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Craftsmanship at the heart of Christmas

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For a number of years, Strasbourg has been classed as a “Ville et Métiers d’Art” [Artistic cities and trades] city, as recognition for the preservation, promotion and development of the sometimes centuries-old know-how of associations of craftsmen and artistic trades. 

Here is a selection of stalls, exhibitions and sales where you can discover artisan know-how.

Stalls

Caroline Courroy, Place Broglie, stall 065
Upholsterer of furniture, revamped Alsatian chairs, cushions, clutches, wallets and drawstring bags to give character and warmth to your interior or your handbag. 

Rêves de Bois, Place de la Grande Boucherie, stall 002
Handmade rocking horses, pull-along toys, puzzles, cars and doll’s beds for children.

Le chalet des Cœurs, Place Broglie, stall 074
Creation of handsewn fabric “hearts” (including Alsatian kelsch versions), handmade wooden hearts, with a totally “Christmas” feel.

Chez Mathilde, allée des artisans [craftsmens’ lane] Place Broglie, stall 073
Preparation of homemade cakes and drinks: Linzer torte, fresh and organic vegetable soups... A contributor to Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas for 32 years! 

Pains d’épices de Mireille Oster, Place Broglie, stall 016 and Place Benjamin Zix stall 008
Since 1933, Mireille Oster’s gingerbread has been a family secret that this ambassador of Strasbourg cossets, respects, and enriches through her travels.

Isabelle Dillenseger, Place du Château
Household linens (tablecloths, table runners, aprons...), table decorations, to add a touch of Alsace to your home. 

Stéphane Jumeau, Place des Meuniers
Traditional fish smoked with Guérande salt. Salmon, halibut, cod, scallops - there’s something for everyone!

Thomas Piazza, Place Broglie
Creation of scented and unscented wax Christmas tree decorations and pretty candles in the image of Strasbourg’s emblematic Notre-Dame Cathedral. 

Véra Walter, Bredele market on the patio of the Palais Rohan 
Family business offering over 850 models of quality pastry-cutters to make unique and authentic Christmas biscuits. 

Pierre-Julien Richez, Place du Marché aux Poissons
Strasbourg craft brewery in the Port du Rhin, offering a range of 6 beers, containing at least 95% Alsatian ingredients. 

Danièle Dauger, Place du Marché aux Poissons 
High-quality, organic and fair-trade coffees and other homemade drinks available to warm you up on a winter evening. 

Dominique Malfait, Rue des Grandes Arcades 
Production of Alsatian and Christmas socks for feet of all sizes. 

Le Centre International d’Art Verrier [International Glass-Blowing Centre], place Benjamin Zix
Heir to the techniques of blowing glass Christmas baubles, in 1999, the Meisenthal International Glass-Blowing Centre launched a “Christmas baubles” editorial policy. Every year, traditional models are joined by contemporary baubles designed by creators invited to jazz up traditional styles.

La Tribu des gourmets [wine lovers’ association], patio of the Palais Rohan
This association works to re-establish the historical connections between Strasbourg and its vineyards, namely by producing a unique and authentic Alsatian mulled white wine.

Creators’ market, exhibitions and sales

The Alsatian Christmas Delicacies Market   

Bakers from Strasbourg and the region, Couronne d’Or winegrowers, Alsatian foie gras producers, the Tribu des gourmets du vin d’Alsace [Alsace wine-lovers association], and the corporation of craft brewers, have the pleasure of inviting you to discover the traditional products of our region that make Christmas a success: bredle biscuits, foie gras, Alsatian wines, Alsatian mulled red or white wine and Alsatian beers.
A production workshop will be offered to children on Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (registration with the Fédération des boulangers [federation of bakers] at +33 (0)3 88 15 24 00 or by email boulangerie.bas-rhinoise@wanadoo.fr). On the programme: making and tasting bredle, plaits, mannele.
From 22 November to 30 December, Place du Marché aux Poissons.

Come and discover the crafts of Alsace and Strasbourg!    

The craft collectives, unique to Alsace-Moselle, present their know-how in an original and fun way in a dedicated stall in Place Broglie. Each week, you will have a chance to discover different, authentic, and local products and trades (brewers, woodwork, carpet weaving, etc.). In partnership with the Union of Craft Guilds for the Bas-Rhin region and the Alsace Chamber of Trades.
From 22 November to 24 December, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Place Broglie.

OZ, The Christmas of artistic trades         

The Fédération des métiers d’art d’Alsace (fremaa) [Alsatian federation of crafts] showcases the talent and know-how of sixty craftsmen in a pop-up shop full of charm, where those on the hunt for unique items can find a wealth of original handmade gifts. Ceramicists to glassmakers, cabinetmakers to jewellery and fashion designers show off their contemporary and bold works thanks to their exceptional know-how and offer a great opportunity to take a shortcut to your Christmas shopping, with added quality and originality!
With its welcoming atmosphere and large choice of French, handmade items at affordable prices, the OZ trade show is without a doubt one of the best places to find the ideal gift, while maintaining your ethical values!
From 13 to 23 December, every day, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aubette room (1st floor), Place Kléber – Free admission. Information: fremaa.com

MOCA      

Come and meet Alsatian designers and craftsmen for this fourth edition of the MOCA Christmas market. Jewellery, fashion, decorations, as well as well-being are on the programme, with contributions from some twenty designers. Find a unique, handmade gift, or even customise it for yourself.
From 21 to 22 December, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the FEC, 17 Place Saint-Etienne.

Winter delicacies   

Before the ice freezes in stalactites at the end of your nose and the snowdrifts pile up against your door as you sleep, get your skates on and head to the Atelier du Bain aux Plantes! Tucked away in the Petite France district, this is the place of work and exhibition space for a dozen artists. Illustrations, paintings, and no doubt also a few smaller pieces you may be tempted to treat yourself to, there’s good reason to hang around, savouring and celebrating the pleasures of the senses. 
From 22 November to 22 December, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Atelier du bain aux plantes, 8 rue du bain aux plantes. Free admission. Information: atelierdubainauxplantes.com

Alsace-made concept store by GNOOSS   

Once again, Caroline Boeglin and the GNOOSS team are organising a 100% Alsatian pop-up concept store for Christmas. More than twenty Alsatian designers are represented. A true showroom for local decoration, you can find gift and decoration ideas, taste coffee roasted in Strasbourg by the Omnino micro-roaster, and take part in creative workshops. An unmissable spot to experience a friendly, authentic and trendy Alsatian Christmas. 
From 23 November to 23 December, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. More information: www.gnooss.com