My favorite Christmas markets

2021 will see the come back of the Christmas markets in Alsace!

Riquewihr and its Christmas market, overlooking the rue du General de Gaulle and the Dolder illuminated with a thousand lights. The magic of the Christmas atmosphere operates every year from the end of November to the beginning of January
Riquewihr and its Christmas market, overlooking the rue du General de Gaulle and the Dolder illuminated with a thousand lights. The magic of the Christmas atmosphere operates every year from the end of November to the beginning of January

The Christmas period in the Upper Rhine Valley begins every year on the first weekend and Sunday of Advent, more or less a month before Christmas and even from November 20 for some Christmas markets. A large number of Christmas events are organized throughout the region: Christmas markets, concerts, storytelling and nativity scenes.
In the Rhine area of the Upper Rhine, the cities of Colmar, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Obernai (Dec 20), Freiburg-im-Breisgau (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland) and Montbéliard will open their Christmas markets from the end of November 2021!

So here is a summary of my favorite Christmas markets and other Christmas themed events. They are listed by date and alphabetically by city and town. Scroll down to find yours … Please note that information is given as an indication, subject to modification depending on the health situation.


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Permanent Christmas markets and events in Nov-Dec 2021.

Some Christmas markets like those in Riquewihr, Colmar and Strasbourg are daily and permanent and last for several weeks. We advise you to visit them during the week, away from the crowds. Others only happen on a specific date. Here are some of the events that I particularly like. So that each visitor can plan their holidays accordingly, I have classified them according to the calendar, by week, or their frequency and in alphabetical order of the villages and villages that welcome them. All these events take place every year more or less in the same order.

BADEN-BADEN – Germany

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Baden-Baden Christmas Market, one of the best in all the Upper Rhine

Christkindelsmarkt
November 25, 2020 – January 6, 2022, daily from 11:00 to 21:00.
On NOV 25: solemn opening at 17:00; December 24 and 31 from 11:00 to 16:00.

Nestled at the foot of the Black Forest, about an hour and a half drive from the Colmar / Riquewihr region, the traditional Christkindelsmarkt, the « Jesus Children Market’s » of Baden-Baden, with its many attractions, transports you to a winter fairy tale: the scent of mulled wine and gingerbread accompanies you during your walk among more than 100 high quality stands in front of the casino and its gardens. Just off Christkindelsmarkt, boutiques and luxury shops connect with the historic Old Town, where shoppers can succumb to their favorite temptations. An excursion that is worth the trip.


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PRIVATE DAY-OUT IN ALSACE DURING CHRISTMAS TIME
Come with us and discover Baden-Baden Christmas Market and other places during this wonderful day-out
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BASEL – Switzerland

Basel Christmas market. Every year Basel, a major Swiss city on the border between Switzerland, France and Germany, presents a beautiful and high quality Christmas market. Easily accessible by train (avoid the use of a car).
Basel Christmas market. Every year Basel, a major Swiss city on the border between Switzerland, France and Germany, presents a beautiful and high quality Christmas market. Easily accessible by train (avoid the use of a car).

From 25 November to December 23, 2021. Every day 11:00 – 20:30

The Basler Weihnacht – the Basel Christmas market – is Switzerland’s largest Christmas market. It takes place at the two sites of Barfüsserplatz (Cordeliers Square) and Münsterplatz (Cathedral Square), in the heart of the Old Town. In a warm and magical atmosphere, traders and artisans from the region and from all over Switzerland offer their products and demonstrate their skills on 180 illuminated wooden stands and chalets. Every day from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The last day at Münsterplatz (cathedral) until 6:00 p.m. and on Barfüsserplatz until 8:00 p.m.
Do not go by car! Take the train from Strasbourg, Sélestat, Colmar, Mulhouse or Saint-Louis.

