We’ve been to a lot of Christmas markets over the years, but one that has always stood out for us has been the beautiful Christmas market in Kaysersberg (translated into German as the emperor’s mountain).
Committing itself to a theme of tradition and authenticity, it is widely considered to be among one of the best small Christmas markets in France.
We first visited this Christmas market in November 2019 and fell in love with the village’s charming festive decor and fairytale aesthetic, as well as with their beautiful selection of local products and gifts.
Looking to learn more about Kaysersberg Christmas Market, or perhaps need some guidance on planning your own trip there?
In this post, we’ll be covering…
- Practical Info for Kaysersberg Christmas Market
- A Brief History of Kaysersberg Christmas Market
- Why Visit Kaysersberg Christmas Market?
- Christmas Markets in Kaysersberg to Visit
- More Photos of Kaysersberg Christmas Market
We hope you find it helpful and interesting!
Practical Info for Kaysersberg Christmas Market
Here are some quick must-knows for Kaysersberg Christmas Market this year.
- Nov 24 – 26, 2023
- Dec 1 – 3, 2023
- Dec 8 – 10, 2023
- Dec 15 – 19, 2023
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A Brief History of Kaysersberg Christmas Market
While Christmas market tradition in the Alsace dates back centuries, the Christmas market in Kaysersberg is much, much younger than most, with origins dating back to only 1987.
It was in this year that a new association called ‘Noël à Kaysersberg’ (Christmas in Kaysersberg) was formed by a group of locals who were keen to get a Christmas market up and running in town. Their goal? To create an event anchored in tradition and authenticity… and it’s safe to say they succeeded.
Over 30 years later, Kaysersberg keeps this original vision alive through a gorgeous Christmas market open on all four weekends of Advent, welcoming now upwards of 300,000 visitors a year.
If you’re feeling curious, you can browse the Noël à Kaysersberg archives to see promotional posters for each of their Christmas markets from 1987 – 2012 here.
Why Visit Kaysersberg Christmas Market?
Wondering whether Kaysersberg Christmas Market is worth a trip? Here are some reasons to visit:
Kaysersberg is incredibly charming
If you’re a fan of the Alsace’s fairytale aesthetic, Kaysersberg will not disappoint.
Besides the typical pastel-colored half-timbered buildings that are so numerous in the region, Kaysersberg has paid great attention to detail in their festive decor.
From crooked shutters adorned with fluffy stuffed animals to baubles and garlands trimming every storefront, the decor here is truly immaculate, and worth a visit all on its own.
There’s a lot of great opportunities for food, drink, and shopping
Besides looking beautiful however, the Kaysersberg Christmas Market is also renowned for its selection of vendors.
Since the market is so intent on sticking to its values of authenticity and tradition, you won’t find mass produced goods being sold here, and most of the vendors you’re speaking to are ones directly related to the production of what you’re buying.
Plus, they have a phenomenal selection of local products to eat and drink here (in other words, lots and lots of wine).
It’s close to tons of other great Christmas markets
Lastly, it’s worth noting how easy it is to visit Kaysersberg from other famous Christmas markets in the Alsace.
For instance, Colmar, Eguisheim, Riquewihr, and Ribeauvillé are all less than 20 minutes away by car. There’s even a free shuttle that runs between all of them (except for Eguisheim), making them an ideal bundle of markets to do if you don’t have your own car.
So, if you’re planning a larger Alsace Christmas Market road trip, then Kaysersberg is a convenient (and beautiful!) choice.
Christmas Markets in Kaysersberg to Visit
Wondering where to find Christmas market stalls in Kaysersberg? Here are the main locations of Kaysersberg Christmas Market:
The first market we visited in Kaysersberg was the Marché Paysan (Farmer’s Market) in Place de la Mairie, which focused on vendors selling regional products from local producers.
Here, you can have your pick at everything from gingerbread, honey and jam to wine, cheese, syrups, and all sorts of other delicious goodies.
It was also a great relaxing place to perch and have a glass of wine and beer.
This market is of course a lot more low-key than the main Kaysersberg Christmas Market, but a great place to check out either before or after you finish shopping, since it is located much closer to the town’s main parking area.
The main Christmas market event in Kaysersberg is definitely its Marché Authentique (Authentic Market), with stalls sprinkled around the Cour de l’Arsenal and behind the Sainte-Croix church.
Here, you’ll find a few dozen vendors selling handmade gifts and products for you to take home. While the selection here isn’t as vast as some of the bigger Christmas markets in the region, they make up for it with quality and personability!
Salle de l’Arsenal
Lastly, don’t miss the special “Exposition” that they host every year in the Salle de l’Arsenal at 39 Rue du Général de Gaulle. Each year, there’s a new exhibition dedicated to a different theme.
During the year we visited, it was a display all about fairytales.
More Photos of Kaysersberg Christmas Market
Looking for some more Kaysersberg Christmas Market eye candy? Here are some additional photos we captured during our visit:
We hope you enjoyed this Kaysersberg Christmas Market Guide!
Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about your trip – we’re always happy to help.