Yes, the sad news is true. The Christmas Market on the Champs Elysée has been cancelled. However, we must not be disheartened for there are still many places in Paris where you can get your dose of festive cheer and partake in the magic of the capital at Christmas. So as to ensure that you do not miss the best of what the city has to offer during the Christmas period, we have whittled it down to a list of the Top 5 Christmas Markets in Paris. Paris, the city of lights, is a yuletide delight at this time of year, so be sure to visit, and immerse yourself in the wonders of it all.
1. The Christmas Market at La Défense
23rd November to 28th December
Parvis de la Défense – 94200 Paris La Défense
RER A or Metro Line 1
The first of our Top 5 Christmas Markets in Paris, this vast affair is spread over 10,000 square metres, featuring 350 stalls of festive gifts and gourmet delights. This is not just a market, but a Christmas village and the place where Parisians go for their Christmas trinkets. Beautiful lights, endless culinary wonders to sample and gifts to choose from, you will be sure to find everything you could ever have hoped for at La Défense, this Christmas.
2. Christmas Market at Notre Dame
15th December to 24th December 11, 2017
Quai Montebello, Square Viviani, 75005 Paris
75005 Paris 5
Situated just next to the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral 50 local artisans in this Christmas market, centering on arts and crafts from France. A beautiful selection of gastronomy and ethnic products, all made in France, await you. There is something for everyone, from traditional and delicious gourmet delights to stunning hand-crafted gifts. You can also sample the best of the regional flavours and foods, like foie-gras, sausages, macaroons and chestnuts. There is a lively atmosphere, ideal for children, as Santa Claus will make an appearance and there are street artists and more to keep your little ones entertained.
3. A Starry Christmas, Christmas Village at Les Halles
27th November to the 31st December
Fontaine des Innoncents, Place Joachim-du-Bellay, 75001 Paris
Over 70 Chalets of Christmas treasures can be found at the next instalment in our Top 5 Christmas Markets in Paris. This is a new addition to the Parisian Christmas of 2017, and it has not disappointed. With some of the most enchanting Christmas lights in the city, and a wonderful selection of gifts and culinary wonders, the Christmas Market at Les Halles is your solution to Christmas present-buying, along with being able to sample several types of Foie Gras and saucisson. There are late night openings on Fridays and Saturdays and there is a great deal on for children, with letter writing to Santa Claus and other fun workshops. This market is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
4. Christmas Market at Champs de Mars
Quai Branly, Avenue de la Motte Picquet, 75007 Paris
For our forth of the Top 5 Christmas Markets in Paris, we have chosen the market at Champs de Mars. For a truly Parisian Christmas, one must be in close proximity to the city’s most famous monument: the Eiffel Tower. At this market, you will be able to ice skate beneath the tower, and take in the wonderful, festive atmosphere that is on offer here. Beyond that, in the market you will find hand-crafted gifts and decorations for your house, so that you can keep a little bit of yuletide Paris with you when you go home.
5. Christmas Market at St Germain des Prés
2nd December to 3rd January
Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris
Next to Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro station you will find a yuletide gem in this Christmas marché, consisting of 25 beautifully decorated and glowing chalets. You will find on offer a range of arts and crafts and local produce, all within a cheerily illuminated, festive setting. This is a perfect place to find some tasteful and tasty Christmas treats, and also to explore one of the most enchanting neighbourhoods in Paris. We recommend that you pop into the church, situated next to the market, as it is one of the most beautiful in the city.
And don’t forget…
One of the most famous and cherished features of Paris at Christmas time is the display of Christmas decorations put on at Galeries Lafayette. Make sure to take a trip to see the beautiful Christmas tree and all the other lights and window displays, you won’t be disappointed.