Shortly before 7:00 p.m., the 200 or so balls of the gigantic 30-meter-high tree dominating Place Kléber, in the heart of the Alsatian capital, were adorned in multiple colors under the gaze of a hundred people.
“It is obviously a very special edition that we are launching this year, but this Advent and Christmas period remains a highlight of our city.“said the city’s new mayor, environmentalist Jeanne Barseghian, wishing”to all, may these lights illuminate and warm our hearts“.
“Oh that’s pretty“exclaimed a little girl during the gradual lighting of the streets of the city center. The municipality had invited the inhabitants of Strasbourg not to go there to avoid the crowds and to follow the illumination of the streets on the internet or on television.
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In the absence of the great opening concert, which could bring together thousands of people in previous years, the guest of honor, the tenor Amaury Vassili, who launched the illuminations alongside the mayor, performed in the studio two songs of Christmas, broadcast online.
The Strasbourg Christmas market, which should have held its 451st edition this year, usually brings together more than 300 chalets spread over different squares in the city.
Attracting around two million visitors, since 2015 it has been the subject of important security measures, sometimes criticized by Strasbourg residents. Despite these measures, a jihadist attack left five dead in December 2018.
Failing to sell Christmas decorations and handicrafts in wooden chalets, Christmas markets “virtual“have been set up, like a city platform to find products from usual exhibitors or another for the market”off“, social and united.
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