Marchés de Noël à Paris
Lose yourself in the spirit of a French Noël, by exploring the Christmas markets in Paris. If you haven’t begun this French tradition yet, get to it! You’ll discover great gifts, foods and experiences in some of the prettiest spaces in Paris and be totally immersed in the season’s festivities. Here’s MLP’s top 10.
1. Marché de Trocadero
It wasn’t open last year but this year its back. With the Eiffel Tower as its backdrop, alongside the famous fountain that the Trocadero is known for, you’ll find an ice-rink, chalets and fab gifts for friends and family, right here on the tourist trail. Find out more about the free skating here, on Mama Loves Paris and be assured this is a winner for kids.
2. Marché de Champs Elysées
The most famous street in the city is currently flanked by the most stunning illuminations and packed with 180 chalets. Are you going to be one of the whopping 15 million people who visit this street each year? The rides, the Ferris wheel, ice rink and food haunts all add to its appeal, it’s just one of the places you have to visit. Open until January 3rd from midday – midnight, later on Saturdays. Until the end of December. Find out more about the Champs Elysée at Christmas.
3. Marché de Montparnasse
Definitely missing the glitz and glamour of the Champs Elysée but still a much-loved haunt all the same, this market right outside Montparnasse station houses 40 chalets from December 10 – 31st.
4. Marché de Montmartre.
There are a couple of markets in this beautiful neck of the woods. One by Anvers metro and the other by Abbesses. This trés petite market in Saint-Pierre de Montmartre returns for the yuletide festivities. Until January 3rd.
5. Marché de Boulogne
MLP (Editor), lived in this part of town for 6 months and loved it. The market here boasts 45 chalets, lots of entertainment and a diddy train! It’s right outside the shopping centre from December 4 until December 24. 26 by Rue Le Corbusier
6. Marché de Alsatian
Just outside Gare de L’est in the 10th district. Expect a two-week window of opportunity displaying the treasures of Alsace accompanied by free tastings and fun activities for kids. Awaiting dates
7. La Defense
Until December 27 the Christmas Market will be in full swing at La Defense and many describe it as the largest and most beautiful Christmas market in Ile de France. There are 300 wooden chalets bursting with gift ideas, food, music, a decorations village and loads more. Santa is ready to receive the kids too on Wednesdays 12 – 5pm and Thursdays and Fridays 12 to 3pm. The market is open from 11am until 8:30pm. On Saturdays, it opens at 10am. Metro Ligne 1.
8. St Germain
In the 6th district just by the church, you can enjoy a quaint traditional little French market. Probably one of the smallest in Paris, but positioned in a much loved culturally rich district in the city. This is a great location, very near to the famous Les Deux Magots cafe/restaurant and around the corner from the cobbled streets housing pretty independent shops. It’s also a lovely stroll to the river from here. Open until January 4.
9. Notre Dame Christmas Market
Small market packed with arts and crafts, local and regional gourmet products, flanked by one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. You’l find it at Square Viviani, Quai de Montebello. From December 16 until 25, 10am to 8pm (9 pm from Friday to Sunday)
10. The Eiffel Tower Christmas Market
Every year you’ll find an intimate market under the iron lady packed with gifts, food and beverages for the Christmas season. It’s a wonderful space to stroll through, especially in the evening whilst in Paris.
So there you have it. Get your pressies at the Christmas markets in Paris and feel like a native in the City of Light!
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