Alsace is the homeland of Christmas. No wonder Christmas and December 26th are special days for families in our region. Everyone including chefs and staff from many restaurants are at home with their families. It can be difficult to find a restaurant open from December 24 to 26. It’s easier for New Year’s Eve. Another flexible and practical formula: takeaway your meals prepared by a caterer and you will only have to warm up. Further down are some ideas and good addresses. The update for Christmas 2018 / New Year 2019 is still in progress but the links and contacts you will find here will help you …
Order your Christmas meal at a caterer
If you are staying in a self-catering holiday home or apartment, you can of course organize your own meals independently. Be sure to plan your purchases before December 24th at noon. If you want to cook a goose (traditional Christmas meal in Alsace), a turkey or something special, it is wise to order in advance. However, unless cooking is a devouring passion for you, you may want to visit the Christmas markets instead of spending hours locked up in the kitchen?
In this case, order the main course or even a complete meal ready to a local caterer will be an interesting option. You just have to do the final preparation in your apartment. For those staying in one of our holiday apartments, here are some addresses between Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and Sélestat. The good professionals listed below are of course available to you throughout the year.
At the Marché de Riquewihr – 40 rue du General De Gaulle, Riquewihr.
Phone +33 389479172
They have 2 delicatessen groceries that our visitors know well, a few steps from our holiday apartments in Riquewihr, in the main street. Excellent foie gras, Alsatian charcuterie and cheese selection as well as most basic products. Open daily from 9:00 to 19:00 except December 24 and 31 until 16:00. Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
Traiteur (Catering) Deiber – 2 place Charles de Gaulle, 68630 Mittelwihr.
Phone +33 3 89 47 90 38
3 km from Riquewihr, a caterer who offers a wide variety of festive dishes for all tastes and all budgets. Order before December 19th for Christmas and before December 23rd for New Year’s Eve. Pick up when ready. Very convenient opening times, including the morning of Christmas and New Year’s Day! View and download their flyer with list of dishes, prices and hours of operation.
Boucherie (butcher) Koenig – 3, rue Sainte-Barbe, 67600 Sélestat.
Phone +33 3 88 92 11 91
Very high quality and well known butcher’s shop in the historic old town of Sélestat. Open December 24 and 31 until 16:00. Prepared dishes of good quality for the holidays. For the holidays, you better order before because Koenig butcher’s products are known and appreciated (regularly awarded and recommended by the well known food critic Gilles Pudlowski) and there is often a queue outside the shop. No website but their flyer will be available in early December.
Winstub Au Tire Bouchon (At the Corkscrew) and historic winery of Zimmer estate in Riquewihr.
The beautiful wine cellar of Régine Zimmer 42 rue du General de Gaulle, 68340 Riquewihr, in the main street, will welcome you until 18:00 on December 24 and 19:00 on December 31st. You will find high quality wines and especially a superb crémant Alsace Blanc de Noirs!
Latecomers who have no plans or those who have yet to shop for last minute can still try their luck with the big Cora hypermarket, Zone Commerciale Buhlfeld – 68025 HOUSSEN (north of Colmar).
Phone +33 3 89 21 15 15 – GPS coordinates: Lat. 48.1276774486 / Lon. 7.3669122209.
Open on December 24 from 08:00 to 17:30 and on December 31 from 08:30 to 17:30
Finally, think about the Christmas market of Riquewihr (open until 19:00) where several producers offer cold cuts, foie gras and quality cheeses.
Restaurants open for Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019 in the region of Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and Selestat
Every year the tourist office Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr compiles a valuable list of open establishments. If you are looking for a restaurant to enjoy a meal in Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and some other villages of the area during the end of the year, it is essential to book.
- Download here the 2018 opening schedule of Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr’s restaurants during the Christmas / New Year holidays.
- Download the 2018 opening schedule of COLMAR restaurants at Christmas
- Download the opening schedule of COLMAR restaurants for New Year 2019.
The published schedules are based on the information provided by the restaurants. Do not hesitate to call the restaurant directly.
Other useful links
Let yourself be drawn into this irresistible atmosphere and find the wonder of your childhood in Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr Country! Download the full program and calendar of Christmas events in the Pays de Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr by clicking hereafter.
Looking for a nice accommodation in Alsace?
This page is presented by Les Remparts de Riquewihr – holiday apartments created in a former historic winery facing the vineyards of Riquewihr, Alsace. If you favour an exceptional natural setting you will find it at the House of 4 Travellers in La Vancelle. Riquewihr and La Vancelle are a very convenient base to visit all of Alsace, the Vosges and even nearby, Germany and Switzerland.
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