During December, Strasbourg turns into the capital of Christmas. Strasbourg Christmas market is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe and the most visited in France. It is composed of more than 300 wooden chalets installed on different squares of the city, as well as many animations for young and old. Discover the dates and the map of the Christmas market of Strasbourg to not miss anything of this magic event.
What are the dates and hours for the Christmas Market 2023 in Strasbourg? 🎄
- Opening dates: Strasbourg Christmas Market will be held from November 24, 2023 at 2pm until December 24 at 6pm.
- Opening hours: wooden chalets are open every day from 11:30am to 9pm.
Map of Christmas Markets in Strasbourg
In 2022, Christmas markets were spread over 12 squares and places of the Grande-Île of Strasbourg. Here's a summary map for you:
The squares and main places
The various markets are all held on the Grande Île of Strasbourg which is the city center. They're spread out between the picturesque Petite France district and the Place Broglie. Here are the key elements to remember about Strasbourg Christmas market:
Place Kléber: the Big Tree and the sharing village
The Place Kléber is an essential step during your visit of the christmas market. You have indeed great chances to start there if you arrive by streetcar place (station Homme de fer). The Place Kléber welcomes every year the big tree, its 30m high and its magnificent illuminations. This year's theme is the snowflake!
The Place Kléber also hosts the largest number of chalets this year with 138 huts held by associations as part of the village of sharing. You will be able to shop or drink a good mulled wine for a good cause.
Place Broglie: the Christkindelsmärik
Since 1871, the Place Broglie has hosted the traditional Christkindelsmärik, the oldest Christmas market in Strasbourg. The entrance is made by a large luminous arch and a true symbol.
Facing the opera of Strasbourg and the city hall, there's a string of chalets... 70 wooden chalets in 2022! There are also many food stands, where you can eat salty and sweet products.
With 49 wooden chalets (+ 40 with those of the adjoining castle square), the market on the cathedral square is the third most important Christmas market in Strasbourg. There are many crafts, jewelry and mulled wine. And a lot of people too, especially on weekends.
You will be able to see this year the inevitable blue tree of the shopping windows of Strasbourg. I also invite you to push the doors of the cathedral to admire its Christmas crib, a marvel that dates from 1907 and extends over 18 meters!
Grimmeissen Square: the OFF market ❤️
Far from the hustle and bustle of the "big" downtown markets and not far from the heart of Petite France, Strasbourg's Marché OFF offers a very interesting alternative. It's an alternative market with a large central igloo and containers that replace the wooden chalets. Here you can discover committed actors and buy ethically and responsibly: recycled, mottled or reconditioned products.
Terrace of the Palais Rohan: the market of delights
Would you like to taste Alsatian specialties? Go to the Marché des Délices located on the terrace of the Palais Rohan, on the waterfront and facing the Quai des Bateliers. It is the ideal place to taste a good mulled wine (I do prefer the white mulled wine) ... or cold and also our traditional bredele or mannele.
You'll also find animations and workshops during the month of December, including a workshop of manufacture and tasting for the children that is proposed every Wednesday place du Marché-aux-Poissons (reservation necessary near the Federation of the bakers to 03 88 15 24 00).
Square Louise Weiss: The Irréductibles small producers of Alsace
To taste Alsatian specialties and buy local products, go to the Square Louise Weiss in Petite France. You'll find the Irréductibles small producers who will make you discover their very good products: mushrooms, apple juice, honey, blueberry juice...
The Louise Weiss square also hosts the Advent Village which will offer throughout the month of December workshops for making Christmas decorations and greeting cards as well as concerts and shows.
Place Benjamin Zix: in the heart of Petite France
A dozen or so cabins await you in the heart of Petite France. Beyond the picturesque side, you'll have the opportunity to taste and buy the best gingerbread of the city, Mireille Oster's one, in their cabin or in their store that is located a few meters away. There is also the Noël en Alsace shop, a must to buy Christmas decorations all year long!
Place du Château
The market in front of the cathedral has some interesting chalets as a continuation of the market in the castle square. One of them is La Féérie de Noël - Käthe Wohlfahrt, the chalet where everyone rushes to buy Christmas decorations or simply to have a good time. I also recommend you to visit the chalets of the Brasserie Perle and the Brasserie des 3 Mâts, 2 local breweries with delicious beers.
Place du Temple Neuf, the Carré d'Or market
Foie gras, marrons glacés and delicious Vosges (mountains) sweets... The Christmas market on the Place du Temple Neuf is worth a visit. You'll be able to admire the superb decoration of the Porcus delicatessen (and taste the best knack of the year) and to walk in the Carré d'or with their streets magnificently decorated by the tradesmen.
Place du Marché aux Poissons
Located on the rue du Marché aux poissons, the Porte des Lumières (Door of Lights!) marks the entrance to the heart of Strasbourg's Christmas markets with its inscription "Strasbourg, capital of Christmas". Some chalets are waiting for you.
You can taste on the Place Saint-Thomas (and buy) Alsatian food, including Fortwenger gingerbread. Another product made in Alsace that you should know about: the Labonal socks that I highly recommend.
Place Gutenberg usually welcomes the guest country. This year, it is quite empty, but there's a big snowflake (this year's theme) that has been installed there... And guess what? You have to pedal on a bike to light it! It's a nice reference to Strasbourg, the capital of cycling.
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How to get to Strasbourg Christmas Market?
In December, the Grande Île is closed to car traffic. Only 1 km separates the Christkindelsmärik from the Place Broglie and the Irréductibles petits producteurs market from the Square Louise Weiss. As you can see, the Christmas markets are very easy to walk to.
To come to Strasbourg Christmas market, I recommend you to take the streetcar that will drop you off at the Station Place de l'Homme de Fer. If needed, you can leave your car in a parking relay and take advantage of a special rate.
If you come by train, the Strasbourg train station is located not far from the city center. You will be able to reach the markets by walking. Find out about the best hotels near train station in Strasbourg.
If you come by plane, the Entzheim airport is served by a shuttle train which brings you to the station in 15 minutes.