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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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 

Imaginary Festival : meeting of the ordinary with the marvelous

From 29/11/2014 to 04/01/2015

Enjoy the magic atmosphere of Christmas  Read more 

Christmas time in Barr

From 06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014

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

Tale in the forest of firs

From 06/12/2014 to 07/12/2014

A great story between the firs.

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