A Yuletide treasure

At Christmastime Basel becomes one of the most beautiful Christmas cities in Europe. About one hundred large fir trees and an abundance of exciting streetlights adorn the city guaranteeing a festive spirit everywhere.

Market stalls at the Basel Christmas market on Barfüsserplatz.
The Basel Christmas Market offers visitors numerous stalls with goods and refreshments.

This year, too, a diverse range of attractions and a varied programme of events awaits visitors to Christmas in Basel. At the heart of Christmas in Basel is the Christmas market at Münsterplatz and Barfüsserplatz, which is open daily from 11.00am to 8.30pm, from 22nd November to 23rd December 2018. The official opening of Christmas in Basel takes place at Münsterplatz on Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 6.30pm, when President of the Government Elisabeth Ackermann will switch on the Christmas lights.

The Basel Christmas market with its wonderful aromas and glittering lights is like a twinkling jewel, and from far and wide it even looks like one. At the heart of Basel stand approximately 180 selected goods and food stalls, which are all decorated with great care and attention to detail and custom built. Here you will find a rich selection of specialties, Christmas products and gift items, as well as a fine choice of refreshments.

Market stalls at the Basel Christmas market on Münsterplatz.
The Basel Christmas Market on Münsterplatz.

The centrepiece of the Basel Christmas market is Barfüsserplatz. The Christmas market has been steadily extending over the years around the Barfüsserkirche, which houses the Basel Historical Museum.

The Christmas market has also been staged since 2011 in Münsterplatz, which is the most famous and most beautiful square in Basel with its venerable cathedral, many more stalls, additional attractions and, of course, a festive Christmas spirit.


Access by road

If you do not know your way around the area, motorists can call (Tel. + 41 61 267 70 43) to find out how to get to the most suitable car parks or download the access map for bus drivers.


At the heart of Basel, the Basel Christmas market in Barfüsserplatz with its buzzing atmosphere beckons you in for a visit. Whether you are at the other end of the square or around the Barfüsserkirche, you will find everything you need here for the upcoming Christmas. The products on offer range from candles to Christmas tree decorations and the most diverse gift ideas. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and treat yourself to some mulled wine or something tasty from the various food stalls.


A highlight of this year's Christmas in Basel is since 2011 the new Christmas market in Basel's most famous square. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree stands majestically in front of the venerable cathedral to greet you. Here you can stroll under the chestnut trees in a sea of light emanating from the snow globes, discover a wide range of high-quality goods and enjoy a delicious selection of food and drink. At the Robi-Game-Actions, old and young alike can join in for some exciting entertainment. Do not forget to look in on the Christmas tree sale at the end, so you can pick the most beautiful fir tree for your home.


In Kleinbasel too, an attractive range of culinary delights awaits you on Claraplatz.