Christmas markets in Alsace are renowned and particularly romantic. They start at the end of November. Alsace is transformed into a Christmas wonderland. The charming half-timbered houses are adorned with magnificent Christmas decorations to celebrate the most wonderful of festivities.
Kaysersberg, the “Emperor’s Mountain”, well deserves its prestigious name. When Advent begins in Kaysersberg, you know you’re in for a treat. Rustic decorations and illuminations adorn the beautiful facades of the town’s half-timbered houses. Not far from Colmar, the Kaysersberg Christmas market is one of the most traditional festive events in Alsace!
For many, the Kaysersberg Christmas market is the most authentic of all the Alsatian markets. And why is that? It’s not a question of quantity… it’s a question of quality! Every year, the town council carefully selects around thirty craftspeople to offer their products at the market.
Kaysersberg’s remarkable heritage goes hand in hand with famous historical figures who have left their mark on the region and beyond:
- Geiler de Kaysersberg (humanist preacher at Strasbourg Cathedral)
- Matthieu Zell (Strasbourg’s first reformer)
- Albert Schweitzer (Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1952)
The round keep of the medieval castle dominates the town of Kaysersberg and its vineyards. The view from the observation platform offers a breathtaking panorama of the town’s rooftops, the Weiss valley and the vineyards. Beyond the Alsace plain, the Black Forest in Germany closes the horizon.
Kaysersberg Christmas Market dates 2023
The authentic Christmas market will be open every weekend between 24 November and 19 December. Come along every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during this period!
- Opening of the Kaysersberg Christmas Market: Saturday 24 November
- Closing of the Kaysersberg Christmas Market: Tuesday 19 December
The Kaysersberg Christmas Market will be closed on Christmas Day. But don’t panic! You can reach the one in Colmar 20 minutes away by car. The famous Colmar Christmas market will be open on Christmas Day.
Kaysersberg Christmas Market location
- In the courtyard of the town hall: Cour de l’Arsenal
- Along the lane behind the church: 53A Rue du Général de Gaulle
Visit the Kaysersberg Christmas market
Visiting the Kaysersberg Christmas market is an enchantment, I like to compare it to the first time you visit Disney Land when you’re still a child.
The Christmas market itself located in the courtyard of the Arsenal and behind the church, opens its doors on the four weekends of Advent, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and on the days leading up to Christmas. But there are also other stalls, some of them in the backyards, all over the village. In addition to the Christmas market, there are a number of special shops and a small glassworks where you can buy some very fine pieces. In the evening, Kaysersberg also shines with a thousand lights. The best way to plan your visit is to arrive in Kaysersberg and its Christmas market in the late afternoon.
Around thirty wooden chalets are set up at this authentic Christmas Market around the richly decorated half-timbered houses of the old town. Every year, the Association de Noël à Kaysersberg, the committee responsible for organising the market, selects the stallholders offering original handicrafts. These range from wooden toys and Russian handicrafts to pottery and glassware and the Japanese art of origami paper folding. Culinary products such as bredlegebäck, nuts, dried fruit, herbs, syrup, cheese, foie gras and Alsatian terrines await travellers at the Valley Farmers’ Market.
There’s a wide range of ideas for Christmas gifts: floral art, pottery, nativity scene figurines, glass ornaments, wooden toys, rich fabrics… Oh and not forgetting mulled wine, gingerbread and bredalas!
The Place de l’Hôtel de Ville is home to a “farmers’ market”. Here you’ll find genuine local Alsatian produce that’s sure to impress.
The Christmas exhibition
Before heading out onto Kaysersberg’s main street, be sure to visit the Christmas exhibition in the Salle de l’Arsenal (next to the Tourist Office). It features enchanting scenes from Alsatian Christmas with local heroes: Saint Nicolas, Hans Trapp, Christkindel…
Decorations and illuminations!
You don’t have to visit Kaysersberg at Christmas to enjoy this magnificent historic town. With its half-timbered houses, old churches and castle, Kaysersberg is already a treat…
But when night falls at Christmas, Kaysersberg is transformed into a world of enchantment. As in so many other places in Alsace, the town council and its residents decorate and illuminate their streets with great care.
The Grande Rue
First of all, the main street (Grand’Rue) is the place to be. This is where you’ll find most of the shops, restaurants and tearooms.
Place de l’Eglise
The Place de l’Eglise is wonderfully decorated. Take a look at Constantine’s fountain. It features a rich, rustic Christmas decoration. A traditional nativity scene is set up at the foot of the statue every year.
Entertainment and concerts
Every year, volunteers from the Noël à Kaysersberg Association put on a Christmas exhibition on a theme dedicated to Christmas traditions. The exhibition is open during the 4 weekends of the Christmas market and during the Christmas holidays.
During this magical period, come and enjoy the Advent concerts on Sundays at 4pm (26/11, 03/12, 10/12 and 17/12) at the Eglise Sainte Croix. You’re in for a treat.
The fortified bridge
Then head for the fortified bridge. A stunning postcard view of an enchanting Christmas awaits you.
Visitors particularly appreciate the night view from the fortified bridge. Unique in Alsace, the bridge spans the River Weiss and links the Badhus to the Faller houses. The castle perched at the top of the hill overlooks the whole scene…
Don’t hesitate to enter the intimate and sometimes hidden courtyards (as long as they are open to the public!). They will surprise you with their decoration, some featuring nativity scenes, small markets or terraces where you can eat.
Many cultural events are organised during Advent weekends in Kaysersberg: treasure hunts, classical music concerts, guided tours of the town, shepherds’ Christmas, children’s workshops, etc.
The specialities of Kaysersberg Christmas market
Alsatian mulled wine
Späetzle with Munster cheese
You can stroll around the magnificent old town all day and enjoy a glass of mulled wine at the Kaysersberg Christmas market. After dusk, enjoy the magical illuminations throughout the village. After the market closes at 7pm, Kaysersberg is all yours. You can end the day in one of the many brasseries.
How do get to Kaysersberg?
Kaysersberg is 12 km from Colmar station, with rail links to Mulhouse, Strasbourg, Lyon, Basel and Paris.
The main road through Kaysersberg links Colmar with Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. It’s easy to get to Kaysersberg from Mulhouse (55km), Strasbourg (80km), Freiburg-im-Breisgau (65km), Basel (80km) and Nancy (130km). Paris is 440 km away.
The nearest international airports are Strasbourg-Entzheim and Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Euroairport, both equally distant (70km) with national and European airlines.
Other Christmas markets near Kaysersberg
Wissembourg Christmas Market
Riquewihr Christmas Market
Colmar Christmas market
Éguisheim Christmas market
Sélestat Christmas Market
Freiburg-im-Breisgau Christmas Market
The Advent period is also the time to prepare wreaths at local florists, to bring the spirit of Alsatian Christmas into your home. Christmas market in Kaysersberg has a magical journey in store for you – Authentic, traditional and beautifully with lights.
Forget your worries during an enchanted moment in the Christmas land, enjoy the moment and have sparkles in your eyes!