COLMAR

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Christmas market in Colmar, Alsace

Friday Nov 26, 2021 to Wednesday Dec 29, 2021

The city of Colmar holds the second largest Christmas market in France after Strasbourg. Opening festivities of Christmas in Colmar start on 26 of November 2021. In fact, in Colmar, there is not only one Christmas market! There are five Christmas markets with different historical contexts that await you in the old town center of this beautiful city of Colmar. Feel free to go there during the week and as early as the end of November. It will be less crowded and it will be more enjoyable. You will be able to see all things in detail without being jostled by the crowds that flock here on weekends.
See my article about the (previous) Christmas markets of Colmar

Download the Christmas entertainment program brochure in and around Colmar (Colmar, Kaysersberg, Munster, Neuf-Brisach, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Rouffach), with the routes and timetables of the shuttles. (French version, English translation will come soon)


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PHOTO TRIP IN COLMAR DURING CHRISTMAS TIME
Come with us and discover Colmar Christmas Market and take wonderful pictures with a professional and a local guide
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ECOMUSEE d’ALSACE – Alsace Living Museum 

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Alsatian Living Museum in Ungersheim.

Every day from November 27, 2021 to January 2, 2022 (10:30 to 18:30) – Closed on Mondays

The Living Museum of Alsace is located in Ungersheim between Colmar and Mulhouse. It is a complete village built with historical houses rescued over years everywhere in Alsace. Secrets for an authentic Christmas is a collection of exhibitions, storytelling, guided tours, etc. that take place every day from November 27 to January 2. A must see not to be missed!


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PRIVATE DAY-OUT IN ALSACE DURING CHRISTMAS TIME
Come with us and discover the Alsatian living Museum and other places during this wonderful day-out
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EGUISHEIM

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Friday, Nov 26 – Dec 23 from 9:00 to 19:00 – Saturdays until 20:00.

Eguisheim is another beautiful medieval village on the Alsace wine route, a half-hour drive of Riquewihr. Beautiful Christmas market with a different theme each week.

Download the Christmas entertainment program brochure in and around Colmar (Colmar, Kaysersberg, Munster, Neuf-Brisach, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Rouffach), with the routes and timetables of the shuttles. (French version, English translation will come soon)


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PHOTO TRIP IN EGUISHEIM DURING CHRISTMAS TIME
Come with us and discover Eguisheim Christmas Market and take wonderful pictures with a professional and a local guide
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FREIBURG im BREISGAU (Germany)

Christmas market in Freiburg in Germany.
Christmas market in Freiburg in Germany.

Nov 18 – Dec 23, 2021. Mon-Sat 10:00 am – 8:30 pm, Sun 11:30 am – 7:30 pm.

Located in the very heart of Freiburg’s beautiful old historical quarter, the Freiburg Christmas Market is held on the Rathausplatz, the Franziskanerstraße, the Unterlindenplatz and on the Kartoffelmarkt.

Christmas market closed on Sunday November 21.


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PRIVATE DAY-OUT IN ALSACE DURING CHRISTMAS TIME
Come with us and discover Gengenbach Christmas Market and other places during this wonderful day-out
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GENGENBACH (Germany) – The giant Advent Calendar

Christmas market (Adventsmarkt) in Gengenbach in Germany. In the background, the town hall transformed into a giant Advent calendar.
Christmas market (Adventsmarkt) in Gengenbach in Germany. In the background, the town hall transformed into a giant Advent calendar.

30 November 2020 – Dec, 23. Monday to Friday from 14:00 – 20:00, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 20:00

Gengenbach is a beautiful historic town on the German side of the Rhine, some 40 kilometers south-east of Strasbourg. Gengenbach is twinned with the Alsatian town of Obernai. You can see a lot of old romantic wooden frame houses, in fact, very similar to traditional Alsatian houses. The Christmas market begins on November 27 and from November 30, every evening, the magnificent 200-year-old Town Hall facade comes to life in a different way with the opening ceremony of a new window. of the Advent calendar (Adventskalender). This happens every day at exactly 6 p.m. During Advent, the Christmas market is open until 8:00 p.m. The giant calendar remains illuminated until December 6, the date of Epiphany.
See our report and pictures of Gengenbach.


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MEISENTHAL – The Craddle of the Christmas bauble.

Take home your own original Christmas baubles from Meisenthal
Take home your own original Christmas baubles from Meisenthal

From Friday, November 11 to December 29 2021. Every day 14:00 – 18:00 except Mondays. Closed Dec 24-25.

