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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 bulbs 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 2018
Christmas Market in the Tuileries gardens, Paris 1st district
After being on the Champs-Elysees for years, the biggest Christmas market of Paris is moving to the Louvre’s Tuileries gardens. Mulled wine,cotton candy, handmade crafts will be the most eye (and tastebuds!) pleasing attractions.
Wander in one of the most beautiful gardens of Paris while savoring Christmas treats.
Opening: November 24th, 2018 to January 6th, 2019
How to get there: Tuileries gardens, 75001 Paris / Metro: Concorde or Tuileries (both on metro line 1).
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 (quai de Montebello) which houses the oldest tree in Paris (+ 400 years).
In a warm and authentic Christmas atmosphere, you wander among artisans while drinking mulled wine and your children will write their letter to Santa Claus (free workshop).
Opening: December 14th to December 23rd, 2018
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: mid-December 2018 – beginning of January 2018
How to get there: Parc du Champ-de-Mars, Paris 7 / Metro: Ecole Militaire
Christmas Market at the Hotel de Ville, 4th district
This is the first year of the Hotel de Ville Christmas market! Before 2018, there used to be a huge ice ring in front of this beautiful monument. It was eventually shut down for ecological reasons and replace with an equally festive event. You will also see a Christmas village and you will be able to purchase typically Parisian products. Be there or be square!
Opening: From December 14, 2018 to January 6, 2019.
How to get there : Hôtel de Ville / Closest metro station is Hotel de Ville (line 1 & 11)
Alsatian Christmas Market – Gare de l’Est, Paris 10th district
Another lovely Paris Christmas market. This year, all the Alsatian Christmas traditions are celebrated in this typical Alsatian Christmas market. On the square of the Gare de l’Est, you can savor wines of Alsace, cakes, gingerbread, sausages, sauerkraut and many other Alsatian gastronomic products.
Opening: From December 5th to December 21st, 2018
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 1st to December 31st 2018, every day from 11am to 9pm
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 display about twenty chalets during the Christmas holidays. Special gifts and other delicacies can be found as you wander with your friends and/or family, away from the crowds.
Opening: December 2018
How to get there: Italie 2 Shopping Center / 30, avenue d’Italie, 75013 Paris / Metro: Place d’Italie
Other Paris Christmas Markets opened in 2018:
- Christmas Market on La Defense (from November 22nd to December 30th, 2018, 11am-8pm every day)
- Christmas Market at the Féeries d’Auteuil (from December 1st to December 9th, 2018)
- Christmas at Invalides (two weeks in December 2018)
- Christmas Market around Abbesses (from the end of November 2018 to beginning of January 2019)
Other Christmas events
Christmas Disneyland Paris (Eurodisney)
Like every year, Disneyland Paris will celebrate Christmas spectacularly. 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: November 10, 2018 to January 6, 2019 / Disney’s Magical Fireworks & Bonfire will be held on November 7, 9 and 12 2018 around Disney Lake
How to get there: Disneyland Paris / RER B: Marne la Vallée – Chessy
Grand Palais des Glaces
This year you will be able to iceskate in one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris near the Champs-Elysees: the Grand Palais. Put on your ice skates and admire the beautiful lights and Christmas atmosphere at display under a marvellous ceiling made of glass and iron.
Opening: December 16th 2018 to January 9th, 2019
How to get there: Grand Palais, 8 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008. Metro line 1: Champs-Elysees Clémenceau
Salon Noël Gourmand de Paris 2018
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 – like last year, the 6th edition, will be held at the Cité of Fashion and Design (Cité de la Mode et du Design).
Opening: December 14 to December 17, 2018 / 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
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