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Colmar Christmas Market 2023

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Colmar Christmas Market 2023 is turning this picturesque town in the heart of the Alsace region into a true winter wonderland. Proudly named the ‘Capital of Christmas,’ Colmar becomes a magical haven during these festive times.

In this enchanting setting, narrow streets and medieval architecture buildings shine under dazzling lights and Christmas decorations, while the enticing scent of freshly baked pastries and the aroma of mulled wine fill the air. The market is a true celebration of traditions, bringing together a variety of activities for all who step foot here.

 

The inviting stalls host traditional products and seasonal souvenirs, ranging from handmade Christmas ornaments to delicacies and warm beverages. Bright shows, concerts, and cultural events are not to be missed, enhancing the festive atmosphere. Surrounded by ancient buildings that preserve stories within their walls and with an atmosphere full of charm, Colmar’s Christmas market is a captivating experience that will deeply resonate in your heart.

 

Here’s a guide to navigating these festive attractions, transportation tips, parking options, accommodation choices, and a glimpse into the restaurants open during the holiday season and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Additionally, discover insights into other Christmas markets across Alsace.

 

You can book tickets for the museums in Colmar (Chocolate Museum, Unterlinden, Toys and Wine Museum) directly on the Tiqets website. Details here.

 

7 Christmas markets in Colmar

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Colmar hosts no less than 7 Christmas markets, welcoming 200 exhibitors from the Alsace region.

Christmas Market Schedule in Colmar:

  • November 23rd to December 29th, 2023
  • Monday to Thursday: 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Friday to Sunday: 10 AM to 8 PM
  • December 24th: 10 AM to 5 PM
  • December 25th and 26th: 11 AM to 7 PM
  1. Place des Dominicanis – experience the charm of a beautifully adorned Christmas tree and explore 60 stalls showcasing an array of festive decorations.
  2. Place de l’Ancienne Douane – nestled in the heart of this square, discover a captivating fountain with a renowned sculpture, surrounded by an arrangement of 60 stalls. Make sure not to miss the breathtaking evening light spectacle illuminating the Koifhus building, formerly the Customs House.
  3. Koifhus Building – step into this medieval architectural marvel, hosting a vibrant Christmas market filled with an assortment of treasures: ceramics, glassware, intricately carved wooden crafts, exquisite jewelry, stylish hats, and more.
  4. Petite Venise District – this area is a haven for children! From admiring the charming animals gracing the stalls (rabbits and sheep) to carousel rides, sending heartfelt letters to Santa Claus, or savoring a cup of warm apple juice, joy abounds here.
  5. Place Jeanne d’Arc – indulge in a culinary adventure at this Christmas market exclusively dedicated to gastronomic delights. Explore Alsatian specialties, divine foie gras, artisanal cured meats, fine wines, and delectable gingerbread.
  6. Place de la Cathedrale – encircling the Colmar Cathedral, 9 expertly curated stalls by culinary maestros await, aiming to delight your taste buds. Enjoy daily culinary demonstrations and festive specialties from 11 AM to 10 PM.
  7. Parc du Champ de Mars – discover a market solely dedicated to procuring your perfect Christmas tree amidst a festive ambiance.

 

Reserve a guided tour in French through the historic center of Colmar at 10 euros for adults or 6 euros for children. Tour times are at 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM. The tour duration is 90 minutes. Details available here.

 

The attractions of the Christmas market in Colmar

The Giant Ferris Wheel

Elevate your Colmar experience from November 23, 2023, to January 2, 2024, with the grand Ferris wheel. Offering panoramic views of the city and, on clear days, glimpses of the majestic mountains. Find it at the Montagne Verte sports center, welcoming visitors daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Ticket prices stand at 9 euros for adults and 7 euros for children.

 

Saint Nicholas’ Arrival

Mark your calendar for December 2-3 and 9-10, 2023, when St. Nicholas himself will grace the Colmar Christmas market between 2 PM and 6 PM.

 

Santa Claus’ mailbox

Also, discover Santa Claus’ mailbox in the Petite Venise Christmas market, eagerly receiving mail from November 23 to December 29, 2023.

 

Sledging Adventure

A thrilling addition to the 2023 Christmas market is the sledging slope at Place Rapp. With three lanes stretching 23 meters and reaching a height of 4.5 meters, it’s open daily from 11 AM to 7 PM, promising endless excitement.

 

Culinary Spectacles at Place de la Cathedrale

Savor the essence of Alsatian cuisine, delectable desserts, and French specialties showcased in gastronomic demonstrations. Join us from November 24 to December 28, 2023, on Thursdays and Fridays starting at 5 PM.