Glass has been produced in Meisenthal since the early 18th century, and since the 19th century Christmas decorations from Meisenthal were famous. They say the Christmas baubles hanging in the Christmas firs were first invented and created there. It is possible to watch glassblowers in their activity of glassblowing, especially during the holiday season, when they make thousands of Christmas baubles in the old traditional and artisanal way. Take some home to decorate your own Christmas fir!
See our report and pictures about Meisenthal glass factory and Christmas baubles.

A drive to Meisenthal is to combine with a visit to the Cristalleries Royales de Saint-Louis (nearby) and the beautiful Musée Lalique, 40 Rue du Hochberg, 67290 Wingen-sur-Moder. In December, end the day on your way back with a stop at the Christmas market of Strasbourg.

MONTBELIARD

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From Nov 27, 2021 to Dec 28, 2021. Every day.

Did you know that Montbeliard and Riquewihr once had, for 400 years, a common destiny? From the fourteenth century until the Revolution, the seigneury of Riquewihr belonged to the counts of Wurtemberg who administered their property from the castle of Montbeliard. Just an hour’s drive from Riquewihr, the Montbéliard Christmas market, organized around the Saint Martin temple (the oldest Lutheran place of worship in France) is magnificent.

MULHOUSE

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Mulhouse Christmas market and Christmas Fabric.

From Nov 24, 2021 to Dec 27, 2020Every day from 10:00 to 20:00, closed Dec 25. DEC 26 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. and DEC 27 from 10:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

A wonderful Alsatian Christmas market beautifully decorated in the heart of the historic center of Mulhouse. This Christmas market has an outstanding feature: the Christmas Fabric, a fabric created each year for the occasion and which refers to the rich industrial and artistic past of Mulhouse on weaving.


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PRIVATE DAY-OUT IN ALSACE DURING CHRISTMAS TIME
Come with us and discover Mulhouse Christmas Market and other places during this wonderful day-out
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OBERNAI

The big tree at the Christmas market in Obernai, Alsace at the foot of Mont Saint-Odile.
The big tree at the Christmas market in Obernai, Alsace at the foot of Mont Saint-Odile.

From Saturday 20/11/2021 to Sunday 02/01/2022, from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 19:00, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 20:00. Except: 24 and 31/12 from 10:00 to 16:00; 12/26 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day 12/25. January 1 and 2: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Christmas market is again held in the city center.

Obernai is another beautiful medieval city of Alsace. The thirty wooden chalets of the “Christmas Gastronomy in Alsace” Market invite you in an enchanting setting between scents of gingerbread and mulled wine scent to fill your baskets of local produce and crafts gifts.

RIQUEWIHR

Riquewihr and its Christmas market, overlooking the rue du General de Gaulle and the Dolder illuminated with a thousand lights. The magic of the Christmas atmosphere operates every year from the end of November to the beginning of January
Riquewihr and its Christmas market, overlooking the rue du General de Gaulle and the Dolder illuminated with a thousand lights. The magic of the Christmas atmosphere operates every year from the end of November to the beginning of January

From Saturday 27/11/2021 to Wednesday 22/12/2021.
Inauguration on Friday 26/11/2020 at the end of the afternoon.

Riquewihr is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Enjoy a traditional Christmas market with musicians and street performers in a world-famous historical and architectural setting. The whole village of Riquewihr is celebrating. It really is a fairytale vibe. For those in the know, the inauguration takes place on Friday, November 26 at the end of the afternoon and the Christmas market chalets will be open from then on.

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In Riquewihr, there are also several private Christmas markets organized in house courtyards. These markets are expected to remain in place until the end of December. Christmas atmosphere in place until the first days of January.

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Download the Christmas entertainment program brochure in and around Colmar (Colmar, Kaysersberg, Munster, Neuf-Brisach, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Rouffach), with the routes and timetables of the shuttles. (French version, English translation will come soon)


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PHOTO TRIP IN RIQUEWIHR DURING CHRISTMAS TIME
Come with us and discover Riquewihr Christmas Market and take wonderful pictures with a professional and a local guide
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SELESTAT- historical cradle of the Christmas fir

Selestat in Alsace, hometown of the Christmas tree deserves a visit in any season but especially during the Christmas period, from end of November to beginning of January.
Selestat in Alsace, hometown of the Christmas tree deserves a visit in any season but especially during the Christmas period, from end of November to beginning of January.

