Christmas in Basel 2017

Welcome to the 40th Basel Christmas Market

The Basel Christmas Market will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The market has already delighted its visitors for many, many years. In its first year, in 1978, the Basel Christmas Market was held on Claraplatz. It then expanded to Barfüsserplatz,
which became its sole location at the time of its 20th anniversary. Since 2011, the market has grown to such an extent it now covers Münsterplatz, one of
the most beautiful squares in Basel.

We are now in 2017 and the “Christmas in Basel” is still going strong offering much for visitors to marvel at and enjoy. From 23 November to 23 December, it will once more brighten up the city with contemplative lights, impressive decorations and ethereal notes. The heart of the “Basel Christmas” are the markets on the Münsterplatz and Barfüsserplatz with 181 stalls. There is also much to discover outside of Grossbasel:
In Kleinbasel, on the other side of the festively illuminated Mittlere Brücke, the Claraplatz or the Rheingasse tempt visitors to come and browse a while.

Experience “Christmas in Basel” in its full glory and take part in one of the many Christmas events. More information can be found in this flyer and at

We wish you a peaceful holiday season and a merry Christmas.

Share your moment: #xmasinbasel

Join the fundraising campaign of Christmas in Basel and the Basler Kantonalbank, its charity partner. Share your moment from Basel at Christmas on social media with the hashtag #xmasinbasel and we will donate CHF 1 per post to the Foundation Pro UKBB for the benefit of sick children.

All details can be found at

Schliffi uff em Märt

From the 1st of December, the Marktplatz will be open for ice skating, whilst the market is open. Skates can be rented on site at a reasonable price. There will also be Christmas trees on sale, some delicious catering options and other opportunities for fun and games.

Opening hours:
Fri, 01.12.2017 to Sat, 10.2.2018
Mon to Sat 8.30 am to 6.00 pm
Open Sundays, 10.12 and 17.12.2017, from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Book a magical stay

This special offer from Basel Tourism includes an overnight stay in the hotel of your choice, a gift worth CHF 35, valuable insider tips and the Mobility Ticket.

For more information and reservations visit

Guided Tour "Christmas in Basel"

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

Dates: 02./09./16. and 23.12.17 at 4 pm
Price: Adults CHF 25, children (under 16) CHF 12.50, including a hot beverage and cup at the Christmas market
Reservation: Online at, Tel. +41 (0)61 268 68 68,