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Basel Christmas market is going ahead in 2020: what has changed owing to the coronavirus, and what hasn’t? 

Every year – and this year, too – Basel transforms into a Christmas city. A protection concept aims to ensure that the 2020 Basel Christmas market can be held in a safe and responsible manner. As such, the number of visitors on the marketplaces is limited, and a mask must be worn. During your stay in Basel, please also observe the applicable rules of the canton of Basel-Stadt and the government measures.  


When will the Christmas market be held in Basel? 

The Basel Christmas market will be open from Thursday, 26 November, to Wednesday, 23 December 2020, from 11 am to 8.30 pm every day. On 23 December, the stalls on Münsterplatz will close at 6 pm and those on Barfüsserplatz at 8 pm.  


Which protective measures are in place at the Basel Christmas market? 

To ensure visitors can maintain a minimum distance to one another, the stall layout has been thinned out a little and reduced to a total of around 80 stalls. A maximum of 300 people are permitted on the Barfüsserplatz, and a maximum of 200 on the Münsterplatz. Access controls will be in place to ensure that these numbers are not exceeded. Visitors aged 12 years or older will be required to wear a protective mask in the standing areas and the fenced market areas.  


Will the overture on Münsterplatz take place this year? 

Owing to the current situation, the 2020 Basel Christmas market will not be opened with the traditional overture. 


Will the Santas on their Harleys roar through Basel on 6 December? 

This year’s “Harley Niggi-Näggi” has been cancelled. The event has been postponed until 4 December 2021. 


Will the candle-making workshop take place on the Barfüsserplatz in 2020? 

Yes – this year, too, children and adults can create their own candles on the “Barfi” and then proudly take them home with them. The number of visitors is limited, in line with the protection concept. 


Will there be a Christmas-themed city tour in 2020, too? 

Yes, the “Basel: Christmas magic” monthly tour will take place. Owing to the current situation, however, the Christmas tour will only be offered in German this year, and the number of participants is limited to 20 people. Dates, prices and registration.

Where do I need to wear a protective mask? 

People aged 12 years and older will be required to wear masks at the Basel Christmas market, in shops, shopping centres, restaurants, clubs, museums and all other indoor places accessible to the public, across the entire public transport network and in aircraft, at bus stations and tram stops, as well as in railway stations and airports. In Basel, wearing a face mask in the street is not required. 


Are the restaurants, bars and clubs in Basel open? 

Most restaurants, bars and clubs are open as usual. Before visiting, please check the current opening hours for each business online or by telephone. The consumption of food and beverages is only permitted when seated in the indoor and outdoor areas of restaurants, bars and clubs. If it is not possible to observe a minimum distance of 1.5 metres, the number of guests is limited to 100 people. In addition, your contact details will be taken when visiting a bar or club. 


Are Basel’s museums open? 

The museums are open and looking forward to your visit. Wearing a protective mask is required. With the BaselCard, you can also visit Basel’s museums for half price! 

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