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Christmas Markets in the Upper Rhine Valley

At Christmas time, the Upper Rhine Valley (

comes alive with the spirit of the season. The region, which extends across Germany, France and Switzerland, is home to countless Christmas markets. A beloved tradition across Europe, Christmas markets set off the holiday season by drawing vendors and visitors to the continent’s most enchanting cities. 


Basel, Switzerland

Advent Street Kleinbasel: The entire Rheingasse is transformed into a winter wonderland featuring Christmas trees and huts selling culinary delights. A  highlight is the  program of events for children, which includes circus wagons, exciting activities, and Christmas stories. 


Basel Christmas Market: In the heart of the city center adorning the historical Old Town district, you will find the idyllic Christmas market on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz.


Christmas Market in Bad Schinznach: The Christmas market held in the Massenahof courtyard of the Kurhotel Im Park spa hotel in Bad Schinznach boasts a magnificent historic backdrop. A festive sea of lights is a sight to behold. Tempting treats are on offer in festively decorated little huts. 


Christmas Market Bremgarten: Visitors flock to the market held in the beautiful old town of Bremgarten, situated on the River Reuss. More than 320 cabins will get you in the mood for Christmas. On the first weekend in December, the streets are filled with the scent of mulled wine, cinnamon, and Christmas cookies. 


Liestal Christmas Market: Located in the medieval town, this beautiful Christmas Market offers a wide variety of market stands. The taste of Christmas lingers in the air and a festive atmosphere greets visitors all along the Rathausstrasse.


St. Ursanne Christmas Market: The St. Ursanne Christmas Market is held each year on the first weekend in December. Santa Claus is always in attendance.


Black Forest, Germany

Baden-Baden Christmas Market: One of the most charming Christmas markets in Europe awaits you with more than 100 romantic little stands in a festive atmosphere, illuminated by thousands of shimmering Christmas lights.


Bruchsal Christmas Market: Visit Bruchsal where you can enjoy an interesting cultural program, taste wonderful delicacies and choose from a variety of Christmas gifts.


Christmas City Karlsruhe: More than 100 decorated booths on the Marktplatz and Friedrichsplatz invite the visitors to stroll and enjoy the peaceful and pleasant atmosphere.


Christmas Market Freiburg: Visit the historic city center for one of the most popular Christmas markets in the south of Germany. You will be fascinated by the festive sights and delicious treats.


Christmas Market Ravenna Gorge: The first and only Christmas market located in a gorge, right under the railway viaduct of the Devil’s Valley Railway in the Black Forest Highlands.


Gengenbach Advent Market: Take a stroll through the magnificently decorated city center and marvel at the world’s biggest Advent calendar house. Listen to the beautiful sounds of the choirs, and take in the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas time in Gengenbach.


Lörrach Christmas Market: Wonderful handicrafts, toys, jewelry and gifts await you at the beautifully decorated stands of this Christmas market. 


Medieval Christmas Market: Campfire, candle light, jugglers, blacksmiths and a hog roast – find all that and more at the medieval Christmas market of Durlach.


Rastatt Christmas Market: Framed by the church and the city hall, the Christmas market invites its visitors to experience the Baroque city in a festive light. More than 30 stands offer mulled wine, sweets and traditional crafts.


Alsace, France

Christmas in Kaysersberg: Held in the heart of its old ramparts, Kaysersberg’s traditional Christmas craft market immerses you in the wonders of an authentic Alsatian Christmas. Find floral arts, pottery, Christmas decorations made from blown glass, and Alsatian specialties in charming wooden stalls.


Christmas in the Garden: Parc de Wesserling invites you to take an enchanting walk through the illuminated gardens where you’ll be charmed by 1,000 lights as well as fairytales. 


Ecomusée Alsace – It’s really Christmas: Discover the true Alsatian Christmas at the Ecomusée d’Alsace heritage museum. Many Christmas events at this large living museum enable you to explore the traditions and spirit of Christmas in times gone by. 


Etofféerie – Christmas in Mulhouse: Every year, a special Christmas fabric is created that pays tribute to this city’s textile heritage. Artisans and food and drink purveyors sell their finest products at the market, which is situated below the Church of Saint-Etienne.


Gastronomic Christmas Market Obernai: From November, Obernai is a sight to behold. Around thirty wooden Christmas market chalets selling both culinary delights and handicrafts invite you to fill your shopping baskets.


Haguenau Christmas Market: This market is located at the gateway to Northern Alsace. You might run into St. Nicholas and his loyal donkey, the scary Hans Trapp, or the sweet and angelic Christkindel. in the magical, cheery atmosphere that is so characteristic of Christmas in Alsace. 


Ribeauvillé Medieval Christmas Market: Ribeauvillé, the “Town of the Fiddlers”, invites you to celebrate a medieval Christmas! This wine-growing town with its medieval architecture has  fire jugglers, Ribeaupierre’s dancing lords and ladies, singing troubadours, and storytellers who contribute to the authentic atmosphere.


Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas: This market holds a place in the history books due to its longevity. First held in 1570, the famous “Christkindelsmärik” is considered to be the oldest Christmas market in France. The city exudes a magical, warm atmosphere. 


The Magic of Christmas in Colmar: The magical town of Colmar welcomes you to its five markets for a dazzling Christmas. Your little ones will be spellbound by the Children’s Christmas Market, featuring a nativity scene with clockwork figures, and a merry-go-round.

Note: Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic, a short-term cancellation of the Christmas markets 2021 is possible! 

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