After we recommended you the Lille Christmas market the other week, P&O Ferries would now like to point you in the direction of another town that should help you get in the festive spirit: Strasbourg.
Due to its location close to the German border, Strasbourg’s Christmas market has a distinctly German touch – but that’s definitely an advantage, since the Germans do Christmas markets better than almost anybody else.
Combined with Strasbourg’s lovely cathedral, alleyways and market squares, this expertise in all things Yuletide makes for a fantastic experience leading up to the holidays. Taking part from 26 November until 31 December 2011, the Strasbourg Christmas market might be a bit out of the way for some P&O Ferries users, but it’s definitely worth the trip.
The main Christmas market is held in the area surrounding the town’s cathedral and has been going for more than 400 years. There are, however, 11 more markets spread around the city, including a market dedicated to the guest of honour, the country of Switzerland. Every year at the Strasbourg Christmas market, a country is awarded the opportunity to bring a bit of its own festive spirit to Alsace. The Swiss Village will offer artefacts and Swiss delicacies to punters – there will be traditional lumberjack tea and of course different cheese and chocolate treats.
There will also be the chance for parents to spend some quality time with their children in one of the many activities organized specifically for kids at the Strasbourgh Christmas market. There will be an ice skating rink as well as an ice garden containing tunnels and sculptures, and there will be shows put on in the dedicated Christmas village every Wednesday, Saturday at Sunday at 2.30, 4 and 5pm.
In addition to all this, there will be free classical and choir concerts, theatre performances, carols, organ recitals, and much, much more. One last highlight we’d like to point out is the huge Christmas tree in the place Klebér, beautifully decorated and illuminated by Antoinette Pfimlin.
As you can see, there is more to Christmas markets than mulled wine and handicrafts (of which there will of course also be plenty) – why not take a little trip to the continent to get into the spirit?
To get to Strasbourg, you can take a P&O Ferry to Calais and drive to Strasbourg via Dunkirk and Lille (around 5.5 hours).
Image credit: Francois Schnell