Colmar Christmas Market Guide (2024 Dates)

A complete guide to Colmar Christmas Market 2024 (+ map, opening dates, the best things to do in December and the most famous Christmas markets near Colmar).

Located in northeastern France, Alsace is home to some of the best Christmas markets in the country. Known for its unique blend of French and Germanic cultures, the region boasts picturesque towns with colourful half-timbered houses. Colmar, Eguisheim, Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé are just some of the quaint villages, that are a must-see during the Christmas season.

The Colmar Christmas Market (Marché de Noël de Colmar) is one of Europe’s most famous and festive Christmas markets. The entire town transforms into a magical winter wonderland during the holiday season. Gingerbread houses, teddy bears, endless garlands and thousands of twinkling lights – it’s like stepping into a fairytale.

In this Colmar Christmas Market guide, you’ll find everything you need to know to plan your holiday in Alsace. From the best markets and their opening times to what to eat and drink and where to find the most beautiful Christmas decorations. At the end of the guide, you’ll also discover what are the most popular Christmas markets near Colmar and how to get there.

Colmar Christmas Market Guide 2024

There are 6 Christmas markets, all located in the Old Town of Colmar. Each of them has its own speciality and a variety of attractions. The Old Town is quite compact, making it easy to walk from one market to another. In addition, you’ll also find an ice rink at Place Rapp.

The best Christmas markets in Colmar are located at Place des Dominicains and Place de l’Ancienne Douane. Make sure not to miss the spectacular 3D mapping display at St. Martin’s Church as well.

When does the Colmar Christmas Market start?

The Colmar Christmas Market opens on November 26, 2024, and runs until December 29, 2024. The stalls are open daily between 11 AM and 7 PM.

Colmar Christmas Market Dates 2024

From 26 November to 29 December 2024
From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 7 PM
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM to 8 PM
24 December – 10 AM to 5 PM
25 and 26 December – 11 AM to 7 PM

Is Colmar Christmas Market open on Sunday?
Yes, the market is open on Sundays from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Is there any market open after Christmas?
Yes, unlike the Christmas markets in Strasbourg, which closes on December 24th, the market in Colmar remains open after Christmas. It runs until December 29th.

Tips on Colmar Christmas Market

Accommodation – Colmar is a very popular destination during the Christmas season. So, if you’re planning an overnight stay (which I recommend), book your accommodation as soon as possible. I reserved my hotel five months ahead of time, and many of the hotels in the Old Town were nearly fully booked by then.

My favourite place to stay in Colmar: Hotel Le Maréchal
Why: excellent location, directly on the canals in Little Venice, gourmet restaurant on-site
What I like: charming rooms in Alsatian style with canal views, fantastic breakfast

Best time to visit – don’t visit the Colmar Christmas Market during the weekends. There are so many tourists, that some smaller alleys could be completely blocked by crowds. However, if you intend to visit the markets in the neighbouring towns too, be sure to check their opening hours in advance, as some are only open on weekends.

Mapfind here a map of the precise locations of the market.

Sightseeing – if it’s your first time visiting the city, check out my Colmar itinerary, which includes all must-see places and the best local wine bars.

Best Christmas markets in Colmar

Colmar hosts six Christmas markets, with the main ones being located at Place des Dominicains and Place de l’Ancienne Douane. All markets are situated within a short stroll from each other, so I recommend visiting them all (unless you’re pressed for time).

As always, I’d suggest visiting the markets shortly after they open to shop for gifts and souvenirs. Return after 5 PM for food and mulled wine, when the twinkling lights create a magical atmosphere.

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Colmar Christmas markets 2024

  • Place des Dominicains
  • Place de l’Ancienne Douane
  • Gourmet Market
  • Koïfhus
  • Place Jeanne d’Arc
  • Petite Venise

    Place des Dominicains Christmas Market

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    Place des Dominicains is the largest Christmas market in Colmar

    With more than 60 stalls, Place des Dominicains hosts Colmar’s largest Christmas market. The market sits in the shadow of the 13th-century Dominican Church, providing a charming backdrop. The stalls, surrounded by lit-up trees, are decorated with religious paintings at their top.

    The market at Place des Dominicains is my favourite one because of the picturesque backdrop of the church and trees decorated with sparkling lights.

    Place des Dominicains
    From 26 November to 29 December 2024
    From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 7 PM
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM to 8 PM
    Address: Place des Dominicains, 68000 Colmar
    Marché de Noël official website

    Place de l’Ancienne Douane Christmas Market

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    Place de l’Ancienne Douane is the second most popular market in the town

    This market is situated around the beautiful Schwendi Fountain at the Old Customs House Square. Place de l’Ancienne features about 50 chalets, selling everything from traditional Alsatian crafts and handmade gifts to local delicacies.

