For me Parisian Christmas charm goes beyond the sparkling lights along Les Champs Elysées and the glittering fir tree towering in Galeries Lafayettes.  As a keen gourmand, what I look forward to the most is the markets.

These are the main markets you might want to visit:Christmas is a time for enjoying good food after all!  Oozing with atmosphere and crammed with stalls selling traditional produce and handmade crafts, Christmas markets bring cities to life come December perfect for visiting.

Dating back to the 1400s, the tradition of Christmas markets originates from Germany and the Alsace region in France.  From food specialities to crafts, artisans would travel from afar to trade their goods.  Since then the tradition has spread to cities throughout Europe. 

The most famous and largest Marché de Noël in France is located in Strasbourg.  While nowhere does Christmas markets better than Germany, the French capital does provide a rather wonderful winter spectacle.              

There are several markets dotted around Paris, the largest stretching along Les Champs Elysées.  Starting in late November, clusters of quaint wooden chalets line the streets, bustling with shoppers in search of presents for loved ones.  The air may be cold and crisp, but you’ll be warmed up by mulled spiced wine, roasted chestnuts and hot crêpes. 

Whether you’re in need of a scenic winter stroll, traditional foodstuffs or handcrafted gifts, Christmas markets are the perfect place for your festive preparations.   


1. Les Champs-Elysées

  • Metro Champs Elysées - Clemenceau


2. Saint-German-des-Près

  • Metro Saint-Germain-des-Prés


3. Trocadero

  • Metro Trocadéro


4. La Défense

  • Metro La Défense


Saint Suplice

  • Metro Saint-Sulpice


By Selina Sykes


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