It was in Strasbourg in 1570 that the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe took place, then called the "Christkindelsmärik" (market of the Infant Jesus). Since this time, Strasbourg has continued the tradition of a traditional, authentic, warm and generous Alsatian Christmas and these are all the reasons why "Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas" continues to enjoy repeated success.
With its some 300 chalets spread over 11 sites in the city centre, it is also one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe. You will find arts and crafts, food and typical Alsatian Christmas decorations.
For the occasion, the city dons its most beautiful finery and is illuminated by several hundred kilometres of Christmas lights and decorative objects. You cannot miss the Great Christmas Tree, on place Kléber. This is an age-old Strasbourg tradition because a manuscript dated 1605 was found describing the fir trees adorned with decorations in the guild halls of Strasbourg during Advent.
Let's not forget the Village of Sharing run by charitable and humanitarian organisations, located at the foot of the Great Christmas Tree because Christmas would not be so warm and wonderful without this movement of generosity towards one fellows. .
Every year, during the Christmas festivities, an additional touch of magic takes hold of the City as it discovers the country that is its guest of honour. This year, Strasbourg is hosting Croatia, which has recently joined the European Union and whose charms you can discover in the Croatian Village. Lastly, over 500 events will once more contribute to making Strasbourg the Capital of Christmas. Everyone will enjoy the very wide range of cultural events being organised to suit all tastes and all inclinations. Concerts, shows, activities and exhibitions can be explored throughout the narrow streets, the squares and historical buildings.
Children will be at the heart of the festivities and will be entranced by the magic and fantasy of Christmas, in the Children's Village, where there are lots of surprises in store for them…
"Strasbourg Capital of Christmas", will certainly be an unforgettable journey into the magic of Christmas, for children and adults alike