Strasbourg Christmas Markets 2019

Strasbourg Christmas Markets
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This Christmas Markets is considered by many the most ancient market in Europe, together with those in Dresden and Nuremberg.

Strasbourg: the lights give the city a unique charm

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Marché de Noël – Christkindelsmärik

Although it is difficult to ascertain the truth with absolute precision, it is a fact that Christmas Markets tradition in Strasbourg started in 1570, and went on almost untouched until these days. Strasbourg Chriskindelsmarik market (Chriskindelsmarik is the Alsatian word to define Christmas Market) is one of the most suggestive ones, with the lights giving the city a unique charm. The streets and squares in town, from Place Broglie to Place de la Cathédrale, from Rue de la Comédie to Place de la Gare and Place Klébler, are a triumph of colors and smells, decorations, spices, cakes and lights, with the Christmas tree dominating the scene. It is said that the tradition of decorating Christmas trees originated right here in Alsace. According to chronicles of 1605, the use of cakes, apples or paper flowers to decorate spruces was already in use at that time. The streets and squares in town, from Place Broglie to Place de la Cathédrale, from Rue de la Comédie to Place de la Gare and Place Klébler, are a triumph of colors and smells, decorations, spices, cakes and lights, with the Christmas tree dominating the scene. It is said that the tradition of decorating Christmas trees originated right here in Alsace. According to chronicles of 1605, the use of cakes, apples or paper flowers to decorate spruces was already in use at that time.
Christmas Markets are ideal for gourmet lovers and adventure seekers. Hundreds of talented artisans offer the chance to discover a myriad of unusual products, which couldn’t be found elsewhere.


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Children

There are many initiatives living up the Christmas of young Alsatians.
Saint Nicolas, dressed in his purple red dress, is the most known character, just like Christkindel and the terrible Hans Trapp. The first one brings presents to good children, whereas the second one to bad children.
Creative workshops for children take place during the Advent time for a first approach to traditional arts, while the Ecomuseum of Alsace offers a reproduction of the daily life in this region between the XIX and XX century
Christmas lights and the Trail of Light
As Christmas approaches, the entire city of Strasbourg gets ready to welcome the festivity. The façades of houses are covered with colors, and visitors can walk the trail of lights through the city all the way to the cathedral in the historic centre.
There are many initiatives livening up the Christmas of little Alsatians. The first one brings presents to good children, whereas the second one to bad children.
Creative workshops for children take place during the Advent time for a first approach to traditional arts, while the Ecomuseum of Alsace offers a reproduction of the daily life in this region between the XIX and XX century

Events

As Christmas approaches, the entire city of Strasbourg gets ready to welcome the festivity. The façades of houses are covered with colors, and visitors can walk the trail of lights through the city all the way to the cathedral in the historic centre.
Exhibitions, conferences and performances
City centre
In Strasbourg, Christmas is also a moment of sharing, listening and meeting people, opening one’s mind during conferences and exhibitions dedicated to religious, cultural and artistic traditions related to Christmas.

Music

Cathedral, churches and some districts.
Some shows may require an entrance fee.
A rich music calendar (with over 50 concerts) accompanies the events related to the period of Christmas Market.
Gospel choirs, orchestras, songs… to be discovered in the cathedral and churches of the city.

Ice Skating Rink

In Place du Château is the garden and the ice skating rink

How to get there and car parks

By plane
The international “Strasbourg-Entzheim” airport lies 10 km from the centre.
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airport (in Germany), is situated 60 km from the capital of Alsace.

By train
Strasbourg can be easily reached by train. The train station Gare SNCF de Strasbourg is close to the city centre and the markets. The high speed train connects Strasbourg with Paris in less than 2 hours and a half, and Zurich in 2 hours and 10 minutes. Milan is connected with a direct line in approximately 7 hours.

By car
Highway E25 connects Strasbourg with the south, via Basel.

Car parks
There are several car parks in the city centre, mosto f them are indoor and require a parking fee. The  Relais-Tram parking tickets include a free ride on a bus to reach the centre.

Strasbourg Christmas Markets 2019
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