The Most Magical Christmas Markets in Paris

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Photo of Maria Trapiello
26 May 2017

It’s winter in Paris, but that’s no reason to stay inside! Throw on your coat and head out into the crisp December air, as The Culture Trip shows you the most magical Marchés de Noël the City of (Christmas) Lights has to offer.

Marché de Noël, Champs-Elysées

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Admire the light show on the Champs-Élysées
Head to the Champs-Élysées for a NYE light show | © JOHN KELLERMAN / Alamy Stock Photo
Big, central, sparkling — the Champs Elysées Christmas market is huge. More than 200 wooden houses are filled to the brim with regional specialities, decorations, and Paris souvenirs. This market stretches up the iconic Champs Elysées, from the Ferris wheel in Concorde Square up to the Arc de Triomphe. Come at night for the unforgettable views of the glittering lights.

From November 15th to January 4th

Marché de Noël, Esplanade de La Défense

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Looking up at Christmas decorations at La Défense
Looking up at Christmas decorations at La Défense | ©Pierre Metivier/Flickr
The biggest in Ile-de-France, the Christmas village at La Défense is full of seasonal decoration and craft over its 10,000 square meters. This is where Parisians go for their Christmas market trinkets. Kids (and adults) will have the time of their lives at the ice skating rink.

From November 19th to December 27th

Marché de Noël, Notre Dame Cathedral

Nestled next door to Notre Dame at Square Viviani, this lovely market brings together more than 40 designers, craftspeople, sculptors, and performers. Every year, an enormous decorated tree is set in front of the Cathedral, making for perfect Christmas cards. Speaking of trees, the garden in Square Viviani has a tree that has been standing for over 400 years!

From December 12th to December 23rd

Marché de Noël, Féeries d'Auteuil

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Christmas Balls
Christmas Balls | © S. Faric/Flickr
Christmas and food are almost synonymous, so there is no reason to miss a gourmet Christmas market — right” Besides the typical French cheese, wine, and champagne, there are many beautiful nativity scenes crafted by the community organization Apprentis d´Auteuil, which helps disadvantaged youth.

From December 5th to December 13th

Marché de Noël Alsacien, Gare de l'Est

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This market specializes in delicacies brought over from the German-influenced Alsace region. This means that this is your perfect chance to try their bretzels (pretzels), pains d’épices(spiced bread), charcuterie, sauerkraut, mountain cheeses, white wines and eau-de-vie, gingerbread, and more! What other reasons are you looking for!?

From December 3rd to December 18th

Marché de Noël, Montparnasse

In the middle of the city, in the middle of the Christmas season, at the foot of the Montparnasse tower… This is one of the best-known (but off the tourist path) Christmas markets in Paris. After you’re done with the market, wander over to Edgar Quinet and explore the Breton neighborhood and its delightful crêperies.

From November 15th to January 4th

Marché de Noël, Montparnasse | © kavalenkava/Shutterstuck

Marché de Noël, Quai Branly

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Christmas Market, Quai Branly
Christmas Market, Quai Branly | © Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr
Last, but not least, the Christmas market at Quai Branly could not have a more romantic location: at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. You will find Christmas ornaments, crafts, gift ideas, and, again, delicious treats. As every year, the ice skating rink is available for anyone who fancies an ice ride while in the shadow of the grandiose Eiffel Tower.

From December 17th to January 3rd