Strasbourg's Christmas market at Taipei 101

Gingerbread, mulled wine and Christmas spirit can be enjoyed this year at the Taipei 101 dancing water square.

The famed French Strasbourg Christmas Market is coming to Taipei from December 1 to 25 at the Taipei 101 dancing water square, featuring a wide array of delicacies and Christmas ornaments from France, which is expected to bring locals the most authentic European Christmas experience.

The outdoor fair is jointly held by the Office of Commerce (TCOOC) and French Office in Taipei. It has made guest appearances in Tokyo and Moscow before, and Taipei has become the third city to be able to taste what the Market has to offer. 

Founded in 1570, Strasbourg Christmas Market is the oldest of its kind in France. The marketplace this year will comprise 15 French-style cabins, offering delicatessen foods, confectionery, mulled wine, beer, and crafted products.

The event presents an opportunity to boost cultural exchange as the market will also showcase handicrafts from Taipei’s traditional commercial districts known for their handmade goods, said Lin Chung-chieh, the Commissioner of Department of Economic Development.

While 3,000 tickets have been sold on the first day more are available for purchase online, the three-week event expects to welcome some 500,000 visitors.