Christmas Markets Paris 2018 Dates and Details

Written by on November 7, 2018 in Christmas Markets

Christmas markets Paris: Join in the fun, enjoy the ambience and get some fab goodies for the festive season…

The Christmas lights will be switched on in Paris on 22 November. Thousands of lights and decorations in more than 125 squares and streets will twinkle, flash and glitter. The ‘Scintillance’ lights display by Blachère Illuminations will once again set the Avenue des Champs-Elysées shimmering this year. The dazzling display combines traditional lights and modern sparkle using Led technology.

The big news this year is that a new Christmas market will operate at the Tuileries Gardens. Previously held in the Champs-Elysees, which has now been cancelled, the new Christmas market will take place from 24 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 in the shadow of the Louvre.

Christmas markets Paris 2018

There are plenty of Christmas markets in the city. You’ll find roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, festive produce, artisan gifts and loads more to tempt you, and here are a few of the best:

La Defense – it’s the business district so not greatly touristic but the Christmas market is one of the biggest in the city. It has a great atmosphere and it’s popular with locals as they know they’ll find a really good range of gifts. When? 21 November – 29 December 2018.

Place Saint-Sulpice: Log cabins, foodie fare, quirky gifts in a beautiful location make this a really special place, though its quite a small market. When? 1 – 24 December 2018

Montmartre by Sacre-Coeur. Small but perfectly formed and very cute plus the views across the city are wonderful, the vibe is magical. If I could only go to one Christmas market in Paris, this would be it! When? Late November –1 January 2019. There’s also a market at Place des Abbesses at the bottom of the hill late November 2018 – 1 January 2019.

Notre-Dame, next to the Cathedral in Place Viviani is the Christmas arts and crafts market. As you listen to the bells peal in this iconic location you’ll really feel like its Christmas. Pop across the square to the lovely flower market of Paris where you’l find shops brimming not just with beautiful flowers and plants but some really cute and quirky gifts.  When? 14 – 23 December 2018.

Trocadero: Chalets and activities including an ice rink that’s very popular. When? 21 December 2018 – 8 January 2019.

Alsatian Christmas market at Gare de l’Est: A 100% Alsatian Christmas market! Find a wide choice of local delicacies: pretzels, bredele, gingerbread, fresh pasta, foie gras, charcuterie in front of the station at Gare de I’Est. Enjoy free tastings with a different programme every day from gingerbread to sparkling wine and Munster cheese. The market here is all about the gourmet traditions of Alsatian Christmas! Kougelhopf, potato pancakes, wine, choucroute etc. When? 5 – 21 December 2018.

There are more Christmas markets in Paris than we’ve listed here, check at for all the latest information and date confirmations.

Don’t forget to stop off for delicious hot chocolate to warm up or nip into a museum to chill out, there are some great free museums in Paris so you can save your Euros for spending on gifts!

If you fancy getting out of the city and enjoying a Christmas market elsewhere, at less than an hour away is Arras Christmas market. A Ferris wheel, toboggan run, ice rink, beer tower, more than 100 chalets in the architecturally stunning town make this one of the best in France. When? 30 November to 30 December 2018.

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