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Magical Christmas Markets

The 3 Most Magical Christmas Markets in France

After touring the most popular Christmas Market in France — Strasbourg, Colmar, and Kaysersberg –, I have to say they were pretty spectacular. Yet there was nothing quite like the magical Christmas markets in the small towns we visited next in Alsace: Eguisheim, Riquewihr, and Ribeauville.

3 Magical Christmas Markets 

When my friend Paula and I started the Christmas Market Tour in France, we knew we wanted to see Strasbourg, Colmar, and Kaysersberg. Yet, the three market towns we saw next were the most enchanting: Equisheim, Riquewihr, and Ribeauville. Each, in their own way, was a scene out of Santa’s Workshop.

The animation team for Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” thought Eguisheim was pretty special. It was the inspiration for the opening scene of the movie.

Magical Christmas Markets
Eguisheim’s storybook house “Beauty and the Beast.”


Riquewihr was just as charming. A walk through the walled city proved Riquewihr earns its ranking among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.  

Magical Christmas Markets


Ribeauville, however, stole the “most favorite Christmas Market” on my list. Perhaps it was because we were lucky enough to land there the last weekend of their Medieval Christmas Market that put it over the top. However, the village itself was colorful and lively.

Magical Christmas Markets


Here’s a view of the festivities in these three Alsatian towns, all decked out for the season. Enjoy!

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