To market, to market… it’s Noël in Paris!
Post by Jenny Baily
One of the defining features of Christmas in Paris is its many Christmas markets, also known
as “marchés de Noël”. There are many different markets happening throughout December, from
the family fun of EurodisneyParis, to the chic market of the Champs-Elyseés. As well as providing an opportunity to pick up
some charming Christmas gifts, these markets add a hearty dose of Christmas cheer to the French
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
The most popular Christmas market in central Paris is the one which stretches all the way from the
Place de la Concorde to the Champs-Elysées roundabout. With as many as 160 traditional chalets
lining this famous street, there is plenty to see. There’s even a huge Ferris wheel at the Place de la
Concorde. Sip mulled wine as you stroll along the Champs-Elysées, taking in the festive atmosphere
and incredible Christmas light displays.
With 350 stands, this is one of the largest and most well-established Christmas markets in Paris.
Located among the high-rise buildings of the business district, this is an impressive market and
worth taking the time to visit. The numerous stalls sell everything you would expect from a
traditional Christmas market, from refreshments to gifts, and there is even an ice skating rink to
keep visitors feeling festive.
Even if you’re planning Disneyland Paris holidays with the family, you needn’t miss out on the
traditional Christmas market experience. Every year the Disney Village is transformed into a
Christmas wonderland, complete with wooden chalets and festive stalls selling everything from
toys to seasonal refreshments. The entire park celebrates Christmas throughout November
and December, and there are even daily snow showers to help create an authentic Christmas
Place des Abbesses
In the heart of the very pretty Montmartre district, the Places des Abbesses features a small but
perfectly formed Christmas market in December, selling a range of local wares from handmade
jewellery to French sweets. Montmartre is a wonderful part of the city to explore on foot, and if you
can’t find what you want from the market there are plenty of charming local boutiques in the area.
The Montparnasse Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Europe, and while it’s not the most beautiful
building in Paris, tourists can make the most of its height and enjoy incredible views from the 56th
floor. During winter there’s another good reason to visit – the Christmas market across the street
which specialises in regional French delicacies. This is a great place to pick up some French cheeses
and festive pastries.
Joyeux noël everyone!