See Magical Christmas Markets Around France
From late November through early January, many of the country’s most beautiful regions and cities transform into glittering winter wonderlands, as French Christmas markets turn squares and streets into warm, cheerful holiday villages. At these traditional markets, you can browse for original artisanal gifts, warm your hands over fragrant cups of hot, spiced wine, take in Christmas carols and musical performances, and taste regional delights from sausages to Provencal-style sweets and biscuits.
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In the French capital, the arrival of the annual Christmas markets can offer a festive afternoon or evening break as part of a bespoke shopping tour of Paris. After a session of VIP fittings with designers, private viewings of exquisite jewelry or a morning at an art and antiques auction, a trip to one of the city’s lovely marchés de Noel can be both relaxing and cheering, and allow you to pick up some additional, authentic gifts for friends and family.
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In Alsace, cities including Strasbourg and Colmar as well as numerous storybook villages and towns transform into enchanted Christmas villages, with the traditional, warm-wood chalets popping up all over and offering traditional regional products and gourmet treats, from toys and Christmas decorations to gluwein, sausages and sweet breads. This is truly a wonderful time of year to explore this region, which is too often overlooked by luxury travellers.
Meanwhile, heading southward to Provence, local Christmas markets celebrate their own elaborate, festive holiday rituals, and the markets there are overflowing with delights: dried fruit and figs, calisson biscuits, white and chocolate nougat, olives and many other local gourmet specialities.
Take a Private Tour of France’s Magical Christmas Markets
If you’re planning a high-end winter break in France and want to incorporate one or more of these idyllic markets into your itinerary, we’ll make sure it’s as enchanting as it should be. Why not let us plan exclusive treats such as meetings with local artisans, unforgettable stays in nearby palace hotels, chateaux and lodges, or gastronomic feasts at superb tables following your whirl through the markets of Paris, Colmar or Saint-Remy-de-Provence? You can find more inspiring ideas in our full guides to the “marchés de Noel” around France.