Marchés de Noël 2012 – Where to Find Paris Christmas Markets and Dates:
For those who love Christmas markets, there are more Marchés de Noël in Paris than just those in the Champs-Elysées and central Paris. From the gigantic Marché de Noël at La Défense to the smaller village-like market at Saint-Germain-des-Prés, there are plenty of Christmas markets to explore.
Christmas Market: La Défense Christmas Arch
Dates : Nov 21, 2012 to Dec 29, 2012
Getting there : Metro: Grande Arche de la Défense | RER: La Défense
When it comes to Christmas market size, you can’t beat La Défense Christmas Market. For the 18th consecutive year, the Parvis de la Défense plays host to one of the biggest Christmas markets in the Ile-de-France region. There are more than 350 chalets selling trinkets, handicraft and thousands of other items that you could give as gifts during the Christmas season. Christmas is a time for special treats and the star attractions of the Christmas market are the chalets with local Christmas fare such as hams from Corsica, cheese from the Alps, French chocolate and lots of other temptations.
Christmas Market: Saint-Germain-des-Prés Village of Father Christmas
Dates : Dec 6, 2012 to Jan 2, 2013
Getting there : Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Along boulevard Saint-Germain visitors will find no less than 25 chalets oozing with the magic of Christmas. A nice market to stop by for some shopping and to taste some seasonal goodies. Note that the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmas market goes on until January 2nd.
Trocadero Christmas Market
Dates: Dec. 13, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013
This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Paris. This market showcases the traditions, culture and typical products of a range of European countries.
Christmas Market: Place Saint Sulpice Christmas Village
Dates : Dec 1, 2012 to Dec 24, 2012
Getting there : Metro: Saint Sulpice | RER: Saint Michel – Notre Dame
The Place Saint Sulpice Christmas Village chalets are a perfect complement to the old Paris atmosphere of the area. Place Saint Sulpice is in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district and shoppers will be able to enjoy mulled wine and the Saint Germain des Prés Christmas spirit.
Christmas Market: Montparnasse Christmas Village
Dates : Dec 5, 2012 to Dec 30, 2012
Getting there : Metro: Montparnasse Bienvenüe
Situated below the Montparnasse tower block, this Christmas village has a wonderful selection of regional products. There are 40 or so chalets where shoppers can stock up for the Christmas goodies. Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, you can always enjoy a little snack and soak in the festive spirit.
Christmas Market: Italie 2 Christmas Market
Dates : Nov 24, 2012 to Dec 24, 2012
Getting there : Metro: Porte d’Italie
Shoppers at the italie 2 shopping centre, at Place d’Italie, will be able to enjoy an extra treat. Surrounding the shopping centre are 20 or so chalets for Christmas. An ideal opportunity to pick up a gift or two or meet up with family or friends to sample some Christmas treats in the cold Parisian winter.
Christmas Market: Christmas Market at Place de la Nation
Dates : Dec 1, 2012 to Dec 24, 2012
Getting there : Metro: Nation
The theme for the 17th edition of the Christmas Market at Place de la Nation is the ‘craftsmen of the world’. Occupying the chalets this year are craftsmen from Russia, Vietnam, Peru, Thailand, India, Korea and more. The craftsmen from all over the world will be showing their collection of different types of handicrafts. This is the Christmas market with plenty of ideas for gifts and decorations, plus the sensation of having travelled the globe.
Christmas Market: Christmas Market – “Noël en Auteuil, les Festiv’ Solidaires”
Dates : Dec 14, 2012 to Dec 18, 2012
Getting there : Metro: Jasmin
The Festiv Solidaires is five days of festivities at Christmas time, but this is also a Christmas market with a good purpose. It is organized by the members of the ‘Apprentis d’Auteuil’ foundation which works for the social integration of young people in difficulty. Stroll through the Christmas market with its rustic wooden chalets selling regional produce like foie gras, cheese, wine, as well as Christmas decorations like nativity scene figures, Christmas trees, baubles, garlands, etc. There are also concerts, workshops for children, second-hand goods and lots more!
Christmas Market: Boulogne Christmas Market
Dates : Dec 8, 2012 to Dec 24, 2012
Getting there : Metro: Billancourt
The Christmas Market at Boulogne is now an annual tradition. Every December, the big square opposite the shopping centre welcomes the great Christmas Market. No less than 45 chalets, special events and a little train spread the magic of Christmas time to visitors.