Visit the Parisian Christmas Markets
Published on 5 December 2018, dans Visit Paris
Always friendly, joyous and ideal for lovers, friends or family, a stroll among the stalls of a Christmas market is a great way to get into the spirit of the festive season. Fantastic Christmas markets pop up throughout the capital from the end of November, giving you the opportunity to have fun and do some gift shopping at the same time.
Markets spread throughout the city
With their quaint little wooden chalets, light garlands and scents of spices and sugar, the Christmas markets offer a truly satisfying experience at the year’s end. A tradition originating in the east, from Alsace and Germany, these markets are welcomed each year to the great delight of Parisians and visitors alike. Different markets are held in several areas of the city. Wherever you are, you’ll find one nearby.
Christmas cheer on the Right Bank and Left Bank
The very chic Saint Germain des Prés Christmas market is a must to visit and a terrific place to find unusual gifts, decorative objects and various handicraft items. Meanwhile, the market on the square of the Gare de l'Est specialises in gastronomy from Alsace and so is essential for gourmets. If you want to combine market shopping with a stroll along the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs-Élysées, head to the Christmas market of the same name, which can now be found in the Jardin des Tuileries.
Unusual and exotic versions
Beyond the traditional markets, you can also find Norwegian, African, Swedish or theme-based Christmas markets in the capital, such as the vegan Christmas market. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover how the festive season is celebrated elsewhere. Then, contented, return to your room at the Hôtel de l'Université.
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Hotel de l'Université, a charming hotel at the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés