Strasbourg Christmas Market (Map + Dates 2024)

A complete guide to Strasbourg Christmas Market 2024 (+ map, opening dates, the best things to do in December and the best hotels near the Christmas Market).

The Christmas season in Europe is my favourite time of the year. The festive decorations, the Christmas spirit, the sparkling lights, and the snow, all bring a little magic to our daily lives. When it comes to Christmas markets, Germany is the place to go. However, there is one place in France, that could compare to the German festive atmosphere. This region is called Alsace and it’s the most picturesque part of France.

The Christmas markets are not a traditional French thing. However, you can find plenty of them in Alsace, as this region was a part of Germany in the past. The first market in Strasbourg (Christkindelsmärik) took place in 1570 at Place Broglie. Initially, it was open for three days before Christmas Eve. Its main purpose was to sell provisions for the upcoming holidays such as spiced bread, candles, herbs, etc.

Although Alsace is a French territory today, the markets are still held every year as part of a long-standing Christmas tradition.

Strasbourg Christmas Market Guide 2024

Strasbourg, known as the capital of Christmas, hosts one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. In fact, there are 9 Christmas markets spread out across the historic centre of the city, also known as the Grande Île. All of them are situated within a brief walking distance from one another.

The biggest and most famous Christmas markets in Strasbourg are at Place de la Cathédrale, Place Kléber and Place Broglie. In addition, you’ll find several smaller ones, all located on the Grande Île.

When does the Strasbourg Christmas Market start?

The Christmas market starts on 24 November and ends on 24 December. On 24 December it is open until 6 PM.

Strasbourg Christmas Market dates 2024

From 24 November to 24 December 2023
From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – 11 AM to 9 PM
24th December – 11 AM to 6 PM
(please note that the official dates for 2024 are not yet announced)

Is the Strasbourg Christmas market open on Sunday?
Yes, the market is open on Sunday between 11 AM and 9 PM.

Is there any market open after Christmas?
No, the Strasbourg Christmas Market closes on 24 December. However, the city’s festive decorations and the illuminations stay until the end of the first week of January.

Tips on Strasbourg Christmas Market

Accommodation – Strasbourg is one of the most popular winter destinations in Europe, so book your hotel as soon as you know your travel dates.

My favourite place to stay in Strasbourg: Hotel Léonor
Why: fantastic location, just a 5min walk to several Christmas markets
What I like: spacious modern rooms, excellent restaurant and breakfast

Best time to visit – try to avoid weekends if you can, as many locals also visit the market during that time.

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

Sightseeing – if it’s your first time visiting the city, take a look at my Strasbourg itinerary, which covers all must-see attractions and the best Alsatian restaurants in the city.

Best Christmas markets in Strasbourg

The city of Strasbourg hosts 9 Christmas markets with the largest ones situated at Place Kléber, Place Broglie and Place de la Cathédrale. Each market has its own speciality, but you’ll typically find ornaments, all kinds of gifts, mulled wine and of course plenty of tasty local food and sweets.

The markets are typically busiest after sunset. Therefore, if you’re in search of souvenirs and gifts, I recommend visiting during the day to avoid crowds. Return in the evenings for some mulled wine and to admire the beautiful illuminations.

To explore the magic of Christmas markets with a local guide and not miss any of the festive decorations, join this Christmas Walking Tour with Mulled Wine.

Strasbourg Christmas markets 2024

  • Chrìstkìndelsmärik at Place Broglie
  • Grand Sapin at Place Kléber
  • Place de la Cathédrale
  • The Quai des Délices
  • Carré d’Or Market at Place du Temple-Neuf
  • Place Saint-Thomas
  • Advent Village at Square Louise-Weiss
  • Place Benjamin-Zix
  • OFF Market at Place Grimmeissen

Chrìstkìndelsmärik at Place Broglie

Chrìstkìndelsmärik at Place Broglie
Chrìstkìndelsmärik at Place Broglie is the oldest market in Strasbourg

The Chrìstkìndelsmärik was held for the first time in 1570. It’s among the oldest Christmas markets in Europe and was the only one in France for a long time. Initially held in different parts of the city, such as Place Kléber and Place du Château, it found its permanent home at Place Broglie in 1871.