    As night falls, the former Customs House and its tiled roof are beautifully illuminated.

    Place de l’Ancienne Douane
    From 26 November to 29 December 2024
    From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 7 PM
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM to 8 PM
    Address: Place de l’Ancienne Douane, 68000 Colmar

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    Gourmet Market

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    The Gourmet Market is the best place to try local food

    If you’re looking to try something different than the typical Christmas market food, then head to the Gourmet Market. Located beneath the Ferris wheel, this small market features 9 gourmet food stalls. You can find black truffle risotto, fresh oysters, spaetzle and mushrooms, foie gras, smoked pork and other delicious Alsatian specialities. There is also plenty of Alsatian wines from producers in Colmar and nearby. I enjoyed the mulled wine here the most!

    On Thursdays and Fridays, the market also features live cooking shows starting at 5 PM.

    Gourmet Market
    From 26 November to 29 December 2024
    Daily from 11 AM to 10 PM
    Address: Rue de la Montagne Verte, 68000 Colmar

    Koïfhus Christmas Market

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    Koïfhus is the best Christmas market in Colmar for gifts

    The Christmas market at Koïfhus is an indoor market, located in the Old Customs House, dating back to the 15th century. It features local artists, selling handcrafted goods and vintage items. You can find beautiful jewellery pieces, pottery, wooden toys, antiquarian books and even gingerbread houses and cookies. It’s the best market if you’re looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. I bought a lovely French book, published in 1929, at the market.

    Koïfhus Indoor Market
    From 26 November to 29 December 2024
    From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 7 PM
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM to 8 PM
    Address: Place de l’Ancienne Douane, 68000 Colmar

    Place Jeanne d’Arc Christmas Market

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    Head to Place Jeanne d’Arc market for some Alsatian specialities

    Located at Place Jeanne d’Arc, this market resembles a traditional Alsatian village. It’s a real treasure if you’re after authentic Alsatian specialities. You’ll find all kinds of local products, including homemade jams, foie gras, cheeses, meats, gingerbread and Alsatian wines.

    Place Jeanne d’Arc
    From 26 November to 29 December 2024
    From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 7 PM
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM to 8 PM
    Address: Place Jeanne d’Arc, 68000 Colmar

    Petite Venise Christmas Market

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    Petite Venise hosts the Children’s Christmas market

    At Place des Six Montagnes Noires, just a few steps away from Petite Venise, is the children’s market. You’ll find a Santa’s mailbox, mechanical horse rides and a Nativity Scene. There is also plenty of hot apple juice and tasty local food!

    Petite Venise
    From 26 November to 29 December 2024
    From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 7 PM
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM to 8 PM
    Address: Place des Six Montagnes Noires, 68000 Colmar

    Where to stay in Colmar for the Christmas market

    The best area to stay in Colmar for the Christmas markets is the Old Town, especially Quartier des Tanneurs. Four of the Christmas markets are situated in Quartier des Tanneurs, while the other two are just a brief walk away. I stayed near Quartier des Tanneurs during my visit to Colmar, and I loved the location since I could easily walk to all the markets!

    If you’re staying in Colmar for a few days and want to visit the nearby Christmas markets in Eguisheim, Riquewihr, and Ribeauvillé using the Christmas shuttle, make sure your hotel is not far from the train station. The shuttle bus leaves from there, so being close is convenient.

    Find more information and recommendations in my guide to the best places to stay in Colmar.


    Hotel Le Colombier – Best mid-range

    Guest rating: 8.4 | 3,210+ reviews

    Located in the Little Venice district, right next to the Petite Venise Christmas Market, Hotel Le Colombier is the ideal base for the Christmas markets. The tasty breakfast features local organic products like bread, pastries, and specialities like Les Confitures du Climont.

    Why book – 5min walk to the Christmas Markets, organic breakfast, private parking on-site


    L’Esquisse Hotel & Spa – Best luxury

    Guest rating: 9.0 | 1,490+ reviews

    For an unforgettable Christmas holiday, book a room at L’Esquisse Hotel & Spa. The hotel is located at Champ de Mars, just steps away from the Christmas markets and the ice rink at Place Rapp. The wellness centre includes a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and hammam. Additionally, there’s a gourmet restaurant, JY’s, which has been awarded 2 Michelin stars.

    Why book – 5min walk to the Christmas Markets, Spa by Clarins, organic breakfast

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    View of St. Martin’s Church from Rue de l’Église during the festive season

    What to do in Colmar at Christmas

    Go ice skating

    For more winter activities, make your way to Place Rapp. At this square, you’ll find an 800 square metre open ice rink, a merry-go-round for children and even a rotating carousel bar!

