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Craftsmanship at the heart of Christmas

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Craftsmanship at the heart of Christmas

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For many years, Strasbourg has enjoyed the Ville et Métiers d’Art (Arts and Crafts City) label, which rewards endeavors to preserve, showcase and promote the sometimes centuries-old know-how of artisan trade associations and artistic craftsmanship. 

When you think of Christmas, you think of rituals and traditions: mulled wine on a street corner, the star that is placed at the top of the tree, meals with family and friends, etc.

In Alsace, there are many such traditions linked to craftsmanship know-how. Decoration, fine foods, original gifts, and more. The stalls are brimming with gourmet delights and exceptional items that symbolize Christmas in Alsace. Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas celebrates the work — a far cry from cliché — of these local producers who work in harmony with the terroir and their materials.

The region's designers and artisans are behind the decorations that light up the city, sheltered by the stalls. Their hands shape what creates the magic and charm of Christmas: wooden toys made in Alsace in one place, pottery from Soufflenheim and Betschdorf in another, craft beers here, Advent wreaths over there and Christmas baubles made of glass blown at the International Glass Art Center in Meisenthal, etc. There is sure to be something for everyone !

The Christmas flea market

Organized by Strasbourg's second-hand market traders association (ABFNS), this flea market is held in the large hall of the L’Aubette building on Place Kléber. You will find a host of antique and second-hand dealers who will be displaying antique items and works of art for sale, ranging from Alsatian painting and pottery to furniture, along with design, vintage, old linen and tableware items, providing a diverse selection. Offering a delight for the eyes and the excitement of unearthing a real gem, you will find ideas for authentic gifts.

From November 26 to December 5. Visit the Grande Salle of L'Aubette on place Kléber.

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OZ, the Christmas Crafts Fair

The Alsatian federation of crafts (Frémaa) highlights the talent and expertise of some sixty craftsmen and women with an utterly charming pop-up store where those with an eye for unique items can find distinctive hand-made gifts. Ceramicists, glass-makers, cabinetmakers, jewelry and fashion designers reveal their latest collections.

Without a doubt, the OZ fair is an opportunity to go ultra-local when it comes to your Christmas shopping, with a focus on quality and originality!

Visit the Grande Salle of L'Aubette on place Kléber.

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