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09/18/21

All about the Parisian Christmas Markets

Paris at Christmas is a great time to visit Paris, when you can see impressive Christmas trees, beautifully decorated shopping windows, and numerous Christmas lights illuminating the squares and main avenues.

And of course, there are the Paris Christmas markets! The sweet smell of mulled wine, grilled saucisses, fondue, and gingerbread biscuits. Endless gifts to buy and sweets to try. A huge Christmas tree to marvel at. All and more to be enjoyed at the best Christmas markets in Paris 2021.

Paris at Christmas Time

When do the Christmas markets start in Paris? Usually, the Paris Christmas markets open around mid-November and last well after New Year’s Eve in Paris, and no matter if you’re a couple, family, or solo traveler – the Paris Christmas markets offer something for everyone!

Explore the Christmas Markets in Paris 2021 with a Guided Tour

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Best Christmas Markets in Paris 2021

We can’t think of anything more quintessentially wintery than a stroll through the Paris Christmas Markets. Here, we list the best Christmas Markets in Paris 2021 for festive food, Christmas decorations, or that last-minute gift.

We still don’t know some Paris Christmas market 2021 dates, so keep on clicking for the latest updates!

Heads Up! We are working hard to be accurate, but these are unusual times so please always check before heading out.

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For things to do before or after visiting these Paris Christmas markets, read our quick guide to the 1st Arrondissement of Paris.

1. Chrismas Market at Forum des Halles

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: 14 November 2021 – 29 December 2021
  • Location: Forum des Halles – 101 Porte Berger, Paris 1
  • How to get there: Metro station Les Halles, line 4; RER A, B, and D, station Les Halles
  • Size: medium

Highlights: Admire the 20-meter Christmas tree, surrounded by a forest of lights. Here, you will find around 20 wooden chalets offering food, drinks, and handicrafts. Les Halles’ amazing cupola is always impressive, and perfect for the rainy days in Paris!

2. Tuileries Christmas Market

Paris Christmas Markets

The Tuileries Chrismas market is one of our favorites. Located inside the Tuileries Garden, it replaces the Champs Elysées Christmas Market.

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: 24 November 2021 – 6 January 2022
  • Location: Jardin des Tuileries – Place de la Concorde, Paris 1
  • Size: big
  • How to get there: Metro station Tuileries, line 1; Metro station Concorde, lines 1, 8 and 12

Highlights: You will find around 100 wooden chalets offering French products. There’s also a 20-meter Christmas tree, an ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel, and fun activities for children.

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For things to do around this Paris Christmas market, read our quick guide to the 4th Arrondissement of Paris.

3. Hôtel de Ville Christmas Market

Paris at Christmas time
  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: 14 November 2021 – 6 January 2022.
  • Location: Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Paris 4
  • Size: medium
  • How to get there: Metro station Hôtel de Ville, lines 7 and 11

Highlights: Fairytale decoration (the best, in our opinion), Parisian products and handicrafts, the ancient carousel, and free performances for kids.

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For things to do before or after this Christmas market in Paris, read our quick guide to the 5th Arrondissement of Paris.

4. Notre Dame Christmas Market

Notre Dame Paris Christmas

Now, this Christmas market is not in front of Notre Dame Cathedral but on the opposite side of the river.

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: 13 December 2021 – 29 December 2021
  • Location: Square René Viviani – Quai Montebello, Paris 5.
  • Size: medium
  • How to get there: Metro station Saint Michel – Notre Dame, line 4; RER B, and C, station Saint Michel – Notre Dame

Highlights: Find regional produce, handicrafts, performances for kids, the oldest tree in Paris (400 years!), and of course the view of Notre Dame.

Christmas Market in Paris 6

For things to do before or after this Christmas market in Paris, read our quick guide to the 6th Arrondissement of Paris.

5. Saint Germain-des-Prés Christmas Market

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: 30 November 2021 – 5 January 2022
  • Location: Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, Paris 6
  • Size: small
  • How to get there: Metro station Saint Germain-des-Prés, line 4.

Highlights: This market has the honor of being the smallest Christmas market in Paris! You will find regional products, and handicrafts, performances for kids and adults, and even Santa Claus is hanging around!

TIP: Complete your Christmas experience with this Christmas Gourmet Tour of St-Germain-des-Prés

Christmas Market in Paris 7

For things to do before or after this Christmas market, read our quick guide to the 7th Arrondissement of Paris.

6. Eiffel Tower Christmas Market

Eiffel Tower Christmas Market
  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: 20 December 2021 – 5 January 2022
  • Location: Parc du Champ-de-Mars / At the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Quai Branly, Paris 7
  • Size: big
  • How to get there: RER C, stations Champs de Mars – Eiffel Tower or Pont de l’Alma

Highlights: You will love doing your Christmas shopping in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background! Here, you will find a skating rink, free performances, French traditional products but also from the neighboring countries.

Christmas Market in Paris 8

For things to do before or after this Paris Christmas market, read our quick guide to the 8th Arrondissement of Paris.

7. St. LAZ’ Market

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: mid-November 2021 – 25 December 2021
  • Location: Cour de Rome, at Gare Saint Lazare in Paris 8
  • Size: small
  • How to get there: Metro station Gare Saint Lazare, lines 3, 12, 13 and 14

Highlights: The goal of this Christmas Market is to promote French creators through Christmas gift ideas. Usual guests of this market are BASUS, La Fine Equipe, Dagobear, Ullys, TheTops, Furia, Laurie, and Collants Lauve.