    Enjoy the Christmas choirs

    If you’re visiting Colmar on Wednesdays or Saturdays, don’t miss the floating children’s choir! Every Wednesday and Saturday at 5 PM, you can listen to traditional Christmas carols sung by children’s choirs. They perform while sailing along the canals in Petite Venise on illuminated boats. It’s a unique performance!

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    Head to Petite Venise to see the floating children’s choir

    See the Christmas illuminations

    During the holiday season, the Old Town of Colmar is transformed into a fairytale with thousands of garlands, toys and twinkling lights. In addition, some of the historic buildings, such as St. Martin’s Church and the Old Customs House, feature stunning 3D mapping displays.

    Here are the places you should not miss:

    • St. Martin’s Church – a stunning 3D mapping display (don’t miss the view of the church from Rue de l’Église)
    • Quai de la Poissonnerie – the half-timbered houses along the river are illuminated with changing colours. While you’re here take a look at the building of USN (Unité Service Net), also beautifully lit up. For the best views make your way to Pont Rue des Écoles.
    • Petite Venise – head to Rue Turenne for the best views
    • Hôtel de Ville de Colmar – a beautiful 3D mapping display at the Town Hall
    • Au Vieux Pignon – beautifully decorated and illuminated half-timbered houses. It’s a must-see both during the day and in the evening. For the best views head to Rue des Marchands.
    • Maison dite “au Pèlerin” – this festively decorated pink house is one of the most iconic places in Colmar (see it both during the day and in the evening)
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    3D mapping display at St. Martin’s Church
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    Quai de la Poissonnerie illuminated at night
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    The beautifully illuminated Au Vieux Pignon
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    Maison dite “au Pèlerin” – the most iconic place in Colmar

    Colmar Christmas market food

    At the Christmas market in Colmar, you can sample numerous tasty Alsatian delicacies. Here are some of my favourites.

    Bretzel

    A bretzel is a French version of a German pretzel. It is made of brioche dough and comes in various sweet and savoury variations.

    My tip: Try the bretzel with Munster cheese or bretzel gratinée with gruyère cheese.

    Les Bouchées à la Reine

    This classical French dish consists of puff pastry filled with creamy chicken, served with béchamel sauce with mushrooms and noodles.

    Tarte flambée

    Tarte flambée is a traditional Alsatian dish similar to thin-crust pizza. It’s topped with cream, onions and bacon, and then baked in a wood-fired oven.

    My tip: Try the tarte flambée with Munster cheese (famous local cheese) at the Gourmet Market.

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    Try the tarte flambée with Munster cheese at the Gourmet Market

    Pain d’épices

    This traditional French spiced bread is similar to gingerbread. It’s flavoured with spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, giving it a cosy and aromatic flavour.

    Nut’Alsace

    This chocolate spread is entirely handmade using 45% hazelnuts. It is so much better than Nutella! Nut’Alsace comes in 4 flavours – original with hazelnuts, strong chocolate, fleur de sel caramel and white chocolate.

    My tip: You can buy Nut’Alsace from Place de l’Ancienne Douane Christmas Market.

    Bredele

    These small, sweet Alsatian cookies are traditionally baked during the Christmas season. They come in various shapes and flavours, such as cinnamon stars, gingerbread men, and almond crescents.

    My tip: Try the bredeles at Maison Alsacienne de Biscuiterie.

    Kugelhopf

    Originally from Austria, this cake has become a speciality of the Alsace region in France. Kugelhopf is a sweet yeast bread made with butter, eggs, and raisins and it’s baked in a unique ring-shaped mould.

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    Kugelhopf at Maison Alsacienne de Biscuiterie

    Vin chaud

    Mulled wine (or vin chaud in French) is the most popular drink at the Colmar Christmas Market. It is made by heating red or white with various spices such as cinnamon, cloves and orange zest.

    Unlike other Christmas markets in Europe where wine is typically served in mugs, here it comes in reusable plastic cups.

    How to get to Colmar Christmas market

    By air

    The closest international airport to Colmar is the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. To get to Colmar from the EuroAirport, you have to first take the Distribus shuttle 11 to Saint-Louis Train Station. From there you can take a direct train to Colmar (once every hour).

    Try to avoid flying during weekends if possible. The traffic is very heavy, and trains are often crowded because many locals travel at that time. Despite arriving 40 minutes before the train departure, I barely managed to board because it was so full that there was no space, even on the stairs.

