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The Parisian Christmas Markets
Christmas markets in Paris are a real festive treat in Paris at Christmas time. Paris Christmas markets usually open during the last days of November and last well after New Year’s Eve in Paris. If you are planning a trip to Paris during the winter holidays you should really consider the visit to one or two of these markets, they are beautiful!
Whether you’re looking for festive food, Christmas decorations, or that last-minute gift, you can find all you want for Christmas at the Paris Christmas markets.
Christmas Markets in Paris – Our Best Tips
There are multiple Christmas Markets in Paris but most of them are very similar
Apart from a few exceptions, the Paris Christmas markets themselves all 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 plus the Christmas market located near your hotel.
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 is wonderful to warm you up whilst you are wandering through the cold Christmas markets (+ it is very good!).
Cheap Eats & Sweets
Christmas markets are a great place to find cheap eats in Paris. In most of the Christmas markets, there are always stalls proposing comfort food or 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).
Weather in Paris in December
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.
Come with (not that) high expectations
Christmas markets are one of the best things to do in Paris during Christmas but if you are expecting great Christmas market shows like in the small towns of Germany you will be disappointed.
Come to the Parisian Christmas markets to enjoy the Christmas traditions in Paris, Christmas shopping and some wine and you will have fun. Expect awesome wooden Christmas markets under the snow with the traditional architecture around and you will be disappointed.
For fairytale Christmas markets in France, take the TGV at Gare de l’Est and head to Strasbourg or Colmar to do the Alsatian Christmas markets. We recommend booking trains and accommodation well in advance!
Beware of Pickpockets in Paris
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.
What are the best Paris Christmas markets?
The best Christmas markets in Paris are definitely the Tuileries Christmas Market, the Eiffel Tower Christmas Market, and Saint Germain’s Christmas Market so be sure to tick off at least one of these!
In addition to the Christmas markets mentioned above, here’s our pick of Paris’ best Christmas markets, by Paris district, to help you check off your seasonal shopping list. The best Christmas markets are located in the main Arrondissements of Paris and you will be spoilt for choice. We have also included other tips like Paris Christmas markets dates 2019 – 2020 or the nearest metro stations to the markets.
NB: Some Paris Christmas market 2019 dates are still to be confirmed. We’ll be updating this page with more events for Christmas 2019 as they are announced.
CHRISTMAS MARKET UNDER THE CANOPÉE AT THE FORUM DES HALLES
Dates: from 15 November to 29 December 2019
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
Highlights: the 20-meter Christmas tree, surrounded by a forest of lights. Around 20 stalls of food, drinks, and handicrafts. Les Halles’ amazing cupola, perfect for the rainy days in Paris!
THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS AT THE TUILERIES CHRISTMAS MARKET
This Chrismas market replaces the Champs Elysées Christmas Market
Dates: from 15 November 2019 to 5 January 2020
Location: Jardin des Tuileries – Place de la Concorde, Paris 1
How to get there: Metro station Tuileries, line 1; Metro station Concorde, lines 1, 8 and 12
Highlights: around 100 wooden stalls, with 80% of French products. A 20-meter Christmas tree, an ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel, and free activities for children.
IDÉES JAPON: THE JAPANESE CHRISTMAS MARKET
Dates: from 4 to 7 December 2019
Location: Located inside one of the most beautiful covered passages of Paris. Espace Cinko – 12-18 passage Choiseul, Paris 2
How to get there: Metro station Pyramides, lines 7 and 14; Metro station Quatre-Septembre, line 3
Highlights: products and gift ideas from Japan. Details to be announced yet.
AFRO CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET
Dates: from 13 to 15 December 2019
Location: Galerie Joseph. 116 rue de Turenne, Paris 3
How to get there: Metro station Filles du Calvaire, line 8
Main highlights: colorful Afro-Caribbean products, gift ideas, and culinary specialties.
