Christmas markets are originally a German and Alsatian tradition, which appeared during the 14th century as Saint Nicolas Markets
. They are now widespread across France, especially in Paris
, where each winter there are more than a dozen such markets. Make sure you take time to visit them to discover gift ideas, decorations and gourmet specialities!
Christmas markets: the best places to shop
The most famous Parisian Christmas market
is probably that of the Champs-Elysées
, now in its 5th consecutive year. The most traditional is undoubtedly that organised by the Maison de l’Alsace
, also on the prestigious avenue, at number 39. The biggest is held on the esplanade of La Défense, and stretches over 10 000 m². The most central is just thirty metres from Notre Dame and is devoted to arts and crafts. The most enchanting is that of Trocadéro
, where the 120 stalls face the Eiffel Tower
. The easiest to access from the Vice Versa Hotel can be found in front of Montparnasse railway station, on Place Raoul Dautry. Happy shopping!
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