Featuring more than 100 stalls, Chrìstkìndelsmärik is the biggest Christmas market in Strasbourg. Here you’ll find festive decorations, pottery, glass jewellery, handmade toys and many more. It’s the best place to buy Christmas decorations for your home.

The food scene is excellent, with tasty options such as sausages, fresh pretzels, flammkuchen, crepes, and gingerbread. Additionally, this was the only market, where I found roasted salmon.

Don’t miss to take a photo under the Chrìstkìndelsmärik arch for a lasting memory of your time in Strasbourg.

Christkindelsmärik at Place Broglie
From 24 November to 24 December
From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – 11 AM to 9 PM
Address: Place Broglie, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Christkindelsmärik official website

Place Kléber

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Place Kléber is home to the big Christmas Tree

Located in the heart of the Grande Île, Place Kléber is home to the Grand Sapin (the big Christmas Tree). The Grand Sapin is a symbol of Strasbourg. Provided annually by France’s National Forestry Office, the tree stands at least 30m (98 feet) tall. The search for the perfect tree begins early each year, typically around March. To get a truly glamorous shape, they add more branches from other trees. Finally, the tree is decorated with 7km of twinkling lights, baubles, angels and stars. It was one of the most sumptuous Christmas trees I’ve ever seen!

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Grand Sapin at Place Kléber

Make sure not to miss the musical illuminations, which take place every hour on the hour between 4 PM and 9 PM.

In the past, people used to put presents for the poor under the Christmas tree. Today, you can find the Village du Partage (Village of Sharing) at the foot of the Grand Sapin. Here, almost 90 charities, spread across 14 stalls, sell souvenirs and food for a good cause.

Additionally, you can find a variety of traditional Alsatian and French delicacies, such as sausages, bretzels, flammkuchen, crepes and mulled wine.

Village du Partage at Place Kléber
From 24 November to 24 December
From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – 11 AM to 9 PM
Address: Place Kléber, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Place de la Cathédrale

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The Christmas market at Place de la Cathédrale is the most popular one

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Strasbourg Cathedral, this Christmas market is the city’s most popular one. Its origins date back to the Middle Ages when a Klausenmärik (St. Nicholas market) was held at that place. Traditionally, the Klausenmärik took place around December 6th (Saint Nicholas Day), selling gingerbread and herbs. Today, the Christmas market at Place de la Cathédrale spread all the way to Place du Château.

With the majestic Strasbourg Cathedral as a backdrop and a vintage carousel, the market at Place de la Cathédrale is my favourite one.

Around the Cathedral
From 24 November to 24 December
From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – 11 AM to 9 PM
Address: Place de la Cathédrale and Place du Château, 67000 Strasbourg, France

More Strasbourg Christmas markets

The Quai des Délices

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The gourmet market at Place du Marché-des-Poissons

At Place du Marché-des-Poissons and on the terrace of the Palais Rohan, you’ll find the Quai des Délices (the gourmet market). Here, you can try local specialities such as traditional bredele, mannele, beer, and wines from the Alsace region. Make sure to look for Nut’Alsace, a delicious hazelnut cocoa spread that’s even tastier than Nutella!

The Quai des Délices
From 24 November to 24 December
From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – 11 AM to 9 PM
Address: Place du Marché-des-Poissons and the terrace of the Palais Rohan, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Carré d’Or Market at Place du Temple-Neuf

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Carré d’Or Market at Place du Temple-Neuf

This charming small market is set in front of the 19th-century protestant church, Temple-Neuf. It’s a cosy market with unique handcrafted gifts such as candles, jewellery and local delicacies. Be sure to go inside the church, as it’s beautifully decorated for the holidays and lit up with red lights.

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Inside the Temple-Neuf

Carré d’Or Market at Place du Temple-Neuf
From 24 November to 24 December
From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – 11 AM to 9 PM
Address: Place du Temple-Neuf, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Place Saint-Thomas

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Place Saint-Thomas is an ideal spot to enjoy a cup of wine away from the crowds

You’ll find this small cosy market around the beautiful Gothic Saint Thomas Church. It’s not as crowded as the bigger markets, making it a perfect spot to relax and have a cup of wine away from the crowds.

