Christmas Market at Strasbourg
The next stop after Paris was Strasbourg – to see the Christmas market, or rather the Christmas “city” and the biggest Christmas tree in Europe!
I took the 9 a.m. SNCF train from Paris Est, and got to Strasbourg at around 10:30. Initially, this round trip ticket costs more than 180 euros alone, but SNCF offers set tickets in which you purchase a “three country pass – off peak” for $255. The pass allows you to travel through three countries in any five days of the two months starting from the first day you validate your ticket. For unlimited trains you take in these five days, you only need to pay a little amount of money for each trip – almost all under 25 euros round trip. This pass has saved me hundreds of dollars, but just remember to arrive at your station early and validate your ticket in the yellow machines before boarding.
It’s lit! They lit the biggest Christmas tree in Europe at around 7 in the evening with Canadian Singer Natasha St-Pier’s performance. Crowds and crowds of people gathered at Place Kléber to celebrate the moment.
What makes Strasbourg the Capital of Christmas is that the city has held Christmas markets since 1570. Since then, they have welcome people around the world to enjoy the most authentic Alsatian Christmas festival. Windows and buildings were well decorated with branches of fir and lights. It was nearly impossible to find one corner of the city without holiday ambiance.
The tree lighting was interesting because it was carried out as a parade. We marched from the gothic church of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, which was built in 1187-1439, to light up Christmas lights on every street. Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg was just a really, really, really big church comparable to Duomo Di Milano in Italy.
I am currently editing my video of the Christmas lighting in Strasbourg! Stay tuned!