theatrical set as night falls, enhancing its heritage and countless architectural details, half-timbered houses and sculpted façades. In a forest of glittering halos, visitors wander through the enchanting streets, from Petite Venise to Koïfhus, from the Maison Pfister to the Quartier des Tanneurs... Planning a trip to Colmar this Christmas? Discover the magical entertainment that awaits you this year!
Christmas Markets in Colmar
In the Place des Dominicains, almost 70 magnificent cabins nestle around the Eglise des Dominicains church, an unmissable sight.
For a gourmet break, all the produce from Alsace (foie gras is de rigeur, wine, and gingerbread) is available in the Place Jeanne d’Arc, to delight your taste buds.
Your visit will then trace the length of the 50 small illuminated stalls on the Place de l’Ancienne Douane. Further on, the indoor market at Koïfhus brings together the region’s artwork, with artisans offering traditional items. It’s perfect if you’re stuck for gift ideas!
This year, the final market in the Place des Six-Montagnes-Noires is dedicated to children: Father Christmas has left a letterbox with a surprise... a prize draw of the letters posted here will allow 14 children to receive a gift from Father Christmas every Wednesday! A variety of other entertainment will delight young and old alike, such as the mechanical nativity scene featuring lifelike clockwork figures.