Place Saint-Thomas
From 24 November to 24 December
From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – 11 AM to 9 PM
Address: Place Saint-Thomas, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Advent Village at Square Louise-Weiss

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Head to Square Louise-Weiss for authentic Alsatian products

In December, the charming Louise Weiss Square in Petite France is transformed into an Advent Village. Beautifully illuminated with thousands of lights, it’s the perfect area for strolling in a magical setting.

Here, local farmers and artisans, known as the Irréductibles Petits Producteurs d’Alsace, offer local products from the Alsace region, such as jams, chocolate and bio wines. You can also take part in any of the numerous workshops to discover the Alsatian Christmas traditions or enjoy the frequent concerts.

Advent Village at Square Louise-Weiss
From 24 November to 24 December
Daily – from 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Address: Square Louise-Weiss, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Place Benjamin-Zix

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Place Benjamin-Zix is situated in the charming Petite France

Located in Petite France, the most picturesque part of Strasbourg, this market is surrounded by half-timbered houses. Here, you’ll find everything you need to decorate your home and bring some Christmas spirit – from candles and festive decorations to herbal teas. I bought some awesome incense sticks from here, made in France with fragrances from Grasse (Sud Arômes).

Place Benjamin-Zix
From 24 November to 24 December
From Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – 11 AM to 9 PM
Address: Place Benjamin-Zix, 67000 Strasbourg, France

OFF Market at Place Grimmeissen

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Head to the OFF Market for vintage goods and original handicrafts

The OFF Christmas Market takes place at Place Grimmeisen. More than thirty local companies involved in responsible purchasing have united and created this alternative original market in 2016. Come here if you’re looking for vintage furniture, second-hand goods, original handicrafts and organic food.

Marché Off at Place Grimmeissen
From 24 November to 24 December
Daily – from 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Address: Place Grimmeissen, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Where to stay in Strasbourg for the Christmas market

The best place to stay in Strasbourg for the Christmas market is the Grande Île, the historic centre of the city. Consider looking for accommodation near Place Kléber or La Petite France, the city’s most picturesque area. Both areas are just a 10-minute walk from the train station, making it perfect for a day trip to Colmar or if you’re travelling by train.

All the Christmas markets are located within the Grande Île, meaning if you stay here, you’ll be just a short walk away from all of them. Here you’ll also find some of the city’s most popular attractions, including La Petite France, Strasbourg Cathedral and plenty of restaurants.

During both of my visits to the Strasbourg Christmas market, I stayed on the Grande Île, near Place Kléber. I found the location very convenient, as it placed me just a brief walk away from all the markets and attractions.

For more information, check out my guide to the best hotels in Strasbourg Old Town.

Hotel Boma – Best mid-range

Guest rating: 8.8 | 3,460+ reviews

Hotel Boma, located in the heart of the historic centre near Petite France, is an ideal base to explore the Christmas markets. You’ll be just a short walk from the main market at Place Kléber, home to the Christmas tree. Plus, the train station is less than 10 minutes away, convenient if you’re travelling by train.

Why book – 5min walk to the Christmas markets, super comfy beds, great restaurant

Hotel & Spa Regent Petite France – Best luxury

Guest rating: 8.8 | 1,940+ reviews

For an unforgettable Christmas holiday, book a room at Hotel & Spa Regent Petite France. This luxury hotel is set in a converted 17th-century mill in the heart of Petite France. The excellent wellness centre features a sauna, sweetly scented hammam, salt grotto and ice fountain. Don’t miss the Champagne bar, which offers more than 20 types of champagne!

Why book – right next to 3 Christmas markets, spacious rooms with river views, private parking

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The beautiful Christmas decorations at Place Gutenberg

What to do in Strasbourg at Christmas

See the Nativity scene

Every year a big Nativity scene is set inside the Strasbourg Cathedral. This 18-metre-long (59 feet) painted wooden nativity set dates from 1907 and features scenes of Jesus’ birth.

