Christmas in Paris, what a remarkable thought! Few places could hold a candle to the beauty and magic felt in our city during this special holiday season. And although it seems as though the year’s end has snuck up on us, there are still joyous memories to be made in the meantime. “So, what sets Paris apart at Christmas time?” you might ask. As there is no short answer for this question, we’ll fill you in on one “pearl” that we at Savoir-Faire consider an unmissable event: the Christmas markets.
The traditional Christmas markets, that originated in France’s Alsacian region over 5 ½ centuries ago, can often be seen warmly lodged beneath wooden chalets decked with garland and sparking lights. Visit one of Paris’ Christmas markets and you are sure to discover handcrafted toys and decorations, ornaments for your Christmas tree, handmade soaps and endless other gift items. Not to mention the array of traditional holiday treats such as vin chaud and pain d’épices.
Whether it’s to check some names off of that list, to take a winter stroll with someone special or just to enjoy the Christmas spirit, you will surely not regret your time spent at Les Marchés de Noël.
Check out the list of our favorite Christmas markets in Paris:Le village du Père Noël de Saint Germain des Prés (6e) December 6th, 2012 – January 2nd, 2013 Boulevard Saint Germain Metro Saint Germain des Pres Christmas Market on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées (8e) November 16th, 2012 – January 6th, 2013
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 11pm; Friday and Saturday 10am – midnight
Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Place de la Concorde
Metro Champs Elysées-Clemenceau, Concorde Christmas Market Canal Saint- Martin (10e)
December 14th and 15th
Boulevard Saint-Martin and Place Johan Strauss
Metro Strasbourg – St. Denis
Joyeux Market at Wanderlust (13e) Saturday, December 15th, 2pm – 11pm Sunday, December 16th, 11am – 7pm 32 Quai d’Austerlitz Metro Quai d’Austerlitz, Quai de la Gare 5 euro / 3 euro for students / Free for children under 12 Christmas Market at Place d’Italie (13e)
November 24th-December 24th, 2012.
Centre Commercial Italie 2 (Shopping Center)
Metro Place d’Italie Marche de Noel Montparnasse (15e) Centre Commercial du Montparnasse December 5th – 30th,
Les Feeries d’Auteuil (16e)
40 Rue Jean de La Fontaine, 75016 Paris
December 8th – 16th, 11am – 7pm
Metro Jasmin Christmas Market at La Défense (92) Parvis de la Défense (near the Grande Arche) November 21st – December 29th Sunday through Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm Metro La Défense