Paris is a city for walking, and walking in Paris during the holiday season can be even more rewarding! Visiting the traditional Christmas markets (les Marchés de Nöel) and getting lost between the stands, trying Vin Chaud, tasting Nougat going up a Ferris wheel, and so much more... is a great way to encounter locals as well as to keep kids engaged and happy. Because we know that you want to make the best of your visit in Paris we have made a list of our favorites ones:
Notre Dame -- Quai Montebello, Square Viviani. 5ème arr. Best if you have limited time. A small, traditional Christmas market featuring handmade crafts that could make great gifts and traditional hearty winter food favorites. The market is small enough so you won’t need to worry about losing sight of the kids. From December 10 to 26.
Jardin des Tuileries
Great for playing for an entire day!
Our favorite for playing for an entire day. A huge market with artisanal gift ideas; food favorites including warm mulled wine, raw oysters, and tartiflette; an ice skating rink and an amusement park...
From November 20 to January 2.
Saint Germain des Près
A good place to find gifts quickly
A small market of decorated cabins featuring gourmet and artisanal products in one of our favorite Paris neighborhoods.
From November 20 to December 26.
Good time for families with little kids
Montmartre still feels like a village within Paris and the market is special. It features French handicrafts for gifts,, seasonal food delights and free decoration workshops for kids. Bring the family.
From November 26 to January 2.
An international Christmas experience
One of the largest Christmas markets with more than 350 cabins. It recreates a French village with artisanal crafts and food specialties from all over the world. From November 25 to December 28.
Hôtel de Ville
Our favorite illuminations
Food treats, artisanal gift ideas and wood sculptures made by the Paris Parks Department. A merry-go-round, slide and rock climbing wall for kids. Be sure to visit the stands featuring “Fabriqué à Paris” (Made in Paris) hand crafted goods. -
Too many markets? And so many other things to do in too little time? How to know which market to choose and how to combine that with other exciting activities? 😥
If that’s you, you could benefit from booking a tour with one of our expert guides who can bring you there quickly, tell you interesting anecdotes, provide translation and combine the must-see spots in the neighborhood while having a great time! 🤩 Book your expert guide HERE
🎄🎅🏼 Ho ho ho! We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! 🎅🏼🎄