More nativity scenes you can find at the courtyard of Palais Rohan and in the shop windows on rue des Juifs and rue Brûlée.

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The Nativity scene in the Strasbourg Cathedral

See the magical Christmas decorations

Strasbourg is famous not only for its Christmas market but also for its impressive festive decorations. Many streets and storefronts in the Old Town are decorated with twinkling lights, pine trees and plenty of bears. So take your time and get lost in these fairytale alleys!

Some of the must-see locations are:

  • Place Gutenberg – during the holiday season a 10-metre-high (33 feet) blue tree is set on the square. In previous years, there used to be a huge blue bear alongside this tree. However, during my last visit, it was no longer there.
  • Rue du Vieux – go through the Porte des Lumières (guarded by two bears) and enter the Capitale de Noël
  • Rue Mercière – the iconic view of the cathedral with glowing angels
  • Rue du Maroquin – a half-timbered house, decorated with white bears (next to restaurant Zum alten Straßburg, 5 Rue du Maroquin)
  • Pâtisserie Christian – a magical display with changing lights
  • Rue des Orfèvres and Rue du Chaudron – the most beautifully decorated streets in Strasbourg

You can also find Christmas decorations at the following locations: Rue des Hallebardes (fairytale chandeliers), Rue du Fossé-des-Tanneurs, Grand Rue, Rue des Grandes Arcades and Au Fond du Jardin.

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The iconic view of the cathedral from Rue Mercière
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The magical display of Pâtisserie Christian
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The Christmas lights at Rue des Orfèvres
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The polar bear house at Rue du Maroquin

Have some gingerbread cookies

Christmas is nothing without gingerbread cookies! For the best gingerbread in town head to Pain d’épices Mireille Oster. These delicious handmade gingerbread cookies come with a great variety of flavours and will take you to China, Italy or even Egypt!

Address: 14 Rue des Dentelles and 31 Rue du Vieux-Marché-aux-Poissons, 67000 Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg Christmas market food

Most markets offer the usual Christmas food such as sausages, gingerbread, and red and white mulled wine (known as vin chaud in French). You can also find some traditional Alsatian dishes like tarte flambée, bretzel and bredele.

The mulled wine is served in reusable cups. After you finish with your cup you can either keep it as a souvenir or return it at one of the market’s collection points.

Tarte flambée

Tarte flambée (or Flammekueche) is a traditional Alsatian dish. It is a wood-fired pizza topped with crème Fraiche, bacon and onion. A perfect savoury snack for the cold evenings!


Bretzel is the French version of the German pretzel. It’s made from brioche dough and comes in different sweet and savoury versions.

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

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Try the delicious bretzels at Place Kléber Christmas market


Choucroute is a traditional Alsatian dish made from grated cabbage pickled in wine. It is usually accompanied by sausages or slow-cooked pork.

Beignet and Chouquette

If you’re a doughnut fan, you won’t want to skip these two pastries. Beignet is a deep-fried pastry similar to doughnuts, light and fluffy inside and crispy and golden-brown outside. On the other hand, chouquette is a round choux pastry topped with pearl sugar.


Mannele is a traditional Alsatian sweet bun made during the Saint Nicholas holiday season. These brioche-like pastries are shaped like little men with raisins or chocolate chips for eyes.


Nougat is a confectionery, made from sugar or honey, roasted nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, or pistachios) and candied fruits. It has a chewy texture and sweet flavour.

My tip: Try the Bisch de Bruche Nougat from Chrìstkìndelsmärik at Place Broglie.

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Try the Bisch de Bruche Nougat from Chrìstkìndelsmärik at Place Broglie


This handmade chocolate spread contains 45% hazelnuts (much better taste than Nutella). It comes in four delicious flavours – original with hazelnuts, rich chocolate, fleur de sel caramel and white chocolate.

My tip: You can buy Nut’Alsace from The Quai des Délices at Place du Marché-des-Poissons.


