The best Christmas markets in Paris 2023
Categories : Discover Paris, published on : 12/1/23
The end of year holidays are fast approaching, and everyone is slowly starting to immerse themselves in the Christmas spirit. If you are lucky enough to spend a few days in Paris, you will discover how the magic works through the street decorations and lively windows, but also with the best Christmas markets in Paris .
Christmas market: the magic of Christmas in Paris in 2023
There is something magical about the Christmas period, and whether we are young or old, the festive and friendly atmosphere takes over us. In Paris, the magic is there and the end of year celebrations are celebrated as they should be, with traditional events that we wouldn't miss for anything in the world. While the city dresses up in its festive clothes and the department store windows compete in originality to put stars in our eyes, Paris Christmas markets happily complete the frame.
From the traditional market to the thematic market, come to Paris throughout the month of December 2023. Put on your warm coat, and follow us to the heart of the capital to discover the best Christmas markets .
Christmas market in Paris: everything you need to know
Throughout the month of December, different Christmas markets take place throughout Paris. Mark your calendars, here are the important dates to remember so you don't miss any of the magic of Christmas.
The Christmas village of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Our first address takes us to Boulevard Saint-Germain, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The wooden chalets of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmas village showcase craftsmanship and give you great gift ideas. There are also many gourmet products, from honey to mulled wine, macaroons and truffles.
Dates and times: from November 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024, every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (opening at 10 a.m. on weekends).
The Tuileries Christmas market
It's difficult to talk about Christmas in Paris without mentioning the traditional Tuileries Christmas market . The holiday spirit is assured in this exceptional Christmas market, where you wander through decorated wooden chalets, discovering artisanal products and delicacies.
What we especially like is the warm atmosphere of the funfair , with the rides and activities in Christmas colors.
Dates and times: from November 18, 2023 to January 7, 2024, every day from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
The Christmas village at Paris City Hall
Like every year, the City of Paris puts on Christmas colors by organizing a Christmas market. Exhibited on the square in front of the Town Hall , it welcomes artisans producing local products, made in Paris, as well as catering outlets. Young and old will also be able to take advantage of the holidays to take part in the various free activities (climbing wall, toboggan run, carousel). And of course, Santa Claus will come and say hello to the best-behaved children!
Dates and times: from November 28 to December 31, 2023, every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The La Défense Christmas market
With more than 150 exhibitors, the Paris La Défense Christmas market is a true magical village where artisanal gifts and gourmet products are highlighted. From the producer of foie gras to the manufacturer of Provence figurines, this Christmas market is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and buy the last little gifts.
Several activities are offered, with an animal farm, puppet shows and meetings with Santa Claus .
Dates and times: from November 16 to December 27, 2023, every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (late nights until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).
The Christmas market in the colors of Alsace
Lovers of Alsatian culinary specialties will be delighted to find the famous Alsatian Christmas market , on the square in front of the Gare de l'Est. From bredele to kougelhopf, the little chalets take you on a journey for gourmet pleasures worthy of the Strasbourg Christmas market.
Dates and times: December 1 to 17, 2023, every day from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday).
The Great Christmas Sale for Cardiac Surgery Patronage
Near Espace Champerret, in the 17th arrondissement, a Great Christmas Sale is organized by the Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, for the benefit of children with heart problems. For the occasion, major brands are selling off their products, the perfect opportunity to find Christmas gift ideas while doing a good deed. Over more than 1,000 square meters and in a festive atmosphere, all kinds of items are for sale: toys, household appliances, fashion items, shoes, gourmet products...
Date and times: Saturday December 16, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Christmas market at Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral
In a magical setting, the Notre-Dame Christmas market is the unmissable event in the 4th arrondissement in December. A few dozen wooden chalets come together for this great occasion on the Montebello quay. There, of course, there are regional products and original gifts, all in a festive setting.
Dates and times: December 8 to 25, 2023, every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (late nights until 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
The Japanese Christmas village - Shizen
Let's move away a little from the traditional French market, thanks to the Japanese Christmas village . Located at the Cité Fertile, in Pantin, this Christmas market takes us to Japan, to discover gastronomic specialties and Japanese products. Bearing the name Shizen, the Japanese Christmas village is also an opportunity to meet project leaders linked to this country.
Dates and times: December 9 and 10, 2023, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Christmas pop-up of the Band of Creators
The Christmas pop-up , on Boulevard Richard Lenoir (11th arrondissement), is a creators' market highlighting the values and know-how of craftsmanship. As the holidays approach, it's the ideal place to find responsible gift ideas , local products and original pieces.
Dates and times: December 9, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and December 10, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Christmas lights: key dates in Paris in 2023
If the Christmas markets offer an immersive experience in the magical world of the end-of-year holidays, the millions of lights that illuminate the rest of the city of Paris are also an opportunity to have stars in your eyes.
From November onwards, the streets of Paris are lit up and decorated with large fir trees and garlands of a thousand colors. Among the addresses not to be missed to admire the beautiful illuminations of Paris , we note the avenue des Champs Élysées, but also the place Vendôme, the avenue Montaigne, the place de la Concorde, the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, as well as the windows of department stores , notably Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussmann.
Do you want to fully experience the magic of Christmas during a stay in Paris? Meet at the Hôtel Bleu de Grenelle, in the 7th arrondissement , a stone's throw from the most beautiful Christmas markets in Paris .