Marchés de Noël – Paris Christmas Markets Dates 2013:
Christmas markets have caught on in many towns and cities in France and have become part and parcel of the pre-Christmas activity and attraction. Paris has a good spread of Marchés de Noël and some of the biggest and best Christmas markets in the centre of Paris are included below:
Christmas Market: Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Dates : Nov 15, 2013 – Jan 5, 2014
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 if you only have time to visit one Christmas market in Paris, 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 about 160 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. amidst 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, 2013 to Dec 23, 2013
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 and 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 4th, at 17:00. 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.
Place Vendome – Noël Alsacien at the l’Hôtel de Vendôme
This year, the Hôtel de Vendôme has also chosen an Alsacien theme for their Christmas fair (Fêtes de Noël). Throughout the month of December, there will be many surprises, such as decorations, a dégustation menu with their chefs, Christmas Eve menu, etc. So, if you haven’t booked your Christmas accommodation yet, it’s not too late to try the Hôtel de Vendôme.
Christmas Market: Gare de l’Est Market
Dates : Nov. 29, 2013 to Dec 14, 2013
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: Le village de Noël Européen du Trocadéro
Dates : Dec 12, 2013 to Jan 5, 2014
Getting there : Metro: Trocadéro | RER : Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
The Trocadéro European Christmas Village is one of the bigger Christmas markets in Paris. At this market, visitors can experience and learn about the different European Christmas traditions. At the wooden chalets visitors can shop for gifts and sample produce from various European countries.