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7 enchanting Christmas markets in Paris to explore in 2019

PUBLISHED: 11:21 27 November 2019 | UPDATED: 11:21 27 November 2019

The sights, sounds and smells of Paris' Christmas market will leave you spellbound. Pic: Anyaberkut/iStock/Getty

The sights, sounds and smells of Paris' Christmas market will leave you spellbound. Pic: Anyaberkut/iStock/Getty

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Christmas is a magical time of year to experience Paris - these festive markets are sure to delight

Canopée des Halles

When? 14 Nov - 29 Dec

Where? Forum des Halles, 1st arrondissement

Nestled beneath the vast Halles canopy at the Forum des Halles shopping centre is a lively marché de Noël, now in its second year, with 75 wooden chalets offering plenty of present ideas. Marvel at the 20m-high Christmas tree bedecked in festive finery - a beautiful centrepiece to a lovely market.

La Magie de Noël

When? 15 Nov - 5 Jan

Where? Le Jardin des Tuileries, 1st arrondissement

Paris' most visited Christmas market welcomes around 13 million guests over the festive season, with its focus on French gastronomy and crafts, plus its superb location, key to its success. Get your skates on and test out the fantastic skating rink.

Marché de Noël Alsacien

When? 4-20 Dec

Where? Gare de l'Est, 10th arrondissement

One of the most mouth-watering Christmas markets in Paris is undoubtedly the Alsatian affair at the Gare de l'Est. Discover great foodie and crafty gifts from the north-eastern region which are sure to delight. If you're going en famille on 6 December (Saint Nicholas Day), the lucky younger members of your group will get a free gingerbread biscuit.

Marché de Noël Paris Notre Dame

When? 13-29 Dec

Where? Quai Montebello and Square Viviani, 5th arrondissement

Glorious Notre-Dame may be wounded but the Christmas market in its shadow lives on, bringing much-needed cheer at the end of a difficult year. Some 30 exhibitors will be selling their wares, all of which have been created in France.

Marché de Noël de Saint-Germain-des-Prés

When? 30 Nov - 5 January

Where? Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th arrondissement

Near the Latin Quarter, this small but perfectly formed Christmas market boasts over 30 stalls. At weekends, you can get a snap with a very special guest - Father Christmas!

Marché de Noël sur le Parvis de La Défense

When? 21 Nov - 28 Dec

Where? Parvis de la Défense, Puteaux

This immense market is certainly one of the biggest Christmas markets in Paris. You'll be spoilt for choice with over 350 cabins in a beautifully-illuminated setting spread across a whopping 13,000 sqm.

Marché de Noël Suédois

When? 29 Nov - 1 Dec

Where? L'Église Suédoise de Paris, 17th arrondissement

Something a little different to finish - a Swedish Christmas market! Pick up some presents, from cakes and sweets to stationery, candles and kitchenware, all with a sweet Scandi flair.

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