Colmar in France was voted one of the top 3 Christmas markets in Europe in 2016
When we read Colmar was rated one of the top Christmas Market (also called Weihnactsmarkt) we decided to spend my birthday weekend there. Colmar, is approximately an hour from the Swiss-French border in the Alsace region.
Logistics and getting to Colmar’s Christmas Market
One of the first surprises was how well organized everything was in Colmar. Clear signs in the city take you to a parking lot. Parking was free for the entire weekend and there were free shuttles that took the crowd to the Christmas Market. Don’t even bother trying to find parking closer to the market. No wonder it was rated highly, and this was even before we had reached the market.
The entire town of Colmar transforms into a Winter Wonderland
Plan enough time to walk around all the Christmas market areas (there were 5 of them!) and also visit the “Little Venice” and other neighbourhoods in town. The entire town lights up in the evening and it is a sight to behold!
Vin Chaud and Warm Maroni at the Christmas Market
Christmas markets are all about the food and drink. What better way to keep warm on the cold, winter days than some hot wine. Vin chaud, gluhwine, mulled wine- whatever you call it, it’s as delicious! We also tried some warm maroni (chestnuts) which are popular during the winters
Colmar’s Christmas Market is a wonderful day out for the kids
Christmas markets, especially in Colmar, are wonderful days out for kids. There are skating rinks, carol singing at wineries, carousels and fun rides throughout the town. The highlight was kids singing carols, floating down the “Little Venice” canals in illuminated boats.
All in all, experiencing a Christmas market, and especially the one in Colmar is highly recommended!