Explore Paris’ Magical Christmas Markets
22 September 2017
Festive Fun, Seasonal Shopping, Culinary Delights & a Five-Star Stay at Hotel de Vigny
With the arrival of November, comes the capital’s transformation into a wondrous winter wonderland; and nowhere more so than in the city’s Christmas Markets. Read Hotel de Vigny’s guide to some of the best Marché de Noëls in Paris, and prepare yourself for days and nights of festive family fun, food, and mulled wine merriment.
Marché de Noël Alsacien
24th November – 31st December 2017
If you’ve ever visited Strasbourg in wintertime, you’ll be familiar with it's famous Christmas Markets - which can be traced way back to 1570! But now, the rich culture and culinary traditions of the region can be found in Paris, on the courtyard of Gare de l’Est.
As soon as you near Marché de Noël Alsacien, aromas of the holiday season hit you in the form of spiced wine and spurs of fresh pine. As you get closer still, the heady scents of gingerbread, warm meats and fresh cheese rush up to greet you from the well-stocked stalls and chalets. All supplied courtesy of the authentic Alsatian producers, who make the journey from France’s easternmost province.
Essential festive favourites include: Sauerkraut, Alpine cheeses, charcuterie, and the French Christmastime staple of foie gras. Of course, vin chaud (mulled wine) is also aplenty to assist in combating the cool Parisian air, along with a great selection of white vinos from the region.
You’ll also find a host of festive theatre and storytelling and - as Alsace was the first place to decorate fir trees - a stellar selection of baubles and tree-toppers.
Marché de Noël de la Défense
19th November – 27th December
Since launching back in the later 1990s, the Esplanade de La Défense has emerged as the place to go for a spot of festive therapy. Set within 10,000m2 - with no fewer than 350 stalls to boot - Marché de Noël de la Défense is a veritable seasonal superstore! Here, opportunities to find stocking fillers are ample - with the influx of artisans from all corners of the globe, selling everything from traditional tin toys, to intricate handblown decorations, and even festive fashion accessories.
Stomach fillers are also not lacking on the esplanade, and following your nose (depending on your appetite) will arrive you at stalls selling everything from succulent Corsican hams, to roasted chestnuts, and the hot gooey goodness that is raclette. After a spot (or a lot) of indulgence, adults can spread Christmas cheer over a warm cup of vin chaud, while children can visit Santa (between Wednesday and Sunday) in his charmingly appointed grotto.
Visiting of an evening will also immerse marketgoers in more Christmas magic, when the illuminated skyscraper surroundings tower over the ‘snow’ covered chalets below. Climb the stairs of the Grande Arche at night to see the beauty of this Christmas Village in its entirety.
Marché de Noël des Champs-Elysées
15th November – 4th January
While Champs-Elysées may not be Paris’ biggest Marché de Noël, it’s undoubtedly the most beautiful; and in terms of sheer diversity, arguably the best. Conveniently, it’s also situated mere minutes from Hotel de Vigny.
Whether you’re visiting with family, with a loved one, or even by yourself! Endless entertainment is offered with a feast of festive shows, a huge 4,000m2 ice rink, and Santa’s dazzling Grotto; embellished further with the Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde, where the magic of Paris during Christmastime can be admired 70m above the ground. It’s also no secret that Paris is the City of Love, but visiting in the wintertime only amplifies the romance of the capital - where thousands of lights twinkle overhead, as you inhale the scenic stroll along the length of the Christmas tree aligned boulevard.
After all that skating, soaring, strolling, and sitting (on Santa’s knee) - you will likely be in need of some much needed replenishment. Fortunately, Champs-Elysées is home to all manner of Noël niceties, with traditional flavours provided by roasted chestnuts, raclette, and foie gras… along with a hearty line in truffles, oysters, and Champagne.
Given that Marché de Noël des Champs-Elysées is home to no fewer than 200 wooden chalets, opportunities to enjoy some seasonal shopping are also aplenty. Boasting the usual abundance of toys, decorations, nutcrackers, snow globes, candles, and anything that falls under the banner of Christmas.
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