Grand Sapin - Noël à Strasbourg - Alsace©Emmanuel VIVERGE
©Emmanuel VIVERGE

A Christmas weekend in Strasbourg

As the “Capital of Christmas”, in the festive season Strasbourg is decked in a mantle of lights. The façades and narrow streets sparkle and twinkle, the streets are packed with vendors plying delicious things to eat and 300 chalets occupy the heart of the city. For an enchanting festive experience, come and enjoy the magic of Christmas in Strasbourg!

  • Length2 days
  • How to get aroundOn foot, public transport

Day 1 : Enchantment in the heart of the city

A trip to France’s oldest Christmas market

It would be more accurate to say “Christmas markets”, because Strasbourg actually hosts about ten different ones, spread all over the city. Historically, Strasbourg held France’s oldest Christmas market, the Christkindelsmärik, on Place Broglie. After strolling through the aisles of the market, take the opportunity to warm yourself up with a delicious mulled wine.

A picturesque escapade

On the square in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral, the illuminations and atmosphere will immediately plunge you into the magic of Christmas. As you stroll through the narrow streets and little squares, admire the Christmas decorations, the shops and their windows richly trimmed for the occasion. Just a few streets away, gaze in wonder at the Great Christmas Tree on Place Kléber. This majestic tree throws its light over the famous square, which was originally the spot where Christmas trees were sold.

Christkindelsmärik - Strasbourg©Nis&For
Strasbourg, capitale de Noël©Nis&For

A nocturnal outing

But it is when night falls that Strasbourg really reveals its most beautiful assets. Take a stroll after dark and drink in the magical atmosphere where clever lighting effects set off Strasbourg’s exceptional architectural heritage in fitting manner. You will be blown away by the richly illuminated Rue des Orfèvres, or the original façade of the Pâtisserie Christian, in Rue de l’Outre.

Day 2 : Secrets of an Alsatian Christmas

A tasty break

Cosily wrapped in your scarf and woolly hat, head over to La Petite France. In this picturesque part of town the narrow streets are full of shops making and selling Alsatian treats fresh every day for you to try on the spot or take home for later. Follow the delicious odour of cinnamon to Place des Meuniers, where a large market of local food producers is held every year.

Christmas traditions of yesteryear

Strasbourg is a also a capital of culture and home to many museums covering a wide variety of subjects, including art, history, architecture and illustration. At Christmastime, the Musée Alsacien is a must as it it offers numerous special seasonal exhibitions and activities. Christmas traditions, insights into the legendary characters of the Alsatian Christmas and, of course, traditional Christmas carols. And those like to turn their hand to something practical will have the chance to make traditional Christmas tree decorations!

A magical trip on the water

How about adding a touch of magic to your trip to Strasbourg ? Wrap up the little ones in their puffa jackets and climb aboard a Batorama riverboat. Sit back and enjoy an original Christmas story as you glide around the city at water level,  A chance to get out of the hustle and bustle for a short time and enjoy unique festive family moment.

Noël en Alsace©Nis&for
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