Christmas market magic in Riquewihr

Christmas market 2012 in Riquewihr - main street with Dolder tower

Christmas market 2012 in Riquewihr – Dawn over the upper part of main street with Dolder tower

The Christmas market started officially on Saturday in Riquewihr (Nov. 24, 2012).

Here is a set of pictures taken on Sunday evening between 5 pm and 6 pm. At that time, especially on a Sunday evening, a large part of the crowd had already departed and so the streets were again practicable.

The stalls of the plaza near the City Hall are open daily. But this year there are also other stands in some private courtyards of Riquewihr and even in some side streets. The late afternoon, just before it is completely night, is probably the best time of the day to visit a Christmas market. When the daylight is fading, then the full magic of the Christmas lights and atmosphere is coming live.

Under the tall medieval Dolder tower in Riquewihr

Under the tall medieval Dolder tower in Riquewihr

Hints and tips for a more convenient visit

Prefer weekdays

Every year, Christmas market means a magical atmosphere in the streets of Riquewihr … And like every year we are advising visitors to avoid weekends when possible. Riquewihr is one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Obertor - the fortified gate on the upper defense wall of Riquewihr

Obertor – A bright moon is shining over the fortified gate on the upper defense wall of Riquewihr.

And Riquewihr is even more popular during Christmas times. Most of the families living in a 2 or 3 hours drive radius are day trippers and will favor weekends since children are in school and parents at work during weekdays.

Upper part of the rue des Remparts, Riquewihr Alsace

Upper part of the rue des Remparts

Should you have the opportunity to visit Riquewihr during weekdays, take it without any hesitation. In the evening, you will enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the old streets for yourself.

Rue Saint Nicola, Riquewihr

Off the main street, a romantic atmosphere in a small narrow street

Struggle for parking spaces will be much easier on weekdays. And you will enjoy the markets a lot more.

Rue de l'Oriel in Riquewihr, Alsace

The charming rue de l’Oriel in the lower part of Riquewihr

If you have no other choice than visiting the Christmas markets during weekends, you should definitely consider the park and ride facilities.

Main Christmas market in Riquewihr

The main Christmas market in Riquewihr, near the town hall, in the lower part of the village.

Park and ride

To reach Christmas destinations without a car, use the special means of transport available during the period of Advent (Christmas Shuttles lines, TER regular lines (train and buses of the Alsace Region), which drop you off close to many markets and Christmas events.
Christmas Shuttles are operating between Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and Colmar on the following dates:
01, 02, 08, 09, 15, 16, 22 and 23 of December 2012. EUR 4,00 per person / day. Children under 12 years old are travelling free of charge.

Christmas atmosphere in the main street of the lower part of Riquewihr.

Christmas atmosphere in the main street of the lower part of Riquewihr.

A 16 pages leaflet is available online from the local tourist office with the following info:

  • Access to the Christmas destinations without a car!
  • Map of the transport network
  • Where can you buy your ticket and at what price?
  • The 9 Christmas destinations accessible without a car
  • Timetables for Christmas Shuttles and TER lines
  • Contact details for the tourist information offices in the Land of Stars

Download the info sheet about 2012 Christmas shuttles

Riquewihr on a Sunday evening of December 2012

Upper part of the village of Riquewihr on a Sunday evening of December 2012

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