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Christmas markets became popular in Paris in the 1990s. Now it's hard to imagine Christmas in Paris without them. Wooden huts create a cozy atmosphere and offer decorations, festive food, and other holiday essentials. Markets like Notre-Dame and Champs de Mars are especially popular among tourists due to their location next to the landmarks. Christmas Village at La Défense is perfect for a visit with children to get them into the Christmas spirit.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Christmas Market (December 5, 2020–January 3, 2021)
St Germain des Prés Christmas Market opens in December near the famous St Germain des Prés Church. It features about 25 chalets specializing in luxury goods: leather pocketbooks, jewelry, and handcrafted gifts. It's also an excellent spot to shop for scented candles and chocolates.
Trocadéro Christmas Market (mid-December–early January, dates TBA)
With the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro Christmas Market is especially popular and scenic. It's an excellent place to shop for Christmas souvenirs and gifts.
Notre-Dame Christmas Market (December 11-27, 2020, canceled for 2020)
The Notre-Dame Christmas Market, located across the river from the famous cathedral, is undoubtedly the most beautiful and historic location for festive shopping. Take your picture with the medieval towers of Notre Dame in the background and snack on hot roasted chestnuts with mulled wine. The Market usually opens in mid-December and runs until Christmas.
La Défense Christmas Market (canceled for 2020)
The huge Christmas Village along the Esplanade at La Défense is the largest holiday fair in Paris. It also is one of the first ones to open—in late November. Over 300 chalets are offering a vast selection of gifts like high-quality jewelry and leather. The delicious Alsatian food at the village is a must-try.
Champs-Elysées (Jardin des Tuileries) Christmas Market (canceled for 2020)
The Christmas market on the Champs-Elysées used to be the most popular in Paris each year, welcoming 15 million visitors. It was later moved from the central street of Paris to the Tuileries Gardens, right in front of the Louvre.
Alsatian Christmas Market Gare de l’Est (December 2–18, 2020, canceled)
If you want to check out traditional Alsace Christmas, head to the Gare de l'Est. Make sure to taste some pretzels, gingerbread, and other Alsatian Christmas specials.