There are dozens of Christmas Markets in Paris, so it's important to choose wisely if you're limited on time in the city of love this Christmas. Here's our pick of the best and most varied Christmas markets around...
Champs Elysées Christmas Market
The magical Christmas market on the Champs Elysées, which stretches from the bottom of the strip of high street and high-end shopping which makes the street famous all the way to Place de Concorde, is one of the most famous Christmas markets in the world. Charming wooden huts stuffed full of Christmas cheer, gourmet French food and the obligatory tacky Christmas souvenirs will line Paris’s most famous street for more than a month this year, from the 17th November to the 27th December 2016. Don’t miss the Marché Gourmand, tucked back from the street, where you can indulge in luxurious French cuisine including roasted duck, snails and cheese fondue….heaven!
We recommend stopping by in the evening after a day of sightseeing at the nearby Arc de Triomphe or The Louvre, when the Christmas lights will be twinkling in the huts and you can sip a steaming cup of vin chaud (mulled wine) to warm yourself up! The market is open every day during the festive season and until late on weekends.
Notre Dame Christmas Market
If you’re visiting Notre Dame Cathedral this festive season, give yourself a little extra time to have a wander around the Notre Dame Christmas market, where more than 50 craftspeople will be showcasing their creations. Clothing, accessories and glassware can all be found at this Christmas market, along with the traditional food and souvenir offerings and a visit from one very special visitor: Santa Claus himself!
The market is open every day from the 16th -25th December from 10am – 8pm, or until 9pm Friday-Sunday and is well worth some of your time.
Traditional Alsace Christmas market at the Gare de l’Est
Alsace is a region on the French-German border which is famous for traditional Christmas fare such as gingerbread, pretzels and Christmas biscuits. So, if you’re looking to pick something up to eat on the go or take home for Christmas, there’s no better place than the Gare de l’Est Christmas market. Alsace is also famous for its wine, which provides a perfect accompaniment for the luxurious tastes of fois gras, high end cheeses and cured meats.
Alongside all this amazing food you’ll find Christmas decorations, fabrics and plenty of other Christmas market staples to complete one of the classiest Christmas markets in Paris. The market will be open throughout December, so make sure to take a look.
Eiffel Tower Christmas Market on Quai Branly
Located just across the river from the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the market at Quai Branly is one of the most popular Christmas markets for visitors who have just been up the Eiffel Tower. There are old school fairground rides, charming wooden huts selling Christmas wares and plenty of hot food to warm you up after the cold of the top of the Eiffel Tower!
The market opens on the 17th December until the 3rd January, so it’s one of the few markets you can catch if you’re visiting after Christmas. Get there early though, as the market closes at 7pm each day.
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