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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

 

We have selected the best Christmas Markets in France for you. Enjoy a perfect Christmas holiday at the best price by booking your accommodation, tours and activities.

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price. 

 


Best Christmas Market in France -  Colmar Christmas Market - European Best Destinations
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1. Colmar

 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.

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Colmar.

 


Best Christmas Market in France - Strasbourg Christmas Market
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2. Strasbourg

From 19th November to 30th 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 19th November to 30th 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. 

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Strasbourg.

 


Best Christmas Market in France -  Christmas in Montbeliard Copyright Montbeliard Tourisme - European Best Destinations
©Montbelliard Tourisme

3. Montbeliard

From 22nd November to 24th 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 22nd November to 24th 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!

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Montbeliard.

 


Best Christmas Market in France - Christmas in Metz Copyright ©Philippe Gisselbrecht -Benoit Lapray -Inspire Metz- European Best Destinations
©©Philippe Gisselbrecht -Benoit Lapray -Inspire Metz

4. Metz

From 19th 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 19th 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.

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Metz.

 


Best Christmas Markets in France - Amiens Christmas Market - European Best Destinations

5. Amiens

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.

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Amiens

 


Best Christmas Market in France - Reims Christmas Market  Copyright Cyril Beudot - European Best Destinations
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6. Reims

From 22nd November to 24th December 2021

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 22nd November to 24th December 2021.

 

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. 

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Reims.

 


Best Christmas Market in France - Christmas-market-in-Lille-France-Copyright Rod20
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7. Lille

From 26th 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 26th 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.

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in 

 


Best Christmas Market in France - Christmas in Mulhouse Copyright Mulhouse Tourisme - European Best Destinations
©Mulhouse Tourisme

8. Mulhouse

From 26th November to 24th 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 26th November to 24th 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. 

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Mulhouse.

 


Best Christmas Market in France - Paris Christmas Market - Copyright Paris Info - European Best Destinations
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9. Paris

From 14th 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 14th 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.

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Paris.

 


Best Christmas Market in France - Arras Christmas Market - European Best Destinations

10. Arras

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.

 

Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price in Arras.

 


 

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