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march_de_nol_alsace_400Alsace: 5 Christmas markets

They start on early winter and end after the New Year celebrations. In Alsace, there are dozens of Christmas markets.
Christmas markets first appeared in Germany in the 14TH century.  They were called "Saint Nicholas markets" and were for children, who received presents. The markets quickly crossed the border to appear in cities and villages of Alsace.

Strasbourg, main host of the Christmas market

From November 28th to December 31st

Since 1570, Strasbourg exposes its market in front of the cathedral. With over 300 stands, the Christkindelmärik ("market of the child Jesus" in Alsatian) is one the biggest of Europe.

This year, Strasbourg speaks with a Belgian accent. By inviting Belgium to its Christmas market, the city improves its link beyond borders. The traditional hot wine stands will play along with French fries stands. 

The lights of Colmar

From November 21st to December 31st

The Colmar Christmas market is known to be brightest of Alsace. Garlands and decorations dress up the city. All around the stands displaying gastronomy and Santon dolls, flavours of cinnamon and orange can be smelled.

Mulhouse and its Christmas fabric

From November 24th to December 28th

The Mulhouse market is wrapped in festivity. Every year, the city displays its centuries-long know-how in textile industry by creating the Christmas fabric. The textile will dress up façades and pedestrian streets.

Activities in Haguenau

From November 22nd to December 30th

Enchanted façades, lively crib, creative and tasty workshops... For the Christmas market season, the city of Haguenau offers many activities.

Medieval atmosphere in Riquewihr

From November 29th to December 28th

Surrounded by vines and ramparts, the village of Riquewihr celebrates Christmas in a medieval atmosphere. Musicians and actors play in the street and revive Alsatian traditions.