    By train

    Colmar is easy to reach by train from many major French cities. It’s a 30-minute ride from Strasbourg and a 2h20min ride from Paris (from Gare de l’Est). The Old Town is just a 15-minute walk from the train station.

    By car

    If you’re arriving by car, there is a free car park near the train station. The ones, which are closer to the city are usually paid (find here a list of all car parks).

    Best Christmas markets near Colmar

    If you’re spending the night in Colmar, I highly suggest exploring the quaint towns along the Alsace Wine Route. During the Christmas season, many of these towns are festively decorated, and you can enjoy Christmas markets on the weekends. You can find everything you need to know about the Alsace Christmas markets here.

    There is no convenient public transportation to many of the small towns. However, if you’re travelling during the weekends, I wouldn’t recommend renting a car. Traffic is very heavy, and finding parking is impossible. I saw many people parking their cars along the road about 4km (2.5 miles) away from the villages and walking because there were no other options.

    The best option for exploring the small villages on weekends is the Christmas shuttle (Navette de Noël). The shuttle bus takes you to the most picturesque towns near Colmar, including Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and Eguisheim.

    There are 5 lines, running exclusively on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, except for line 3, which operates daily. This is because most of the market operates only on weekends, except for the Eguisheim Christmas market, which is open daily.

    Line 1 – Colmar • Kaysersberg • Riquewihr • Ribeauvillé (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
    Line 2 – Colmar • Ribeauvillé • Riquewihr • Kaysersberg (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
    Line 3 – Colmar • Eguisheim (daily)
    Line 4 – Colmar • Turckheim • Munster (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
    Line 5 – Colmar • Neuf-Brisach (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

    While you can purchase tickets on-site, I highly recommend buying them online in advance
    as they could be sold out. You can buy your tickets to the Navette de Noël online here.

    While there are two stops in Colmar, I suggest taking the shuttle bus from the train station since it’s the first stop. Also, try to catch the first shuttle bus to avoid longer queues later in the day.

    If you’re planning to visit Kaysersberg, Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, opt for line 1, not line 2. Save the Ribeauvillé Christmas market for last as it’s the largest one. This way, you can fully enjoy your time there without being in a hurry to see Kaysersberg and Riquewihr.

    Eguisheim Christmas Market

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    One of the most beautiful villages in France – Eguisheim

    Eguisheim is listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France (Plus Beaux Villages de France). It is famous for its picturesque half-timbered houses with floral displays and narrow cobblestone streets.

    The Eguisheim Christmas Market is located in the heart of the town, surrounded by the Chapelle Saint-Léon and Château de Saint-Léon-Pfalz. While the chateau is not open to the public, be sure to step inside the chapel and admire the stunning 11th-century frescoes.

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    Eguisheim Christmas Market is next to Château de Saint-Léon-Pfalz
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    The stunning 11th-century frescoes at Chapelle Saint-Léon

    Eguisheim market is small but offers a lovely selection of traditional crafts, handmade gifts, and local delicacies. Don’t miss the opening of a new window of the Advent calendar at Place du Château Saint Léon every evening at 6 PM.

    How to get to Eguisheim
    Take the Christmas shuttle (line 3) from Colmar train station.

    Eguisheim Christmas Market
    From 29 November to 30 December 2024
    Daily – from 10 AM to 7 PM
    Closed on 24, 25 and 25 December
    Address: Place du Château Saint Léon, 68420 Eguisheim, France

    Kaysersberg Christmas Market

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    Festively decorated half-timbered houses in Kaysersberg

    Kaysersberg is a picturesque village, known for its medieval architecture, colourful half-timbered houses, and beautiful natural scenery.

    The Kaysersberg Christmas Market is located behind the Church Sainte-Croix and at Cour de l’Arsenal. More than 30 chalets offer everything from handcrafted ornaments to locally produced wines and gourmet treats. There is also a Christmas farmers’ market on Place de la Mairie, where you’ll find bio wine, local cheese, honey, herbs and spices.

    How to get to Kaysersberg
    Take the Christmas shuttle (line 1 or 2) from Colmar train station.

    Kaysersberg Christmas Market
    Every weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) from 29 November to 22 December 2024
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday – from 10 AM to 8 PM
    Address: Église Sainte-Croix and Cour de l’Arsenal, 68240 Kaysersberg, France

    Riquewihr Christmas Market

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    Festive decorations at Général de Gaulle Street in Riquewihr

    Riquewihr is another charming village along the Alsace Wine Route. During December, the colourful half-timbered houses are decorated with thousands of garlands and toys. Walking through its streets feels like stepping into a fairy tale!

    The Riquewihr Christmas Market is located right in the heart of the historic town, around Mairie de Riquewihr (the Town Hall).

