Live your own fairy tale
Half-timbered façades sport multicoloured decorations while illuminations envelope the city in a glittering aura. Christmas is coming to the Alsatian Wine Capital! From 23 November to 29 December 2023, the scent of cinnamon and mulled wine once again perfumes city squares transformed into real little villages. Colmar Christmas markets’ traditional chalets welcome you to stalls overflowing with surprises.
In this magical winter setting, onlookers stand in wonder before the magnificent heritage provided by Colmar decked in all its festive finery. Don’t miss out on this invitation to take an enchanted walk beneath the stars, go skating on the temporary ice rink with your loved ones to the sound of Christmas carols, and warm yourself up over fine local cuisine.
In Colmar, not just one Alsatian Christmas Market….but six!
Feel like picking up supplies for your Christmas Eve dinner, decorating your house or finding a few original presents? Fall in love with the handcrafted Christmas decorations on Place des Dominicains. Admire the potters’, cabinetmakers’ and jewellers’ creations on display at that magnificent mediaeval building, the Koïfhus. And delight your palate with authentic local products on Place Jeanne d'Arc. Foie gras, charcuteries, gingerbread and Alsatian Christmas cookies… Who says you have to choose?
Surrender to the wonders of
On Place de la Cathédrale, children eagerly post their wishes in Father Christmas’ huge letterbox. Set off with them in the footsteps of that bountiful, mystical young woman, the Christkindel, as you follow the Alsatian Christmas Tales and Legends itinerary. In the legendary “Little Venice”, you can hear the stirring carols sung by children’s choirs from the boats that ply its canals.
Colmar through the seasons
Although the Alsatian city is filled with festive magic at the year’s end, Colmar is well worth discovering whatever the season. Wander through its picturesque little streets and admire its half-timbered houses. Take a boat ride and explore the famous “Petite Venise” neighbourhood as the water slips by beneath you. Colmar is also the ideal departure point for travelling the Alsace Wine Route. In Eguisheim’s, Riquewihr’s and Ribeauvillé’s wine cellars you’ll have the opportunity taste the grand crus* that made the region’s reputation.
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*The abuse of alcohol is dangerous for your health. Consume with moderation