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Christmas in Basel – Attractions 2018

Christmas concerts, Christmas markets and the promising light show «Iluminarium» – learn all about the highlights of Basel's Christmas market here.

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Christmas market Barfüsserplatz

Basel Zentrum

There is always something going on at Barfüsserplatz! It has everything for the most wonderful time of the year. Treat yourself to all the delicious Christmas delicacies and enjoy all the unique highlights that you only get to see at this time of year.

The view in front of the Barfüsserkirche extends across the white roofs of the pretty market stalls. The other stalls near the church spread the Christmas mood even further taking it down Kaufhausgasse right up to Freie Strasse.

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Christmas market Münsterplatz

Basel Zentrum

In front of the historic cathedral is one of the most beautiful squares in Basel, which is most exquisitely decorated at Christmas time. Visitors love to come here and soak up the atmosphere as they marvel at the magnificent lights - the square has a real fairy tale feel to it.

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«Christmas fairy-tale forest» adventure playground activities

Basel Zentrum

In the Christmas fairy-tale forest on the Münsterplatz, children 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.

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Illuminarium - Museum der Kulturen

Basel Zentrum

Visitors can expect an enchanting winter wonderland of light, illumination, illusion and music. A fantastic world that appeals to all the senses: A unique sea of lights and a Christmas concert of terribly spectacular mythical creatures – stated and orchestrated by the conductor Yuki. Long and cosy Advent evenings for the Basel residents and their friends and colleagues. An interactive experience where you can dive into the fantastic world of Yuki and her friends every evening from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” is performed in an unprecedented way. A crazy Christmas for the whole family.

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Adväntsgass im Glaibasel

Basel Zentrum

Everyone who associates the Advent season with more than the hunt for bargains will feel particularly at home at this quarter Christmas market. Anyone strolling through the Rheingasse these days can get the impression that they are in a village square. Residents and stand operators have a relaxed chat, exchange ideas and perhaps taste an exotic curry. Or should it rather be a winter classic, for example raclette or fondue? Either way, connoisseurs will definitely get their money's worth!

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Christmas shopping

Basel Zentrum

Stroll through the Christmas decorated old town and get your Christmas presents in a unique atmosphere.

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Johann Wanner Christmas House

Basel Zentrum

At Johann Wanner's on the Spalenberg, you can find everything for a perfect Christmas over 5,000 square feet – all year round!

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Christmas city market

Basel Zentrum

Discover a wide range of regional fresh produce and atmospheric Advent articles on the market square.

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Cirque Noël de Bâle

Basel Messe

Come in - Come in! Ring free for the new star in Basel's Christmas sky. From 19 December 2018 to 31 December 2018, the CIRQUE NOËL DE BÂLE Christmas Circus will set up its circus tent for the first time on the Rosentalanlage - next to the Spiegelpalast of the PALAZZO COLOMBINO. It will be a festive Christmas experience for the whole family, young or old, young or old - everyone is very welcome.

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Christmas ferry

Basel Zentrum

During «Christmas in Basel», the Klingental Ferry transforms into a Christmas ferry full of enchanting atmosphere.

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Advent calendar - Theater Basel

Basel Zentrum

The Theater Basel opens a little door to its special calendar every day. Every evening, a little surprise awaits you in the foyer. Admission is free.

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