Bredele are small, traditional Alsatian Christmas cookies, prepared during the holiday season. They come in various shapes and flavours, usually sweet and rich, made with ingredients like nuts, spices, and chocolate.

How to get to Strasbourg Christmas market

By air

The closest airport is Strasbourg Airport (SXB), located in Entzheim. To get to the city centre just take the shuttle train directly from the airport. You can also fly to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport in Germany (only 42km away).

The closest international airport to Strasbourg is the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. To get to Strasbourg 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 Strasbourg.

By train

You can easily reach Strasbourg from many major French cities. It’s only 1h40min train ride from Paris (from Gare de l’Est). The central train station (Gare de Strasbourg-Ville) is located less than a 10-minute walk from the historic centre.

By car

During the Christmas market opening hours, access to the Grande Île (Old Town) is strictly regulated and parking is prohibited. Thus, if you’re arriving by car I’d recommend booking a hotel located outside the Grande Île.

Another option is to leave your car in any of the numerous parking lots near the Grande Île and stay in the Old Town (see more info about parking and available parking lots).

Best Christmas markets near Strasbourg

Colmar Christmas Market

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The Colmar Christmas Market is the most famous market near Strasbourg

The fairytale town of Colmar is just a 30min away by train. During December the town hosts one of the most famous and festive Christmas markets in Europe. The market starts the last week of November and runs until December, 24.

Find everything you need to know in my complete guide to the Christmas Market in Colmar.

If possible I’d recommend you spend at least a night in Colmar. The atmosphere is truly magical in the evenings. Moreover, there is a Christmas shuttle, which connects Colmar to the most popular towns nearby – Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé, Turckheim and Eguisheim.

Karlsruhe Christmas Market

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Karlsruhe Christmas Market is one of the best markets off the beaten path

The Karlsruhe Christmas Market is one of my favourite markets off the beaten path. It is situated just 50min away by train from Strasbourg. I highly recommend it if you’ve already visited the most popular markets in the area or if you’re looking for a market with a more authentic local vibe.

There are two Christmas markets in the city centre of Karlsruhe. The main one is at Friedrichsplatz, while a smaller one can be found at Marktplatz. Additionally, a huge ice skating rink is set in front of Karlsruhe Palace.

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The Christmas market at Friedrichsplatz, Karlsruhe

Curious about Medieval Christmas traditions? Head to the Christmas market in Durlach, on the outskirts of Karlsruhe. This medieval-themed market, held in front of Karlsburg Castle, features campfires, jugglers, blacksmiths, and musicians. And don’t miss the mulled wine served in dragon-decorated mugs!

How to get to Karlsruhe
Take a train from Gare de Strasbourg-Ville to Karlsruhe Central Train Station (a 50min journey). From there you have to take the S-Bahn (or walk 30min) to the Christmas markets.

Karlsruhe Christmas Market
From 28 November to 23 December 2023
Daily – from 11 AM to 9 PM
Address: Friedrichsplatz and Marktplatz, Karlsruhe, Germany

Faqs about Strasbourg Christmas market

Is the Strasbourg Christmas Market worth it?

Absolutely! Known as the Capitale de Noël, Strasbourg hosts one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. With its 9 markets and fairytale festive decorations with twinkling lights and polar bears, Strasbourg definitely worth a visit!

Where is the Strasbourg Christmas Market?

The Strasbourg Christmas Market is situated in the heart of the historic city centre, known as the Grande Île. Spanning across 9 locations, the largest markets are at Place Broglie, Place de la Cathédrale, and Place Kléber.

Do you need tickets for the Strasbourg Christmas market?

No tickets are required to visit the Strasbourg Christmas Market. There is no entrance fee and most of the events are free as well. You can find all events and the Christmas program here.

Does it snow in Strasbourg at Christmas?

December is the month with the most snowfall in Strasbourg (when snow falls for 4.4 days). However, as Alsace is in a bit of a valley, snow is not a common thing. It is more likely to rain a lot, so get an umbrella!

In which city is the biggest French Christmas market?

The biggest French Christmas market takes place in the city of Strasbourg, in the historic region of Alsace. Strasbourg Christmas Market, also known as Christkindelsmärik, is one of the oldest and most famous in Europe.

