Strasbourg Christmas Market


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You’ll be happy to know this is my last post about Christmas markets — at least for the next eight or so months until the season begins again.


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To round off our sixth Christmas market of the season, we visited the Strasbourg Christmas market the weekend after Christmas — one of the few Christmas markets open after Christmas Day itself.

Strasbourg, France is a beautiful city that we’d like to visit again, outside of the Christmas season. It’s about a 2.5-hour drive from Frankfurt, not far over the French border.


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The Christmas market, or les marchés de Noël, seemed comparable in size to the Frankfurt market. I think it might actually be larger in terms of the number of stalls, but after Christmas, only certain parts of the market remained open.

The Christmas market was spread out over a few different parts of the city, including around Strasbourg’s Notre Dame Cathedral and the Place du Marché aux Poissons overlooking the Ill River, which was my favorite area of the market. It was a beautiful, sunny day, albeit a bit cold, and it was refreshing to stroll along the water.


Choucroute garnie and spaetzle.Choucroute garnie and spaetzle.

Choucroute garnie and spaetzle.

We tried choucroute garnie, a regional specialty dish of sausage, potatoes, and sauerkraut. We browsed the market stalls but didn’t buy anything, although I was tempted by some beautiful dutch ovens and other cookware. Piopio rode the carousel.

We also strolled down the Grand Rue, one of the main streets of shops, restaurants, and cafes. I bought some fancy chocolate from a local chocolatier (not as good as Belgian), and we decided there’s enough of the city left to see that a return trip is worth it.

Plus, it’s fun to be like, BRB — just driving over to France real quick. Growing up in Northern Virginia, it was easy enough to get to Washington, DC or Maryland, but other states were hours away.

With warmer weather on the horizon, we’re making our spring and summer travel lists. (Well, maybe more like summer/fall, depending on how the coronavirus pandemic evolves.)

Do you have any upcoming travel plans?

Published by La Vie Overseas

I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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