It’s that time of year again. The Christmas lights are twinkling along the Champs-Élysées, around the Place Vendôme and through the charming streets of Montmartre. More than at any other time of year, Paris truly is ”The City of Light” at Christmas. But that’s not all. The famous Christmas markets, which are now part and parcel of the Parisian festive season, are back! Read on to find out about the best markets to visit this winter for a truly unforgettable experience.
The Christmas market on the Champs-Élysées
Every year, from the Place de la Concorde to the Champs-Élysées roundabout, Paris’ largest and most popular Christmas market takes place. Hundreds of wooden chalets set up shop along the avenue, selling festive crafts, souvenirs, culinary delights and much, much more. It’s also an opportunity to admire the spectacular Christmas lights and decorations that embody the city’s magical festive atmosphere.
Address: Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008
Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile (1, 2, 6, RER)
Opening times: November 11th 2016 – January 8th 2017, Sunday-Thursday (12.00-00.00), Friday-Saturday (12.00-01.00)
Trocadéro on Ice : the christmas market and ice rink
With the glorious Eiffel Tower as its dazzling backdrop, the Village de Noël on the Champ-de-Mars is an ideal choice for families. It boasts wide selection of market stands, fresh food stalls and a 300m2 ice-rink on offer, so that this year you can celebrate Christmas in one of the world’s most picturesque settings. You’ll also find yourself within walking distance of other winter villages, including the Quai Branly, which is superbly located right on the banks of the River Seine.
Address: Parc du Champ-de-Mars, 75007
Metro: École Militaire (8)
Opening times: December 15th 2016-January 3rd 2017, Open Daily (11.00-23.00)
The Christmas market at Notre-Dame
This is essentially an arts and crafts-based fair, where traders gather every December to sell their goods. Jewerly, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy…it’s all there! If you’re coming with the kids, don’t let them miss out on the special guest of Santa Claus, who is paying an extra visit this year to complete the magical experience.
Address: Place René Viviani, 2 rue du Fouarre, 75005
Metro: Saint-Michel (4)
Opening times: December 16th-25th 2016, Monday-Thursday (10.00-20.00), Friday-Sunday (10.00-21.00)
The Christmas market at Montparnasse
Make your way to the bottom of the famous Tour Montparnasse (you can’t miss it) to explore this spectacular 40-chalet Christmas market. As far as food is concerned, this is the best in Paris for regional specialities! Artisanal wine, cured meats, fresh cheeses, sumptuous cakes…you won’t be leaving in a hurry! Seasonal decorations and traditional Christmas carols help to bring this commercial district alive in the month of December.
Address: Place Raoul-Dautry, 75015
Metro: Montparnasse-Bienvenue (4, 6, 12, 13)
Opening times: December 10th-31st 2016, Monday-Saturday (09.30-20.00)
The Christmas market at La Défense
The normally empty, corporate atmosphere of Paris’ business hub is transformed in the run up to Christmas, when a huge market is assembled at the foot of the brightly-lit Grande Arche. Discover the lively market stalls; pick up presents for friends and family; tuck into a hot mince pie, washed down with a delicious glass of mulled wine; let the children enjoy a magical story in Santa’s lap… Don’t be deterred by the location of this market in the business district– it’s one of Paris’ best!
Addresss: Parvis de la Défense, 92400
Metro: Esplanade de la Défense (1, RER A)
Opening times: November 17th- December 27th 2016, Open daily (11.00-20.00)
Already visited these markets or just fancy exploring somewhere else? Popular alternatives include the Saint-Germain-dès-Prés Christmas village, the arts and crafts peddled at Saint Sulpice and the village de Noël de Montmartre. To find out more about other markets, dates and times, visit http://parisinfo.com/christmas-markets-in-paris.
Lodgis Tip: Don’t forget to ”faire du lèche vitrine” (literally: window licking) at some of Paris’ most iconic department stores. We recommend a trip to the Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché, where the magnificent displays are enough to seduce any customer…
From all of us here at Lodgis, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!