Strasbourg Christmas Market – cash or card?

While credit and debit cards are commonly accepted, cash remains the preferred payment method at the Strasbourg Christmas Market. Many stallholders still don’t accept credit or debit cards, especially for smaller purchases. Additionally, some vendors may have minimum purchase requirements for card payments.

Is Strasbourg worth visiting in December?

Yes, Strasbourg is definitely worth visiting in December, especially because of its famous Christmas Market. Dating back to 1570, it is one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in Europe. The city transforms into a magical winter wonderland during the holiday season in December, with festive decorations and illuminations.

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About the author

Avatar Milena Yordanova
I am a full-time traveller and I have visited over 20 countries across 2 continents. Travelling has always been my passion and I love to discover new places, cultures and food. I’m an expert in travel planning and I am here to help you plan your dream vacation.


  1. My husband and I are planning an overnight stay in Strasbourg (Dec 28-29). We will probably get there around noon and leave around noon the following day. Will that be worthwhile doing?

    • Yes, it will be worthwhile. Strasbourg is very charming, the Christmas decoration will be still there. Plus, the Christmas market at Place de la Cathédrale should be still open. Unfortunately, the other markets will be closed.

  2. Hi Milena!
    My husband and I will be joining Viking Cruise and on Nov 28, 2019 morning we will be visiting Strasbourg Cathedral and City center’s area. Just wonder if there is any Christmas market closed by? Are they walking distance? Much thanks and God bless !

  3. Hello Milena, Thanks for all your tips, the article is really well explained and with a lot of good suggestions. But I was wondering if you recommend a restaurant for the night of the 24th. I have seen on website from Strasbourg that they have a list of the ones that will be open this date, but they do not have a review or information about the prices. And I believe for this night I will need to make a reservation in advance.

    Thank you, Vitor

    • Hi Vitor, I can recommend you La Corde à Linge, but I’m not sure if it will work on 24th December. 🙁

  4. Hi milena.
    Can I know what’s the exact address of the most beautiful apartment/building who have a decorations of a lot of stuffed toys outside? I want to know where is it exactly like this I can show it to my 8year old daughter she’s going to be happy as this house is in her bucket list as we are going there on dec.04.2021 it will be perfect to know the exact address thank you in advance 🤗

    • Hi Sheena,

      The house is right next to the restaurant Zum alten Straßburg (5 Rue du Maroquin, 67000 Strasbourg, France). 🙂

  5. Thanks Milena for putting such an amazing guide together. My wife and are visiting Alsace region between Dec 8th and Dec 13th and we have 4-5 days to cover it. What cities would you recommend staying in? We were thinking Strasbourg and Colmar. Any others? We want to see as much as possible.

    • Hi Avneet,
      I recommend staying in Strasbourg or Colmar (or splitting your time between both, depending on your preferences). From there you can also take day trips to Eguisheim and Riquewihr – both towns are magical during Christmas! 🙂
      There is a direct train (30min journey) between Colmar and Strasbourg. However, to get to Eguisheim or Riquewihr you’ll need either to rent a car or stay in Colmar and take this shuttle which runs during the Advent weekends between the nearby small towns.

  6. Hi Milena, my wife and I are planning a trip to France for first half of December and we will be spending a week in Paris and have another week to spend in other parts of France. Strasbourg and Colmar are on the list. How would you recommend splitting this time (7 days)? We will be headed to Switzerland after. Would love your recommendations for must visit places.

      • Thank you so much. We really appreciate all the suggestions. We will definitely spend seven full days in Paris and then spend a few days in Strasbourg and probably another two days in Colmar to go visit the nearby towns. Any suggestions for Switzerland? We will have another seven days to spend there as well. Thanks again for all your recommendations.

        P.S. Sorry about the duplicate comment wasn’t sure if the first one went in.

