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COVID-19 update: The traditional Strasbourg Christmas market will not take place in its usual form in December 2020. The city will remain illuminated with the Christmas tree lit up in the city centre and artistic strolls, concerts and activities will continue

The Strasbourg Christams market in France is the oldest market in the country, dating back to 1570 so it’s no surprise that the city considers itself the capital of Christmas.

Every year, from the last week in November to the end of December, the town gets taken over by all things Christmassy. Shop windows are transformed into winter wonderlands and the streets are decorated with twinkling lights and festive garlands.

The Strasbourg Christmas market spreads out across the centre of the town, focused around Cathedral square and Place Broglie where hundreds of stalls sell ornaments, toys, food and mulled wine to keep you warm as you browse.

From St Pancras Int’l, with a quick change in Paris, Strasbourg Christmas market is the perfect destination for a bit of Christmas shopping. This year the market runs from 20 November to 30 December 2020, so get planning now.

Don't miss markets

The market is made up of smaller, individual markets in different squares and streets across the Grand Ile.


Christkindelsmärik: the main event, craftsmen demonstrate their skill and sell their wares on Place Broglie and around the Cathedral.

Small producers of Alsace market: Small local growers and producers set up their stalls in Place des Meuniers for this delightful market of Alsatian tastes and flavours.

Christmas treats market: food, wine and beer from local bakers, wine producers and brewers at Place du Marché-aux-poissons, around the Palais Rohan.

Children’s World: Place Saint Thomas, great for families.

Sharing village: charities and humanitarian organisations set up here to help those in need overlooked by the stunning 30-metre-high Christmas tree – Place Kléber.

Christmas food to try

Christmas is where Strasbourg’s cuisine really come into its own. Heavy, warming food is perfect for this time of year and the sugar hit will keep your energy high for hours of shopping in the different markets.

Street food to try from the stands:

Bretzels – soft, bready pretzels

Bredeles – delicious little spiced biscuits in the shape of stars

Knacks – sausages of all sizes and descriptions

Pain d’epices – ginger bread – like a more subtle, firmer version of ginger cake

Vin chaud – mulled wine perfumed with spices and fruit – yum!


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