From Friday 11/26/2021 to Thursday 12/30/2021, Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Exceptional closing at 4 p.m. on 12/24. Closed on 12/25. Sunday 12/26: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sélestat remains a city a little unknown to tourists. Perhaps because they often go on the motorway from Strasbourg to Colmar without thinking about stopping in Sélestat. What a pity ! Sélestat is a pretty town with a rich historical and architectural heritage. The Christmas entertainment is beautiful and neat. It is also the historical birthplace of the Christmas tree, the oldest written mention of which dates back to 1521 (500 years this year 2021!). The Christmas tree is presented there every year through an exhibition that traces its decorations through the ages (beautiful exhibition in Saint-Georges Church, until January 5, 2021). In short, a visit to Sélestat is essential for all those who wish to think outside the box with a high quality approach. From late November to Epiphany, many events and exhibitions including the Christmas village (chalets) which ends for the first time at the end of December.
See our dedicated page with pictures and practical hints and tips.

The city's account book kept in the municipal archives is presented to the Humanist Library of Sélestat during the Christmas festivities. It dates back to the year 1521. It contains the first written reference to the Christmas tree known in the world: "4 Schillings to pay the ranger to monitor the Christmas trees from the St. Thomas". Other documents of the 16th century are also presented and specify that a punishment will be imposed on whoever will be taken to cut Christmas trees (deliberation of the magistrates of the city of Sélestat dated December 17, 1555) and even a description on the way of decorating the Christmas trees of the city of Sélestat (Balthasar Beck, butler and master of ceremonies, 1600).
The city’s account book kept in the municipal archives is presented to the Humanist Library of Sélestat during the Christmas festivities. It dates back to the year 1521. It contains the first written reference to the Christmas tree known in the world: “4 Schillings to pay the ranger to monitor the Christmas trees from the St. Thomas”. Other documents of the 16th century are also presented and specify that a punishment will be imposed on whoever will be taken to cut Christmas trees (deliberation of the magistrates of the city of Sélestat dated December 17, 1555) and even a description on the way of decorating the Christmas trees of the city of Sélestat (Balthasar Beck, butler and master of ceremonies, 1600).

STRASBOURG

The Christmas market near the cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace, dates back to 1570.
The Christmas market near the cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace, dates back to 1570.

From 26 November to 26 December 2021 : Christmas market every day from 10:00 to 20:00 (until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays). December 24: 10:00 to 18:00.

Strasbourg is the Christmas capital of the world. The entire historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms the backdrop for the many Christmas markets scattered throughout the city. Besides the 300 wooden chalets of several Christmas markets, scenery and Christmas lights, the decorations are absolutely stunning. Place de la Cathédrale, Place Broglie, since 2016 Place du Château (south side of the cathedral), Esplanade of the Château des Rohan and many other places. Be careful, do not venture into Strasbourg by car on weekends during the Christmas market period. The Big Island where the Christmas markets take place is closed to car traffic. Your nerves and your mood would take a serious hit and you would be solely responsible :-). I know, I’m rambling: go on weekdays. And absolutely prefer public transport.
See our dedicated page with pictures and important practical hints and tips.


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PRIVATE DAY-OUT IN ALSACE DURING CHRISTMAS TIME
Come with us and discover Strasbourg Christmas Market and other places during this wonderful day-out
Click here to see the program


THANN

Representation of a Christmas tale on the forecourt of the collegiate St-Thiébaut in Thann at the time of Advent.
Representation of a Christmas tale on the forecourt of the collegiate St-Thiébaut in Thann at the time of Advent.

Friday, Nov 26 to Friday, Dec 24, 2021. 

