Paris Christmas markets 2019
May 22, 2019 2:39pm
This article is part of a series which researches the top cities for Christmas Markets in Europe. In this series, Paris was recognised as the 14th most coveted Christmas Market from a list of over 500 European cities.
About Paris Christmas Markets
Christmas markets have been around, in one form or another, since the 14th century, thought to have originated in Germany and spreading from there across Europe. Today, Christmas markets pop up in a plethora of European cities. Paris is no stranger to an open-air shopping spectacular at any time of year, but it is during the Advent season that the city of lights truly comes alive, with a wide selection of Christmas markets to choose from across each of its 20 districts, or arrondissements.
You’ll find every kind of Christmas market in the French capital. Paris at Christmas is home to arts and crafts markets, food markets, German markets, jewellery markets, vintage markets and more, not to mention living cribs, visits from Pere Noel and the renowned Christmas village at La Défense.
#1 Village de Noel des Champs-Élysées
The largest and most well-known marché de Noel at the Champs-Élysées reopens this year, having closed last year due to organisational disputes with the City of Paris. This year it has a new name – La Magie de Noel – and a new location, taking place in the world-famous Tuileries Gardens by the Louvre museum.
You’ll find more than 100 wooden chalets selling an array of Christmas wares, as well as carnival rides and an outdoor ice rink – and, despite the fact that the market is no longer on the famous French boulevard, you’re just a five-minute walk from the Champs-Élysées, should you wish to stroll down and take in the lights on the avenue.
When: Nov 24-Jan 6
Where: Tuileries Gardens, 1er arrondissment
What time: TBC
#2 Marche de Noel alsacien a la gare de l’Est
This Christmas market, both inspired by and originating in, Alsace, takes place on the forecourt of Paris’ gare de l’Est, a short walk from Staycity’s Paris aparthotel, and showcases the best of Alsatian produce: wine, choucroute (a traditional Alsatian cabbage recipe) and sausage. It’s a short market, opening just in the first two weeks of December, but for visitors exploring Paris at the right moment, it’s a must-see.
When: Dec 1-Dec 15
Where: Gare de l’Est, 10th arrondissement
What time: TBC
#3 Notre-Dame Christmas Market
The Marché de Noel Notre Dame takes place on the Left Bank, right across the Seine from the famous Parisian cathedral from which it takes its name. It’s perhaps one of Paris’ most picturesque Christmas markets, with Notre-Dame cathedral providing a beautiful backdrop against which to sip mulled wine and nibble on roasted chestnuts.
But it’s not all Instagrammable backdrops and delicious snacks; the Christmas market at Notre-Dame specialises in art and artisanal crafts made in France, as well as clothing and accessories – and Santa Claus is known to make frequent appearances.
When: Dec 15-Dec 24
Where: Square René-Viviani, 5th arrondissement
What time: TBC
#4 Christmas Market at Les Halles
This is one of the newest Christmas markets in Paris, but also one of the largest, with a something-for-everyone mix of festive attractions, market stalls and Christmas entertainment.
You’ll find around 70 wooden chalets – just follow the scent of mulled wine – set around the Fontaine des Innocents in Paris’ 1er arrondissement, with a combination of local products and international crafts, food and drink and lots of entertainment for the young (and the young at heart).
When: mid-December to Christmas Eve (TBC)
Where: Fontaine des Innocents, 1er arrondissement
What time: 11am-10pm
#5 Place des Abbesses Christmas market in Montmartre
Montmartre, in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, is the ideal location for a Christmas market, all winding streets and village vibes. It’s here that you’ll find a small but perfectly formed selection of Christmas chalets – 30 in total – right below the Sacre-Coeur. There’s a massive array of food and drink options, a carousel for kids and hand-made clothing and accessories that will surely make incredibly unique Christmas gifts.
When: Nov 27-Dec 31
Where: Place des Abbesses, 18th arrondissement
What time: TBC