France’s Top Christmas Markets

France's Top Christmas Markets

How can the Christmas markets hosted by a country which has some of the best food and wines in the world, be less than superb? But wait, the good news don’t stop here! There are some French Christmas markets that are even better than the average (which is quite high anyway). Now close your eyes and dream of roaming around the stylish Parisian streets, feeling the cinnamon in the air while you are drinking vin chaud (mulled wine) in the sound of Christmas songs. What a beautiful dream…but have a look at the list below and hopefully the dream will turn into reality.

1. Champagne 

Out of all the markets in the region, I suggest you visit the Reims Christmas market – not only Reims is the capital of Champaign, but the Champagne region is the world’s capital of…CHAMPAGNE. Champagne people, the queen of all sparkling wines! All sparkling wine lovers should aim to visit the region at least once and what better time to do so than around Christmas, so you can attend the gourmet food festival and see the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the French kings used to be crowned for centuries – Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims or simply Reims Cathedral). The market is open from 18 November to 24 December.

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2. Strasbourg

Do you want to visit the oldest Christmas market in France? Then come visit Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, where the first Christmas market was held in 1570. Don’t forget to try the local speciality: bredele biscuits, which come under various shapes and flavours. The market is open from 25 November to 31 December.

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3. Lille

It is difficult, if not impossible to find better food than at the Lille Christkindelsmärik. Th city’s passion and commitment to good food can be easily noticed at he food market but if you want to jump straight to desert, try some nougat and scoff pommes (toffee apples). The market is open from 18 November – 30 December.

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4. Paris

Walking down the most famous avenue in the world feels pretty amazing any time of the year. Imagine how it must be like around Christmas, when you can get some delicious treats from the white tinkly chalets. You don’t get to drink champagne and stare at the Arc de Triomphe at your regular Christmas market. The market is open from 11 November to 8 January.

5. Rouen

Rouen is one of the most poplar cities in Normandy, a region which is known for its creamy meals and abundance of sea food. You can’t expect to find anything less than delicious at the Christmas markets which is held near the city’s cathedral: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. The market is open from 26 November to 27 December.

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On the 1st of December, Holiday on my Mind subscribers will receive a free copy of the ebook: The Ultimate 2016 Christmas Market Guide (you need to be a subscriber by the end of November) which can also be purchase for £15 by non subscribers but why not get it for free?! (subscribe here – to complete the subscription process you need to click the confirm subscription button in your inbox). 


12 thoughts on “France’s Top Christmas Markets

  1. We just returned from Paris where we hit a few of the shops along the Champs-Elysees and in the St. Germain des Pres (not sure I spelled that correctly) areas. We like the latter rather than the former — less crowded and better merchandise, but any European market is fun, and the bustle got us in the Christmas spirit! Thanks so much for following us at Oh, the Places We See. We’d return to Europe in a heartbeat!!! — Rusha

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