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Autumn fair – Kaserne Basel

Basel Zentrum

Thrills on the «chaos pendulum», stands offering delicious snacks and a children’s train for the little ones – the attractions at the Kaserne in Kleinbasel are particularly popular with kids and youngsters.

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Autumn fair – Münsterplatz

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The backdrop of the Old Town makes the Münsterplatz a very special place for the autumn fair. Between classic rides such as the Autoscooter and the carousel there’s also a chance to ride one of Europe's largest big wheels.

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Autumn fair – Petersplatz & Hääfelimäärt

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Stroll past the stands, say «Hallo!» here, or «Sali» there. Snack on sweet magenbrot and treat yourself to a mulled wine with friends. The kids play, gaze in wonder and ride on the carousel. This is the autumn fair on the «Peti», as residents call their favourite square. You can browse for beautiful objects or delicacies here, eat one of Jeffrey’s renowned steaks or a «Kääsbängel», buy pans or knitted hats. Away from the wild rides, the atmosphere is cosier at Petersplatz and the Hääfelimäärt.

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Autumn fair – Barfüsserplatz

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The centrally located Barfüsserplatz is the best place for a short visit to the fair. Stands sell sweet Basel specialities such as «Mässmogge» (candy) and «Rahmtäfeli» (fudge). People can mingle and eat in intimate surroundings. And hear plenty of screams and laughter from those taking a ride on the «Ski Lift».

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Autumn fair – Hall Fair - Super 80s Exhibition Hall 3

Basel Messe

The name says it all. Classics from the 1980s are celebrating a revival here: The Vienna Prater ghost train, the Break Dance or the «Südseewelle»....feeling nostalgic?

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Autumn fair – Rosentalanlage

Basel Messe

The oldest fairground in Kleinbasel is probably also the most traditional. Shooting ranges, coconut shy, chocolate apples. This is where you get the real funfair feeling.

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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 17 December 2019 to 31 December 2019, the CIRQUE NOËL DE BÂLE Christmas Circus will set up its circus tent for the second 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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Advent calendar - Theater Basel

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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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Christmas shopping

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

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Christmas city market

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

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Christmas ferry

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

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Kids-Funpark

Basel Region

Biggest Bounce-Houses-Funpark in Northwest of Switzerland on the Basel-Birsfelden power plant island! With water slides and paddling pool.

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«Christmas fairy-tale forest» adventure playground activities

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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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Autumn fair – Exhibition Square "Messeplatz"

Basel Messe

Fans of vintage funfair rides will be delighted. But adrenalin junkies will also have plenty of fun. The «Spin Tower» will carry you to dizzying heights and let you drop, shrieking, back down. After the scare it's time for a sausage, tarte flambée or candy floss.

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Christmas market Barfüsserplatz

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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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