When you visit Strasbourg in December, you’re in for a truly magical experience! We’ve selected the most enchanting spots to visit at night – the absolute must-sees!
The Big Christmas Tree on Place Kléber Square
This 30-metre-high tree, carefully selected in the Vosges Mountains, is the greatest symbol of Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas. The decorations chosen this year evoke the Cathedral, as well as bredele: delicious Alsatian Christmas cookies. These wooden decorations, accompanied by round red and white ornaments, bring to mind the apples that used to be hung from Christmas trees. A delight, for young and old alike!
For even more magic, come at 5 pm to see the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Rue des Orfèvres
It’s definitely one of Strasbourg’s most photographed streets at Christmastime. It sparkles everywhere! You’ll gaze in awe at every beautifully decorated facade on this street. The narrow adjacent streets are worth a look, too.
The Gate of Lights
With its giant sign reading “Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas” and the giant round lighted ornaments, arriving at the Christmas Market through the Gate of Lights is like entering a fairy tale! The Gate of Lights is on Rue du Vieux Marché aux Poissons, near the Historical Museum.
Place Benjamin Zix Square
This square, with its little Christmas market, has a cosy feel to it. Thanks to its ideal location in the Petite France, you can wander around the narrow streets of Strasbourg’s most iconic quarter.
Rue du Maroquin
This street, lined with lots of restaurants, will amaze you for sure! You’ll find rather elegant illuminations along with bold, creative facades.
Quai des Bateliers
For a quiet stroll, far from the hustle and bustle of the markets, head for the Quai des Bateliers. You’ll enjoy the star-studded walk illuminated with dozens of twinkling stars, offering stunning views of the Cathedral and the market on the terrace of the Palais Rohan.
Are you travelling to Strasbourg during the Christmas markets? Of course, you’ll plan to stroll through them, with their 300 chalets, and to discover the city, beautifully decorated for the festive season. But, to add a few great memories to your stay, here’s my list of things to do:
It’s a gourmet paradise in Strasbourg and Alsace! You’ll discover lots of dishes and countless treats here. Take advantage of your visit to the Christmas market to taste some typical Alsatian specialities, some of which are only available at this time of year!