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Focus on Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas 2019!Published on 15 October 2019
It's official: on Friday, November 22, the latest edition of Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas will open its doors, ready to welcome numerous visitors once again this year.
On the Grande Île, Strasbourg residents and visitors will be able to discover the must-haves of this highly anticipated event and dive back into the magic of their childhood Christmases, thanks to over 300 chalets, miles of fairy lights, the majestic Great Christmas tree, and the skating rink, not forgetting the shows and concerts on offer.
Children will be at the heart of Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas. The decoration of the Great Christmas tree will echo this aim, celebrating the toys of times gone by. Spinning tops, cars, rocking horses, trains and many other toys will decorate this Christmas tree, symbolic of our beautiful city. In this same childlike spirit, the "Christmas Playground" entirely dedicated to children will offers shows, manual workshops and activities to share as a family or tribe.
Following on from previous years, Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas will be made up of three worlds: a magic Christmas, a different Christmas, and the Christmas Playground. Each one has its own atmosphere and its own tree: the Great Christmas tree on place Kléber, Another Christmas tree on place Grimmeissen, and a Participative Christmas tree on place du Marché Gayot. From November 22 to December 24, they will light up every evening at 5 p.m.
Once again this year, the lights will fill young and old alike with wonder. The Promenade of stars, initiated last year on the Quai des Bateliers, will be repeated and extended. The steeple of the Cathedral will sparkle, watching over the city. A mobile website launched on November 22 will make it possible to activate lighting sequences on the cranes of the Malraux peninsula.
To make Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas even more magical, a soundscape will also be created on place Broglie and place du Château. In a refined, targeted way, the sound design chosen will blend songs in French, English and German. It will be complemented at weekends by musical ensembles who will perform in the city.
Last but not least, this year visitors will be able to discover the guest country of honor: Lebanon, a country that champions the values of an authentic Christmas through sharing, generosity and living in harmony. Place Gutenberg will showcase local craftsmanship, regional produce and other traditional gourmet treats, which will help to bring the magic of a Lebanese Christmas to life at the very heart of the capital of Christmas. A particular emphasis will be placed on Byblos, the ancient Phoenician port that saw the birth of the modern alphabet, which has now become a city that is a symbol of diversity.