Marchés de Noël en Alsace

The land of Christmas trees

The Land of Christmas Trees is situated in Central Alsace. Why the nickname "king of the forest"? Its origin surely goes back a long way... Indeed, the Humanist Library in Sélestat contains the first written reference to the sale of Christmas trees, dating from 1521. Later on, this conifer would come to be decorated with ribbons, red apples, coloured paper, sweets and cakes. It was in the 17th and 18th centuries that it began to be lit up with carefully placed candles. In the 19th century the hand-painted blown glass bauble replaced the traditional red apple, but the Christmas Tree, once venerated in pagan festivals, has become a constant feature of Christmas and remains one of the emblems of this religious festival.  In the heart of the villages of Central Alsace, his majesty comes in a myriad of hues !


The Land of Christmas Trees is also full of other treasures. Not least among them the spice bread delicacies made at the Maison du Pain d'Epices in Gertwiller since 1806! This deliciously soft treat is still made by the traditional artisanal method. There is even a museum telling its story.

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Traditional Christmas market

From 29/11/2014 to 30/11/2014

Traditional musics and songs, spectacles ambulatories, presence of the Father Christmas, many animations, small restoration, and others surprised expect you  Read more 

Gastronomy and crafts Christmas market

From 29/11/2014 to 24/12/2014

You can taste and buy regional products and discover the traditional mulled wine of Obernai  Read more 

Dreaming about christmas in Obernai

From 29/11/2014 to 24/12/2014

Daily events : concerts, exhibitions ...  Read more 

Christmas time in Barr

From 06/12/2014 to 07/12/2014

Handcrafts market: local produces, handcrafts art, Xmas decoration, multed wine, "bredele", ..  Read more 

Christmas "Bredele" market

From 07/12/2014 to 07/12/2014

Christmas biscuits made by professional cooks. Possibility for children to cook cakes. Sale of cooking materials. Meals taken on place, hot wine, christmas,  Read more 

Christmas time in Barr

From 12/12/2014 to 14/12/2014

Handcrafts market: local produces, handcrafts art, Xmas decoration, multed wine, "bredele", ..  Read more 

Christmas animation: folk dances and workshop of 'Bredele'

From 13/12/2014 to 13/12/2014

It is the time of the preparations of the “Wihnachtsbredeles” small cakes of Christmas and other greedy specialities which each housewife puts a point of  Read more 

Christmas in the olden days

From 13/12/2014 to 14/12/2014

Animation in the streets on the topics of Christmas, the Winter and the trades of formerly.  Read more 

Old-time Christmas

From 14/12/2014 to 14/12/2014

Lords, knights, noblemen and fine ladies take to the streets, where craftsmen, peasants, musicians and entertainers bustle about. Children and adults alike [...]  Read more 

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