PARIS CHRISTMAS MARKET DATES 2014:
Christmas markets (Marchés de Noël) have caught on in many towns and cities in France and have become part and parcel of the pre-Christmas activities and attractions. Paris has a good spread of Christmas markets and some of the biggest and best in the centre of Paris are included below:
Christmas Market: Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Dates : Nov 14, 2014 – Jan 4, 2015
Getting there : Metro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile | RER: Charles de Gaulle Etoile
The Champs-Elysées Christmas market is one of the biggest in Paris and receives some 15 million visitors during its seven-week opening. This year the Champs-Elysées Christmas market will be bigger and better with the market being extended to the roundabout of the Champs-Elysées and 30 new stands added.
If you only have time to visit one Christmas market in the French capital, this has got to be it. Where else would be more ideal to stop off and do some Christmas shopping than on the most beautiful boulevard in the world. There are close to 200 authentic chalets lining the Champs-Elysées between the Rond-Point and Place de la Concorde. The Christmas market also offers the opportunity to enjoy some mulled wine and taste some regional produce like foie gras, ham, champagne, etc. with free daily free entertainment.
And if you don’t mind being taken for a ride, why not hop on the big ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde for a breathtaking view of the Champs-Elysées and its Christmas illuminations.
Christmas Market: Christmas market at the Maison de l’Alsace
Dates : Nov 24, 2014 to Dec 23, 2014
Getting there : Metro: Champs-Elysées
As you stroll along the Champs-Elysées, enjoying its Christmas market, don’t hesitate to stop at the entrance to the Maison de l’Alsace at 39 avenue des Champs-Elysées. The Maison de l’Alsace usually puts on a good show at Christmas and you can enjoy a cup of mulled wine which will be much appreciated in winter time. Better still, go up to the first floor of the Maison de l’Alsace and enjoy an Alsatian Christmas! The Maison de l’Alsace offers a spread of regional products to take away or taste on the premises. Here you can discover specialities from the Alsace region such as bredele (petits fours baked for Christmas), baerewecke (bread with dried fruit served at Advent), gingerbread and chocolate. Then of course there is the wonderful wine from the Alsace and foie gras which many may want to feature on their Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve menu.
And don’t forget to bring your young ones to the Maison de l’Alsace on December 5th, at 17:00 (to be confirmed). Saint-Nicolas will be at the front of the shop distributing gingerbread to children. He will be accompanied by eleven young members of the Chorale des Cigals’ Angels de Guebwiller who will sing Christmas carols.
Christmas Market: Trocadéro
Dates: Dec. 13, 2014 to Jan. 7, 2015
With over a hundred chalets, the Trocadéro Christmas market is one of the larger ones in central Paris. This market showcases the traditions, culture and typical products from a range of European countries. Trocadéro on Ice is back at the Trocadero gardens and ice-skaters will be able to partake in this activity and at the same time enjoy the beautiful sight of the Eiffel Tower.
Christmas Market: Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
Dates : 2nd week in December 2014
Getting there : Metro: Cite or Saint-Michel (Line 4), Hotel de Ville (Line 1), Chatelet (Lines 7, 11, 14)
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris is a popular attraction at any time of the year and for the faithful, the cathedral is especially important at the Christmas season. Each year, the Notre Dame Cathedral’s Nativity crèches attract many visitors. There is also a Christmas market in the cathedral square and although it is not as huge as the Champs-Elysées or Trocadéro markets, the market has gained momentum in recent years. You can find arts and crafts as well as mulled wines, chocolates and other French delicacies here.
Christmas Market: Gare de l’Est Market
Dates : Dec 4 to Dec 19, 2014
Getting there : Metro: Gare de l’Est
If you’re a fan of Alsatian gastronomy, this is another market for you. The Gare de l’Est is the train station that services trains coming from and going to regions in the east of France. As Christmas approaches, this is where Parisians flock to, to find the best of Alsatian treats. On the square in front of the station you can taste real pretzels, delicious gingerbread and little Christmas biscuits. For your Christmas meals, there is Alsatian wine and delicious foie gras and not forgetting the Christmas decorations for your table. Daily from 9am to 8pm (except Sunday, from 10am to 7pm)
Christmas Market: Marché de Noël de Montmartre
Dates : Dec 5, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015
Getting there : Metro: Abbesses, Lamarck – Caulaincourt
Set at the foot of the Sacré Coeur Basilica, the Montmartre Christmas Market is the highest and perhaps one of the most romantic of Paris Christmas markets. The fifty or so wooden chalets, manned by Montmartre artisans, offer gift ideas and its food vendors offer hot pancakes, donuts and mulled wine to ward off the cold. Children can look forward to meeting Santa and post their Christmas wish in the mailbox.