Christmas Markets 2017 in Riquewihr Alsace and Winter time

Enjoy the Christmas markets on weekdays and as soon as end of November: no crowds, more pleasure.
Every year we take some new pictures on several Christmas markets and events related to Christmas in Alsace and nearby Germany. We listed our favorite attractions and venues on a long page with hints, practical tips and links. Could be helpful to organize your own stay in Alsace.
Have a look at our dedicated page on our blog.

Stay in one of our 15 wonderful holiday apartments and experience an unforgettable Christmas atmosphere.
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Riquewihr is definitely a fairy tale village. Christmas lights and markets from end of November to end of December every year.

Riquewihr is definitely a fairy tale village. Christmas lights and markets from end of November to end of December every year.

La Guinguette de Noël is a private Christmas market held in a historical winemaker's property in the heart of Riquewihr.

La Guinguette de Noël is a private Christmas market held in a historical winemaker's property in the heart of Riquewihr.

Christmas market magic in Riquewihr, one of the nicest villages in Alsace and in France - see the movie
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Riquewihr is the perfect base to explore the Christmas markets all over the Upper Rhine valley

2016 - CHRISTMAS celebrations and Christmas markets in ALSACE and RIQUEWIHR
The Christmas markets and celebrations in Alsace start every year with the first Sunday of Advent.
Usually, festivities start on the last weekend of November.
This Christmas markets atmosphere will last until beginning of January.
By booking one of our holiday apartments in Riquewihr you will be ideally located to discover the Christmas markets all over Alsace and even nearby Germany.

For more pictures and a precise 2016 Christmas events update in Alsace and nearby Germany and Switzerland, read and follow our blog.

Main street of Riquewihr. Our holiday apartments Marco Polo, Riesling, Muscat, Sylvaner and Klevner are in this part of the village.

Main street of Riquewihr. Our holiday apartments Marco Polo, Riesling, Muscat, Sylvaner and Klevner are in this part of the village.

Rue de la Couronne in Riquewihr in December …

Rue de la Couronne in Riquewihr in December …

Christmas market time in Riquewihr, a magical atmosphere ...
Imagine one of the prettiest villages in France combined with the fairy tale of Christmas!
Here are some pictures of the Christmas market in Riquewihr. The stalls of the plaza near the City Hall as well as several Christmas markets in private courtyards are open daily. Prefer weekdays as the village will be less crowded and you will enjoy the magical atmosphere more.
The main Christmas market of Riquewihr is open every day, even on weekdays, from end of November to end of December

The main Christmas market of Riquewihr is open every day, even on weekdays, from end of November to end of December

In this little street (rue des Remparts) there are 3 of our holiday apartment: the Romantic Studio***, The Sentinel***** and the Dove's Nest*****

In this little street (rue des Remparts) there are 3 of our holiday apartment: the Romantic Studio***, The Sentinel***** and the Dove's Nest*****

Christmas and Winter atmosphere in our romantic holiday apartments in the medieval village of Riquewihr in Alsace!

Our self catering gites in Riquewihr are wonderful places to stay in Winter. In the lounge of the Dove's Nest as well as in the White Stork (2 persons) you will have a safe pellet fireplace. During the Christmas markets period (end of November to January), all our apartments, from the smallest studio to the largest flat, have a beautiful romantic Christmas decoration.

We have guests coming from all over the world especially for the Christmas markets period. Availabilities in our holiday apartments are vanishing rapidly.
For even more fun, make your explorations during weekdays. The Christmas markets will be less crowded.
Book one of our romantic gites as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Click here to see all availabilities!

The sitting room of our Le Colombier apartment in Winter

The sitting room of our Le Colombier apartment in Winter

Pellet fireplace and beautiful white Christmas tree in our White Stork holiday apartment

Pellet fireplace and beautiful white Christmas tree in our White Stork holiday apartment

In Riquewihr and in whole Alsace: a long lasting Christmas fairy tale for young and less young visitors

Riquewihr and the small towns and surrounding villages as Ribeauvillé, Kaysersberg, Eguisheim but also smaller and less known villages are a genuine delight during the festivities and Christmas markets. The Christmas markets time extends from late November to Christmas and even into the New Year (Colmar). The streets are decorated with many small trees and lights: delightful decorations so that the magic of Christmas is everywhere. Everywhere, on each christmas market, you will have the opportunity to sample specialties from Alsace directly in the street like that traditional sweets prepared at home or Glühwein (warm wine prepared with spices).

Nativity scene in Bergheim near Riquewihr. Every year a crib's trail is showing about 50 nativity scenes until January.

