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Christmas Market

The Basel Christmas market at Barfüsserplatz  and Münsterplatz is considered to be one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. During the run-up to Christmas, many events and spectacular special exhibitions in the city's museums further enrich its cultural scene.

Opening Hours

26 November to 23 December 2020

Open daily from 11 am to 8.30 pm

23 December 2020, Münsterplatz: 11 am to 6 pm
23 December 2020, Barfüsserplatz: 11 am to 8 pm

Sennenhütte on Claraplatz is open from 11 am to 8.30 pm


Our city on the Rhine has a very special charm in the Christmas period. The quaint Christmas market can be found on Barfüsserplatz  and Münsterplatz, right in the centre of the city and at the heart of the festively decorated Old Town. A magnificent Christmas tree stands on the Münsterplatz, with ornaments by the well-known decorator Johann Wanner. On Claraplatz, the "Sennenhütte" opens its doors again to guests for a fun fondue dinner. 

Christmas Market in Basel – Olaf Schlünzen

Over 160 traders and artisans offer their goods for sale in small, rustic wooden chalets. Anyone still looking for gift ideas can seek inspiration in the wide selection and enchanting ambience. Culinary delights also abound with waffles, glühwein, genuine Basel Läckerli (a kind of gingerbread), delicious Swiss raclette or the popular grilled sausages. Like last year, visitors can also enjoy Christmas delicacies and a festive atmosphere at Claraplatz (in Kleinbasel, on the right banks of the Rhine). This year you’ll again find a small but delicious culinary offering at Claraplatz as well as at the neighbourhood Christmas market in Rheingasse. The market is enriched by numerous pre-Christmas events.

A variety of Christmas market stalls

The Christmas market has around 160 stalls stretching from Barfüsserplatz to Münsterplatz. Here, merchants ply their wares in rustic wooden chalets decorated for Christmas. From regional delicacies to handmade toys and jewellery, there is something for every generation.

Our Tips

Official opening of Christmas in Basel

Christmas in Basel will be officially opened at 6.30 pm on 26 November 2020, when the city's Governing President, Elisabeth Ackermann, switches on the Christmas lights at Münsterplatz. At the same time, visitors will be able to admire the splendid illuminations adorning the numerous Christmas trees lining the streets of Basel.

Facebook Live: Opening of the Basel Christmas 2018

Experience the official opening of the Basel Christmas Live on Münsterplatz

The musical accompaniment for the opening ceremony will be provided by the Musik Akademie Basel horn ensemble conducted by Stefan Ruf and Theater Basel's Extra choir, conducted by Michael Clark.


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