From a 12,000-square-metre mega-market on the outskirts of the city to a small jumble sale-like event in Montmartre, there is something for everyone in this selection of the best Christmas markets in Paris. For the finest festive trinkets, prezzies and moreish Christmassy grub, get browsing at the below - then take a tour of the city's beautiful traditional carousels.
The best Christmas markets in Paris
28 November 2016-3 January 2017
Christmas at the Place des Abbesses in Montmartre is on a smaller scale than most, but it’s all the more charming for it. Outside the Abbesses station with its famous art nouveau framework, the charm of this market is that of a little festive jumble sale, as sellers from the Lepic-Abbesses quartier inhabit the 20 or so on-site chalets for the month.
December 1-16 2016
The Alsatian Christmas market takes place on the forecourt of the Gare de l’Est, and pedals the best of the Alsace - wine, choucroute and of course, sausages. There will also be free tastings, Christmas theatre, and storytelling - plus charming gifts for all your last-minute shopping needs.
50 artisans from the neighbourhood gather to show off their products in this self-proclaimed ‘authentic’ Christmas market, which centres on arts & crafts from France. Set in the lovely Square René Viviani, two minutes from the Notre Dame cathedral, the market will feature all kinds of handmade gifts and the usual selection of ‘regional gastronomy’ like foie gras, sausages, macaroons and chestnuts.Read more
November 11 2016-January 8 2017
Take a world-renowned avenue, string up some Christmas lights, line it with 400 Christmas trees, and you’ve got a recipe for holiday perfection. Maybe the gift shopping isn’t that great, and maybe the tartiflette is a bit pricey, but the ambiance is unbeatable. Go head to head with the holiday tourists trying not to spill their hot wine as you wander bedazzled by the lights on all sides.
November 17-December 27 2016
What Christmas at La Défense lacks in charm, it makes up for in quantity and variety of choice. Spread over 10,000 square metres, the 350 stands that make up this Christmas supermarket offer a little bit of everything: arts and crafts, local food produce, mulled wine, games, wreaths…