Catherine, August 2023

Christmas markets and skiing? Yes please!

We all know that the festive season is the most wonderful time of the year. Where better to spend it than in the Alps surrounded by snowy peaks, twinkling lights and Christmas trees? For the ultimate Christmas experience why not combine your love of skiing with a trip to some of the best Christmas markets in the world? Life surely doesn’t get much better!

Basel, Switzerland

Basler Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Münsterplatz Basel Christmas market at Münsterplatz

Basel City Streets

Basel is a charming city where the cultures of three worlds meet. Located in Switzerland on the River Rhine close to the border of France and Germany, Basel combines the best of all three cultures. This city is worth a visit at any time of year thanks to its amazing art scene and beautiful old town. However, it is also the home of Switzerland’s most famous Christmas markets (voted best Christmas markets in Europe in 2021). Running from late November to 23rd December, you’ll find pretty stalls lining Barfusserplatz and Munsterplatz in the city centre. Whether you’re looking for some last minute Christmas gifts made by local artisans, or you prefer to indulge in some culinary treats like gingerbread, waffles and mulled wine, you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy, all surrounded by beautiful Christmas lights.

Basel Christmas Markets, WeihnachtsmarktRhein L1310256


If your appetite for Christmas markets isn’t fully satisfied by Basel alone, Colmar in France is just a 40 minute train ride away. This cute little town is like something out of a fairy tale with Hansel and Gretel style half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. Combined with the gorgeous Christmas markets and stunning festive decorations you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland. It’s well worth a day trip from Basel if you have time.

If you really want to tick off even more festive markets, day trips are also possible to Freiburg in Germany (45 minutes away) and Strasbourg in France (90 minutes away). Both of these charming towns offer plenty of tourist attractions and have their own markets.

Basel Christmas Markets, Swiss Rail

Basel has its own airport with direct flights from Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and London. Thanks to the excellent Swiss Rail network, it’s easy to get from Basel city centre to just about any ski resort in Switzerland. Andermatt offers plenty of Alpine charm (and some amazing accommodation), Klosters is a quaint village favoured by skiers in the know and Saas Fee is a proper chocolate box ski resort with some of the highest, most snow-sure slopes in Switzerland! Best of all, the rail journey up to your chosen ski resort allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy some of Switzerland’s finest scenery.

Basel Christmas Markets, Saas Fee

Saas Fee (image: Saastal Tourismus AG/Amarcster Media)

Whether you’re looking for a pre-Christmas trip or you prefer to spend the big day in your favourite ski resort, we’ll be more than happy to put together a tailor-made itinerary for you. We can add on a Basel city break at the beginning or end of your ski holiday and we’ll include flights, accommodation and travel to meet your individual needs.

> Switzerland Ski Holidays - Find Out More


Contact us on 0131 243 8097 and our Ski Specialists will provide a tailor-made itinerary just for you. 


Main image: Basel Christmas market at Münsterplatz