        • Hi Avneet,
          I’m sorry but I am not able to give you any recommendations about Switzerland, I haven’t visited the country yet. 🙁

    • Hi Mruan,
      All Christmas markets are still open on the 23rd, so yes, it is worth it – the atmosphere is magical. 🙂

  7. Hello! Thanks so much for the guide. I was thinking of doing a day trip on a Saturday in December from Paris. Approximately how many hours do you suggest spending at the Christmas markets? Trying to buy my train tickets… thank you!

    • Hi Ji Eun You,
      I’d recommend spending half a day but this depends on how many markets you want to see and how much time you’ll spend on each. If you’re going to see the markets on a day trip, focus on the main ones, which are: Place de la Cathédrale de Strasbourg, Place Kléber (where the Christmas Tree is), Place Broglie and Place du Château.

      Probably it is possible to see all 13 markets in one day, but you’ll be in a hurry. Plan about half an hour to explore each market and more if you want to try some food and mulled wine. Also, if possible visit them late in the afternoon, when it is getting dark, as the atmosphere is more magical.

  8. Hello! My fiancé and I will be on our honeymoon in Europe, staying in Paris 12/19/22 through 12/23/22. We are wanting to do a day trip to Strasbourg on 12/21/22. Is this doable? I am having a hard time finding trains on this date! Also would love to know the best things to see if we only have one day there. Any advice/recommendations are appreciated! Thanks!

    • Hi Megan,

      I don’t know on which website you checked for trains, but there are trains almost once an hour during the whole day (see the official website of SNFC – France’s national railway company).

      The trip is doable of course, but I wouldn’t recommend it – you’ll spend between 3-4 hours travelling by train in total (and count another hour in Paris to get to the train station and back). If possible I’d recommend staying overnight in Strasbourg and taking a day trip to Colmar as well (both towns are magical). Still, this depends on how much you have in Paris – if this is your first time in Paris, maybe it will be better to take a day trip to Strasbourg and spend more time in the French capital.

      For the best things to see you can take a look at my article – how to spend one day in Strasbourg and choose according to your interests. Strasbourg Cathedral and La Petite France are must see. 🙂

      • Thank you for the reply! Unfortunately we are only in Paris for a few days but I feel like we have to take advantage of visiting Strasbourg right before Christmas even if just for the day 🙂 We were able to book our train using the link you provided – thanks! I will check our your article to plan our day!

  9. We are planning to travel to Strasbourg arriving December 28th till January 2nd. Are the decorations still on it is worth it to go for New Years Eve.?

    • Hi Gisela,
      the Christmas decoration is still on, however the Christmas market is closed. The atmosphere is very festive, but I haven’t been there for New Year’s Eve, so I am not sure if it’s worth it.

  10. Hi Milena –
    This article was incredibly helpful. Thank you. We will be in Strasbourg for two nights — December 12 and 13, staying at the Hannong. Where would you recommend we eat? We are more inclined to traditional than haute cuisine. Saw names of Chez Yvonne, Au Crocidle and Maison des Tanneurs. Thoughts on those an others appreciated. Thanks –


    • Hi Greg,

      I haven’t been to any of these restaurants, but I can recommend Aux Trois Chevaliers or La Corde à Linge for traditional cuisine. You can also take a look at these restaurants on Google maps for some reviews and photos of the food so that you can decide easier. 🙂

  11. Boa noite,

    Estarei indo de Paris para Colmar e Estrasburgo. Tenho do dia 22/12/2024 a 25/12/2024. Tenho 3 dias e 3 noites. Como dividir esses dias entre Colmar e Estrasburgo? Achei Colmar encantadora pelo relato do seu blog. Estou em dúvida se fico 2 dias e 2 noites em Colmar e 1 dia e 1 noite em Estrasburgo, ou se o contrário. Poderia me dar uma opinião? Obrigado

    • Hello Leandro,

      Colmar is more charming than Strasbourg, but it’s also much smaller, so you can fully explore it with an overnight stay. In contrast, Strasbourg requires two days due to its many Christmas markets and additional tourist attractions. I recommend spending two nights in Strasbourg (December 22 and 23), followed by one night in Colmar (December 24). Be sure to arrive in Colmar early on December 24, as the Christmas markets will close at 5 PM that day.

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