There is something magical about the holiday season in Paris and there isn’t a better way to bring out the Christmas spirit than to head to one of the city’s “Marchés de Noël”, or Christmas markets.
Christmas markets throughout France originate from the Eastern region of Alsace that has historical roots being traded between France and Germany. The most famous (and largest) Christmas market in France is in Strasbourg, the capital of the region.
Here in Paris, Christmas markets tend to pop up throughout the city from mid-November through the holiday season. Below are some of our favorite markets for shopping and sampling spiced “vin chaud” to warm you up!
There will be 100 stands of gifts and goodies at Place de la Trocadero this year and the kids will love the ice rink and exploring the snow villages.
Open from December 13th 2014 – January 7th 2015
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
This is the largest market within the city limits and stretches from the métro Champs Elysées-Clémenceau down to Concorde.
Open from November 14th 2014 – January 4th 2015
Not only will you find one of the most charming Christmas markets in Paris with the backdrop of the Saint-Sulpice church, but the kids will love to visit Santa Claus in Santa’s Village.
Open from December 1st – December 24th 2014
If you are up for a day trip, escape Paris to Versailles on the RER C and explore the charming Christmas market in the town center.
Open from December 5th – December 26th 2014
For those of you looking to get into the spirit of Christmas during your office lunch break, this huge market spread across the Parvis de la Défense sells everything from decorative objects and toys to hand-crafted and regional culinary products.
Open from November 20th – December 28th 2014
Take a regional train from Gare de l’Est to this adorable medieval village equipped with fortified towers and moats just outside of Paris. This Christmas market is only open for the weekend so plan wisely!
Open from December 13th –
December 14th 2014
Set above Paris on the Parvis de la Basilique du Sacré-Coeur this quaint market also boasts a Santa’s Village and some of the best views of Paris.
Open from December 5th 2014 – January 4th 2015