There are a million places to go to celebrate Christmas, but perhaps the most magical of them all is the French region of Alsace. After all, it is the birthplace of the Christmas tree.

The massive Strasbourg Christmas market, known locally as Christkindelsmärik, provides a great opportunity for a winter weekend break. The market is set around Broglie Place and Cathedral Square and spreads out into the surrounding streets and plazas, where stall holders tempt visitors with their original gifts and traditional specialties. Friendly local artisans gather in their modest wooden stalls to sell their hand-made treasures.

Here you can purchase one-of-a-kind gifts and unique souvenirs made from wood, glass and other traditional materials. Dine on delectable cuisine like Christmas cakes and gingerbread and sip on a glass (or two) of the area’s famous mulled wine, known as "vin chaud".

Every sense will be delighted as you take in the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of the season.  There are even parades, live bands and light and sound shows to truly make the holiday come alive!  If you’re looking for an unforgettable way to celebrate the holidays, the Strasbourg Christmas Market is a must-see.

Christmas Markets Strasbourg 2017: 24 November 2017 - 24 December 2017