If you’re someone whose favorite holiday is Christmas and you want to study abroad in France, Strasbourg is the ultimate place for you! Boasting the oldest—and most elaborate— Christmas market in Europe (since 1570!), this city has rightfully earned its title of “Christmas capital.” From gingerbread to ornaments, the breathtaking marché leaves every visitor like a kid on Christmas Eve. There are several different locations in the city center that host their own markets (each specializing in different things), and each year a European country is represented with its own section. This year’s country is Belgium, aka I’ll definitely treat myself to Belgian waffles and fries after my finals!
So, has my brochure-like, animated and historically accurate description enticed you to view a gallery of my own personal photographs? If you answered yes, you’re in luck! I’ve handpicked my best photos that relatively capture the magic of the markets. The sad truth is you really can’t encapsulate all of the lights, decorations and atmosphere in pictures, but I do my best in these. And if you’re yearning for high-quality shots from real professional cameras, I urge you to Google the Strasbourg Christmas markets for some hard-core FOMO. So, on y va!
Vin chaud: mulled wine, a specialty of the Alsace region
A selection of Christmas ornaments by a stand near the Notre Dame Cathedral
The Carré d’Or, my favorite street during this time
If you squint you can see the cathedral in the background
Place Kléber, the main plaza in Strasbourg
A beautiful little stand by the cathedral
Gingerbread in every shape and form
These delicious chocolate-covered mousse pops
Posing with my vin chaud near the cathedral
Who needs Rockefeller when you’ve got the Place Kléber Christmas tree?