In case it’s passed you by, here on Grown-up Travel Guide we’ve told you all about the best Christmas markets in Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Rome, London and Amsterdam. To be honest Paris isn’t usually the best place to be in December (in terms of the weather) but it is worth a visit to check out these great markets…
Paris, France – les marchés de noël add even more romance to the French capital
Christmas Market on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Not surprisingly, for the most famous Christmas market within Paris’ city limits you need to head for the Champs-Elysées. Stretching from the roundabout at the Metro station Champs Elysées-Clémenceau to the Place de la Concorde you’ll find over a hundred wooden chalets where you can browse handicrafts and tasty treats from France and all over Europe. Free shows take place every day and Father Christmas (père Noël?) will be there for the children – and the young at heart. The 200 trees of the Champs-Elysées are illuminated each year with glittering garlands and rings around the trees (with red, green and blue LEDs) making a spectacular backdrop to the market itself.
Open 16 November 2012 – 6 January 2013
Christmas Market at La Défense
In the heart of the ultra-modern La Défense area of Paris you may be surprised to find one of the biggest and best Christmas markets in the French capital. Around 350 stalls are set up here on the parvis (main forecourt) and you can find a wide range of potential pressies including handmade crafts, gourmet food and all the decorations you could possibly need. Making use of his considerable talent for omnipresence Santa will be there every day too and loves posing for photographs.
Open 21 November 2012 – 29 December 2012
Christmas Market and Ice Rink at Trocadéro
At Trocadéro, right opposite the Eiffel Tower, you’ll find the European Christmas Village or ‘Trocadéro on Ice’. Transformed to resemble a mountain resort in the middle of Paris, there are plenty of activities and attractions such as a large outdoor ice rink, giant igloo and snowman as well as around 100 wooden stalls with crafts and gorgeous foodie fare. This market is probably the best one for the children in the city.
Open 13 December 2012 – 6 January 2013
Christmas Market at the Montparnasse Tower
The Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower) is not the most attractive building in Paris but it does have at least two redeeming features: a great view from the rooftop deck and a great Christmas market which takes place in the square in front. This is the one to visit for regional French delicacies – both for gifts and to snack on while browsing.
Open 5 December 2012 – 30 December 2012
Christmas Market at Notre Dame Cathedral
This year there will be a market dedicated to arts, crafts, and gourmet food gracing the square outside Notre Dame Cathedral in the shadow of the huge Christmas tree. Sip on mulled wine, snack on roasted chestnuts and visit the stalls – Santa will also be making an appearance here too.
Open 15 December 2012 – 23 December 2012