CHRISTMAS MARKET DATES 2022 – CENTRAL PARIS:
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: The Magic of Christmas at Tuileries Garden
Dates : Nov. 19 – Jan. 8, 2023
Getting there : Metro: Concorde, Tuileries
If you’ve been to Paris and loved the Christmas Markets along the Champs-Elysées, you may be disappointed to find that the Champs-Elysées market no longer exists. The market was relocated, in 2018, to its new home at the Tuileries Garden, next to the Louvre. The Magic of Christmas is one of the largest Christmas markets in Paris. It stretches along the Garden’s northern boundary from Place des Pyramides to Place de la Concorde.
If you only have time to visit one Christmas market in the French capital, this has got to be it. The Tuileries Christmas Market is both a market and a funfair. The Christmas market also offers the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, enjoy some mulled wine and taste some regional produce like foie gras, ham, champagne, etc. with daily free entertainment.
The ice-skating rink, funfair atmosphere and Santa visits will delight the younger visitors. And everyday there will be free shows for the family.
Christmas Market: Champs de Mars
Dates: Dec. 16, 2022 – Jan. 2, 2023
Metro: Trocadéro/Ecole Militaire (Lines 9, 8, 6) | RER C: Champ de Mars
The Champs de Mars Christmas Market, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, is back. There are wooden chalets specializing in crafts and Christmas decorations. At the food trucks you can find gourmet regional products for your special meal or for gifts. And what could be more magical than to enjoy ice skating at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
Christmas Market: Montmartre Christmas Village
Dates: Dec. 10 – 31, 2022
Getting there: Metro: Abbesses (Line 12)
The Montmartre Christmas Village is back and this year this picturesque Christmas Market is located on Place des Abbesses, at the foot of the Sacré Coeur. Local crafts take pride of place and you’ll also be able to enjoy a range of French regional specialties.
Christmas Market: Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
Dates : Dec. 9 – 26, 2022
Getting there : Metro: Cite (Line 4), RER B & C: Saint-Michel
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.
The Notre Dame Christmas Market is back. Although it is not as huge as the Tuileries or Trocadéro markets, this 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: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Dates: Nov. 26, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023
Getting there: Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Line 4)
The wonderful Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmas market is back to enliven this famous Parisien suburb. Beautifully decorated cabins line Boulevard Saint Germain, by the famous Eglise Saint-Germain des Prés. You can treat your taste buds to the many gourmet Christmas delights and there’ll be lots of entertainment for kids as well.
Christmas Market: Paris Hôtel de Ville Christmas Village
Dates : Dec. 2, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023
Getting there: Metro: Hôtel de Ville (Lines 1, 11)
For its Christmas celebrations, the City of Paris has once again set up a Christmas village in front of the City Hall. The diversity of Parisian crafts can be found in some of the wooden cabins, whilst others hold displays of nativity scenes.
In addition to the Christmas Village, there is a mini-Christmas market. There are cabins where holiday food is served. Entertainment for children include free merry-go-rounds, a sleigh track, climbing wall and a chance to meet Santa.
Christmas Market: Alsatian Christmas Market
Dates : Nov. 30 – Dec. 16, 2022
Getting there : Metro and Train : Gare de l’Est | RER Gare du Nord – Magenta
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 (that is if you’re into this stuff), and not forgetting the Christmas decorations for your table. Daily from 9am to 8pm (except Sunday, from 10 am to 7 pm)