Christmas is almost here, and if you’re heading to Paris for the holiday season, then you’re in for a treat. The City of Lights offers a spectacular experience during the winter. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a part of the magical Parisian winter atmosphere, then read on to discover some of the city’s best Christmas markets that you can explore.
Here, you’ll be able to sip mulled wine, sample French cheese, and cozy up in fabulous fashions as you wander among the festive market stalls. Soak in the wonderful decorations with vibrant crepes and glowing fairy lights and revel in the aroma of fresh sausages and smooth chocolat chaud as you lose yourself in the spirit of the season. So, without further ado, here are the top markets in Paris to do your Christmas shopping.
Tuileries Garden Christmas Market
Get ready to experience the magic of Christmas like never before when you visit the Tuileries market in the French capital. This market located at the Tuileries Gardens features over 100 chalets like the ones at Champs Elysees, albeit on a slightly smaller scale. The market features mostly food products that are produced in France, including wine and gifts. There are also carnival rides as well as an ice rink that the young and old can enjoy. There’s always a festive crowd here, with dazzling decorations and Christmas lights. And if you’re lucky, you’ll even get to see Santa’s guest appearance!
Dates : From 15th november 2019 to 5th january 2020
Christmas Market Under the Canopy of the Forum Des Halles
Les Halles Chrismas market has 75 chalets each of which features foods, wines, gifts, and other items made by local craftsmen. There are also mouth-watering displays filled with rich regional sausages, cheeses, foie gras, terrines, salted nuts, and a variety of other gourmet foods. You can also sample delicious, non-gourmet foods such as crepes filled with chocolate, raclette, and onion soup, among other scrumptious treats. When you explore this market under La Canopee at Forum des Halles, you can be sure that you’re going to come away with tons of wonderful buys.
Dates : From 14th november 2019 to 29th december 2019
Christmas Village on the Parvis de la Defense
The Parvis de la Defense, Grand Arche is the city’s largest Christmas market. Boasting an astounding 350 chalets, this market is one that you’ll absolutely lose yourself in. If you are in the area between the end of November and the end of December, then don’t miss a visit to this spectacular market. Here you will find a staggering diversity of products as well as an impressive and mind-boggling display of decorations and lights. There is even a section dedicated to Canadian cuisine where you will be able to sample and buy maple syrup imported from Quebec. There are also fresh oysters, cheeses, regional sausages, and baked goods for sale.
Dates : From 21st november 2019 to 29th december 2019
Saint Germain des Pres Christmas Market
This Christmas market is in a picturesque neighborhood of St-Germain and it has quite a lot to offer. From inviting holiday decorations and bright lights to the delicious goodies, toys, and presents available for you to choose from, there’s nothing you won’t find here during your festive shopping spree. This Chrismas village is located right in front of the St-Germain church, just steps from the exit of the St-Germain metro in the city’s sixth arrondissement. The market opens daily from the 30th of November through January 5th and you can visit between 10 am and 7 pm for a spot of Christmas shopping.
Alsace Christmas Party at East Station
All Christmas markets in the City of Lights and everywhere else in France originated from the northern Alsace region. This area belonged to Germany during various junctures in the country’s history, which is why it draws on many German Christmas market traditions. One of these, and arguably the most famous, is the marche de noel, which takes place in the capital of Alsace, Strasbourg. Of the many traditions that have endured here since the 14th century, this is the largest. At this Christmas market, you will find delicious treats and exciting gifts peddled in charming wooden chalets by cheerful vendors.
Dates : From 4th december 2019 to 20th december 2019
The Christmas Chalet of Ritz Paris
The Ritz in Paris invites you to revel in a magical holiday season within its festive Christmas chalet set at the Place Vendome starting from December 7 through January 5 of the new year. The winter wooden chalet is inspired by Christmas markets from all over Europe, and it’s designed to satisfy all gourmands from all walks of life with tasty treats and delicacies, including marbled cake, chocolate teddy bears, teas and jams, and so on. The best part of the Ritz Christmas market is that there will be a special galette de rois weekend held on the 4th and 5th of January to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy this palace’s own specialty.
