If the scent of mulled wine, the sight of little elves, and the caress of the fresh wind light you up like a string of Christmas lights, then it's towards Strasbourg that you should steer your sleigh at the end of the year! Elected as the Christmas Capital by some two million annual visitors, the European Capital offers Europe's most enchanting Christmas market, perhaps even in the world! In a snow globe-like setting, Strasbourg revives the spirit of Christmas and preserves traditions, while giving them a twist... To be experienced with friends or family, a getaway to Strasbourg's Christmas market guarantees a full belly, a sack filled with gifts, and eyes filled with memories! This year, discover the famous Christmas market from November 24 to December 24.
If Strasbourg's Christmas market enjoys such a reputation, it's undoubtedly because it's not new to the scene! Initiated in 1570, in a medieval setting that is still relevant today, the first Christkindelsmärik, which lasted only 3 days, was modest but equally festive. At the time, it was already on Place Broglie, the epicenter of the Christmas Capital, that residents stocked up for the festivities.
Today, the spirit of Christmas has spread throughout the metropolis, offering a more enchanting spectacle each year. On Grande-Île, no less than 11 Christmas markets follow one another in a procession of majestic illuminations and tempting scents. With around 300 chalets scattered between Broglie, Cathedral, Castle, Grimmeissen, Kléber, and Gutenberg squares, you won't find a better route than Strasbourg's Christmas market to explore the city. A perfect excuse to treat yourself to new reindeer fur socks made in the North Pole!
Before succumbing to the call of a joyful elf, head straight to the foot of the Great Tree to check if they're already waiting for you there! In the worst case, you'll be simply astonished to discover this conifer with record-breaking dimensions. Standing at 30 meters tall and 60 years old, this dream catalyst, weighing more than 6 tons, is adorned with 7 kilometers of garlands, 300 angels, and thousands of twinkling lights. An achievement you won't be replicating in your living room!
But the magic doesn't stop there! Following the Promenade des Étoiles, as ecstatic as it is romantic, you'll be charmed by the breathtaking view of the Palais Rohan and its luminous attire. On Rue des Tonneliers, 22 suspended barrels set the tone for your next stop. After the Forest of Giant Trees, you'll park your reindeer for a gourmet break. Pretzels, sauerkraut, Flammekueche, sausages, gingerbread, cream puffs, beignets, and of course, mulled wine. You'll leave these Winstubs fuller than your gift list!
To digest, a walk through the heart of craftsmanship is essential. While it's hard to resist the call of a new Christmas decoration or a delicious Advent wreath, it's also an opportunity to find lovely gift ideas inspired by local craftsmanship. From wooden toys of our childhood to the renowned Alsace wines, you have VIP access to Santa's selection and a unique opportunity to please your in-laws for the year ahead!
At the heart of this immersion in the holiday spirit, a special mention goes to the "Marché Off," a perfect balance between tradition and modernity. Ideal for earning brownie points with those who haven't been on their best behavior, it allows you to make a good deed by opting for an ethical and sustainable gift. Here, the spirit of Christmas advocates for a bag in the colors of organic, recycling, and fair trade. Values that we also share in our Campanile hotels and restaurants!
Do you have the urge to play hide-and-seek with Mother Christmas in the middle of this joyful chaos? Take advantage of our Promolidays to plan a discovery stay at the Strasbourg Christmas market! Between December 15, 2023, and January 15, 2024, we offer you a 20% discount on your reservation with the Christmas Magic Days offer. The only prerequisite is to remember to pack a warm hat and cozy mittens in your suitcase!
Less than 5 kilometers from the center, Campanile Strasbourg Lingolsheim welcomes you in a simple and minimalist decor, offering a relaxing atmosphere after the wave of illuminations! On the menu, a local menu that extends the convivial atmosphere of the Christmas market and a caring team. Just a little further, Campanile Strasbourg Illkirch Geispolsheim offers a green setting, a warm relaxation area, and a suitable menu, both in your room and at the table. In summary, you're the missing piece to make the celebration perfect! Add some sweetness to your year-end, and immerse yourself in the rhythm of Strasbourg's Christmas market for a well-deserved break...