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Since 1570, Strasbourg has been deploying its Christmas market around its prestigious Cathedral.
The first traces of Christmas Market date back to the 14th century in Germany and Alsace, notably in Strasbourg, whose market, located in the Middle Ages on the site of the present Palais Rohan, was then known as Marché Saint-Nicolas or Klausenmärik. He offered gifts to the children to celebrate the great day of St. Nicholas, patron of schoolchildren.
In 1570, under the influence of the Reformation, Pastor Finner, a preacher at the Cathedral of Strasbourg, rose up against this custom, wishing to fight against the Catholic traditions which attached themselves to the worship of the saints. The Council of Twenty-One, seized with a demand for the complete abolition of the market, decided on December 22, 1570, to maintain it by dedicating it to Christkindel, the infant Jesus. At the time, it was held eight days before Christmas and ended before the midnight Mass.1 From the 19th century onwards, before its development, it was transferred around 1840 to the present Place Kléber, the epicenter of social and economic life in Strasbourg , Then in 1871, on the place place Broglie.
Since 1991, it extends around the Cathedral and in Petite France, and begins on the first Saturday of Advent and ends on the 31st of December in the evening for the market of Place Broglie and on January 7th for others.
Numerous spiritual concerts and animations are organized throughout this period and allow to appreciate the beauty of the cathedral and the many churches of the city and to discover the traditions of Christmas Alsatian.
With around 300 chalets spread over 14 sites in the heart of the city, it is also one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe and was voted Europe’s most beautiful market in 2013.
This year, Strasbourg welcomes Croatia, newly entered the European Union and of which you can discover all the charms, in the Croatian Village.
For a little more than a month, the city center of Strasbourg is transformed into a magical place where Christmas magic operates. Many traders settle in adorable small wooden cabins like chalets and exhibit many Christmas decorations and souvenirs, as well as many regional and artisanal products. Most of these activities take place around the beautiful Cathedral of Strasbourg.
In the evening, all of Strasbourg is lit up and you almost think you are in the wonderful world of Santa Claus: fir trees, luminous garlands, carriages, Christmas carols … everything is to amaze young and old and make this place a magical place Fairy tale.