Dates : From 7th december 2019 to 5th january 2020
Christmas Market 15th
This holiday season, the Christmas market on the 15th arrondissement is a great venue if you want to enjoy the bounty of the season. Here you will find thick mulled wine, foie gras, gingerbread, and cheese. There’s also an impressive variety of jewelry, decorations, and traditional Christmas figures called santons, from Provence. You will be blown away by the exciting nativity scenes, flea markets, concerts, and decorated Christmas trees. The charming chalets here are among the most cheerful of any market that you’ll see in the French capital. If you’re looking to sample truly local craftsmanship, then this is the Christmas market you should visit.
Dates : From 13rd december 2019 to 24th december 2020
Christmas Market of Paris Notre Dame
There are few places that have the same magical feel as Notre Dame at Christmas. The market here is just as unique, with sections dedicated to arts, crafts, fine cuisines, and more. This year, the Notre Dame Christmas market is set to pop up near the Cathedral on Viviani square. Should you visit this market between 13 and 29 December, you will be met with giant Christmas trees, festive decor and lights, and stands filled with delicious treats like mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, warm chalets, and other scrumptious delicacies. This entire square will come to life from 10 am in the morning to 8 pm at night every day.
Christmas Market at the Eiffel Tower
A Christmas market cannot have a more romantic location than this one at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Here, you will find foods, wines, gifts, crafts, and Christmas ornaments to make your season merrier. There is also an ice rink at the market, so whether you’re shopping with friends or family, everyone can enjoy their time there one way or the other. From the stunning view of the famous attraction to the eye-catching decorations and mouthwatering food, this market has something to offer for everyone. It’s open during the last two weeks of December and the first week of January, giving you enough opportunities to get everything on your Christmas shopping list.
Dates : From 20th december 2019 to 5th january 2020
Christmas Market of Vincennes
The festive market at Vincennes is located east of the city, next to Bois de Vincennes. This charming little market is relaxed and the stalls have a more suburban vibe. The market will run from the 6th of December through the 24th, and it will feature mulled wine, gingerbread, cheeses, and sausages from various regions in France. There are also toys, clothing, and crafts – all hand-crafted by Parisian locals. If you’re looking for a market that features all of the country’s famous Christmas traditions, this adorable little Christmas market is the place to be.
Christmas Market Abbesses
The Place des Abbesses in Montmartre offers one of the most spectacular Christmas markets you’ll ever see. Here there are stunning views of the hills all around, and the chalets are warm and cheerful. This place is guaranteed to bring you joy and spread the holiday cheer, and aside from the panoramic views, the market offers a wide assortment of gorgeous gifts and delicious treats, such as mulled wine, crepes, and gingerbread. Make sure to stop and appreciate the sights all around you as you shop for holiday gifts in the Abbesses Christmas market.
Dates : From 28th november 2019 to 6th january 2020
Christmas Market Paris Beaubourg
The Beaubourg Christmas market in Paris offers a small number of chalets but each has an astounding variety of beautiful gift items. Usually, the market is open throughout the month of December, this market closes just after New Year. It’s located near the jazz clubs of Rue des Lombards, just in case you feel the need for a rewarding dring after a bout of Christmas shopping. This market not only has regional specialties, including jewelry and crafts, but it also has plenty of fun activities for the whole family. All of them are free, including sleigh rides, pony rides and a merry go round. This is a great place to visit if you’re shopping with friends or family as you can make a day of it!
Dates : From 1st december 2019 to 2nd january 2020
Town Hall Christmas Market
If you’re ready to get in the festive spirit, head on over to the Town Hall to be part of the annual neighborhood Christmas market. There are twenty chalets that sell specialties from France’s regions, including crafts, jewelry, games, decorations, clothing, and edible treats. Here you will get to hear Christmas carols while fortifying yourself with a mug of spiced wine and hot roasted chestnuts. The kids get toys and goodie bags from Pere Noel himself, and everyone goes home happy!
Dates : From 13rd december 2019 to 1st january 2020