Thann is a little Alsatian city nested in a narrow valley near Mulhouse. It is famous for it incredible wine (on the Rangen hill) and for its beautiful church (Collégiale St-Thiébaut). Enter the magic of Christmas on the theme of White Christmas and discover the Christmas market around the Collegiate Church nestled in the heart of a decorated forest of firs. In the Middle Ages, during the Advent time before Christmas, holy tales and stories were played in front of churches. So it is in Thann on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

First weekend of Advent (Nov 26 + Nov 28, 2021)

All permanent Christmas markets listed at the top of this page plus all events related to St Nicholas’s Day. As I was a child St Nicholas’s Day was a major event. It is still like that in Alsace. Do not miss the St Nicholas’s Parade in Sélestat (see below).

BURKHEIM AM KAISERSTUHL (Germany)

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Enjoy the heat of the fire in front of the castle of Burkheim a charming village just across the border.

From Friday November 26 to Sunday November 28.
Friday: 16:00 – 21:00; Saturday: 14:00 –  21:00; Sunday 11:00 – 19:00

A beautiful Christmas market just across the Rhine. It always takes place the weekend of December 1st. Warm atmosphere in the alleys of Burkheim, we light fires to warm up, we drink a good mulled wine from the local cooperative, we even taste the Sekt (local sparkling wine like Crémant in Alsace) in real beautiful glass not in plastic! Park your car at the bottom of the rampart and climb into this pretty little fortified place to live Christmas.


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Second weekend of Advent (Dec 03-05, 2021)

This second weekend of Advent, the choice will become even more difficult as there are so many beautiful events to attend. I am afraid you will need several years to get it all done!

RIBEAUVILLE

Dec 4-5 and 11-12, 2021. Saturday 10:00-19:00 and Sunday 10:00-18:00.

A well known and spectacular Christmas event. Everything as it might have been in the Middle Ages.
With dances, costumes and colourful characters. See the video (2019) …

Download the Christmas entertainment program brochure in and around Colmar (Colmar, Kaysersberg, Munster, Neuf-Brisach, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Rouffach), with the routes and timetables of the shuttles. (French version, English translation will come soon)

SELESTAT Procession of Saint-Nicholas

December 6, 2020 from 15:30

Always a very spectacular event in the city center (be there before the hour, well before 3:00 PM). Visit of the Christmas market, welcome of children by the patron saint of schoolchildren and distribution of sweets and hot chocolates to good children.

Third weekend of Advent (Dec 11-13, 2020)

See also the permanent markets: Strasbourg, Riquewihr, Colmar, Mulhouse or Altkirch as well as the Christmas markets held on weekends only like Kaysersberg.

BERGHEIM

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Naive but beautiful Nativity scene displayed behind a window in Bergheim Alsace

Friday 10/12 from 16:00 to 21:00, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12/12 from 10:00 to 20:00.

Bergheim is another beautiful village on the wine route close to Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr. Combining tradition and creativity, this Christmas market will delight you with its warm and authentic atmosphere in the heart of the walled city of Bergheim. Also do not miss the beautiful exhibition of Nativity Scenes.

Download the Christmas entertainment program brochure in and around Colmar (Colmar, Kaysersberg, Munster, Neuf-Brisach, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Rouffach), with the routes and timetables of the shuttles. (French version, English translation will come soon)

BLACK FOREST OPEN AIR MUSEUM in GUTACH (Germany)

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Gutach Black Forest open air farm museum – White Christmas market in 2012, a very special atmosphere.

Friday, December 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday 11 from 1 to 9 p.m .; Sunday 12/12/2021 from 11 am to 7 pm.

The Black Forest open air museum is normally closed in winter, but every year in mid-December it reopens for a special Christmas Market weekend. A very special place with a different atmosphere. A few years ago, snow covered the countryside and the museum’s old farms. The atmosphere was particularly romantic. See our report and pictures about a previous Christmas market at the Gutach Black Forest Living Museum.

BOUXWILLER (Bas-Rhin) 

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Bouxwiller Christmas market. Here some beautiful Nativity Scenes created locally are for sale at a very reasonable price.

Friday December 10 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

Bouxwiller is a pretty Alsatian village of the Kochersberg, a small region between Saverne and Haguenau, famous for its preserved colorful traditions and painted Alsatian pine furniture. Every year in mid-December during a single weekend, stands a large Christmas market with nearly 150 exhibitors. Many of them offer delicious local produce, wines and gastronomic specialties, but also crafts, Nativity scenes and other Christmas decorations manufactured in Alsace. There are always lots of people, mostly locals who like to meet here. An authentic Christmas market off the beaten track.

