Der Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Münsterplatz lädt unter den festlich geschmückten Baumkronen zum Einkaufs- und Genusserlebnis im Advent.
Under the festively decorated trees, the Christmas market at Münsterplatz is a great place to shop and eat during Advent.


This is Basel.

Christmas market in Basel

25 November to 23 December 2021

The Basel Christmas market at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz is considered to be one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. And what’s more: Europe’s best Christmas market will be held in Basel in 2021!

Open daily from 11.00 am to 8.30 pm

23 December 2021, Münsterplatz: 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
23 December 2021, Barfüsserplatz: 11.00 am to 8.00 pm 

Where wishes do come true

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.

In the middle of the city centre, nestled in the historic Old Town, traders and artisans offer their goods for sale in 180 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.

Christmas market 2021: highlights

Der Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Münsterplatz.
Hier existiert eine bessere Version!

Enjoy the view of the sea of lights from Basel Cathedral (Münster)

Every year during the Advent period, the stairwell of St. Martin’s tower is also illuminated in the evening between 4 and 6 pm from Monday to Friday. From 2 to 20 December 2021, the tower will be offering a unique view across the Christmas lights in the Old Town. Admission: CHF 5.00 per person. Last entry: 5.30 pm.

Im Innenhof des Basler Rathauses liegt jedes Jahr das Wunschbuch auf, um all das in sich aufzunehmen, was sich die Bevölkerung und die Gäste aus aller Welt in der Adventszeit wünschen.
Every year the traditional Basel Wish Book is openly accessible in the inner courtyard of the Town Hall for all members of the public – both local residents and visitors from around the world – to add their Advent wishes

Write down your wishes in the Basel wish book

The traditional Basel Wish Book will once again be openly accessible in the inner courtyard of the Town Hall for all members of the public – both local residents and visitors from around the world – to add their Advent wishes. From 26 November to 31 December 2021, visitors can fill the book with their private thoughts, wish lists for Santa Claus and hopes for peace, love and good health.


Discover all the fantastic culinary delights on offer

Enjoy a Glühwein at the Christmas Pyramid. A popular meeting point at the Basel Christmas market is the Christmas pyramid. With its 13 meters in height, it is visible from afar and the attractive range of hot drinks invites guests to stay and enjoy.

A variety of Christmas market stalls

The stand operators at the Basel Christmas Market always decorate their stands with love and attention. In 2019, around 160 stands will enchant visitors. We would like to draw your attention to four particularly splendid examples.

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.


Hans-Rudolf Liechti’s unmistakable stall in Barfüssergasse is reminiscent of a Black Forest cabin, and visible from afar. 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.

The Pretty Sixty Store

The stall on Barfüsserplatz stands out with its lovingly created decoration: 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.


“Änis-Paradies” 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.

Häufig gestellte Fragen

Good to know.

  • 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.