    How to get to Riquewihr
    Take the Christmas shuttle (line 1 or 2) from Colmar train station.

    Riquewihr Christmas Market
    From 30 November to 21 December 2024
    Daily – from 10 AM to 7 PM
    Address: around Mairie de Riquewihr, 68340 Riquewihr, France

    Ribeauvillé Christmas Market

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    Festively decorated half-timbered houses in Ribeauvillé

    In December, Ribeauvillé hosts a Medieval Christmas Market. It takes place in the heart of the historic town centre, amidst the cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. You can experience the magic of the Middle Ages with its authentic decorations, traditional crafts, and festive entertainment. There are acrobats, jugglers, fire eaters and other medieval characters, as well as a petting zoo.

    If you can only visit one Christmas market near Colmar, choose Ribeauvillé. Not only does the market exceed those in Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, and Eguisheim, but it also offers a unique experience. Actually, of all the markets I visited near Colmar, I enjoyed the one in Ribeauvillé the most.

    How to get to Ribeauvillé
    Take the Christmas shuttle (line 1 or 2) from Colmar train station.

    Ribeauvillé Christmas Market
    7, 8, 14 and 15 December 2024
    Saturday – from 10 AM to 7 PM
    Sunday – from 10 AM to 6 PM
    Address: 1 Grand Rue, 68150 Ribeauville, France

    Mulhouse Christmas Market

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    Mulhouse Christmas Market in front of Musée Historique

    Located 20 minutes away by train, Mulhouse is a great day trip from Colmar during the Christmas season. The city hosts a lovely Christmas market, set around the Temple Saint-Étienne and the former City Hall in the heart of the city. Some key attractions in Mulhouse are the Cité de l’Automobile, Cité du Train, Temple Saint-Étienne and Musée Historique de Mulhouse.

    Make sure to visit the neo-Gothic Temple Saint-Étienne and admire its 12th-century magnificent stained-glass windows. The Musée Historique de Mulhouse (free admission) is also worth some of your time. It is housed in the former City Hall, a stunning Renaissance building dating back to 1552.

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    The market in front of Temple Saint-Étienne
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    Musée Historique de Mulhouse

    For coffee and sweets head to Café Mozart. This lovely tea house offers amazing views of Temple Saint-Étienne. Plus, the cakes are fantastic!

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    Cakes at Café Mozart in Mulhouse

    How to get to Mulhouse
    Take a train from Colmar train station to Gare de Mulhouse (a 20min journey). The city centre is about 15min walk from the train station.

    Mulhouse Christmas Market
    From 22 November to 27 December 2024
    Daily – from 11 AM to 8 PM
    Closed on 25 December
    Address: Place de la Réunion, 68100 Mulhouse, France

    Strasbourg Christmas Market

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    Christmas decorations in front of Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Strasbourg

    Known as the capital of Christmas, Strasbourg hosts the largest and most famous Christmas Market in Alsace. There are 9 markets located in the Old Town (on the Grande Île). The most popular ones are the market at Place de la Cathédrale, Place Kléber, Place Broglie and Place du Château.

    Find everything you need to know in my complete Strasbourg Christmas Market Guide.

    I strongly suggest staying overnight in Strasbourg because the city is larger than Colmar, and it would be challenging to see everything in just one day.

    How to get to Strasbourg
    Take a train from Colmar train station to Strasbourg (a 35min journey). The Old Town is about 10min walk from the train station.

    Faqs about Colmar Christmas market

    Is Colmar Christmas market worth visiting?

    The Colmar Christmas Market is one of Europe’s most famous and festive markets. Its festively decorated half-timbered houses and magical atmosphere make it definitely worth visiting.

    Where is the Colmar Christmas Market?

    The market is located in the heart of the historic town centre at Place des Dominicains, Place de l’Ancienne Douane, Place Jeanne d’Arc and Petite Venise.

    How big is the Colmar Christmas market?

    The Colmar Christmas market is moderately sized, and you’ll only need 2-3 hours to see it all. It consists of six markets spread across several key areas in the historic town centre, including Place des Dominicains, Place de l’Ancienne Douane, Place Jeanne d’Arc, and Petite Venise.

    Is Colmar busy at Christmas?

    Colmar is very busy at Christmas. The crowds can be overwhelming, especially during weekends when lots of people visit to enjoy the festive atmosphere and explore the Christmas market. If possible visit the town from Monday to Friday.

    Colmar or Strasbourg Christmas market?

    If you have limited time, opt for the Strasbourg Christmas market. Strasbourg is known as the Capital of Christmas and its market is one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe.

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