Nativity scene in Bergheim near Riquewihr. Every year a crib's trail is showing about 50 nativity scenes until January.

A giant Christmas fir is lit at the edge of the forest of Grendelbruch near the Mount Saint Odile.

A giant Christmas fir is lit at the edge of the forest of Grendelbruch near the Mount Saint Odile.

The Christmas market in Eguisheim, south west of Colmar, deserves a visit. See my blog for details.

The Christmas market in Eguisheim, south west of Colmar, deserves a visit. See my blog for details.

South West of Strasbourg, in Germany, the giant Advent calendar of Gengenbach and its Christmas market should be visited at the end of the afternoon.

South West of Strasbourg, in Germany, the giant Advent calendar of Gengenbach and its Christmas market should be visited at the end of the afternoon.

For more Christmas events in Alsace and nearby Germany and Switzerland, read and follow our blog.
Ottmarsheim, between Mulhouse and Basel presents the only Christmas market where museum shops are gathering.

Ottmarsheim, between Mulhouse and Basel presents the only Christmas market where museum shops are gathering.

Mulhouse organises a spectacular Christmas market usually open as soon as end of November.

Mulhouse organises a spectacular Christmas market usually open as soon as end of November.

Christmas markets in the neighbour town of Colmar
The Christmas markets in the neighbour towns of Colmar are only minutes away from Riquewihr.
We took some nice pictures on several Christmas markets and events related to Christmas in Alsace. Most of them happen every year. Have a look at our dedicated blog: https://best-of-upper-rhine.com/my-favorite-christmas-markets-events-in-alsace/
Christmas market in Colmar. Colmar is a beautiful city with famous Christmas markets.

Christmas market in Colmar. Colmar is a beautiful city with famous Christmas markets.

The magic of Christmas operates in Colmar at any time of the day but especially at night.

The magic of Christmas operates in Colmar at any time of the day but especially at night.

In 2016 the Colmar Christmas markets open on Friday afternoon 25 November and will last until 31 December.

One of the 5 Christmas markets of Colmar - only minutes away from Riquewihr and our apartments.

One of the 5 Christmas markets of Colmar - only minutes away from Riquewihr and our apartments.

Christmas market atmosphere in Colmar. Colmar is within an easy reach by bus from Riquewihr. No need to take your car and bother for parking!

Christmas market atmosphere in Colmar. Colmar is within an easy reach by bus from Riquewihr. No need to take your car and bother for parking!

Christmas market in Kaysersberg and Ribeauvillé
The nearby little towns of Kaysersberg and Ribeauvillé are 15 minutes away from Riquewihr and organise every year beautiful Christmas markets. There is a Christmas shuttle taking you there. No need to take your car.
In Kaysersberg, charming little city near Riquewihr, Christmas markets are famous and crowds are filling the streets every weekend in December.

In Kaysersberg, charming little city near Riquewihr, Christmas markets are famous and crowds are filling the streets every weekend in December.

When the weather is chilly, Glühwein is the best medication to warm up hands, mouth and heart!

When the weather is chilly, Glühwein is the best medication to warm up hands, mouth and heart!

Ribeauvillé has a long history. Medieval times are surviving through the architecture but also through festivals all over the year, included the Christmas time. In Ribeauvillé, Christmas markets are... medieval.

At the medieval Christmas market of Ribeauvillé

At the medieval Christmas market of Ribeauvillé

Saint Nicholas visits the Christmas market in Selestat near Riquewihr
Sélestat is a must visit little city only 20 minutes drive north of Riquewihr and Colmar.
On Dec 5, 2015 do not miss the Procession of Saint-Nicholas and opening of the Christmas market. Spectacular night parade in the streets of downtown (from 16:30), speech by the saint patron of schoolchildren (18:00 – Victory Square) and distribution of sweets and hot chocolate to good children.

Sélestat remains a city somewhat unknown to tourists. Perhaps because they often rush on the highway from Strasbourg to Colmar without thinking of stopping at Sélestat. What a pity! Sélestat is a beautiful city with a rich historical and architectural heritage. Christmas animations are nice and tidy. It is also the historical birthplace of the Christmas tree, with the oldest written reference in the world dating back to 1521.

 
In the archives of the city of Sélestat you will see the oldest written mention of a Christmas fir dating back to 1521

In the archives of the city of Sélestat you will see the oldest written mention of a Christmas fir dating back to 1521

The Saint Nicholas parade is probably the most beautiful of that kind in Alsace and is attended by many kind children waiting for sweets!

