From 29th November to 24th December 2021.
For those who love Christmas time, St.Gallen is one of the best places to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Seven hundred stars shine above the city’s romantic old town, whilst the cheerfully decorated stalls of the Christmas market line the narrow streets.
“The city of stars”: this is what the people of St.Gallen call their home city during Advent. And it’s no wonder, because throughout December 700 stars twinkle over the old town, adding a festive sparkle to the historic facades of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another heart-warming sight is the huge Christmas tree in the Abbey district, which is decorated with 18,000 lights.
Numerous concerts in St.Gallen’s magnificent cathedral and special events in the Waaghaus, including a food market, choir performances and readings, create a varied Advent programme in the world heritage city that is St.Gallen.
Between barley broth and merry-go-rounds.
The St.Gallen Christmas market stretches from the Waaghaus, along the Bohl, all the way to the Market Square, tempting Christmas shoppers from 26 November to 24 December. In around 70 huts and stands, regional traders offer their traditional Christmas goods.
Mulled wine, mulled beer, the typical raclette and other specialities are available in the Christchindli market, which offers homemade products directly next to the Abbey on two Saturdays. Another not-to-be-missed event is the “Chlausritt”, which sees Father Christmas, Santa’s helpers and angels take to the saddle to parade through the city.
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Hotel Walhalla ★★★★
The Christmas market is 400m away
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Einstein St. Gallen ★★★★
The Christmas market is 600m away
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