Distance from base: 450 km
Paris Christmas Markets
December is a special time in Paris, when days are short and you bundle up for the cold to stroll down busy streets or enjoy the lights twinkling along the Seine. Enjoy adventures from listening to beautiful sung chorales at Notre Dame, to ice skating at the Hotel de Ville to visiting the famous Christmas markets or Marche’s de Noel in Paris.
The tradition of Christmas markets dates back to the 1400’s where they began in the region of Alsace. Craftsmen displayed their wares during the Christmas season, from food specialties to crafts. The tradition has lasted through the centuries and spread to other cities in France. In Paris, the largest market is on the Champs Elysees. Starting in late November, pretty little wooden chalets are set up in long rows, creating a festive holiday atmosphere. Craftsmen from throughout France set up their goods and you’ll find everything from regional crafts to candy, artwork and jewelry.
Champs Elysees Market
Address: Avenue Des Champs-Elysees, 75008, 8th Arrondissement
Nearest Metro: Champs-Elysees-Clemenceau
One of the mist beautiful sights at Christmas time in Paris is the twinkling fairytale lights along the Champs Elysees, one of the city’s most famous shopping street.
Saint Sulpice Christmas Village
Address: Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006, 6th Arrondissement
Nearest Metro: Saint Sulpice or Saint Germain des Pres
During the Christmas season the Place Saint Sulpice comes alive with its own “Village de Noel” (Christmas Village). The market isn’t overly large but there’s a good selection of quality art work made from a variety of materials including wood, glass and textiles.
Address: Place Saint Germain Des Pres, 75006, 6th Arrondissement
Nearest Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
This market consists of 25 beautiful decorated and illuminated chalets selling a range of arts, crafts and local poducts. It’s also near many tourist attractions including the incredible Saint-Germain church and the famous literary cafes, Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore.
Christmas Village at the Trocadero
Address: Trocadero, Paris, 75016, 16th Arrondissement
Nearest Metro: Trocadero
The Christmas Village is one of the largest Christmas Markets in Paris.
Address:Centre commercial, Maine-Montparnasse, Paris15thArrondissement
Nearest Metro: Maine-Montparnasse
Situated at the foot of the Montparnasse high rise, this market is the place to go if you looking for fabulous meats, cheese, cakes and wine for your gourmet Christmas feast. Nearly all of the booths offer free samples so don’t hesitate to try before you buy!