The Saint Nicholas parade is probably the most beautiful of that kind in Alsace and is attended by many kind children waiting for sweets!

Strasbourg Christmas markets are dating back to medieval times
Do not miss an afternoon at the Chrismas markets in Strasbourg. They are definitely the oldest tradition of Christmas markets in the world and are held since 1570!
Catch a train at the station in Sélestat or drive to the P+R parking and tram station of Illkirch-Grafenstaden south of Strasbourg. Do not attempt to enter Strasbourg with your car, it would be a nightmare. Check our blog for more practical details.
Rue Mercière in Strasbourg leads to the cathedral

Rue Mercière in Strasbourg leads to the cathedral

The impressive cathedral of Strasbourg dominates one of the 11 different Christmas markets of the city.

The impressive cathedral of Strasbourg dominates one of the 11 different Christmas markets of the city.

Book your accommodation for the Christmas markets in Alsace as soon as possible!
Most of the Christmas markets are already starting end of November.

Our gites in one glimpse, sorted by size and level of comfort.

From the studio to the large luxury apartment: our 15 romantic gites in Alsace (14 in the historical city of Riquewihr) provide some of the best self catering accommodation in Alsace. Select yours!

2 studios + 1 duplex apartment in the heart of Riquewihr: low rates, maxi charm
4 luxury gites for 2 people
4 larger apartments for 4 people + 1 apartment for up to 8 people
Charm and comfort at budget rates!
 
For 2 people
 
Romantic Studio, In the ramparts: our smallest place but quite comfortable. For 2 persons.
Sylvaner Studio, Larger Studio in the heart of Riquewihr. For 2 persons.
 
3 up to 5 people
 
Klevner Duplex, Charming duplex apartment in the heart of Riquewihr. For 2 + 1 persons.
Muscat family apartment, Ideal for 2 adults + up to 3 children.
 
In the mountain village of La Vancelle

The Mountain Hiker, in a residential village north of Riquewihr. Calm & nature in a strategic place to visit all of Alsace.

Certainly among the finest gites in Alsace!
 
Luxury for 2 people.

The Sentinel, Absolutely romantic. Airconditioned. For 2 persons.
The Little Wolf, With a small balcony. Airconditioned. For 2 persons.
The Little Bear, comfortable apartment for 2. Street level, ideal for people having problems to walk or with stairs.
The Fox and the Grapes, Stunning views on the famous Schoenenbourg vineyard. Aircon not necessary. For 2 persons.
The White Stork, Stunning views + sunny terrace. Airconditioned. Definitely the best of what we have to offer for 2 persons (couple).

Need space?
 
Comfort for 4-8 people

Riesling apartment, 2 beautiful bedrooms, 1 bathroom. For 4 people.
Marco Polo apartment, our largest place. 3 bedrooms, 2,5 bathrooms. Sleeps up to 6 adults + 2 children.

Luxury for 4-6 people

Dove's Nest house, Absolutely romantic. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Airconditioned. For 4 people maximum.
Alsatian Hart apartment, Stunning views, balcony. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with walk in shower, the other with jacuzzi). Airconditioned. For 4 people maximum.
The Lucky Dragon, spacious gite spreading over 3 levels. Independant entrance from the garden. Terrace. 4+2 people.

And when the Christmas time is over …

Winter is the season of traditional Alsace. Mid November, January and February offer plenty of discoveries for those who know how to look and approach closer. Riquewihr is your base for exploring the vineyard and the mountains of Vosges and Alsace!
In the aftermath of the Epiphany, the Feast of the Magi, 6 January, when the celebrations of Christmas fade in our memories, when the lanterns have been removed and the new year has begun its march towards Easter, then another Alsace unfolds. Some find it more authentic, far from the tumult of the crowds of the beautiful days.

And even if the snow is not present every year in Riquewihr, those who want to take a walk in snowshoes or cross-country skiing should find their happiness with a day out a little higher in the Vosges, a half an hour's drive barely (station du Lac Blanc). Finally, do not be worried by any wintry road conditions: of course caution on the road is always up, but in Alsace and in the Vosges, snow is not an unknown phenomenon and there is appropriate equipment available (and know how) to quickly clean the roads in case of snowfall ...

Vineyards of the Alsace grand cru Schoenenburg overlooking Riquewihr

Vineyards of the Alsace grand cru Schoenenburg overlooking Riquewihr

Snow is not present every year but when it is, it gives a very special atmosphere to the village of Riquewihr and to the Vosges mountains.

Snow is not present every year but when it is, it gives a very special atmosphere to the village of Riquewihr and to the Vosges mountains.