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 very small towns we visited next in Alsace: Eguisheim, Riquewihr and Ribeauville.
When friend Paula and I started the Christmas Market Tour in France, we knew we wanted to see Strasbourg, Colmar and Kaysersberg. Yet, it was the three market towns we saw next that 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.
Riquewihr was just as charming. A walk through the walled city proved Riquewihr earns its ranking among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.
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.
Here’s a view of the festivities in these three Alsatian towns, all decked out for the season. Enjoy!
Which of the Christmas Markets in Alsace would you like to visit?
Equisheim, Riquewihr, Ribeauville
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