Christmas in Colmar

Colmar Christmas Canal

Last year, I spent Christmas in Germany visiting my sister, who then lived in Freiburg and now lives in Cologne. Europeans are big on Christmas, nowhere more so than Colmar, France. Colmar was only a short bus ride over the Rhine from Freiburg. We spent the whole day there, relishing the Weinachtsmarkt – Christmas Market – which runs from late November through New Years. This town put Macy’s to shame!

Aside from lots of food, I only bought one thing- a lovely little framed carving of a single tree. Of all the zillions of trinkets for sale at the Weinachtsmarkt, that little tree caught my eye. Now, that tree hangs in my Teardrop and it always makes me smile. Always nice to find the one thing you love in a sea of stuff.

This year, the tree, the Teardrop and I are heading to Strasburg, Pennsylvania to spend Christmas with my whole family! My sister and her husband are flying from Germany and my brother from California. My family is pretty far-flung and we rarely all end up in the same place at the same time, but when we do, we always make the most of our time together. Here’s to a very Merry Morton Christmas!

Colmar, on the border with southern Germany, was never bombed so most of the town still dates to the 17th century

Colmar Weinachtsmarket Stand

Fragile Weinachtsmarkt Stand

My favorite stand. I’m still looking for the perfect portable chess set. I have a cheap one, but I’d love to find a handcrafted set that doesn’t take up too much room in my car!

Cathedral View

Colmar Colors

Quiet street in Colmar- Once you get a block or two away from the Weinachtsmarkt, things get much quieter

Colmar Canal


More deliciousness.

Even more deliciousness! We didn’t buy a lot of trinkets, but we all ate plenty of food!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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14 Responses to Christmas in Colmar

  1. Alice says:

    Wow! All Scrooges and Grinches should visit!

  2. rangertalia says:

    This is magical! Perfectly Christmas, and I love the first photo best. Thanks for sharing! ♥

  3. Vicki says:

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  4. shazzarob says:

    Wow I havn’t managed to visit our Manchester Christmas markets this year so seeing your pictures is a lovely compremize.:)

  5. I think if I ever visit Colmar, I will never leave. This is a fairy land and so incredibly charming. Thank you so much for taking me to a beautiful place. Happy Holidays!

  6. Pit says:

    A wonderfullly picturesque town and a beautiful Christmas market. that surely rivals or even outshines the one I know in Nuremberg in my native Germany.

  7. Tina says:

    What amazing pictures Mary, love the one of the canal. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.


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  9. laissawong says:

    Wow this looks like a magical place, I wish I could visit Colmar someday. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  10. Rosanna says:

    Great post about a great place!

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  12. I know this is 3-1/2 years later, but I hope you took in the astonishing Isenheim Alterpiece by Mathias Grunewald while in Colmar, especially with your sister being an artist and all. I spent several hours studying that work the one day I was in Colmar … I went there just to see that … an amazing work.

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