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 Tuileries Christmas market
The traditional Champs-Elysées Christmas market will again take place in the heart of the Tuileries’ garden. This magical venue still offers the same festive spirit to get you excited for Christmas!
You will find a lot of local French products and be able to iceskate on a 500m2 ring!
Adress: Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris
Metro: Tuileries (line 1), Concorde (lines 1, 8 or 12)
Opening times: November 15th to January 5th. Week days (11.00 – 23.45), weekend (11.00-00.45)
The Canopée des Halles Christmas market
The Canopée des Halles is hosting this year the second edition of its Christmas market! With 30 traders offering craft products from arround the world, a giant Christmas tree (20m high) and activities. The perfect excuse to enjoy the Christmas spirit while browsing for gifts.
Adress: Forum des Halles, 101 porte Berger, 75001 Paris
Metro: Les Halles (line 4), Châtelet – les Halles (RER A, RER B, RER D)
Opening hours: November 14th to December 29th. Monday and Tuesday (10.00-20.30), Wednesday to Saturday (10.00-21.00) Sunday (11.00-20.00)
Place des Abbesses Christmas market in Montmartre
With its village-like feel, Place des Abbesses will charm passeres-by with its Christmas market made of 15 small wooden chalets and its beautiful lights.
You can enjoy a mulled wine and some authentic regional produce in this lovely Christmas market at the heart of Montmartre.
Adress: Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris
Metro: Abbesses (lines 2 or 12)
Opening Hours: November 28th to January 6th (10.00-20.00)
Alsacian Christmas market at the Gare de l’Est
The Christmas market has a regional theme, embracing everything that Northeastern France has to offer! With a distinctly Germanic flavor, enjoy pretzels, traditional French pain d’épice, wine and delicious foie gras.
Address: Gare de l’Est, Place du 11 novembre 1918, 75010 Paris
Metro: Gare de l’Est (lines 4, 5 or 7)
Opening Times: December 4th-20th, Monday to Saturday (9.00-20.00), Sunday (10.00-19.00), 20th December (10.00-18.00)
The Christmas market at Notre-Dame
Despite the ongoing construction on the cathedral, the Christmas market is still going ahead. This is essentially an arts and crafts fair, where traders gather every December to sell their goods. Jewelry, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy, with over 50 craftsmen you can definitely find almost anything you’re looking for. If you’re coming with kids, they can enjoy story time and a drawing class, but make sure you don’t let them miss out visiting Santa Claus and getting a picture with him!
Address: Place René Viviani, 2 rue du Fouarre, 75005
Metro: Saint-Michel (line 4)
Opening times: December 13th-29th, Monday-Thursday (10.00-20.00), Friday-Sunday (10.00-21.00)
The Christmas market at La Défense
The normally 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. Seasonal decorations and traditional Christmas carols help to bring this business district alive in the month of December. 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… This is one of Paris’ best Christmas markets!
Address: Parvis de la Défense, 92400
Metro: Esplanade de la Défense (line 1, RER A)
Opening times: November 21st-December 28th, Sunday-Thursday (11.00-21.00), Friday (11.00-22.00), Saturday (10.00-22.00)
Afro-Caribbean Christmas Market
Celebrate the culture and heritage of the Caribbean with Paris’ thrid edition of the Afro-Caribbean Christmas market! With 35 different stands offering everything from food, to clothing, to books, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about this fascinating part of the world and buy some unique Christmas presents. Learn how to do your make-up the Afro-Caribbean way, explore the region’s rich culinary history and how to fold a headscarf authentically!
Address: Galerie Joseph – Turenne, 116 Rue de Turenne, 75003
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8)
Opening times: December 13th (14.00-21.00), December 14th-15th (11.00-19.00)
Village de Noël at Champ de Mars
This loved Christmas market is situated right in front of the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars.
It comprises of 60 wooden chalets selling all sorts of goods coming from all around Europe, from food to accessories. This Christmas Market also offers a 300m² ice rink for anyone interested in a bit of ice skating.
Address: Champ de Mars, 75007
Metro: Bir-Hakeim (line 6), Trocadéro (line 6 or 9), Ecole Militaire (line 8)
Opening times: December 20th-January 5th (11.00-23.00)
Marché de Noël Suédois
Does Christmas to you mean herring, salmon or cranberry jam ? Or perhaps you’d prefer beautiful handmade glassware, candles or wooden Christmas tree decorations ? Then the Swedish Christmas market is for you ! Celebrate Swedish culture, traditions and artisans by heading to the Swedish Church in Paris for a Christmas market with a Nordic twist.
Address: 9 rue Médéric, 75017
Metro: Monceau (line 2)
Opening times: November 29th (11.00-20.00), November 30th (11.00-19.00), December 1 (12.30-17.00)
Vegan Christmas Market
The completely unique urban farm/community center/environmentally conscious café La Recyclerie in northern Paris will be hosting the fourth edition of the Vegan Christmas market after its huge success last December. Here you’ll small French businesses selling their vegan products, with PLENTY of vegan food (including Bûches de Noël, chocolates and cheese), cruelty-free cosmetics and plenty more. Completely guilt-free shopping!
Address: 128 avenue de Saint Ouen, 75018
Metro: Porte de Saint Ouen/Guy Moquet (line 13)
Opening times: 15 December (11:00-20:00)
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 Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché, where the magnificent displays are enough to seduce any customer…
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