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The best Christmas markets in Paris to visit this year

November 22, 2019
Not that you ever need an excuse to visit, but Paris is particularly magical at Christmas and the holidays can be a great reason to plan a mini break in the French capital. The city of lights comes alive in December with all sorts of wonderful illuminations and you’ll find Christmas markets and fairs in all corners of the city. We’ve rounded up a list of the best Christmas markets in Paris where you’ll find handmade gifts for everyone on your list as well as plenty of festive refreshments.

The Magic of Christmas, Jardin des Tuileries

With over 120 chalets setting up in the Jardin des Tuileries, this is the must-visit Christmas market in Paris. You’ll find one of the best ice rinks in Paris, https://www.all-luxury-apartments.com/blog-article-190-get-your-skates-on-where-to-go-ice-skating-in-paris.html hundreds of shops and plenty to keep little ones entertained. Expect to pay a little more for your Christmas crafts but when the location is this good we doubt you’ll care. Snuggle up in one of the bars and enjoy a mulled wine with a side of Christmas carols. 

 

The best Christmas markets in Paris to visit this year

Source: Paris Info

Notre-Dame Christmas Market

Just across the Seine from the Notre Dame you’ll find one of the most picturesque Christmas markets in Paris. Although the cathedral suffered a terrible fate this year, the market will still be going ahead. Here you’ll be able to stock up on French wine, cheese and all the other good stuff that the Parisians are known for. This is also the place to look for high quality arts and crafts, including some homemade clothes that are the epitome of chic as you would expect from our stylish neighbours. If you want to visit some actual shops during your time in Paris, check out the best concept stores in Paris, these are full of unique gifts. 

 

The best Christmas markets in Paris to visit this year

Source: Paris Info

Christmas Market at the City Hall

Head to the space directly in front of the City Hall and you’ll discover a winter wonderland right in the heart of the city. Come hungry and enjoy the French delicacies like tartiflette which is a deliciously creamy cheese and potato bake with garlic and onions. For more delicious food, check out our guide to the best street food in Paris. This isn’t the biggest market on the list but we like the low-key atmosphere and find it perfect for young children. 

 

The best Christmas markets in Paris to visit this year

Source: Paris Info

La Défense Marché de Noël

On the esplanade at La Défense you’ll find the biggest Christmas market in Paris. With over 300 stalls and chalets you’ll be hard pushed to walk away empty handed. Located in the very modern business district, the wooden huts make a lovely contrast with the usual surroundings. There’s a bit of everything from tree decorations to jewellery for sale. Come with lots of cash and get your Christmas shopping done all in one place. 

 

The best Christmas markets in Paris to visit this year

Source: Paris Info

Christmas Market at Les Halles

Even if you’re on holiday, there’s something magical about browsing Christmas trees in the run up to the 25th. And this is the place in Paris to do it. You’ll find Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes for sale here. You’ll also find a Santa’s grotto for the children and traditional Christmas market stalls selling everything you could want this season. Look out for the raceltte and fill up on melted cheese. Along with Christmas markets, the circus in Paris is another must-do for the holiday season. 

 

The best Christmas markets in Paris to visit this year

Source: Paris Info

Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmas Market

If it’s luxury you’re after, then this is the place to head. It’s a bit smaller than the other markets with only about 25 chalets but they specialise in quality goods like jewellery and genuine leather accessories. So this is the perfect place to find a special gift for your favourite person. Go on, treat them to something nice.

 

The best Christmas markets in Paris to visit this year

Source: Paris Info




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