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8. Alsace Celebrates Christmas at Gare de l’Est

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  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: 4 December 2021 – 20 December 2021
  • Location: Gare de l’Est – place du 11 Novembre 1918, Paris 10
  • Size: big
  • How to get there: Metro station Gare de l’Est, line 4, 5 and 7

Highlights: This is a Christmas Market 100% Alsatian! Find regional products from Alsace and enjoy free tastings.

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9. Village de Noël Paris 14 – World Crafts

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: TBD 2021
  • Location: Avenue du Général-Leclerc, Paris 14
  • Size: small
  • How to get there: Metro station Mouton-Duvernet, line 4

Highlights: This small Christmas market proposes crafts and gastronomy of all the regions in the world (Scandinavia, Eastern Countries, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia).

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10. English Christmas!

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  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: TBD 2021
  • Location: St George’s Anglican Church – 7 rue Auguste Vacquerie, Paris 16
  • Size: small
  • How to get there: Metro station Kléber, line 6 or station George V, line 1

Highlights: A Christmas Market 100% English, with regional products from the UK: puddings, crackers, cakes, and more.

11. Christmas Market at the Féeries d’Auteuil

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: 7 December 2021 – 15 December 2021
  • Location: Les Apprentis d’Auteuil – 40 rue Jean-de-la-Fontaine, Paris 16
  • Size: small
  • How to get there: Metro station Jasmin, line 9

Highlights: If you are looking for a family atmosphere (nursery, choirs, flea market), this is the perfect Christmas market. There are also concerts, shows, and a brass band.

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12. Swedish Christmas Market

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: TBD 2021
  • Location: Swedish Church – 9, rue Médéric, Paris 17
  • Size: small
  • How to get there: Metro station Termes, line 2 or Malesherbes, line 3

Highlights: This is a great place (apart from IKEA) to discover more about Sweden and its Christmas traditions and products.

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13. Abbesses Christmas Market

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: TBD 2021
  • Location: Place des Abbesses, Paris 18
  • Size: small
  • How to get there: Metro station Abbesses, line 12

Highlights: This is a cute Christmas market with 20 chalets or so in the oh-so-cute neighborhood of Montmartre.

14. Les Eco-Villages de Noël

  • Cristmas Market Dates 2021: TBD 2021
  • Location: La REcyclerie – 83 boulevard Ornano, Paris 18
  • Size: small
  • How to get there: Metro station Porte de Clignancourt, line 4

Highlights: Located in a former station of La Petite Ceinture rehabilitated into a living space, the REcyclerie aims to raise public awareness of eco-responsible values, in a fun and positive way. During the Christmas period, the REcyclerie proposes different Christmas markets based on different themes. We’re looking forward to reading the Christmas program for this year 2021!

Paris Christmas Markets – Our Best Tips

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1. There are multiple Christmas Markets in Paris but most of them are very similar

Apart from a few exceptions, all the Paris Christmas markets have similar food, drink, and decorations. So, in the end, the experience will be largely similar. Unless you want to do a ‘market crawl” we suggest ticking off the best Christmas markets in Paris (Tuileries, Hôtel de Ville, and Trocadéro Christmas Market) plus the Christmas market located near your hotel.

2. Weather in Paris in December

Paris in December is usually cold! Expect daily highs of 8°C and nighttime temperatures near freezing. Snow occasionally covers the rooftops of Paris but it does not last long. For your Christmas market wanderings, we recommend a good jacket, warm shoes plus gloves, hat, and scarf.

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3. Food & Drinks

Most of the Christmas markets come with stalls offering comfort food or typical Christmas food for a few euros so they are well worth a stop during your Parisian wanderings. The most common food staples in the Parisian Christmas markets are crêpes, cheese, sausages, or savory tarts but there are also sweet treats like chocolate, candies, gingerbread, or cotton candy (called barbe à papa in French).

Vin chaud is in France the equivalent of the glühwein in the German Christmas markets. Along with beer, vin-chaud is the most popular beverage to drink at Christmas markets in Paris and it is a spiced mulled wine, served hot.

Vin chaud Paris Christmas

4. Beware of Pickpockets

Christmas markets are one of the most popular Paris Christmas events. Most of them are touristy and attire the crowds and the pickpockets. For safe travels and peace of mind, we recommend using an anti-theft shoulder bag or an anti-theft backpack so you can wander around the markets and do your Christmas shopping without watching your belongings every 5 seconds.

Best anti-theft shoulder bags  |  Best anti-theft backpacks

5. Go to Alsace for fairytale Christmas Markets

Come to the Parisian Christmas markets to enjoy the Christmas traditions in Paris, Christmas shopping, and you will have fun. Expect fairytale Christmas markets under the snow surrounded by traditional architecture and you will be disappointed.

For the best Christmas markets in France, take the TGV at Gare de l’Est and head to Strasbourg or Colmar and visit the Alsace Christmas markets. Book accommodation and train tickets well in advance!

Have you been to any of these Christmas Markets in Paris? What are the best Paris Christmas Markets in your opinion?

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