The Christmas market, a not-to-be-missed event in Montbéliard

Dive into the magic of the Montbéliard Christmas market, a unique experience to celebrate the holiday season. The charm and authenticity of the place, the illuminations, and the animations give this market a special cachet that will surely enchant you.

The history of the Christmas market in Montbéliard

In the historic city of Montbéliard stands the famous Christmas market, a legacy of an Alsatian tradition dating back several centuries. Located at the crossroads of Germanic and French cultures, Montbéliard carefully preserves this typical event of the Doubs region. Montbéliard is located in the north of the Doubs department, just an hour from Germany

For 30 years now, the Montbéliard Christmas market has been organized under the aegis of the city. It now offers more than 170 chalets with their local artisanal products, where magical lights and spicy fragrances mix for the delight of all senses.

When does it start?

Generally, the Christmas market starts each year towards the end of November or beginning of December and ends just before Christmas. The festivities are inaugurated with an always eagerly awaited open-air show, which marks the start of the city's illuminations. For nearly a month, the streets of Montbéliard light up with a thousand lights, and a festive atmosphere invades the city.

This year, the Christmas market takes place from Saturday, November 25, 2023, to Sunday, December 24, 2023

Practical tips for enjoying the Montbéliard Christmas market

To ensure your visit goes smoothly, here are some tips to make your stay easier:

Where to park?

The city center, accessible by car, quickly becomes crowded during major events such as the Christmas market. To avoid traffic jams and parking difficulties, it is recommended to choose the park and ride lots located at the entrances to the city. Due to their large capacity and proximity to public transport, these locations are ideal for quickly and easily reaching the heart of the festivities.

  • Park and Ride at Axone  : also equipped with a shuttle system to simplify your travels, this parking lot has the advantage of being open 7 days a week throughout the duration of the Christmas market.
  • Free parking : Champ de Foire parking, Ile en Mouvement, Bonal stadium
  • Paid parking : Blancheries parking

Stay at the Hotel La Balance in downtown Montbéliard

During the Hotel La Balance period, located in the heart of Montbéliard's historic center, comes to life thanks to the numerous animations offered by the Christmas market. This essential address in the city offers a warm and friendly setting to extend your stay in a festive atmosphere.

All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi access. Moreover, several types of rooms are available, ranging from classic room to the prestige/prestige twin double room, catering to all tastes and budgets.

Highlights of the Montbéliard Christmas market

Beyond the many stalls and chalets that are exotic during this time of year, the Christmas market also offers numerous animations for both young and old:

  • The lighting of the city : Join us on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at nightfall! You will be amazed by the garlands and other light decorations carefully chosen each year to illuminate the alleys and squares of Montbéliard.
  • The Little Elves Workshop : This workshop is specially designed for children aged 3 to 12 years and specializes in creating essential accessories for Christmas celebrations
  • The ice rink : the Montbéliard ice rink is set up in Denfert-Rochereau square. It welcomes children and their families from November 25, 2023, to January 6