NEUF BRISACH 

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Friday 10/12 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 11/12 from 10:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 12/12 from 10:00 to 18:30.

Neuf-Brisach stronghold is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. They present live Christmas traditions at the time of Vauban, the famous architect who built the stronghold in the 17th Century. Exhibitors and extras in period costumes, old trades, tavern, boar on the spit, farm animals … back in time with the Christmas Market as it was in the years 1700!

Download the Christmas entertainment program brochure in and around Colmar (Colmar, Kaysersberg, Munster, Neuf-Brisach, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Rouffach), with the routes and timetables of the shuttles. (French version, English translation will come soon)

ORSCHWILLER – 2021

Orschwiller Christmas Market with view on Haut-Koenigsbourg castle.
Orschwiller Christmas Market with view on Haut-Koenigsbourg castle.

Friday 10/12 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., Saturday 11/12 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. and Sunday 12/12 from 10:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The «Authentique Village de Noël» (Authentic Christmas village) is an event that takes place every 2 years. Next time will be Dec 2021. Orschwiller is a small village on the Alsace wine route at the foot of Haut-Koenigsbourg. Family atmosphere of religious and popular tradition of the Nativity. Lively village, decorated and illuminated with passion by associations and residents. Enjoy an evening of lights and emotions. A beautiful moment indeed …

OTTMARSHEIM 

Christmas time in Ottmarsheim, Alsace
Christmas market in Ottmarsheim near Mulhouse, Alsace.

Friday December 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Unique in France, the Christmas market of Ottmarsheim owes its originality and success to the fact that museums come to exhibit and sell the products of their shops in addition to high quality artists who are also invited. Entertainment, strolling, concerts, storytelling … And last but not least, part of the celebration, one of the most original and beautiful medieval churches in Alsace on site hosts concerts and storytelling. Snacks by village associations.

RIBEAUVILLE

Saturday DEC 11, 10:00-19:00 and Sunday DEC 12, 10:00-18:00.

A well known and spectacular Christmas event. Everything as it might have been in the Middle Ages.
With dances, costumes and colourful characters … Have a look at the video (2019).

Third Advent weekend, December 17-19, 2021

See my section “Permanent Christmas markets” as well as the Christmas markets which take place on weekends with a special mention for the event below which takes place on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

Download the Christmas entertainment program brochure in and around Colmar (Colmar, Kaysersberg, Munster, Neuf-Brisach, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Rouffach), with the routes and timetables of the shuttles. (French version, English translation will come soon)

WISSEMBOURG

A spectacular show ends the Night Parade of Hans Trapp and Christkindel in Wissembourg, Alsace.
A spectacular show ends the Night Parade of Hans Trapp and Christkindel in Wissembourg, Alsace.

Sunday, December 19, 2021 – 17:00

Wissembourg is just at the north end of Alsace. From Riquewihr or La Vancelle, it takes a good hour and a half drive (highway). The Christmas market in Wissembourg is held every weekend from end of November. But if you are looking for a different event, then spend the afternoon of December 20 with a trip to Wissembourg. You will participate in the torchlight procession around Christkindel and Hans Trapp (two typical Alsatian tale characters of the Christmas time) and discover this great magical event taking place in Wissembourg only.

Christmas markets happening on several weekends in December

KAYSERSBERG

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Kaysersberg, a weekend evening in December. Kaysersberg, a few kilometers from Colmar and Riquewihr, offers a wonderful Christmas market every year.
From 11/26/21 to 12/21/21 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00, every day from 17 to 21/12.

The medieval town of Kaysersberg, protected by the shadow of the ruins of its castle, invites you to an enchanting ride in the heart of a picturesque and authentic 17th century city … A wonderful moment guaranteed for young and old!

Download the Christmas entertainment program brochure in and around Colmar (Colmar, Kaysersberg, Munster, Neuf-Brisach, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Rouffach), with the routes and timetables of the shuttles. (French version, English translation will come soon)

MUNSTER

Friday (4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.) from Saturday 19/11/21 to Sunday 12/12/2021 then every days from 17 to 24/12/2021.

