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Best Christmas Markets in France

Christmas time is coming to town! Discover the best Christmas markets breaks in France. Enjoy their Christmas decorations, their beautiful Christmas trees, the best place to find original Christmas gifts for the whole family in one of the best Christmas destinations in France


We have selected the best Christmas Markets in France for you. Enjoy a perfect Christmas holiday at the best price with our booking tool that compares all the major hotel & booking sites and provides you with the best Christmas deals.


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1. Colmar

 From 22nd November to 29th December 2019

The magic of Christmas in Colmar, first of all there’s the ambiance of the Old Town, illuminated and decorated like a fairy tale: a historic setting made magical by the Christmas illuminations which, in this festive period, blend harmoniously with the wonderful lighting designed to enhance the town’s heritage, and lay a soothing aura of light over the centre of Colmar.


Colmar town centre is essentially pedestrian, comprises numerous architectural treasures such as monuments, churches, museums and alleys, full of imposing buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Marvel at the Maison Pfister, the Koïfhus, Unterlinden museum, Little Venice, the maison des têtes and Saint Martin's Collegiate church. The whole town is decorated, as in a dream, turning the old centre into a veritable open-air theatre where the warm Christmas mood envelops the heart of the town.

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2. Avignon

During the first three weeks of December 2019

During the weeks before Christmas and New Year's, Avignon puts on its finest and sparkles every day!


At the Christmas markets, artisans and tradespeople offer all kinds of products to celebrate Christmas: santons for the crèche, gourmand food products and regional specialties, Christmas trees and Christmas gifts, and other discoveries...


The Christmas Markets of Avignon offer traditional goods for the end of year festivities, including lots of delicious food products. Santon-makers display their wares and lovely objects have been patiently made to tempt gift-givers. Crèches are visible in many different venues in Avignon, to see the santons in settings that are characteristic of Provence landscapes.


Many different Christmas celebrations, concerts and Masses take place in December and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the city's churches.

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3. Lille

From 23rd November to 30th December 2019

In the heart of winter, Lille sparkles and glows with joie de vivre! With the wave of a magic wand, the city takes on a festive atmosphere and welcomes you to a winter wonderland!


On Place Rihour, more than 80 chalets teem with gift ideas, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You can find regional specialities here, and you can also find arts and crafts from Russia, Poland, and Québec, as well as products from Native America. 

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4. Metz

From 20th November 2019 to 5th January 2020

Get into the spirit of the festive season and enjoy the warmest of welcomes as you visit the Christmas markets on the city’s six main squares.


See the ice sculptures at the Frozen Fairyland, then warm up cold hands around a hot spicy drink or mulled wine.


Let the illuminations chase away the dark winter days, and enjoy traditional treats like the merry-go-round, a walk through the magic forest or take the chance to stock up on gastronomic Christmas essentials at the city market hall.


An ice-rink and big wheel add to the leisure activities for young and old alike.


The boutiques and shops are also open on the 4 Sundays before Christmas, so you can enjoy the sights, smells and tastes right up to the last minute on city breaks.

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5. Montbeliard

From 23rd November to 24th December 2019

Located in Franche-Comté (Eastern France), the town of Montbéliard – well known for its hospitality- turns into a pure enchantment few weeks before Christmas.


During the time of Advent, Montbéliard revives the tradition of Württemberg and organizes a Christmas market like no other with 160 lovely stalls full of authentic and high quality items. Taking a stroll down the illuminated streets, the visitors may taste the delicious gastronomic products from Montbéliard and France, marvel at the variety of art and crafts, dance to the music and the sound of choral songs.


The event is more than a traditional Christmas market and Montbéliard is paying attention to every detail to make sure the Christmas Lights offer all their wonders to the 570 000 visitors.


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6. Mulhouse

From 23rd November to 27th December 2019

With exceptional decorations made of a unique fabric in Alsace, festive lighting and many animations, Mulhouse is definitely THE place to live the Christmas magic.


The distinctiveness of the Christmas market of Mulhouse comes from its link to its rich industrial textile history. For this 26th edition, the star will be of course this particular fabric.

Connecting authenticity and tradition, this fabric is however constantly renewed with originality and each year, a new and exclusive Christmas fabric dresses the whole city for that time of the year.

This fabric, as well as the decors that will dress up the chalets and the city center streets are all realized and created by local artists.

Sparkling lights, smells of spices, mulled wine and ginger, the decor is set in the purest Alsatian tradition.


The Christmas market of Mulhouse presents to the visitors a magical interlude, where fabrics and celebrations intertwine in a warm atmosphere. 

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7. Paris

From 17th November 2019 to 6th January 2020

Traditional and popular Christmas markets are a major shopping event and are held from November onwards.


Originating in Germany and the Alsace, Christmas markets have spread throughout Europe since the 1990s. Little by little, they have become an essential festive event during the Christmas season in Paris. They are held all over the capital: in Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés , Place de la Nation on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and in Place du Trocadéro…,  and are a great success with passers-by.


These markets made up of wooden chalets create a warm and magical Christmassy atmosphere and are the perfect place to pick up Christmas decorations, festive objects, regional produce and arts & crafts… You will certainly find  decorations for your Christmas tree, some original ideas for Christmas presents and ingredients to make your Christmas meals even more delicious. (©

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8. Strasbourg

From 22nd November to 30th  December 2019

It was in Strasbourg in 1570 that the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe took place, then called the "Christkindelsmärik" (market of the Infant Jesus).


Since this time, Strasbourg has continued the tradition of a traditional, authentic, warm and generous Alsatian Christmas and these are all the reasons why "Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas" continues to enjoy repeated success.


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