La Magie de Noël, Jardin des Tuileries
For the first time in 2018, you’ll find a Christmas market in the Tuileries garden. This new event, called La Magie de Noël (the magic of Christmas) replaces the iconic Champs Elysées that was cancelled last year after a dispute between the city and the market organisers. Never fear, this new version promises to be more spectacular than ever. Expect traditional carved carousels, an ice rink and over 100 different chalets selling wine, food and hand carved tree decorations. If you find yourself wandering here, stroll up the nearby Champs Elysées to marvel at their display of Christmas lights.
La Défense - one of the biggest Christmas markets in Paris © kavalenkava/Shutterstock
Marché de Noël, La Défense
In the shadow of the impressive Arche de la Défense in Paris’ financial district, this annual market is remarkable for its scale alone. There’s usually some 250 chalets selling regional goods, wooden toys, mulled wine and more. The contrast of the twee wooden chalets against the hyper modern skyscrapers presents a unique twist on the annual tradition. For younger visitors, the market has festive figures in costume strolling through the crowds, and “Santa’s phonebooth” where kids can call in their wish lists to the big man himself.
Pavillon des Cadeaux, Quai de la Loire
If you’re in Paris on a mission to complete your Christmas shopping, don’t miss the Pavillon des Cadeaux on Quai de la Loire in the city centre. The market is dedicated entirely to unusual Christmas presents and includes wine from artisan producers, toys and jewellery among other things. And don’t forget that all the top department stores – from Galeries Lafayette to Printemps – decorate their windows with festive displays and often have special offers for shoppers in-store.
Notre Dame Cathedral at Christmas © Petr Kovalenkov/Shutterstock
Marché de Noël, Cathedral Notre Dame
For one of the most festive Christmas markets in Paris, the event at Notre Dame Cathedral is hard to beat. Set in the picturesque Square Viviani, just across the bridge from the iconic church (and next to Shakespeare & Co), it’s the usual mix of food, drink and gifts with one difference. There’s a focus on gastronomy when it comes to the food stalls, which should please the dedicated foodies among you. Make sure you keep an eye out for the huge decorated tree in the main cathedral square too.