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Basel – Christmas Markets in Switzerland
Basel Weihnachtsmarkt

Date22 November –  23 December 2018
Open daily from 11 am to 8.30 pm
Location : Barfüsserplatz

The Basel Christmas market at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz is considered to be one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. During the run-up to Christmas, many events and spectacular special exhibitions in the city’s museums further enrich its cultural scene.

During Advent, Basel assumes a unique charm. Two romantic Christmas markets are located in the heart of the city centre, nestled among the Christmas decorations adorning the historic Old Town— in Barfüsserplatz around the historic Barfüsserkirche and in Münsterplatz right next to the cathedral, which is probably the city’s best-known landmark, where a magnificent Christmas tree is decorated by Christmas specialist Johann Wanner.

At both locations, numerous traders and artisans present their wares. Anyone looking for gift ideas will be inspired by the huge array of products and the fairy-tale atmosphere. Plenty of culinary delights are also on offer, be it a cup of mulled wine, waffles, Basel Läckerli biscuits or ever-popular grilled sausages.

Official opening of Christmas in Basel

Christmas in Basel will be officially opened at 6.30 pm on 22 November 2018, when the city’s Governing President, Elisabeth Ackermann,, switches on the Christmas lights at Münsterplatz. At the same time,visitors will be able to admire the splendid illuminations adorning the numerous Christmas trees lining the streets of Basel.

The musical accompaniment for the opening ceremony will be provided by the Musik Akademie Basel horn ensemble conducted by Stefan Ruf and Theater Basel’s Extra choir, conducted by Michael Clark.

«Christmas fairy-tale forest» on the Münsterplatz

Date 29 November to 22 December 2018

Time : Monday to Friday from 1.30 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Location : Münsterplatz

At the «Christmas fairy-tale forest» on the Münsterplatz  children can make, pour and decorate candles, make torches, forge metal objects, decorate gingerbread, eat campfire bread and drink hot chocolate, ride on the kiddies’ train, bake cookies, pour tin, visit the star workshop, make Christmas floral decorations, have a go on the wheel of fortune, mint coins and much more besides.

Shopping and dining

At Christmas, Basel provides a perfect combination of sightseeing and shopping. From the hustle and bustle of the Freie Strasse to the Marktplatz, from Spalenberg with its small boutiques and fine stores, such as Johann Wanner’s famous Christmas Shop, to Manor, the city’s oldest department store— everything is close at hand.

Basel also has a treat in store for everyone looking for delicious Christmas fare. In addition to the many tasty food and drink specialities on offer at the Christmas markets, Basel is also famous for its excellent Confiserie cake and chocolate shops with their delicious Christmas biscuits and confectionery. Furthermore, many of Basel’s excellent restaurants serve Christmas-inspired menus in December, complete with spectacular Christmas decorations.

Christmas City Tours

The Christmas city tour organised by Basel Tourism not only provides the best views of the Christmas lights, trees and angels adorning the city’s streets, it also gives visitors a valuable insight into the history, customs and traditions of Christmas time in Basel.

Christmas

Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.

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Food plays a very important part in the season of Goodwill and Festive Cheer. Here we have a selection of recipes from around the globe which we hope will help you to prepare for Christmas.

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Find Puzzles, word searches, letters to print of for Santa plus much more here, in the Kids Corner

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