Cet article a été publié dans FR2DAY en 2011 (this article was published in FR2DAY in 2011)
Every year, Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region is lit up with lights and baubles in all imaginable colours to become a living example of the spirit of Christmas. 2011 is no exception. Perpetuating a tradition that dates back to 1570, the city is holding its famous Christmas market, the Christkindelsmärik, running until the end of December, in the pedestrians streets around its impressive cathedral.
The market, which is the oldest in France and one of the country’s largest, has not changed much from the one it was more than 400 years ago. It offers a large choice of Christmas trees – the region is where Christmas trees were first taken into people’s homes – as well as artisan products such as traditional and modern ornaments, wood carvings, garlands, tinsel, bells and toys. Of course, you will also find plenty to eat and drink.
While wandering amidst the stalls, you should definitely try the delicious vin chaud, the local spiced sausage, the sauerkraut, the foie gras, the eau de vie, the locally brewed beers and theBredele, a little delicious cookie traditionally prepared during the advent period.
The market is also filled with musicians, live concerts andspecial events. Meanwhile, nearby in La Petite France, a cozy neighbourhood of cobblestone streets, fine restaurants andmedieval buildings, the Christmas shops and the gingerbread bakery are always worth a detour.
In December, Strasbourg definitely has everything you need to make your holiday season just perfect; so if you are looking for a place to rekindle the magic of Christmas, don’t hesitate any longer and head straight to the North East of France.
This year’s Strasbourg market runs until the 31st of December, and is open from 10:00am to 8:00 pm daily, and until 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. The market is such a tradition that the city has created a special website dedicated to it called Strasbourg Capitale de Noël.
Image courtesy Strasbourg Capitale de Noël