Christmas Market (Christkindelsmärik) Tours
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Among Europe’s most popular Christmas markets, Strasbourg’s annual Christkindelsmärik sees the city transform into a whirlwind of festivity. More than 2 million yearly visitors flock to the seasonal market, which includes craft and gift stalls and vin chaud (mulled wine) vendors, as well as an ice rink and carolers.
Located in the city’s Grand Île district, the annual Christmas Market is a carnival of the senses—little wonder that Strasbourg bills itself as “the capital of Christmas.” Wander the 300-plus wooden chalet-style stalls that sell an array of festive gifts, and sample the fragrant mulled wine that perfumes the market. Spread across numerous public squares in the city’s historic heart, the market also includes performances for children and Christmas light installations.
The Strasbourg Christmas Market, located in a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, features on numerous sightseeing itineraries. Book a small-group or private experience, and let a local lead you through the crowds to market highlights.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Every year, the Christkindelsmärik is crowned with its Great Christmas Tree—some annual specimens exceed 115 feet (35 meters).
- Be sure to sample bredeles during your visit: the Alsatian cookies are a Christmas tradition and typically flavored with orange and cinnamon, anise, and other spices.
- Public bathrooms are available at most of the main market squares.
- Due to the crowds, narrow passageways, and uneven surfaces, the markets are not readily accessible to wheelchair users.
- Note that security checks are conducted at main entrances to the market.
How to Get There
The Christkindelsmärik is located in Strasbourg’s central Grand Île area, with different sections of the market situated in different areas. Head to Place Kléber to take in the Christmas tree, skating rink, and craft exhibition; see an array of stallholders at Place Broglie; and sample Alsatian delicacies at Place du Marché-aux-Poissons. When the market is open, trams do not stop at certain stations, and the area is closed to vehicular traffic—so it’s best to explore on foot.
When to Get There
The Christkindelsmärik is open for the Christmas season, typically from late November to the end of December, though exact dates vary from year to year. The market is closed on Christmas Day, and hours vary throughout the festive period. Visit by day to browse the stalls and pick up gifts and souvenirs, or visit by night to see the city at its most brilliantly festive.
Alternative Christmas Market Experiences
There’s more to the Christkindelsmärik than shops and ice skating. Seek out some of the market’s lesser-known draws. The OFF Market, hosted at Place Grimmeissen, showcases vintage goods and customized gifts, and encourages mindful consumption, while the Dedicated Small Alsatian Producers Market at Place des Meuniers offers tastes of local delicacies. For a tranquil light show, walk along the newly renovated promenade at Quai des Bateliers.
Address: Place Broglie, Strasbourg, France
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Christmas Market (Christkindelsmärik)
Enter a winter wonderland on this Strasbourg Christmas Market tour. As it’s a small-group tour, you’ll have a more personalized experience with your guide, and won’t get lost in crowds. Your guide will enrich your experience by giving commentary about the history and culture of the city, as you tour the market. See magnificent decorations, try local delicacies, buy souvenirs, and Christmas decorations too.
Launch yourself into a winter wonderland by going on a pedicab Christmas lights sightseeing tour. A pedicab will help you explore the city at a faster pace than a walking tour, and you'll get your bearings of Strasbourg too. Your guide will point out the best Christmas lights, popular landmarks such as Notre Dame de Strasbourg Cathedral, and you’ll also get tips on where to find the best mulled wine and Christmas goodies.
Let us guide you through the most beautiful alsatian villages and discover the wonders on Christmas markets in Alsace. Your suited private Driver will drive you the whole day to places you want to explore. The tour is 100% tailor made and you can either visit the villages or experience a wine tasting in a typical winery.
Taking safety measures
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Christmas Market (Christkindelsmärik)?
The best ways to experience Christmas Market (Christkindelsmärik) are:
- Strasbourg Christmas Market Small Group Walking Tour
- Strasbourg Christmas Lights Sightseeing Pedicab Private Guided Tour
- Private Xmas & Wine Tour in Alsace
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