Colmar, christmas market, Alsace

Christmas Markets: check out this fairytale city in France

Colmar was allegedly the inspiration for the village in 'Beauty and the Beast'

from £88 pp

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Pirates, it's that time of year to start thinking about Christmas Markets -- you get to wrap up warm in snuggly jumpers and scarves, eat lots of food and drink wine like it's nobody's business.

We've been hunting high and low for the prettiest Christmas market we could find and we think we've found the winner: Colmar in northeast France, not too far from the border with Germany.

The city has a uniquely Gothic feel in the old town with stunning fairytale half-timbered houses and during the festive season, it's lit up with all sorts of colours, lights, ornaments, snow-covered trees and decorations.

The city was allegedly the inspiration for the village in the Disney film The Beauty and the Beast and you can see why,

Scroll down for some info on how to get there.


  • Colmar
  • Grand Est
  • Haut-Rhin
  • France


  • Colmar Christmas markets run 24 November – 29 December

  • The city is in northeast France near the border with Germany

  • Nearby airports in Basel in Switzerland and Strasbourg in France

How to get there

By car

If you fancy it, it's about a 10-hour journey from London in the car. It is a long way but it means you can stick everything you need in the car and off you go. Plus, no waiting around in airports for flights or for transfers.

By train

You can get the Eurostar to Paris and then hop on some local French trains in just under seven and a half hours.

By plane

Probably the best option for most people, you can fly non-stop from London to Basel in about 95 minutes. When we last checked, we found direct flights from £88* pp in November.

Where to stay


If you want to stay in a hotel or chalet, we recommend you get booking as it is a really popular destination. You can find some hotel options here or some different accommodations options here.


There are quite a few apartments on Airbnb to choose from, so it's really down to budget and preference. We found this one here that we like with stays starting from £59* per person, per night.

Additional Information

Please note -- *Prices are correct at time of publishing, based on the sample dates provided and are subject to fluctuation, depending on availability. Inventory may be limited. Special T&C’s may apply. *The above prices do not include city / tourist taxes that are / may be payable at the hotel.