Sélestat Christmas market is not strictly speaking a Christmas market. There is indeed a small Christmas village with a few chalets, but it’s not the main attraction in town during the holidays. Actually, visitors come to Sélestat for all the activities surrounding the Christmas tree. The tree holds a very important place here, as the first written mention of the Christmas Tree was found in Sélestat, dating back from 1521. Yes, it’s pretty impressive! If you want to know more about the history of the Christmas tree, let me recommend you to download this short and very informative guide.
Thanks to this tradition, the town therefore decided to offer a very unique Christmas market to visitors, on the theme of the Christmas tree. And let me tell you, they don’t lack imagination in Sélestat! You’ll be able to admire the evolution of Christmas tree decorations in a church, to marvel at the creativity of participants in the Christmas tree design contest (you’ll be able to discover trees from all shapes, appearances and materials!), to watch projection mapping on the theme of the tree or even to book a tour with Professeur Sappinus to learn many things about Christmas traditions! There is a good chance that you’ll meet this character during your visit: don’t forget to stop him and ask him a few questions… he is passionate about his subject, friendly and very interesting!
In addition to these special “Christmas tree activities”, I enjoyed Sélestat Christmas market for its stands of very good quality: you’ll find many local artisans in the Sainte-Barbe complex, and you can even see them at work!
It’s a very nice market, with very good activities and it’s a nice change from more traditional markets. A great way to mix it up and an excellent surprise!
- A very unique Christmas market
- The theme of the Christmas tree is well-developed
- A pretty town
I liked a little less
- Don’t expect a conventional Christmas market, as you might be disappointed!
My pictures of Sélestat Christmas market
Opening dates and times
You will find here the opening dates and times of Sélestat Chrismas Market.
Sélestat is located:
- 26 km from Colmar (about 30 minutes drive)
- 50 km from Strasbourg (about 40 minutes drive)
- 67 km from Mulhouse (about 50 minutes drive)
By public transport
You can easily come to Sélestat by train. Please have a look on Vialsace to build your own itinerary.