During the Christmas period, Paris welcomes visitors and tourists with thousands of lights and ornaments decorating the streets, along with Christmas trees and crystal balls of all shapes, colours and sizes. Seeing the Eiffel tower lit up over Christmas, is worth a visit to Paris on it´s own!
Among the countless sights to visit, the Paris Christmas markets are a delight for the eyes and stomach- selling everything from food delicacies to hand made gifts and perfumes. The markets which are definately not to be missed are:
Christmas Market At La Defense
The largest Christmas market in the Paris region, has over 350 little chalets, offering a huge variety of regional hand crafted goods and cuisine. It is known as one of the most beautiful markets in the region, especially at night when the surrounding buildings are lit up. The market is open from the 19th-27th of November 2015.
Craftsmen´s Village, Christmas Market On Le Champs- Elysees
This year, more than 30 workshops will open to show you their expertise and passion. Pay a visit to this central market for a fascinating educational experience, teamed with an opportunity to purchase a variety of goods. The market will be open this year from the 13th November- 10th January 2016.
Christmas Market On Place Saint-Sulpice
A treat for the eyes, this market has over 40 log cabins which sell a variety of local handicrafts as well as food and drink from the regional areas. It is open every day from the 1st-24th December and is easily reached by taking the underground from central Paris to Saint-Sulpice
Christmas Market At Saint Germain
The neighbourhood of St. Germain, is famously known as being the hipster area of Paris. It is also one of the areas to visit, if you are looking to have a night out with fine dining, followed by a couple of drinks at one of the many closed door clandestine bars in the area. The Christmas market here is special, as it takes place in the parvis of the Sacred Heart Basilica Montmatre, which is stunning in the cold, crisp evenings. The market is open from the 5th December to 4th January 2016.
Christmas Market in Notre Dame
Save the best for last, with a trip to this fabulous market, devoted to arts and crafts next to the world famous cathedral of Notre Dame. If you haven´t visited the cathedral before, then this is a perfect opportunity to see it in all it´s glory. The setting is beautiful, made up of 27 exhibitions. Open every day from the 12th-23rd December 2015.
There is something quite enchanting about Paris during the festive season, the romantic vibe of this city, is enhanced three fold, when you imagine yourself strolling through the decorated streets, indulging in the various delicacies on offer. If you want to experience Paris, but prefer not to stay right in the hustle and bustle, then we recommend staying at the Marriott´s D´ile de France which is just a short train ride away from the city centre. We have discounts available during all seasons. To find out more, please contact us for more information.