Basel Christmas Market in Switzerland

One of the huge benefits of living in Europe is the amazing Christmas markets! We are so lucky to live in Strasbourg, the “capital of Christmas,” but it’s a delight to visit other cities and experience other markets.

While my parents were here we took the train down to Basel, which has the largest Christmas market in Switzerland. It was a quick (just over an hour) and comfortable train ride, even with my active toddler! He was thrilled to look out the window and watch the scenery rush by.Baby on a train, heading to Basel Christmas marketThe big centerpiece of the Basel market is this spinning Christmas pyramid in the old town. This was our view while walking from the train station. As you can see, it lights up the whole street, even in the day! There are steps on the side to take you down into the market. Basel Christmas marketWe then walked down the Freie Strass, which leads you right to the big Christmas tree. Obligatory picture with the lights! I think Andrew’s getting the hang of selfies!

Basel Christmas market

Andrew decided it was the day to conquer the stairs, so we drank our delicious vin chaud (hot spiced wine) near the Barfüsserplatz while Grammy helped him up and down, over and over. Grammy of the year!Basel Christmas market

While the Christmas market during the day was lovely, during the night it was absolutely gorgeous. All of the lights pop, and it changes the whole feel of the city. Every street is ornately decorated, and most shops have decorations above their doors and windows. It feels magical!Basel Christmas marketWe walked through Münsterplatz next. Along the way we found these hilarious talking mounted moose heads. That was definitely a first! Basel Christmas market moose headsAnd just like that, we were back at the stunning Christmas pyramid. It’s breathtaking by night.Basel Christmas market

After walking around the market, we stopped at the Rhine river bridge to take some pictures. The hanging lights were incredible. You have a great view of the city and banks from the bridge. Aren’t my mom and stepdad adorable?!Basel Christmas market

We had a fantastic time walking around Basel taking in all the sights and lights. We’re all feeling ultra festive after a day in this gorgeous Christmas market. It’s definitely a spot to add to your travel list, regardless of the time of year. You can find out even more about the event, including travel info, on the city’s website.

Have you ever been to Basel or a different Christmas market in Europe? What’s your favorite way to get in the holiday spirit? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!




33 thoughts on “Basel Christmas Market in Switzerland

  1. Heather @ Country Life, City Wife

    Oh I am SO jealous. How I love Europe so much. It looks like such fun in Basel. I’m reading your blog. Love seeing someone US born living abroad. My mother is from South America – I’m the first child born in the USA on her side of the family. I’d love to leave the US for awhile. My husband has children, so we won’t plan on a move until the youngest (who is 11) is a bit older. Anyway, I will stop rambling. Love your blog! Happy to find you. 🙂

    1. Stephanie Lee Post author

      Heather I’m so glad we connected!! It’s definitely interested growing up in a multi-cultural family. Having young children adds complications to moving around, but there are always options to travel and include the kids too. Thanks so much for your comment! Looking forward to checking out your blog!

  2. Robin Masshole Mommy

    I have heard that the christmas markets in Europe are amazing and this one sure looks like it is. I would love to go someday!

  3. karen

    So jealous of your experience because I am all about Christmas and this looks incredible times 10! I love that spinning display! That is incredible in itself! Never been to any Christmas markets in Europe.. so enjoying your photos!

  4. Sarah Ross-Koves

    Those moose heads remind me of The Country Bear Jamboree at Walt Disney World! I just got a text from my mother this morning about a German Christmas market about three hours from us that she saw on television and wants to visit. I am NOW motivated!

  5. Brittany

    Wow, those decorations are magical and remind me of something from a children’s Christmas book. I’ve never been to a Christmas market before but now it’s on my bucket list!

  6. Dad

    great pictures ! Basel and Strasbourg, great Christmas locations. you also might have to go to the smaller villages; lots of atmosphere. I’m glad you did have such a wonderful time.

  7. Kiwi

    Wow I didnt know Switzerland could be so magical this time of year. Its so pretty and so happy your family got a chance to experience this!

  8. Lesley Carter

    I’m so jealous. I love Europe so much and I’ve always wanted to visit Basel just before the holidays for the markets.

  9. CourtneyLynne

    Omg stunning pictures!!!!! I have not been to Basel before!!! Would love to go one day though. Hopefully my travels take me there someday


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