The magic of Christmas comes again to seize Colmar for 5 weeks! All year long, the historic city of Colmar is a jewel that I like to visit regularly, just minutes from “my” Riquewihr. But when comes the end of the year and the time of the Christmas markets, I do not resist the cocktail of romance, history and small lights. No, I’m not ashamed to fall back to childhood.

And there was light !

Appointment was given in the public garden next to the Unterlinden museum. The little Alsatian girls arrived first. How cute in their traditional costume! A little intimidated but delighted. The elected representatives and other VIPs arrived for 3 brief introductory sentences before pulling the cord. And presto, the light was! Now five weeks of Christmas magic await us. Follow us for a quick walk in pictures. We will come back in more detail on the 6 Christmas markets in Colmar in the coming days and weeks.

How cute are our Alsatian girls in traditional dress! A little intimidated but delighted.
How cute are our Alsatian girls in traditional dress! A little intimidated but delighted. They will accompany the highlight of the Christmas markets in Colmar.
Inauguration of the Christmas Markets in Colmar, November 23, 2018 at 6 pm in front of the Unterlinden Museum.
Inauguration of the Christmas Markets in Colmar, November 23, 2018 at 6 pm in front of the Unterlinden Museum. The hands of the notables, Gilbert Meyer, mayor of Colmar and Laurent Touvet, prefect of the Haut-Rhin county, draw on the cord and Christmas light takes over the city under the delighted eye of Brigitte Klinkert, President of the Council of Haut-Rhin.

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Colmar romantic city at Christmas time.
And here we are immersed in the wonderful world of Christmas markets in Colmar, approaching the church of the Dominicans and its illuminated and multicolored stained glass windows.
The children found Santa Claus hidden in his store of gifts.
The children found Santa Claus hidden in his store of gifts.
Everyone shares his joy of being there. Colmar, Place des Dominicains, November 23, 2018.
Everyone shares his joy of being there. Colmar, Place des Dominicains, November 23, 2018.
Colmar romantic city at Christmas time. On the way to the Koïfhus, the old medieval building of customs..
Colmar romantic city at Christmas time.
On the way to the Koïfhus, the OldCustoms.
Colmar, medieval romantic city at Christmas time. Old Customs Square (Koïfhus).
Colmar, medieval romantic city at Christmas time. Old Customs Square (Koïfhus).
Family of Italian tourists visiting Colmar. they are delighted to be in Colmar for the Christmas markets.
Family of Italian tourists visiting Colmar. They are delighted to be in Colmar for the Christmas markets. Old Customs Square (Koïfhus).
La rue des Marchands viewed from the
La rue des Marchands (Merchants street) viewed from the “Koïfhus” (Old Customs).
Hams and sausages, local products at the Christmas market of Koïfhus in Colmar.
Hams and sausages, local products at the Christmas market of the Old Customs (Koïfhus) in Colmar.
Chalet of the Craft Brewery of the Vineyard (Riquewihr)
Chalet of the Brasserie du Vignoble (Craft Brewery of the Vineyard) of Riquewihr at the Christmas market of Colmar. In Alsace, we have great wines but also great beers 😉
Houses in the historic heart of Colmar have donned their Christmas ornaments.
Houses in the historic heart of Colmar have displayed their Christmas ornaments. Looks like gingerbread houses!

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New in 2018: At the foot of the Saint-Martin cathedral, a 6th Christmas market in Colmar dedicated to gastronomy.
New in 2018: At the foot of the Saint-Martin cathedral, a 6th Christmas market in Colmar dedicated to gastronomy.
New in 2018: At the foot of the Saint-Martin cathedral, a 6th Christmas market in Colmar dedicated to gastronomy.
New in 2018: At the foot of the Saint-Martin cathedral, a 6th Christmas market in Colmar dedicated to gastronomy. We start of course with oysters and snails!
The 6th Christmas market in Colmar dedicated to gastronomy
At the 6th Christmas market in Colmar dedicated to gastronomy, our friend Joseph Leiser, well-known chef at the Auberge du Zahnacker in Ribeauvillé, lets us taste his perfect egg Alsace, chanterelles and parmesan cream served with basmati rice, accompanied by a great wine from the cellar of Ribeauvillé.

Good to know

Colmar Christmas Markets

From November 23 to December 30, 2018

Friday, November 23: opening at 10am
Monday to Thursday: 10:00 to 19:00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 to 20:00
24.12: opening from 10:00 to 17:00
25.12: opening from 14:00 to 19:00

Magic of the decoration of a chalet in the Christmas market of Colmar.
Magic decoration of a chalet at the Christmas market of Colmar. A treat for adults and children.

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From the small studio to the large luxury apartment, the Remparts de Riquewihr offer 14 charming holiday apartments superbly located to discover all of the best Christmas markets in Alsace and also in neighbouring Germany and Switzerland. Click to visit our apartments