Things to do in Basel – December

Merry Christmas - Ho, Ho, Ho!

Winter is here and oh boy, the temperatures have dropped in Basel.  We have seen our first snow and the town is glittering with Christmas lights!  Christmas trees can be found on Munsterplatz, Marktplatz and in the Rathaus courtyard the tree is joined with a light display that is quite spectacular and little mesmerising to be honest, I was transfixed by it and have been back to the Rathaus a few times to take it in.  The huge star on Barfuesserplatz shines brightly and reminds us all to stay hopeful.  There’s no Christmas wish book, this year in the Rathaus, to reduce infection risk and of course, you know the Christmas market has been cancelled.  So what are the things to do this weekend?

Go on the Gluehwein trail

Enjoy a winters walk on the Rhine of through some of Basel’s beautiful streets and go on the hunt from some gluehwein, the typical spiced, alcoholic, ruby red drink that is enjoyed at this time of the year.  So, where to find some great spiced wine?  

At the Rhine  – Kraft hotel

Near Spalen-Tor – Teufelhof have a Christmas market in their courtyard

Barfüsserplatz – Kohlmann’s restuarant

Claraplatz – KLARA

For a non-alcoholic version head to IKEA they have some really nice but, quite sweet ‘spiced berry drink’ on sale in their IKEA market in Pratteln.  You can of course make your own and for this I send you to Jamie Oliver FOODTUBE click here

Online Pantomine 'Goldilocks and the 3 Berz'

When:  Saturday 12th December 14:00 and Sunday 13th December, 19:00 by ZOOM

Goldilocks and the 3 Berz will be broadcast by ZOOM this weekend!  The English Pantomine group has been delighting us for 25 years, with their Christmas pantomime and this year is no different.  Even with all of the challenges we’ve faced, the show will go on!

Cost 15 CHF 1-2 people, 25 CHF for a family viewing

Link to tickets here 

Matt and Elly are having a beer sale

Matt and Elly are one of our local beer makers in Basel have a beer sale on this Saturday – they are selling their own brew plus many more other beers.  I am going to drop in and see them to buy some low alcohol Lola beer plus some of their lovely, fruity, IPAs.

Where & when Erlenmattstrasse 93, Basel, all day long.

Visit the Wine Guru on Wheels at Breite Market

Juan the wine guru on wheels will be at Breite market tomorrow with his wonderful selection of wines.  Join him and many other stall holders, on the market from 9-13 every Saturday.

Where & when Zuercherstrasse, 4052, Basel, 9:00-13:00

Baking Christmas cookies

Basel has it’s very own Christmas cookie the Basel Brunsli is a chocolatey, nutty treat that is bound together with egg and traditionally has a shot of kirsch added to it.  I change the traditional recipe to add orange liqueur instead of Kirsch to make my brunsli’s more chocolate orange in flavour.  

I followed And Pilot’s recipe from her book Helvetic Kitchen Swiss Cooking

Advent calendar sing-a-long

The International Women’s Institute in Basel, are hosting an online Christmas sing-a-long with a special guest appearance from our local star Andi Curran.

When & where 19th December at 18:00 LIVE on Facebook

Link to Facebook event click here

This is a donation concert you can make your donation here

 

Enjoy some wellness

I am treating myself with a pre-Christmas overhaul, it’s my Christmas treat.  Do I have parties to go to and places to be…no!  But I am going to put myself through a pre-Christmas wellness MOT anyway.  First stop an Elsen massage with Julie Morrow of Morrow Health then, a pedicure at the Schminkbar followed by a relaxing aromatherapy, vegan, facial with Jenny at Wohlfuehlen bei Jenny.

Total cost of my wellness MOT 350 CHF – the wellness benefit, priceless.

too expensive or staying at home?  How about creating a spa day at home?  I’m writing a blog article about a stay at home wellness that should be published very, very soon!

A Christmas photoshoot in a beautiful outdoor location in Basel

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