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A guide to the Christmas markets in Strasbourg, France

Christmas market foods

(Clockwise from top left) Kugelhopf, pretzels, beignets and choucroute by Penne Cole

Nothing says Christmas like the Christmas markets in Europe, and for me, it’s all about the food at the Christmas markets. From the hearty choucroute to snacks like pretzels, beignets filled with chocolat or strawberry jam, to baby bundt cakes (kugelhopf), to an endless array of Christmas cookies, the food here is amazing.

I went to Strasbourg last weekend specifically for the the food at the Christmas markets (and also a bit of Christmas shopping in between meals just to give my stomach a break). Every year since 1570, Strasbourg, self-billed as the Christmas capital of France, welcomes thousands of visitors to its Christmas markets. This year, there were 12 within walking distance of each other in the city.

My favourite was the Christkindelsmarik at Place Broglie, the largest in Strasbourg. It had a large variety of trinkets and baubles that would make excellent stocking stuffers.

Goodies at the Christmas Market

Goodies at the Christmas Market by Penne Cole

Hotels in Strasbourg get booked out at this time of year, so be prepared to stay outside the city. I chose a bed and breakfast in Wingersheim, about 30 minutes’ drive from the city. Catherine was a very gracious host, who stayed up past midnight chatting with us over a plate of Christmas cookies, and even served us some home-made Kugelhopf for breakfast!

And for an extra special treat, we woke up to the first snow of the season in the morning.

First snow of the season in Strasbourg

First snow of the season in Strasbourg by Penne Cole

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4 comments on “A guide to the Christmas markets in Strasbourg, France

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  2. dunelight
    July 17, 2016

    I know this is an old post but I clicked on it because I saw ‘Christmas Market’…which, oddly, is on the forefront of my mind as I brought it up in a city meeting…what to do with temporary shops after the beaches close for the summer???? drag them downtown and open up a Christmas Market. Which…we’re not nearly as big as Strasbourg…but neither was Strasbourg when they had their first Christmas Market.

    • Penne Cole
      July 18, 2016

      That’s a great idea. Christmas markets are always a good draw for locals and tourists alike. Especially if you have food and mulled wine.

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This entry was posted on December 11, 2012 by in Cheap Eats, Christmas, Europe, Food, France, Holidays, Travel and tagged , , , .
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