Christmas market in Strasbourg

Christmas in Strasbourg has been celebrated on a large scale since 1570, when the first fair in honor of St. Nicholas (the future Santa Claus) opened here. All Christmas gifts were presented to children on his behalf. After the Reformation, the veneration of saints became unpopular, and the baby Jesus became the Christmas donor. The main Christmas market in Strasbourg began to bear his name instead: Christkindelsmärik (literally, the market for the baby Christ).