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Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas

2012/12/19by Donna Hull

Updated 12.01.2013

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At the Strasbourg Christmas markets, the decorations are elaborate.

Although in France, the Strasbourg Christmas markets rival those of Germany when it comes to elaborate Christmas decorations and displays. Alan and I enjoyed the festive scenery while on a walking tour with AMAWaterways. Our Rhine River cruise had stopped in Europe’s capital city—the European Parliament meets here—for an all day discovery that included a morning walking tour and an afternoon canal ride.

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A decorated house in the La Petite France section of Strasbourg.

Walking through the La Petite France section of Strasbourg, we caught our first glimpse of wreaths decorated with stuffed animals and more hanging from almost every window. Historically a German town, Strasbourg became part of Louis XIV’s France in 1681. In the following years, the city teetered between France and Germany depending on the current political situation.

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A food booth near the cathedral

Strasbourg Christmas markets number 12 in all. You’ll discover a beautiful Christmas tree on Place Kléber and a skating rink on Place du Château. Many of the markets are located only a few blocks apart making for a pleasant day of walking or shopping. However, eating is a major part of the fun.

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A glass of vin chaud will warm you up at the Strasbourg Christmas markets.

A hot drink  of vin chaud is the best way to warm up at the Strasbourg Christmas markets on a cold and slightly snowy December day. The decorative glasses are yours to bring home as a souvenir. Here’s a recipe for the tasty mulled wine just in case you’d like to fill up that glass after returning home.

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Carousel at the Cathedral Christmas market

Christmas markets are family affairs. A fanciful carousel near the Strasbourg Cathedral provides fun for the children to make up for all the shopping that they must endure.

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Teddy bears hang from a building near the Strasbourg Cathedral

Dating from 1570, the Strasbourg Christmas markets are the oldest in France. No wonder the city bills itself as the Capital of Christmas. My only regret is that we didn’t return for a night visit to see thousands of lights strung throughout the streets. What a sight that must be.

To read more about this trip of a lifetime, visit the Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise page.

Have you visited Strasbourg, France? Post a comment to share your experience. Alan and I would like to return to the Alsace region for more boomer travel adventures.



A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Leigh
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December 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Strasbourg looks like a very festive place at this time of year – and a glass of warm wine would go down quite nicely right now.
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Donna Hull
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December 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Leigh, that mulled wine would work well for your Canadian winters :-).

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Jeff Titelius December 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

What a wonderfully enchanting post on Christmas in Strasbourg! It is my dream to spend Christmas in Alsace…any of the storybook villages will do!
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Donna Hull
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December 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Thanks, Jeff. I would have liked to spend more time in Alsace. Maybe next time.

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Jackie Smith
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December 20, 2012 at 7:04 am

Wonderful walking tour you provided us. Sorry your trip was cut short; hope you are home and recuperating. . .quickly!
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Donna Hull
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December 28, 2012 at 7:57 am

Glad you enjoyed the walking tour of Strasbourg Christmas markets. It was one of my favorite stops on the Rhine. I’ll be writing more about my early return home in a few weeks. Lots of advice to give.

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Heatheronhertravels
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December 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

I’m drinking a glass of vin chaud with you!
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Donna Hull
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December 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

Clink, clink!

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Greg Prohl January 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

If (when?) I make it back to France, it looks like Strasbourg will have to be added to my itinerary, especially if it’s around Christmas time. Sounds great.
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Carmen January 4, 2014 at 9:15 am

Looks stunning! One thing I miss about not living in London any more is all the Christmas markets. Although not as traditional as the German or French ones, they were still lots of fun.
Happy New Year!
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