Strasbourg: The Capital of Christmas

Strasbourg: The Capital of Christmas

Strasbourg Christmas Market

Strasbourg – Marchés de Noël

Amid the colorful medieval buildings, cobblestone streets, Christmas markets, and delicious food – not to mention cheap wine – is no secret Strasbourg is the world capital of Christmas. The charming town, situated on the eastern border with Germany, is the capital of the famous Alsace region.

If you are planning to embark on a road-trip adventure on the Alsace wine road, Strasbourg is where you begin. Post on Alsace Wine Road coming soon…

During regular season, Strasbourg is as charming as it gets but during the Holidays, this beautiful town turns into a magical Christmas land.

Christmas lights and ornaments adorn every inch of the town. The many – yes, many – Christmas markets fill the atmosphere with the intoxicating smell of mulled wine. Visitors from around the world wander from stall to stall searching for souvenirs to bring back home or sweets to try – that would be me.

There are a total of 10 Christmas markets that could be leisurely covered, distance wise. But if you are like me, you will need at least a day to explore them all.

Strasbourg Christmas Market

Strasbourg Christmas Market

Top Christmas markets

•Christmas market around the Cathedral
•Market of Christmas treats
•Portuguese Village
•Christmas Markets of the Invincible Small Producers of Alsace
•Christmas Market of the Three Magi
•Christmas Market of the Carré d’or

Christmas markets begins on November 25th and ends on December 24th

They are opened everyday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Mon – Thur and till 9:00 pm on Fri – Sat

If you visit Strasbourg after December 24th don’t worry! You can still enjoy concerts, events, and the magical decor.

For more information check out Strasbourg’s website.

How to arrive to Strasbourg?

By Train:

Strasbourg is just a short train ride from Paris and many major cities in France.

By Car: 

All parking garages located in the city center are closed. If you are driving, check out where to find parking.

By Plane:

If you are traveling by plane, there is a shuttle that takes you from the airport to the train station, located 10-15 min walking distance to the center.

How do I get around Strasbourg?

Strasbourg has a very modern tram system but the town is small and you may be able to walk from end to end in just 10 mins.

Where to Eat

For such a small town, there are plethora of restaurants for you to choose from. Just makes sure to save up some space for all the delicious sweets you will find in the market. They are hard to resist!

Strasbourg’s Top Restaurants


For a traditional and cozy experience, check out Chez Tante Liesel. This restaurant was a lucky find and the food was delicious.

Make sure to make reservations during high season as most restaurants tend to fill up pretty fast and they are known to turn guests away.

Strasbourg - The Capital of Christmas. Marche de Noel


  1. Lisa R Charles

    13 February

    Beautiful pictures and great info. Thanks!

    • Diana

      13 February

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to visit! 😀


  2. Strasbourg is so charming! Especially in festive season!
    I’ve been thinking on and off about visiting this beautiful town for my spring trip this year, but I’m afraid it will be a bit difficult to reach it from Paris since I’ll travel solo? Ugh those medieval buildings tho!

    Nerissa |

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