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE CITY HALL
Dates: from 14 Decembre 2019 to 6 January 2020
Location: Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Paris 4
How to get there: Metro station Hôtel de Ville, lines 7 and 11
Highlights: Parisian products and handicrafts, a carousel and free performances for kids
CHRISTMAS MARKET PARIS BEAUBOURG (to be confirmed)
Dates: December 2019 – January 2020
Location: Around the Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg). Place Georges-Pompidou, Paris
How to get there: Metro station Rambuteau, line 7
Highlights: Apart from the wooden stalls (around 50) expect many performances, a carousel, a train for the kids, and a stand selling Christmas trees.
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL
Dates: from 13 to 29 December 2019
Location: Square René Viviani – Quai Montebello, Paris 5. This market is not in front of Notre Dame de Paris but on the opposite side of the river.
How to get there: Metro station Saint Michel – Notre Dame, line 4; RER B, and C, station Saint Michel – Notre Dame
Highlights: regional produce, handicrafts, performances for kids, the oldest tree in Paris (400 years) at Square Viviani, and of course the view of Notre Dame.
SAINT GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS CHRISTMAS MARKET
Dates: from 30 November 2019 to 5 January 2020
Location: Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, Paris 6
How to get there: Metro station Saint Germain-des-Prés, line 4.
Highlights: this market has the honor of being the smallest Christmas in Paris! Regional produce, and handicrafts, performances for kids, and adults and even Santa Claus is hanging around!
EIFFEL TOWER CHRISTMAS MARKET
Dates: from 20 December 2019 to 5 January 2020
Location: Parc du Champ-de-Mars / At the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Quai Branly 75007 Paris
How to get there: RER C, stations Champs de Mars – Eiffel Tower or Pont de l’Alma
Highlights: the Eiffel Tower in the background! Skate rink, free performances, French traditional products but also from the neighbor countries.
8th Arrondissement of Paris
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT GARE SAINT-LAZARE
Dates: from mid-November to 25 December 2019
Location: Cour de Rome, at Gare Saint Lazare
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. Confirmed guests are BASUS, La Fine Equipe, Dagobear, Ullys, TheTops, Furia, Laurie, Collants Lauve
10th Arrondissement of Paris
THE ALSACE CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS AT THE GARE DE L’EST
Dates: from 4 to 20 December 2019
Location: Gare de l’Est – place du 11 Novembre 1918, Paris 10
How to get there: Metro station Gare de l’Est, line 4, 5 and 7
Highlights: a Christmas Market 100% Alsatian. Regional products from Alsace and free tastings.
14th Arrondissement of Paris
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE PARIS 14 – ARTS AND CRAFTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Dates: from 6 to 15 December 2019
Location: Avenue du Général-Leclerc, Paris 14
How to get there: Metro station Mouton-Duvernet, line 4
Highlights: crafts and gastronomy of all the regions in the world (Scandinavia, Eastern Countries, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia.
16th Arrondissement of Paris
Dates: 30 November 2019
Location: St George’s Anglican Church – 7 rue Auguste Vacquerie, Paris 16
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 or English books, and more).
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE FEERIES D’AUTEUIL
Dates: from 7 to 15 December 2019
Location: Les Apprentis d’Auteuil – 40 rue Jean-de-la-Fontaine, Paris 16
How to get there: Metro station Jasmin, line 9
Highlights: perfect to create a family atmosphere (nursery, choirs, flea market). There are also concerts, shows, and a brass band.
17th Arrondissement of Paris
SWEDISH CHRISTMAS MARKET
Dates: from 29 November to 1 December 2019
Location: Swedish Church – 9, rue Médéric, Paris 17
How to get there: Metro station Termes, line 2 or Malesherbes, line 3
Highlights: a great place (apart from Ikea) to discover more about Sweden and its Christmas traditions and products.
18th Arrondissement of Paris
ABBESSES CHRISTMAS MARKET (to be confirmed)
Dates: December 2019 – January 2020 (dates to be published)
Location: Place des Abbesses, Paris 18
How to get there: Metro station Abbesses, line 12
Highlights: a cute Christmas market in the cute neighborhood of Montmartre.
Have you been to any of these Paris Christmas Markets? What is the best Christmas market in Paris in your opinion?
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