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

Anticipation

This is Basel.

Christmas market in Basel

24 November to 23 December 2022

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!

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.

In the middle of the city centre, nestled in the historic Old Town, traders and artisans offer their goods for sale in 130 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, mulled wine, genuine Basel Läckerli (a kind of gingerbread), delicious Swiss raclette or the popular grilled sausages. 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 29 November to 23 December 2021, the tower will be offering a unique view across the Christmas lights in the Old Town. Admission: CHF 6 per person. Last entry: 5.30 pm.

Adväntsgass im Glaibasel

The Christmas food mile in Kleinbasel

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Rheingasse transforms into Adväntsgass im Glaibasel. This neighbourhood Christmas market has everything your heart (and stomach) desires, with plenty of surprises in store! 

Basler Weihnachtsmarkt bei der Weihnachtspyramide.

Enjoy a mulled wine at the Christmas pyramid

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

Der weihnachtliche Märchenwald auf dem Münsterplatz bietet Unterhaltung und spannende Aktivitäten für Kinder. // The Fairytale Forest on Münsterplatz offers exciting activities and entertainment for children of all ages.

Discover all the fantastic culinary delights on offer

In addition to the many tasty food and drink specialities on offer at the Christmas market, Basel is also famous for its excellent confectioneries with their delicious Christmas biscuits. Furthermore, many of Basel’s restaurants serve Christmas-inspired meals in December, complete with spectacular Christmas decorations.

Christmas market stands

The stand operators at the Basel Christmas Market always decorate their stands with love and attention. In 2021, around 130 stands will enchant visitors. We would like to draw your attention to three 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.

Feuerzangenbowle

Hans-Rudolf Liechti’s unmistakable stall on Münsterplatz 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.

Änis-Paradies 

“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 130 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.

  • Please note that no Covid tests will be carried out at the Basel Christmas market.  
    Information on testing options in the Canton of Basel-Stadt can be found here.

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