Munster is the main town of the Munster Valley, known for its famous fragrant cheese of the same name. Christmas market and attractions on the theme of bredele, famous Christmas cakes made by all Alsatians during Christmas time. On certain dates, the famous Bredele clothing workshops. Horse-drawn carriage rides and other fun events.

Download the Christmas entertainment program brochure in and around Colmar (Colmar, Kaysersberg, Munster, Neuf-Brisach, Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Rouffach), with the routes and timetables of the shuttles. (French version, English translation will come soon)

ROSHEIM

Christmas lights and market in the romanesque city of Rosheim, Alsace
Christmas lights and market in the romanesque city of Rosheim, Alsace.
Every weekend in December.

From 12/03/21 to 12/19/21 every Saturday (1600 – 20:00) and Sunday (15:00 – 19:00).

Rosheim is a pretty little medieval city near Obernai and the Mount St Odile monastry. Rosheim has a unique old medieval church where you will see a great Nativity scene. Beautiful Christmas light shows after sunset.

TURCKHEIM 

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Friday 26/11 to Thursday 16/12/2021. From Monday to Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from Friday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (closed on Sunday). From 12/17 to 12/23, Monday to Saturday (10:00 am – 7:00 pm). 24/12 (10:00 – 18:00). From 12/27 to Thursday 12/30 (10:00 – 19:00). 

Turckheim celebrates Christmas every year, with the Christmas ceremonial of the Advent calendar … Not to mention his famous night watchman in his traditional costume. You are invited to go with him in his nocturnal round. He will tell the story of the city of Turckheim while punctuating the route of anecdotes and Alsatian songs. The night watchman’s round starts at 22:00 in front of the city hall.

Christmas markets continue even after December 25

After Christmas Day on December 25, the mood remains at its peak in the Upper Rhine Valley until Epiphany on January 6. Visit the Baden-Baden Christmas markets until 6/01; Colmar until 12/29; the Alsace Ecomuseum until 02/01; Eguisheim until 12/30; Munster until 12/31; Obernai until 12/31; Strasbourg until 12/30; Selestat until 05/01. Some spectacular events also take place around this time, such as the Schauenberg torchlight procession.

SCHAUENBERG TORCHLIGHT RETREAT

The torchlight retreat to Notre-Dame du Schauenberg in Alsace takes place every year on December 28 from the village of Pfaffenheim. This is a very old custom that dates back to the 17th century.
Meet in front of Pfaffenheim town hall at 6 p.m. at the latest. We buy the torches on site.

MY TRAIL OF CRECHES (update 2021 / 22 to come)

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Nativity scene of the Saint-Antoine church in Sélestat. Wild animals have their place: you have to linger in front of this huge nursery to see badgers, foxes, raptors and passerines, ducks (and even a peacock), squirrels …

January is the month of nurseries. Christmas is the starting point and Epiphany, January 6 with the arrival of the Magi, a moment of magic that extends until early February. Tradition has it that the cribs in the churches are exposed until the Candlemas (February 2), 40 days after Christmas, commemorative day of the presentation of Jesus to the temple and blessing candles. This is still often the case for our greatest happiness because some crèches are real works of art, sometimes monumental, which deserve your visit. If you are interested in the subject, discover my article with pictures and presentation of the most beautiful crèches in the Upper Rhine Valley. (page in French, active automatic translation)

Stay in a beautiful accommodation with a festive Christmas atmosphere

To make your visit in Alsace a memorable one, stay at les Remparts Riquewihr in one of our new holiday apartments, set in a historic winery facing the vineyards of Riquewihr.

We also have a holiday home in the beautiful mountain village of La Vancelle. La Vancelle is a haven in a prime location opposite the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg. It is away from the noise and bustle but easily accessible in all seasons.

Riquewihr and Vancelle are very practical bases for visiting and touring throughout Alsace, Vosges and even nearby Germany and Switzerland.

Our White Stork luxury apartment in Riquewihr. From mid-November to mid-January, all our apartments, small or large, have their own Christmas tree.
Our White Stork luxury apartment in Riquewihr. From mid-November to mid-January, all our apartments, small or large, have their own Christmas tree.