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The city of Paris welcomes visitors with thousands of lights and decorations in its most beautiful winter season. Paris Christmas markets give shoppers the traditional atmosphere that directly dive them in a holiday season. Sometimes starting in mid-November, these attractive fairs have everything a shopper needs. From drinking to dining, but also products of crafts, beautiful gifts and creative objects.
In the city, more than 125 squares and streets are decorated with garlands, Christmas trees, multicolored Christmas balls and lights of all kinds. Among the most beautiful illuminations, you will find the Champs-Elysées, Montmartre, Boulevard Saint-Germain, rue de Richelieu, Place Vendôme, Forum des Halles and the Eiffel Tower.
In this article, you will find everything you need to know about Paris Christmas markets and events. We will keep updating the content as some announcements arrive later in November. Until now, here are the events that you should not miss if you’re in town!
Paris Christmas Markets opened in 2017
Christmas Market Notre-Dame, Paris 5th district
The charming Notre-Dame Christmas market celebrates France’s artistic artisans and is made up of 30+ exhibitions dedicated to arts and crafts. It is located right next to the cathedral of Notre-Dame, on the square Viviani (quay Montebello) which houses the oldest tree in Paris (+ 400 years).
In a warm and authentic Christmas atmosphere, you wander among artisans while drinking a warm wine and your children will draw their letter to Santa Claus (free workshop).
Opening: December 15th – 24th, 2017
How To Get There: Square René Viviani – 2 rue du Fouarre, Paris / Metro: Maubert-Mutualité
Eiffel on ice, Paris 7th district
At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, an icy activity awaits you. The Christmas skating ring will take place again under the fairy-tale decoration of the Iron Lady and offer you a gentle pause near the chalet’s terrace. Animations and tastings – marshmallows on barbecue, tartiflettes – are also on the menu.
Opening: December 15th, 2017 – January 3rd, 2018
How to get there: Parc du Champ-de-Mars, Paris 7 / Metro: Ecole Militaire
Christmas Market du Mail Branly, Paris 7th district
Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the Mail Branly Christmas market offers chalets dedicated to various end-of-year products such as decoration, gastronomy, games and toys. The chalets are also set up so that the whole family can eat and take a little gourmet break during Christmas shopping.
Opening: December 21st, 2017 – January 8th, 2018
How to get there : Next to Pont Iéna -Paris 7 / Metro: Alma-Marceau
Alsatian Christmas Market – Gare de l’Est, Paris 10th district
Another lovely Paris christmas markets. This year, all the Alsatian Christmas traditions are celebrated under this typical Alsatian Christmas market. On the square of the Gare de l’Est, you can savor the wines of Alsace, cakes, gingerbread, sausages, sauerkraut and many other Alsatian gastronomic products.
Opening: December 1st-16th, 2017
How to get there: Parvis of the Gare de l’Est / Place du 11 novembre 1918, 75010 Paris / Metro: Gare de l’Est
Christmas Market in Saint Germain des Près, Paris 6th district
Located at the foot of Saint Germain des Près’ church, this Christmas Market is made up of a series of ephemeral boutiques (roughly 30) offering unique and original products made in France. It’s a small one but worth a stroll!
Opening: December 2nd, 2017 – January 3rd, 2018
How to get there: Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris / Metro: Saint Germain des Près
Italie 2 Christmas Market, Paris 13th district
The 13th arrondissement also has its Christmas market. The Italie 2 shopping center, located at Place d’Italie, will hold about twenty chalets for the occasion of Christmas holidays. Special gifts and other delicacies can be found as you wander with your friends and/or family, outside Parisian winter parades.
Opening: December 1st-31st, 2017
How to get there: Italie 2 Shopping Center / 30, avenue d’Italie, 75013 Paris / Metro: Place d’Italie
Other Paris Christmas Markets opened in 2017:
- Christmas Market on La Defense (from November 23rd to December 28th, 2017)
- Christmas Market at the Féeries d’Auteuil (from 2 December to 10 december 2017)
- Christmas at Invalides (from December 15th to December 31st, 2017, except on December 25th)
- Christmas Market around Abbesses (from November 21st, 2017 to January 2nd, 2018)
Other christmas events
Christmas Disneyland Paris (Eurodisney)
Like every Christmas, Disney will make its big return in the parks of Disneyland Paris. You will find many events such as horseback riding, Royal Christmas wishes at the Castle Theater, Mickey and the magic of Christmas lights, meetings with Santa Claus and much more!
Opening: 11 November 2017 to 7 January 2018 / Disney’s Magical Fireworks & Bonfire will be held on 6, 8 and 10 November 2017 around Disney Lake
How to get there: Disneyland Paris / RER B: Marne la Vallée – Chessy
Salon Noël Gourmand de Paris 2017
Noël Gourmand is a fair dedicated to authentic, healthy and high-quality gastronomy. It is held in a prestigious place where all the exhibitors are producers presenting their stands! The first two editions took place at the Palais BRONGNIART, Place de la Bourse and then the two following at the Carrousel du Louvre and this year, the 5th edition, will be held at the Cité of Fashion and Design.
Opening: 15 December – 18 December 2017 / From 10 am to 8 pm except Monday till 6pm
How to get there: Quai de la Gare / 34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris / Metro lines 1, 5, 10 & 14 Train station of Austerlitz
Paris Christmas Markets closed in 2017:
- Champs-Elysées Christmas Market
- Montparnasse Christmas Market
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