The Strasbourg Christmas market will take place from November 26 to December 26. After a 451st edition without a chalet last year due to a pandemic, the traditional Christkindelsmärik is back in a version that wants to be more airy while waiting for dusting from 2022.
“Allumons les étoiles” is the slogan and leitmotif of this 2021 edition of the Strasbourg Christmas market which will be held from November 26 to December 26. “The idea is really to develop the imagination, appeal to the world of childhood, give pride of place to wooden decorations”, explains Guillaume Libsig, deputy in charge of the coordination of Strasbourg, capital of Christmas.
Wooden decorations to adorn the large tree in particular. The tree, symbol of these end-of-year celebrations in the European capital, arrives at Place Kléber on November 2 after having been cut in Lorraine. Clouds will also dress its branches among other decorations.
And above all, the chalets are making their comeback after being conspicuous by their absence in 2020 due to the pandemic. 314 chalets will be spread across the Grande-Ile, run by fairgrounds, traders and artisans. “The idea this year is to make a more aerated course, specifies Guillaume Libsig, to leave a space of 6 to 8 meters from front to front where there were only 4 meters “.
More space, which made it possible to consider dressing the Place Broglie. “Before, we had no visibility, because the chalets were too crowded on themselves. This year, we will be able to dress the facades, the trees, the buildings. The town hall will be the support of a mapping video telling the story of the Christmas market “.
Four new sites including Place Kléber
The Christmas market therefore extends across the city on 14 sites, including 4 new ones, notably Place Kléber and Square Louise Weiss. The square that will host the Advent village with the idea of reconnecting with tradition. “Every Saturday, a show during which one of the advent candles will be lit, will take place at this place. We can also find gifts, decoration, everything you need to prepare the feast of Xmas”, explains Guillaume Libsig. The advent village will also become the post village from December 27 until January 2 with workshops and shows to start the year off right.
The inaugural day will therefore be on November 26. It will start at 2 p.m. and will be participatory. Those who wish, for example, can be part of a large choir led by the conductor Philippe Utard, with Christmas carols on the program. A choir that will perform at 6 p.m. in different sites in the city. Rehearsals are scheduled on November 6, 13 and 20 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Palais des Fêtes. Please note that you will need to register beforehand.
No big stage, however, on Place Kléber, always for the sake of leaving space. The lights in the city and those of the big tree will be on as usual at the same time in the early evening. Pierre Bardet, president of Vitrines de Strasbourg and responsible for the city’s illuminations, promises Strasbourg residents “three new features, one of which is spectacular!”
Germany in the spotlight
The Christmas market welcomes a guest country, it is Germany. Tribute will be paid to him through a rich cultural program including an exhibition on the world of tales and shows provided by artists from two twin cities of Strasbourg: Dresden and Stuttgart.
The Christmas market will close on December 26. Pierre Bardet also obtained from the Bas-Rhin prefecture that the Strasbourg stores be open on Sundays November 28 and December 5 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays December 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “to make things more fluid, there is less jostling”.
Finally, the city is considering completely dusting off the Christmas market from 2022, so that it is more traditional, more authentic but also closer to its inhabitants. “It is necessary that overtourism cease, that we put authenticity at the heart of this tradition, that the inhabitants no longer feel like foreigners in their city in December, we must also think about” Christmasizing “the whole city , “ concludes Guillaume Libsig. An ambitious program for which we will have to be convincing.