The holiday season brings a magical air to towns large and small across France, and Christmas markets (Marchés de Noël) play a large part in this. With over 100 Christmas markets in France every year, you’ll find an abundance of chestnuts roasting and sleighbells ringing during this time of the year.
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Christmas market season in France usually begins in late November and lasts through December. The Marchés de Noël can be as short as one or two days or can last up to 6 weeks. Generally, the larger the location, the longer the market will last. These holiday destinations offer culinary experiences, shopping, and more.
When it comes to food at Christmas markets in France, you can be sure that you won’t leave hungry. Markets in different cities might have some different offerings. In general, though, you’ll find crêpes, churros, cannelés, gingerbread, and waffles at most French Christmas markets. Other typical foods include oysters (often with Champagne or white wine), lots of delicious French chocolate, incredible potato dishes, and Alpine cuisine, like raclette and roast suckling pig.
As far as refreshments go, vin chaud (the French mulled wine we talked about in a previous Christmas blog) is a staple at French Christmas markets. Hot apple cider and red, white, and sparkling wines can also be enjoyed as you walk between the stalls of most markets.
While you wander between the stalls at the market, breathing in the scent of the hot spiced wine and roasted chestnuts that wafts through the air, you can do some holiday shopping or participate in a variety of other activities. You’ll find all sorts of jewelry, decorations, toys, trinkets, and artwork that make fantastic Christmas gifts. Not taking a trip to France this winter? Don’t worry! You can still give someone an authentic gift from France with our boutique wine gift shipments. Ice skating, Ferris wheel rides, craft-making, singing, and dancing are just some of the activities that you can find in France’s various Christmas markets. However, each market is different, so be sure to do some research before getting your heart set on a certain activity!
Unique Christmas Markets in France
With so many Christmas markets in France happening each year, it would be impossible for us to create a list of the “best” ones to visit. Each market, big and small, has its own unique offerings. With that being said, here are a few notable Marchés de Noël:
Strasbourg: The oldest and largest Christmas market in France
Montbéliard: Famous for its Christmas lights
Tuileries Garden: The biggest Christmas market in Paris
Nice: Christmas on the French Riviera
Grenoble: Christmas in the Alps
Tiffauges: Inside a medieval castle
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