Strasbourg’s Famed Christmas Market Comes to New York

By Jeremy Del Nero on 5 December 2019
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The Strasbourg-Alsace Christmas Market

A branch of the Marché de Noël de Strasbourg-Alsace opened in New York City as the Strasbourg-Alsace Christmas Market on Thursday with great fanfare.

At a press conference prior to the opening, French Ambassador Philippe Étienne welcomed dignitaries and the media to the Christmas market,  which was followed by the lighting of the market’s 22’ (6.7 m) Christmas tree, decorated with handmade ornaments from the Alsatian town of Mulhouse, and a moving performance by the Lycée Française of New York Children’s Choir.

Located at Bowling Green in Manhattan, the market is made up of 30 vendors in wooden chalets made in Alsace who are selling a variety of gifts including hand-painted ornaments from Strasbourg, handmade Alsatian candies, jams, gingerbread, and Christmas bredele, which are small Alsatian cookies.

Other chalets offered Hugel Alsatian wine, as well as linens and pottery from the regional.

Founded in 1570, Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, the Alsatian term for “Market of the Christ Child,” is the oldest Christmas market in Europe still in operation, and was first held in 1570. The Christkindelsmärik has over 300 stalls and is located on the Place Kléber, Place Broglie, Place du Marché aux cochons de lait, and around the cathedral.

To warm shoppers and visitors, one stand offers Glühwein, or spiced mulled wine, in special Christmas market mugs that you get to keep as a souvenir, another offers tarte flambée, an Alsatian specialty made with bread dough rolled very thin in an oval and covered with white cheese and lardons, while another serves choucroute, an Alsatian cabbage dish, here accompanied with sausage and potato.

The Strasbourg-Alsace Christmas Market is open daily through December 22.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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