Basel August 2014 – This year Christmas shoppers can find the perfect gift at one of Basel’s Christmas Markets. From 27th November to 23rd December 2014 Basel Tourism is offering a special Christmas package from just GBP40* which includes: a one night stay in a hotel of your choice; a Christmas gift by the renowned Christmas decorator Johann Wanner; a mug of “Feuerzangenbowle” (red wine punch) at the Christmas market; free use of public transport via the Mobility Ticket and guest tax, VAT and service.
The Basel Christmas markets at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz are considered to be the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. Opening for business on the 27th of November there are almost daily events and spectacular special exhibitions in the city’s museums which enrich the cultural ambiance. Both Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz offer numerous stalls where traders and artisans present their wares. Anyone looking for gift ideas will be inspired by the huge array of products and the fairy-tale atmosphere. Plenty of culinary delights are also on offer, be it a cup of mulled wine, waffles, Basel Läckerli biscuits or ever-popular grilled sausages.
Christmas in Basel starts officially at 6.30 pm on 27th November 2014, when the city’s Governing President, Dr Guy Morin, switches on the Christmas lights at Münsterplatz. At the same time, visitors will be able to admire the splendid illuminations adorning the numerous Christmas trees lining the streets of Basel. The musical accompaniment for the opening ceremony will be provided by the Musik Akademie Basel horn ensemble conducted by Stefan Ruf and Theater Basel’s Extra choir, conducted by Henryk Pollus. Free tea, mulled wine and soup will also be provided courtesy of the Basel Association of Charitable Nursing and Retirement Homes (VAP).
The Markets are operate from 27th November to 23rd December 2014 and are open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. For a full list of Christmas events click here.
*Correct at time of conversion.