There’s nothing better than a steaming cup of mulled wine in one hand and a hot Nutella crepe in the other. And of course, there’s nowhere better to do it than at a Christmas markets. So which ones should you visit this year in Paris?
From Ferris Wheels and Christmas-themed Ghost Rides at the Tuileries, to leather-bound books and classic French delicacies in Saint Germain des Pres, here’s something for everyone.
But first… the podcast episode
This week on the Earful Tower podcast, we walk you through the market at the Tuileries, chatting with the vendors, and riding some of the rides. With new music by Pres Maxson, click play below to listen (or get it wherever you find podcast).
The Interactive map
Here’s an interactive map to find the very best Christmas markets in Paris.
List of Christmas markets in Paris
1. Notre-Dame Christmas market – Square René Viviani
Just across from Notre-Dame is this charming Christmas market with high quality artisan craft stalls and French-produced foods. You can find hot raclette sandwiches in one stall and thick chewy nougat in another, and that backdrop is worth the visit alone.
Dates: 9th to 26th December 2022
Times: From 10am to 8pm during the week and until 9pm on the weekend.
2. The Magic of Christmas – Tuileries garden
In the gardens next to the Louvre you’ll find the biggest Christmas market in Paris. It’s more of a mix between a Christmas market and a carnival with its ferris wheel and themed rides but you can also find plenty of Christmas stalls with hot mulled wine and French food delights.
Dates: 19 November 2022 to 8 January 2023
3. Montmartre Christmas market – Place des Abbesses
This smaller Christmas market brings in local artists and designers to showcase their creations alongside the more traditional stalls. Here you’ll weave in between stalls selling polish pottery, leather jackets and fine jewellery.
Dates: 10th to 31st of December 2022
Times: From 10am to 8pm
4. Hôtel de Ville Christmas market
This Christmas market is not like the others. Here amongst the chalets you’ll find a rock climbing wall, a toboggan sled and a light show that covers the entire front facade of the Hôtel de Ville.
Dates: 2 December 2022 to 1st January 2023
5. Saint-Germain-des-Pres Christmas market
The street that lines the famous Saint-German-des-Prés church is covered with Christmas chalets selling products on the more luxurious side of things. Just down from Les Deux Magots you’ll find chalets with hand crafted wooden items, truffle specialties and fresh oysters.
Dates: 26th November 2022 to 1st January 2023
Times: everyday 10am to 7pm
6. Eiffel Tower Christmas village – Pont d’Iéna
On top of the Iéna bridge, right between the Eiffel Tower and Trocadero you’ll spot this bustling Christmas market. This market has a whole mix of chalets, you can find tartiflette ready for take away, handcrafted jewellery and even a Harry Potter wand chalet. This is definitely the most photo-worthy market of the lot.
Dates: 16th December 2022 to 2nd January 2023
Times: From 10am to 8pm
Want even more Christmas in Paris? Click here to see our full blog post of Christmas photos around the city.
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