Best Christmas Markets in France 2021
Christmas time is coming to town! Discover the best Christmas markets 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.
From 29th November to 30th December 2021
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.
Opening dates: From 29th November to 30th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Metz Airport or Strasbourg Airport (1h30).
Where to stay: "La Citadelle Metz MGallery" for guests who enjoy luxurious accommodation.
From 26th November to 26th December 2021
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.
Opening dates: From 26th November to 26th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Strasbourg or Basel (1h15 by car/2h by train).
Where to stay: "Adagio Strasbourg Place Kleber". Set in the heart of Strasbourg.
From 26th November to 29th December 2021
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.
Opening dates: From 26th November to 29th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Basel/Mulhouse Airport (40 min by car 1h by public transport) or Strasbourg (1h).
Where to stay: "Odalys City Colmar La Rose d'Argent" offers a fitness room and swimming pool.
From 27th November to 28th December 2021
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.
Opening dates: From 27th November to 28th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Montbéliard or Basel/Mulhouse (1h by car, 2h by public transport).
Where to stay: "Ibis Styles Montbéliard". Perfect for a 2-night stay!
From 23rd November to 31st December 2021
Visitors young and old have been coming to the Amiens Christmas Market since 1997. With it's 130 chalets that stretch for over 2 km, it has a great choice of gift ideas. From 23rd November to 31st December, craftsmen from France and all over the world will offer a variety of handmade gifts, Christmas décorations and delicious delicacies.
For this 21st edition, flowers arranging on display are made by Andrée Joinville. Every Christmas mecanics decorations in shops are handmad with naturals, vegetables matters and flowers. All of them are created in the spirit of Christmas.
Opening dates: From 23rd November to 31st December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Beauvais Airport or Paris Charles de Gaulle (1h15).
Where to stay: "Hotel Le Prieuré et La Résidence". Located at the foot of Amiens Cathedral.
From 26th November 2021 to 3rd January 2022
Share the spirit of Christmas with your friends or your family and enjoy the magic of Christmas in Reims for a weekend. Spend an unforgettable moment exploring the Christmas market and the streets of Reims: discover 145 chalets gathered on the Parvis of the Cathedrale. Let the magic of Christmas amaze you through illuminations, divine smells of typical meals and beverages, creators, events and more.
Opening dates: From 26th November 2021 to 3rd January 2022.
How to get there: Book your flights to Paris Vatry Airport (50 min) or Paris Charles de Gaulle (1h30).
Where to stay: "La Caserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa". Facing Reims Cathedral.
From 19th November to 30th December 2021
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.
Opening dates: From 19th November to 30th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Lille, Charleroi (1h15) or Brussels/Zaventem (1h30 by public transport).
Where to stay: "Moxy Lille City". Situated in the real heart of Lille.
From 24th November to 27th December 2021
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 27th 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.
Opening dates: From 24th November to 27th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Basel/Mulhouse Airport.
Where to stay: "La Maison Hôtel Mulhouse Centre" located in the city centre of Mulhouse.
From 19th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022
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.
Opening dates: From 19th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.
How to get there: Book your flights to Paris.
Where to stay: "Hotel Dress Code & Spa". Situated a 3-winute walk from Opéra Garnier.
From 29th November to 30th December 2021.
The Christmas market in Arras is laid out in the magnificent setting of the Grand’Place, a Flemish Baroque architectural ensemble unrivalled in Europe. A remarkable backdrop with a forest of Christmas trees, where 140 artisans and exhibitors await you in an authentic and festive atmosphere in the heart of the town.
An enchanting interlude to prepare for the celebrations ahead and to delight your loved ones with plenty of gift ideas. Sample roasted chestnuts or spice bread before wandering along the wide lanes edged with market stalls, where there are crafts, jewellery, wooden toys and decorations to be discovered, and much more besides.
Opening dates: From 29th November to 30th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Lille (20 min) or Brussels Charleroi Airport (1h).
Where to stay: "La Cour des Grands" Enjoy its restaurant, bar and shared lounge.
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