 

Children’s Canal-Side Carol Singing 

Catch the heartwarming melodies as kids from various Colmar schools serenade from boats floating along the city’s canals. Join us from November 25 to December 20, on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 5 PM.

 

Musical Festivities: Christmas Concerts

Feel the festive vibes as famous carols in French, English, and German fill St. Matthieu’s Church on November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 2023, starting at 2:30 PM.

 

Christmas Extravaganza: „Stars of Peace”

Embrace the holiday spirit at Place de la Cathedrale with the enchanting Christmas show at 5 PM on December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2023.

 

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Christmas markets in Alsace for 2023

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Opening dates for the other Christmas markets in the Alsace region:

Turckheim and Eguisheim: November 24th to December 24th, 2023, and December 26th to 30th, 2023.

Kayserberg: November 24th-26th; December 1st-3rd, 8th-10th, and 15th-19th. Munster: November 24th-26th; December 1st-3rd, 8th-10th, 15th-17th, 22nd-24th, and 26th-31st, 2023.

Ribeauville: December 2nd-3rd and 9th-10th,

Riquewihr: November 25th-December 21st,

Neuf-Brisach: December 8th-10th.

You’ll find shuttles to take you to other Christmas markets in Alsace such as: Turckheim, Eguisheim, Kayserberg, Munster, Ribeauville, Riquewihr, Neuf-Brisach.

 

Noel Shuttle Line 1: Colmar-Kayserberg-Riquewihr-Ribeauville-Colmar

Noel Shuttle Line 2: Colmar-Ribeauville-Riquewihr-Kayserberg-Colmar

Noel Shuttle Line 3: Colmar-Eguisheim

Noel Shuttle Line 4: Colmar-Turckheim-Munster

Noel Shuttle Line 5: Colmar-Neuf-Brisach.

Tickets can be purchased from buses, tourist offices, or online at noel-colmar.com Noel Shuttle tickets are valid for a single day on all lines. Adult tickets cost 8 euros (Monday to Thursday) and 15 euros (Friday to Sunday), children under 12 travel for free.

 

Parking in Colmar

Parc des Expositions – free on Saturdays and Sundays from November 25th to December 24th, 2023. Shuttle transport from Parc des Expositions to the city center, rue Sain Eloi, on Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM and Sundays from 9:30 AM to 9:10 PM. Departures every 10 minutes.

Covered parking at Bleyle – for a fee Shuttle transport from Bleyle parking to the city center, theater area, from November 23rd to December 29th, every 13 minutes. Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM, Saturday from 9:30 AM to 11:10 PM, and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 9:10 PM.

 

Are you thinking about spending Christmas 2023 in Colmar?

These are the restaurants open on Christmas Day 2023 in Colmar: Brasserie le Schwendi for lunch, Au Fer Rouge for lunch and dinner, Brasserie l’Auberge (Hotel Bristol) for lunch and dinner, Au Koifhus for lunch, Chez Hansi for lunch and dinner, Megafood for lunch and dinner, Ramloc, Le Stam.

 

Are you considering celebrating New Year’s Eve 2024 in Colmar?

These are the restaurants open on New Year’s Eve 2024 in Colmar: Le Bartholdi, Hotel Restaurant ibis Colmar Est, Hotel Restaurant La Couronne.

 

Transport to Colmar

Colmar, situated in the Alsace region of France, is close to the borders of Germany and Switzerland. The nearest airports are Basel Euro-Airport, 60 km away, and Strasbourg, which lies 67 km away. During the holiday season, accommodation prices in Colmar can reach several hundred euros per night. Below, you’ll find alternative lodging options in Mulhouse or Saint-Louis, along with available train distances and tickets.

If you want to organise a city break from Paris to Colmar, the direct train takes 2 hours 30 minutes and costs from 50 euros each way.

Travel by train to Colmar

Traveling by train to Colmar is convenient and swift. The distance between Basel and Colmar can be covered in just one hour. Train tickets range from 5 euros to 16 euros per journey. For more details and reservations, visit the French railways website here.

The distance between Mulhouse and Colmar is a short 20-minute train ride, with ticket prices ranging from 5 euros to 10 euros per journey.

For travelers coming from Saint-Louis, the distance to Colmar takes approximately 35 minutes by train, with ticket prices ranging from 5 euros to 15 euros per journey.

Ticket prices vary based on the advance booking period and the time of travel.

 

Holiday Accommodations in 2023 in

Colmar, Mulhouse, Saint Louis (France)

Hotel Arc-en-Ciel

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Greet Hotel Colmar

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Comfort Hotel Expo Colmar

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Hotel Turenne

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La Maison Mulhouse Hotel

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Berti Hotel

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Studio St Louis

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Studio St Louis

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