Exploring the Christmas markets in Colmar is one of the best activities for those in town during that time of the year.
The city of Colmar is quite known for its Christmas markets. Only one hour drive from Strasbourg, it’s easy to combine both cities in a weekend getaway.
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The Colmar Christmas markets usually open one month prior to Christmas; this year, the 24th November happened to be on a Friday.
This was the perfect weekend for me to go and explore what Colmar has to offer. I drove with an American/Romanian friend over to Colmar, and walked for a few hours throughout the city centre.
Christmas markets in Colmar: Where to Park
The best parking for those wanting to easily walk to Colmar’s city centre is Rapp, only a 5-minute walk. Otherwise, the city offers a free shuttle to and from the Parking Relais (Parc des Expositions).
Thanks to signs posted around the centre, you will easily find your way through all of the Christmas markets in Colmar.
We ended up exploring all 5 different areas. Each market has stands including food, drinks, crafts, and souvenirs.
Christmas markets in Colmar: Market Areas
There are 5 Christmas market areas throughout Colmar’s city centre. I have found the most optimal route if you are starting from the Rapp underground parking.
It goes like this: Place des Dominicains > Place Jeanne d’Arc > Place de l’Ancienne Douane > Koïfus (indoor market) > Petite Venise.
Each market will have stands such as a hot wine stand, a bretzel and bredele stand, local crafts stand, and souvenirs from Alsace stands.
Christmas markets in Colmar: Notable Food and Drinks
One of the notable foods to try are bredele, traditional Christmas cookies found in the Alsace region during Christmas time. You can also eat a bretzel with warm cheese, a tarte flambée on toast, or manalas de Saint Nicolas, a brioche shaped as a little man.
There are honestly so many foods to try, but here is a list of a few others: christollen, berawecka, sprengerle, pains d’épices…
When it comes to drinks, the must-try is hot wine. Called gluhwein or vin chaud in French, this red wine is flavored and infused with cinnamon sticks, orange spices, vanilla, and/or anise.
Perfect for a cold winter day, a cup of hot wine usually comes with a souvenir cup! You get to keep this and bring it home with you.
For those who would rather try a non-alcoholic alternative (or for children), drink a warm spiced orange juice. Again, the juice is usually infused with cinnamon, and served warm.
Hopefully you will want to go to the Christmas markets in Colmar next year, as the region of Alsace is the best at celebrating Christmas!
Alsatians are raised with a love of Christmas, which keeps showing year after year in the local cities.
What’s your city’s Christmas market like?