Discover the famous Christmas markets of Alsace with a local guide and professional photographer!
The Upper Rhine Valley is homeland to Christmas
Eating out at Christmas & New Year
Ideas for your Christmas lunch 2019 and New Year’s Eve in Alsace, around Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé, Colmar and Selestat.
Colmar, Christmas markets 2018: a small picture gallery of the inauguration!
Colmar Christmas markets started on November 23, 2018. See our picture gallery.
Christmas markets start now!
In our Upper Rhine valley, cities of Colmar, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Freiburg-im-Breisgau (Germany), Basel (Switzerland) and Thann, are opening their Christmas Markets on November 23-24, 2018!
Eating out in Riquewihr & Ribeauvillé at Christmas or New Year
Eating out at Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019 in Alsace. Practical info and addresses.
The beautiful and real story of the Christmas tree
The fir has long been the symbol of Christmas in Christian homes. A well-established tradition in Alsace for over 5 centuries, the Christmas tree would have crossed the blue line of the Vosges mountains to conquer French families only after the 1870s. At the heart of Alsace and the Rhine valley, the beautiful town of…
Meisenthal glass factory, craddle of the Christmas bauble
Further north of the Vosges mountains, at the edge of Alsace and Lorraine, there are several villages (St-Louis, Lemberg, Goetzenbruck, Soucht and Meisenthal) which had long specialized in producing glass and crystal ware. The village of Meisenthal is famous for its Centre International d’Art Verrier (CIAV; international center for studio glass). Glass has been produced…
5 Christmas markets are awaiting you in Colmar!
The Christmas markets 2018 will start officially in Colmar Nov. 23, 2018 and will welcome you every day until late December, 31. Colmar is located in the very center of Alsace, a mere 10 kilometers away from the Alsace wine hills. Colmar and its surroundings has a sunny microclimate and is the second driest city…
My favorite Christmas markets in Alsace, nearby Germany and Switzerland
For accurate information / dates click here and check the following page we are updating every year. The Christmas period in the upper Rhine valley starts every year with the first weekend and Sunday of Advent, more or less one month before Christmas. A lot – a big lot of Christmas events are organized all…
Christmas market magic in Riquewihr – 2014 update
You may probably find it a bit strange to see a post about Christmas be published in the middle of the Summer? Actually we are just a little more than 100 days away from the earliest Christmas markets in Alsace (Colmar is starting on Nov 21, 2014). And waiting for a last minute opportunity for…
We wish you a Merry Christmas
In Alsace and in the Upper Rhine valley, Christmas always had a special meaning. In our agitated world some thoughts about peace, love, looking out for anyone needing help or being alone are still of some genuine significance here around. To all of you I send my very sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas!
Christmas atmosphere in Obernai and Mount Sainte-Odile region
Less than an hour drive from Riquewihr or Colmar, heading north towards Strasbourg the monastry of Sainte-Odile is set on the Vosges mountains overlooking the little medieval city of Obernai. Together with a couple of lovely villages as Rosheim and Boersch, this is another place to visit for a different day out, especially during the…