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Parisian Christmas markets

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This post is the translation of a post from a a french blog that we though might interest non-french speakers. You can find the original version in French here. We extend our thanks to Julie Milite for this information. (All rights reserved to Julie Milite)

Ce post est la traduction d’un post issu d’un blog français dont nous avons pensé qu’il pourrait intéresser les lecteurs non francophones. Vous pouvez trouver la version originale en français ici. Tous nos remerciements à Julie Milite pour ces informations. (Tout droits réservés Julie Milite)

Do you want a taste of Christmas? Do you want to immerse yourself in the magic of New Year celebrations? Nothing better than a trip to the Christmas market then! Each alley in which I wandered took me back further into childhood.

Do you want to live an unusual Wednesday with your grandchildren? That’s could be the opportunity to discover these fantastic markets… And good news, there are many in Paris!

Here is a glimpse of Parisian Christmas markets that I recommend:

The most touristic : on the Champs-Élysées


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It is worth a visit with its hundred of chalets in wood that extend from the roundabout of the Champs Elysees to the Place de la Concorde. You can find there many crafts products and French gastronomic specialties. But the real bonus is still the Christmas lights on the Champs Elysées which are breathtaking! No matter how many times we have seen them, we keep being marvelled.


The better adapted for very young kids: go to Saint-Germain-des-Prés


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This one is called « the Village of Santa Clause», it is surrounding the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. And you are almost sure to bump into Santa somewhere there…


The trendiest : at Notre-Dame


It is devoted to arts and craftworks. It takes place on the quai Montebello and the Viviani square, close to the Notre Dame Cathedrale. The surrounding is magical indeed; it is a true enchantment for both kids and grown-ups!


The more traditional from Alsace (where the markets were born): near the Gare de l’Est

Under a huge tent, you can find there all the gastronomic products from Alsace: choucroute, gingerbread, sausages…


The more cosmopolitan : at Nation

One can find here Christmas products from all over France and the world. An exotic stroll indeed !


I don’t know what you think, but as for me, I run grab a delicious hot wine, that’s my guilty pleasure during those cold days!

And what about you? Which one is your favorite market?