Strasbourg Holiday Market
December 18th, 2020
It’s a shame to spend only one night in Paris, but today it’s time to move on to the Strasbourg holiday market. We loved this village on the river, with its central square and cathedral. The locals were friendly and the gluhwein was spiced perfectly ~ a winning combination for the holidays.
Have fun exploring the streets and stalls! Tomorrow, we end our holiday market tour at one of the biggest and best in all of Europe.
Repost of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.
Click on any photo in the gallery to view the images as a slideshow.
Hugging the border between France and Germany, Strasbourg displays all the characteristics of a quintessential holiday market village. The heart of it, surrounded by waterways, can only be reached by crossing one of the 20 stone bridges to the Grand Île. Near the center of this island sits Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg – a tall and glorious example of Gothic architecture that has existed on the site in some form since the 11th century – that’s a lot of holiday seasons! Just a few steps down the cobblestone street, Place Kléber draws crowds to the illuminated Christmas tree and surrounding stalls selling hot spiced wine in souvenir mugs. Strasbourg’s skinny streets and storefronts are dressed in light and adorned with angels, stars and teddy bears.
Strasbourg offers a few foodie delights we didn’t see anywhere else – hanging salmon that smokes all day next to a small fire and huge toasted baguettes piled with rich spätzle and bacon. The usual holiday treats were also present including loaves of nougat, beignets filled with strawberry jam, and some of the largest displays of holiday treats I’ve ever seen. So many cookies, so little time! Fill up a bag and take some home.
Strasbourg’s holiday market is sprinkled throughout the city center so walking in any direction takes you to more and more stalls filled with blown glass and wooden ornaments, miniature hand-painted tudor-style houses and so many handmade trinkets it’s impossible to see them all. The connecting streets, too, are lit up and festive with unique decorations including a suspended Christmas tree decorated with reindeer.
Beyond the market, the streets of Strasbourg compel you to keep walking. Timber-framed buildings line the water, their reflections like watercolor paintings. A magical town during the holidays!