Discovering the best Christmas markets in France

Christ market giftsFestive markets are now a popular feature across Europe in the run-up to Christmas and France is no different.  Across the country are an abundance of traditional markets, offering everything from food and drink to wonderful local crafts and decorations. 

Below we’ve showcased a handful of France’s exquisite festive markets, revealing the yuletide treats and attractions that make them so popular.

Christmas Markets in Paris

The Christmas Village at La Defense is one of several Christmas markets in Paris, alongside others at Notre Dame and Champs de Mars to name but a few.

With cosy wooden chalets selling arts and crafts, alongside delicious food and plenty of mulled wine, you can easily forget that you’re in the heart of the city.

Montbeluard –  Eastern France

The illuminated streets of Montbeluard, in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comte region, around 8 miles from the Swiss border, are another must-see. The market itself features 160 stalls, packed full of unique local craft products.

Strasbourg – Northeastern France

A trip to France wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the 300 stalls that make up France’s oldest Christmas market in Strasbourg.

Set in front of the city’s spectacular gothic cathedral, the market has been a regular occurrence in the city dating back more than 400 years.

Combining ski and Christmas Markets

For something a little different, discover the dry ski slope and festive market in Reims, another set in the shadow of a magnificent cathedral.

Carollers keep the mood festive as you wander among nearly 150 wooden chalets selling everything from decorations to local delicacies.

Alternatively, the market in Lille features 100 or so stalls and a large Ferris wheel that provides unparalleled views across the city.

These are just a handful of the festive markets in France, and all have their own unique charm. If you do want to hire a car to explore the best of what France has to offer this winter, car hire excess insurance may help you to keep costs down. Get a quote today to find out how little the additional cover may cost. 

Date Created: 27/11/2018

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