8 best Christmas Markets in Paris

Christmas is very magical time of the year, especially in Paris. Its splendor stretches to its greatest because of the additional glittery Christmas markets in Paris. Charmingly decorated landmarks such as Eiffel Tower, Notre-dame and Louvre to name a few, sparkle against the clear blue sky.

As a result, Parisians come out of their homes on Christmas and get into holiday spirit wholly. They love to stroll in the beautiful Christmas markets while munching roasted chestnuts and sipping mulled wine. These Christmas markets are all about the beautifully decked Christmas trees, festive Christmas decorations, candies and gifts.

Hence, Get into Parisian style to celebrate this Christmas in Paris. Here are our recommendations for the most beautiful and best Christmas markets that offer a range of art and craft shopping.

La Magie de Noël, Tuileries Garden

Originated from the Champs-Elysees Christmas market, it trails along the Tuileries garden from Rue des Pyramids to Place de la Concord. It is also popular as “The magic of Christmas” and attracts more than 13 million visitors annually. Fun, food and entertainment are the best part of this market.

So, one can appreciate the beauty of huge Farris wheel or enjoy the dozen carnival rides such as bumper cars. Moreover, you can find gigantic Christmas trees, larger than life sized Santas and all type of Christmas knick-knack. Above all, it hosts an ice rink, a champagne bar and various delicious French eateries.

Getting to the La Magie de Noël,

  • Entry Ticket:  Free admission
  • Location:  Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) – place de la Concorde, Paris 1st
  • Metro:  Concorde, Tuileries
  • Open:  From 20 November 2021 to 2 January 2022
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Marché de Noël, Notre Dame

Located in the shadows of Gothic masterpiece AKA Notre Dame Cathedral, this picturesque market spreads across the river seine. Despite the awful fire incident at the Cathedral, Marché de Noël continued to amaze Parisians. However, high quality art and craft items are the specialty of this market.

Apart from Vin Chaud and roasted chestnuts, frequent visits of various musicians make this place even more interesting. The sparkling lights of this market give fully relaxed and holiday vibes. Further, you can have a wonderful gastronomy experience as well.

Getting to the Marché de Noël, Notre Dame,

  • Location:  Square René-Viviani on Quai Montebello, 2 rue du Fouarre, Paris 4th
  • Métro:  Saint Michel, Maubert-Mutualité
  • RER:  B and C, Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  • Open:  From 10 to 26 December 2021
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Abbesses Christmas Market, Montmartre

This market is a small, intimate and unruffled place, located in one of the most striking neighborhoods of Paris named as Montmartre. If you want to avoid large crowds and buzz buzz of large Christmas markets, this is a perfect place for you.

In addition, it contains exquisitely organized and decorated chalets that provide hand knitted clothing gifts, Christmas essentials and tasty food. Moreover, you can just sit and enjoy the gleaming white stones of Roman Catholic Church Sacré-Cœur with a hot cup of coffee in your hands.

Getting to the Abbesses Christmas Market,

  • Location:  Place des Abbesses, Montmartre, Paris 18th
  • Métro:  Abbesses Butte Montmartre
  • Bus:  80, 95 ( leave the bus at Cimetière de Montmartre, then stroll a little on east side on Rue Joseph de Maistre/Rue des Abbesses to the market)
  • Open:  From 26 November 2022 to 2 January 2022

La Défense Christmas Market

Considered as one of the largest Christmas market, it hosts 350 chalets containing trinkets, jewelry, Christmas decoration essentials and food. It covers a huge area along the La Défense Esplanade. The decorations here reflect the festive vibes even the angular business buildings look eye catching.

There is an ice rink close to the market. So, you can burn off some calories after having the mouthwatering food.

Getting to the La Défense Christmas Market,

  • Location:  Esplanade de la Défense, 92
  • Métro:  Grande Arche de la Défense 
  • RER:  A (from Étoile Metro Station)
  • Open:  From 25 November to 29 December 2021

Eiffel Tower Christmas Market on Champs de Mars

This is the most photo worthy mid-sized Christmas market in Paris. It provides 35 chalets full of plastic Santas, fake snow, Christmas trees and fairy lights. You can have hot mulled wine and enjoy local cuisine served on the spot from the food trucks.

In short, one can never forget the view and vibe of this place.

Getting to the Eiffel tower Christmas market on Champs de Mars,

  • Location:  Quai Branly, Paris 7th
  • Métro:  Pont de l’Alma, Bir Hakeim
  • RER: Champs de Mars
  • Open:  December 2021 – January 2022

Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmas Market

This is a stylish and fancy market located in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood. You will find high-end pieces such as leather pocketbooks, antic jewelry, gastronomy products, handbags and handcrafted items. 

Moreover, you can buy the popular scented candles and exquisite chocolates filled with liquor as a gift for your friends and family. After you are done with the Christmas shopping, you can explore the boutiques in nearby streets while enjoying the festive ambiance.

Getting to the Saint-Germain-des-Christmas market,

  • Location:  Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, next to Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church, Paris 6th
  • Métro:  Saint-Germain 
  • Bus:  39, 63, 70, 86, 96
  • Open:  From 20 November 2021 to 26 December 2021

Le Village de Noël, Les Halles

This is an indoor market where you can enjoy Christmas shopping in a cozy ambience. This is considered as one of the largest Christmas markets in Paris organized at Canopée des Halles shopping centre.

Therefore, you can browse various gift and décor ornaments at the well-stocked 25-30 chalets. The huge Christmas tree in the center of the hall provides a perfect picture venue. There are multiple dining options as well.

Getting to the Le Village de Noel Christmas market,

  • Location:  Forum des Halles, 101 Porte Berger
  • Métros:  Chatelet, Les Halles
  • Open:  Mid-November through late December

Paris Christmas Market at Hôtel de Ville

It contains 30-40 chalets comprising gift items representing French craft and mouth-watering regional sausages, terrines, cheeses, salted nuts, and other gourmet foods. In a nutshell, Christmas markets in Paris are fun. 

You can also enjoy street food such as crepes filled with Nutella, raclette, and onion soup.

Getting to the Paris Christmas market at Hotel de Ville,

  • Location:  Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Paris 4th
  • Métros:  Hotel de Ville
  • Open:  December 2021 – January 2022

You will find multiple other smaller Christmas markets all across the Paris. Have a lot of candies and do not forget to take cozy pictures of glittery lights and Santa.

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