When Christmas time approaches, there is nothing we love more than to visit a Christmas market to sample seasonal snacks and pick up homemade gifts. Spending Christmas in France can provide you with the opportunity to visit some of the best markets in Europe, and find some truly unique presents. With the scents of mulled wine, gingerbread and roasted chestnuts filling the air at these Christmas markets, youll be feeling the festive spirit in no time at all!
With around 80 chalets of stalls, this market is fairly
small in comparison to its other French Christmas market competitors. Yet what
it lacks in size it makes up for in its convenience and compactness, meaning
you wont risk losing your loved ones in the crowd. With arts, crafts and local
cuisine on offer, there will certainly be some inspiring Christmas gifts to
find. Not just about the shopping though, there is plenty to entertain the kids
at this market, with Father Christmas performing a show every Saturday in December.
If youre a bit old for Santa, you can experience the picturesque view of the
town from the giant Ferris wheel. On the last Saturday before Christmas there
will also be an orchestra of around 450 tubas, entertaining everyone at the
market with carols. Only an hour and a half away on the train from London, you
can even make this market visit a day trip!
While you may think up any excuse to visit Paris, this is
certainly one of the best reasons to go to the capital city. With the Christmas
decorations and lights in full-swing, the iconic sights of the city will look
even more spectacular. The market situated at the Champs-Elysees is certainly a
thing of grandeur, although this will draw rather large crowds. Take this
chance to wander the city and explore the many other markets dotted around,
which all share a more traditional feel than the chic splendour of the Champs-Elysees
The biggest Christmas market in Northern France, the
Amiens Market displays a Christmassy alpine scene that will really get you into
the festive spirit. With pedestrianised streets to house the chalets and
stalls, it really is all about the market here. With produce from the Picardy
region on sale, youll find plenty of local delicacies, such as the delicious
Amiens macarons. There are plenty of other reasons to visit Amiens, as the
Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame dAmiens, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Strasbourg is near both Germany and Switzerland, allowing
this French market to take inspiration from all three countries. Known as the Christkindelsmärik,
this is the oldest Christmas market in France, starting way back in 1570! With
over 300 stands, there will be something for everyone, although the city
specialises in hand-made decorations and Christmas designs. Be sure to keep
your energy up with some tasty street food, such as bredeles, little
star-shaped spiced biscuits. The Strasbourg market is a great one for families,
featuring the Childrens World, an ice-rink outside the Cathedral, and a huge
30-metre Christmas tree!
Looking to surpass the success of its previous years, the
city of Metz have been running incredible and ever more impressive Christmas
markets for the past 15 years. With 100 wooden cottages and stalls lining the
city square, you will find some beautiful handcrafted goods, including local
ceramics, jewellery and art. Perfect for children, youll also find a classic
wooden horse carousel, Santa Claus village and steam train rides.
Want to get into the festive spririt? Visit the chalet-bars
serving mulled wine at the Toulouse Christmas Market and take in those
delicious seasonal aromas. If youre stuck for gift ideas, then youre bound to
find the perfect present here, as the stalls have everything from candles to
clothing. With a traditional Provencal nativity scene youll be feeling
Christmassy in no time. While wandering around the market, you might bump into
Father Christmas handing out little gifts for the kids, and you can even snap a
selfie with him!
Spanning the entire length of the Esplanade Charles de
Gaulle, youll be spoilt for choice at this incredible Christmas market. Artisinal
gifts line the Christmassy cabins set up through the market, including
beautifully intricate handmade lace and gorgeously scented candles. Wines, chocolates
and cheeses make up only some of the delicious offerings available at the
If you are
looking to stay in Christmas
villas in the south of France over the festive period, this is an ideal
market to take a trip to.
(Rhône-Alpes) Christmas Market
For an authentic Provincial Christmas, be sure to visit
the Montélimar Christmas market. The capital of the nougat, this is the place
to be if you fancy some sweet treats. The market also has a strong craft section,
with glass and woodworking stalls, as well as the more delicate jewellery and
ceramics. While youre there, you can drop off your Christmas list in Santas
box when you visit him. Other activities to keep the kids entertained are the
Christmas train and traditional carousel.
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