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Things to do in Strasbourg, France at Christmas


Strasbourg at Christmas time looked at me what Dr. Seuss was thinking when he built “Whoville” in How the Grinch stole Christmas. It really feels like you’re entering a magical town of lights, rich, dare I say, crazy, Christmas decorations on every window, the musing smell of wine wafting through the air, and Christmas music drifts through the picturesque town.

I’ve created a guide to things to do in Strasbourg for Christmas as well as a guide to the Christmas Market when you visit this magical town.

Strasbourg Christmas Market 2022: From November 25 to December 26, 2022.

They don’t call it the Capital de Noël (Capital of Christmas) for no reason. The Christmas market in Strasbourg is world famous, and the giant Christmas tree in the town square may bring tears to your eyes. The Alsace region of France may be one of the most beautiful in Europe but Strasbourg dominates when it comes to Christmas. I’ve put together a list of things to do in Strasbourg, France for Christmas that will make it one of the most magical and memorable ever.

Strasbourg is located on the border of France and Germany and to be honest, it has changed hands many times over the years. Although it is now a French city, it still has a lot of German influence. Don’t be surprised to hear German spoken as you pass the Christmas stalls. Go to Strasbourg it’s easy as it has the second largest railway station only after Paris. You can also fly to Karlsruhe Airport, Germany, which is about 45 minutes away. I usually drive or take the bus from my town Heidelberg, Germanyonly about an hour.

See my picks for the best Christmas markets in Europe here!

Christmas Market

This is not one, two, or even seven Christmas markets in Strasbourg. There are ten. For a city this size, it’s completely unnecessary, but in the best possible way. This city is decorated from street to street with lights, garlands and decorations. It’s easy to walk around the city to see all the markets in a day or two. Christmas markets usually start on the last week of November (22nd) and end on Christmas Eve (December 24th).

The Christmas market date in Strasbourg for 2022 is from November 25 to December 26, 2022. After Christmas, some markets remain open.

Of course, there are many Christmas markets around the world, and especially in Germany, but the Christmas market in Strasbourg seems to have an extra sparkle in its eyes. The markets represent a bygone era, with families coming together to celebrate, enjoy and share. It’s unique that the Christmas markets are here and recalls the fact that Germany once ruled the area. The Christmas market tradition is heavily influenced by Germany, so it is special that this tradition is still in France. You will see that the most famous is Christkindelsmärik Place Broglie, dating from 1570, is one of the oldest markets in Europe.

See my full Christmas market trip itinerary here!

In total, there are more than 300 stalls throughout the city, so you are bound to find one while walking. At the end of this post, I list all the markets that take place.

Church inspection

The Cathédral Notre-Dame It’s one of the greatest structures I’ve ever seen. From the 15th to the 17th centuries, it was the tallest building in the world. Holding that rank for that period of time means it is a master piece of architecture and one of the finest representations of Gothic art. Head inside for a close-up view of the stunning structure and check out the astronomical clock. Don’t forget to go up to the tower for a panoramic view of the city.

Of course, there is a Christmas market outside the church and one of the most historic. You can sip mulled wine as the church bells ring from time to time. Here more than 100 chalets (these are stalls or stalls) are offering Christmas decorations, sheepskins, gloves, warm drinks and delicious food.

German – French fusion meal

Strasbourg is definitely a great place to be for culinary purposes. There are two restaurants that even get three Michelin stars (Au Crocodile and Buerehiesel). Of course, with a mix of German and French influences, it has created some very tasty dishes. One of my favorites is Flammkucken Also known as tarte flambée. It’s a very thin pizza filled with creme fraiche, thinly sliced ​​onions and ham.

The aroma of sizzling onions will appeal to anyone who tries it. There are so many options and toppings that you can find one to suit your taste. A great place to check out is L’Ancienne Douane which is famous for their Alsacean dishes.

Admire the Christmas tree

What is it about the Christmas tree that sparks a childlike wonder in all of us? There’s something magical about the combination of bright displays, lights and decorations that always fills me with joy. When it came to the Christmas tree in Strasbourg, they decided that the bigger the better. Requires a minimum height of 30 meters, the tower above the square and lit by 7 km of twinkling lights. Located at Place Kléber, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and each year has a different theme.

On weekend nights and close to Christmas, you can watch live music right next to the tree. There is also ample shopping around and near the square, in case you need any Christmas presents. Just watching the lights shine as the sky darkens is the star of the Christmas show in Strasbourg.

Petite France

This is one of the most charming areas to see in all of Europe. It’s a historic neighborhood in Strasbourg with half-timbered houses on either side of the river. Of course, during Christmas, it’s even brighter. Walk through the canals to visit 14th-century towers and cross cobblestone streets to traditional restaurants and shops. Don’t forget to stop and take pictures at the Quartier des Tanneurs, one of the best photo spots in Strasbourg.

One of the best parts about walking around Petite France is the fact that it is so well preserved. Of course, you’ll also find a Christmas market held here. You really feel like going back in time. When the bridges shine and glow over the water, you can’t help but feel romantic.

A brief overview of the Christmas markets:

Christkindelsmärik in Place Broglie is the most famous.

Place de la Cathédrale – Strasbourg Cathedral Market.

Book a Kléber or a “Share Market” with a great Christmas tree

Place du Marché-aux-Poissons, terrasse du Palais rohan et rue rohan – Outside the Palace of Rohan and known for its Christmas treats.

Place Benjamin-Zix is ​​also known as the “Three Kings” Market and is located in Petite France.

Place du Temple-Neuf takes place in the Carré d’or.

Set des Meuniers for a smaller market.

Place Gutenberg is often the highlight of another country and their Christmas tradition is celebrated.

To find out about Christmas events in Strasbourg check this calendar.

Where to Stay in Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a relatively small city, so you can’t really go wrong here. However, I recommend staying in Grande Île, the historic center of the city. Here all the Christmas markets are within walking distance. I suggest Hotel Gutenburg – extremely good reviews and a fair price!

Check out other hotels here:

See my Christmas market trip itinerary here!

Find the best Christmas Markets in Europe here!

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