PERIOD: from November 23 to 30 December 2018
PLACE: Strasbourg, France
You say Christmas and you think of Strasbourg. Like every year, starting from the end of November, the Alsatian city is transformed into a magical and suggestive place. A place where lights, colors, smells and flavors come together, creating a unique alchemy of its kind.
On the other hand, it is no coincidence that the city hosts the oldest Christmas market in all of Europe!
Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas.
A magical, extraordinary and warm place with a rich program of events. Extraordinary markets between art and regional and traditional craftsmanship; the best food and typical Alsatian Christmas decorations hosted in evocative places. And, again, Advent concerts, events, workshops for children.
Friday 23 November, appointment a Place Kléber for the Soirée de Lancement. In the central square, the heart of the city, Christmas is officially inaugurated with the lighting of the Christmas lights.
It is a truly exciting and evocative moment. For adults and children. To share with everyone.
The event is broadcast live on television on the issuer France3.
Many original, beautiful and evocative decorations characterize the streets, squares, houses and facades of the churches.
Porte de Lumiéres it's the gateway to ... magic. The luminous writing Strasbourg Capital de Nöel invites you to enter and experience this magic. The door is a splendid shining archway decorated in gold and white, between lights and stars and adorned with two Giant Bears.
Le Grand Sapin, that is, the Great Fir, represents the true symbol of Christmas Strasbourg. Always in the central Place Kléber, is located this majestic tree, originally from a state forest in Moselle. About 30 meters tall, sparkling and magically decorated. One of the most photographed protagonists. You can admire it until the 06 January 2019.
And, always the trees, they are protagonists in the squares of Strasbourg. L'Arbre Bleu, soul Place Gutenberg. Tall 10 meters, it is decorated all in blue, with a big illuminated Bear beside it: it is the children's favorite attraction.
L'Arbre de Cristal Blanc it is, instead, the protagonist of Place des Halles. High 12 meters, all sparkling with white, stands out for its beauty and elegance.
At the corner of the Grand Rue e Rue de Fossé des Tanneurs, you can admire the Luster Géant; a splendid sparkling light filled with shapes and details.
Photo, 2013 dierk schaefer
Over 300 exhibitors, distributed throughout the city center. The Christmas markets will certainly delight you with unique proposals for all tastes. You can range from regional crafts, Alsatian gastronomic specialties, wine, beer and much more.
The guide to the Christmas markets Strasbourg can not but start from Christkindelsmarik. Located at Place Broglie, it is the oldest flea market in Europe, founded in the distant 1570. You can unravel the various stands in search of unique and handmade products. The Union des Corporation artisanales du Bas-Rhin will guide you in discovering the Alsatian tradition and Strasbourg.
Photo of a ritual at the mythical arch, all lit up. The all-new 2018 version is bigger and brighter than the previous XUMUMX
The splendid complex of the Palais Rohan, is the setting for a truly unmissable market. The marché des délices de Noël, It is located Place du Marché-aux-poissons and at the Palais Rohan terrace. Gastronomy and culinary art are the protagonists of this market that hosts boulangers and great Vignerons of the Couronne d'Or. Alsatian and regional specialties and delicacies.
You can enjoy foie gras, and Choucroute (pork and sauerkraut dish), accompanied by excellent Alsatian white wine. Or, maybe, warm up with spicy hot wine. And, not to be missed, the legendary Bredle, an Alsatian Christmas biscuit. You will be spoiled for choice. We recommend reaching it for lunch or dinner.
Christmas is the right occasion to celebrate together; it is also a moment of solidarity towards the less fortunate. With these premises the Village du Partage, whose term means sharing, sharing. This market of Place Kléber, keeps alive the ancient tradition of the inhabitants of Strasbourg to leave gifts under the Christmas tree for the poor. About 100 non-profit associations, non-profit organizations and charitable organizations organize the big market whose proceeds are intended for charitable works. The flea market takes place around the Grand Sapin in Place Kléber.
Market located in the beautiful Place de la Cathédrale, very popular for the beautiful and evocative location. The marvelous Notre-Dame Cathedral dominates with its imposing silhouette. From 2016, a new and incredible lighting system creates truly unique and harmonious light effects.
Photo, 2015 Nicolas Vollmer
As usual, Strasbourg opens the door to another culture. Every year, a Place Gutenberg, a market is dedicated to a different nation. Iceland was the protagonist of the last edition. This year, spotlight on Finland, an incredibly magical land with strong traditions. Music and flavors from distant lands await you in the square, while, in the city, many events dedicated to the Scandinavian country.
Do not miss the 24 November 2018, at the 20: 30, at the Cathedral, the concert by Seeli TOIVIO. Even the Alsatian museum and the Cinema Odyssey open their doors to Finland.
A Christmas market, organized by small Alsatian producers, dedicated to typical Alsace products. It is found at Place des Meuniers.
Christmas is above all the party of the little ones. Christmas is seeing your children's eyes light up at the sight of a majestic tree; play and have fun together; skate on beautiful ice rinks, all lit up. Christmas Strasbourg offers a rich program of events, workshops for children.
TheATELIÉR DE NOËL to the'Aubette in Place Kléber, it's an appointment for the whole family. Games, shows and workshops and the possibility to create their own Christmas souvenirs. From the 14: 00 to the 19: 00. Also in Palce Kléber, the ADVENT CALENDAR and the GAME MUSEUM with Tomi Ungerer, they are unmissable events for the whole family.
Guided tours, walks, nativity scenes, boat trips, concerts, and much more, characterize Christmas Strasbourg.
Batorama offers fantastic cruises on the Ill to appreciate even more the magic and evocative charm of the city. You will see Strasbourg from another point of view. Departure near the Cathedral.
More info from here, on the official website.
I Advent concerts I am an appointment very felt by the citizens. Four concerts for four Sundays, within the suggestive Cathedral and Church of Saint Paul. Admission is free but limited to available seats. Anyone wishing to attend the Concert is invited to reach the place at least one hour in advance; otherwise you will risk staying out.
In the splendid Palais de Rohan, an evocative awaits you Living Nativity, in the company of real actors and animals. Not to be missed.
23 November, from 14: 00 to 20: 00.
From November 24 to December 30, open from Sunday to Thursday, from 11: 00 to 20: 00. Every Friday, opening from 11: 09 to 21: 00. Saturday, from 11: 00 to 22: 00
24 December, from 11: 00 to 18: 00.
I closed the 25 December.
Finding a structure in the center, during this period, is really difficult. Especially in case you want to spend a little. The city, however, is served by an excellent and efficient transport network. For this reason, you can find excellent quality / price opportunities not very far from the center.
We recommend booking a hotel in the Orangerie area and the business district. The best occasiomes mainly concern Studios and apartments. You can search for accommodation through this link.
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