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PHOTOS: Seven beautiful Christmas markets in France

There are few better ways to get in the festive spirit 

Nice’s Christmas market will run from December 7 to January 7 Pic: Ville de Nice

With the end of year celebrations just a few weeks away, Christmas markets are taking place in regions all across France. Here are some of our suggestions for a visit. 


At the heart of the city, Bordeaux Christmas market is a beautiful place to walk with your family – the carousel is a must see. This year, more than a hundred exhibitors will set up shop in the small wooden chalets of the market, where you can stock up on a multitude of original gift ideas.

Credit: Steve Le Clech/Bordeauc Tourisme

Credit: Bordeaux Tourisme/Steve Le Clech


In Haute-Savoie, the Annecy Christmas market will start this Saturday, November 25. Stalls will be set up in the city centre on the Town Hall square, while the Santa Claus village is at the Square des Martyrs de la Déportation (Bonlieu). Santa will make appearances on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Credit: Ville d'Annecy/Quentin Trillot

Credit: Ville d'Annecy/Quentin Trillot


In the heart of the historic city, Rouen’s Christmas market will be held on the square in front of the cathedral until December 24. In an enchanting setting, around fifty small white huts adorned with garlands will offer a variety of products, for festive and friendly celebrations.

Credit: Rouen Tourisme/Découvrir Ensemble

Credit: Rouen Tourisme/Découvrir Ensemble


Decorations, comfort food and plenty of lights – that is what you can find at Lille Christmas market which opened on Wednesday (November 22). Situated at Place Rihour there are some 90 exhibitors from multiple regions of France, as well as Le chalet de la solidarité where charities will take turns to raise funds for their cause.

Credit: Lille Tourisme/Sylvie Marien

Credit: Lille Tourisme

Paris la Défense

There are a number of Christmas markets in the greater Paris area, but the Paris la Défense market is the biggest with more than 200 stands to explore. Authentic stalls offer a wide variety of gift products, as well as specialty foods from Alsace, the region where the tradition of Christmas markets in France began. 

Credit: Paris la Defense/Sortiraparis

Credit: Paris la Defense


In the heart of Place Masséna, 45 chalets with a wide range of products await at Nice Christmas market. For the adults a stage area will host ‘after work’ evenings with DJs throughout December, while children can meet Santa at his grotto in Jardin Albert 1er, not to mention enjoy the Ferris wheel and rides.

Credit: Ville de Nice

Credit: Ville de Nice


The Christmas market in Grenoble opened its doors on November 23. Located on Place Victor Hugo, it will be open every day until December 24. Several concerts are scheduled, as well as workshops and storytimes for children. Santa Claus will be present on weekends and Wednesdays.

Credit: Grenoble Alpes Tourisme

Credit: Grenoble Alpes Tourisme

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