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As Christmas draws near, Strasbourg dons all its finery. The streets, houses, bridges, church facades and most beautiful monuments are clothed in light and offer everyone the emotion of being transported in the Christmas magic.

The Great Christmas tree

Erected in the heart of Place Kléber, the Great Christmas tree is the essential symbol of Strasbourg Capitale of Christmas. Adorned with its thousands of lights, it rises majestically to its full height and invites you to dream of a starry night.

For this 2021 event, its decoration revisits some of our ancestral traditions with a modern twist. It is adorned with rough wooden shapes, light overhead red and white baubles reminding us that it was customary to use apples to decorate it, as well as silhouettes evoking the moulds for "bredele", those little Christmas biscuits baked during Advent.

Every evening, at nightfall, the tree is slowly lit up, and with it the whole city is imbued with this unique and enchanted atmosphere, immersing everyone between dreams and reality.

To experience its awakening in music and light for real, come to place Kléber every evening at 5 pm!

Star walk

Covered bridges and more particularly from place Louise Weiss to the Sainte-Madeleine bridge, more than 600 stars hung here and there highlight and enhance the richness of Strasbourg’s historical and architectural heritage. Be guided by these stars running along the promenade offering you an incomparable view over the city’s loveliest facades.

Whether overhead, in the water or on land, everything is illuminated. With your head in the stars, you’ll see the city clothed in light with fresh eyes. Can you smell the sweet fragrances of bredele and mulled wine? The stroll is magical!

Must-see illuminations

The whole city is transformed into an enchanted and enchanting jewelled setting! Discover the many illuminated decorations produced by the City of Strasbourg and by the Vitrines de Strasbourg association.

At the Corbeau Bridge, you reach the Rue du Vieux-Marché-aux-Poissons. Go through the Porte des Lumières to enter the magic of Strasbourg Capital of Christmas.

Gigantic Christmas baubles with surprise decorations edged with red curtains will guide your steps towards the Great Christmas tree. At the intersection of Rue Mercière, five musical angels will lead you to Cathedral Square. Rue des Tonneliers, look up and admire the 22 suspended illuminated barrels to give a glimpse into this street’s history.

Don’t miss, a few steps away, the eleven giant mannele in the Rue des Hallebardes, or the Rue de la Mésange enhanced by a forest of giant trees. Grand’rue, under a sky of sparkling lights taking this long pedestrian street. Did you notice its giant chandelier with its magical decorations? Continue on your way towards Rue du 22 Novembre and the Place des Halles to discover other equally sumptuous illuminations.

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