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5 must do’s during Christmastime in Basel

Christmas in Basel offers a very diverse and varied programme of events. In order to make the choice easier, we have compiled a list of our top 5 Christmas activities for you!

Christmas Market Basel: Fairytale Forest on Münsterplatz

Glühwein Weihnachten

Enjoy a Glühwein at the Christmas Pyramid

A popular meeting point at the Basel Christmas market is the Christmas pyramid. With its 13 meters in height, it is visible from afar and the attractive range of hot drinks invites guests to stay and enjoy. Also numerour other stands offer culinary delights such as waffles, genuine Basel Läckerli, delicious Swiss raclette or the popular grilled sausages.

Wunschbuch Gerth

Write your Advent wishes in the Basel wish book

The traditional Basel Wish Book will once again be openly accessible in the inner courtyard of the Town Hall for all members of the public – both local residents and visitors from around the world – to add their Advent wishes. Over the entire Christmas period and into the new year visitors can fill the book with their private thoughts, wish-lists for Santa Claus and hopes for peace, love and good health. Thursday 28 November 2019 to Thursday 2 January 2020

Offenes Feuer Weihnachten

Visit the Christmas fairy-tale forest

In the Christmas fairy-tale forest on the Münsterplatz, children (and adults) 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. From 5 to 22 December 2019, Monday - Friday 1.30 pm - 7 pm, Saturday - Sunday 12 pm - 7 pm

Theater Basel Adventskalender

Visit the Advent Calendar at Theater Basel

Every day from 5 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (on 13 December from 5.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.) the Theater Basel opens a window of its literary-musical Advent calendar. Every day the staff of the Theater Basel present themselves anew with cheerful or contemplative contributions and performances on the large stage in the foyer. Admission is free.

Basler Weihnacht Münsterplatz

Night-time tower climb at Basel cathedral

Monday, 02.12., to Friday, 20.12.19, 4–6 pm

During the Advent period, the stairwell of the Martin's tower will be illuminated between 4 and 6 pm (from Monday to Friday), providing a unique view over the Christmas lights in the city. Admission: CHF 5 per person. Last entry: 5.30 pm