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Discover the prettiest Christmas market stands

The merchants at the Basel Christmas market always lavish a lot of care and attention on decorating their stands. In 2017, visitors could marvel at a total of 181 stands. A specialist jury presented prizes to the prettiest ones, and we are pleased to present the winners here.

Anis Weihnachtsmarkt-Stand

1st place non-food: Änis-Paradies

«Änis-Paradies» (stand no. 34) welcomes visitors to Münsterplatz with a very traditional Christmas product: the many different moulds with motifs have been used since the 14th century to decorate delicious Christmas anise cookies.

Kulpa Weihnachtskugeln Stand

2nd place non-food: Kulpa Weihnachtskugeln

A stand in Barfüssergasse looks like a huge parcel: “Kulpa Weihnachtskugeln” – delightful, hand-painted Christmas baubles as far as the eye can see, available in a variety of motifs, sizes and shapes. Four painted baubles adorn the roof of the stand and feature typical Basel subjects: the Roche Tower, Spalentor, City Hall and a BVB tram (Barfüsserplatz, stand no. 145).

Weihnachtsstand Pretty Sixty

3rd place non-food: The Pretty Sixty Store

«The Pretty Sixty Store» is located on Barfüsserplatz (stand no. 35). The stand’s lovingly created decoration is eye-catching: amusing, covered in fluffy white “snow”, decorated with red Santas, caps, mushrooms and other accessories from the 1960s. There is a wealth of stylishly presented goods on sale inside.

Feuerzangenbowle Stand

1st place food: Feuerzangenbowle

Hans-Rudolf Liechti’s unmistakable stand («Feuerzangenbowle», Barfüsserplatz, stand no. 128) in Barfüssergasse is reminiscent of a Black Forest cabin. The choice ingredients for the Feuerzangenbowle punch – rum and a sugarloaf – are prepared in a copper pot. The covered lean-to invites visitors to sample the refreshments.