Christmas Market Breaks in France

France Christmas Markets

Fill your festive stockings with some amazing gifts and trinkets straight from a French Christmas Market this winter. We have a number of great offers to Christmas Markets in France, including: Lille, Paris, Strasbourg and Metz, as well as multi centre Christmas Market coach tours that sample more than one of the French Christmas Markets. Christmas Market coach tours to France can be combined with other European destinations such as the German Christmas Markets and Belgium Christmas Markets.

Amiens

The Amiens Christmas Market is the biggest in northern France. The town centre is transformed into a Christmas Alpine scene with pedestrianised streets, chalets and stalls all tastefully decorated with Christmas trees and lights. The Christmas Market offers produce and goods from the Picardy region. You will also find fine crystal, organic clothing, tempting Beauvais chocolate tuiles, Marne Valley Champagne and home-made ciders, Amiens macaroons and marrons glacés, as well as other mouth-watering delicacies. Notre Dame d'Amiens is the majestic Gothic cathedral and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. You may also have the opportunity to view the cathedral in its original colours using new projection technology created by Skertzó. Where over time the once brightly painted stone has faded, at the 'Cathedral in Colours' event you will be able to see it in its once medieval glory.

Colmar

Colmar's Christmas Market is held in the Old Town in 5 various venues: Petite Venise for children, Place des Dominicains, Place de l'Ancienne Douane, Place Jeanne d'Arc and the Koifhus. This Christmas Market is said to be one of the most unusual. It is beautifully adorned with lights, which are turned on by a local celebrity. As tradition goes four weeks before Christmas, candles are attached to branches of holly and fir and are lit, as a symbol to protect the people from evil spells. With a choice of five markets to visit, everyone will leave satisfied.

Lille

The festivities are held in the centre of Lille - Place Rihour. The town is adorned in lights and decorations and the Christmas Market has over 80 chalets of stalls; the festive spirit encapsulates any visitor to Lille during the Advent season. The Christmas Market offers arts, crafts and local French cuisine as well as entertainment for those with children, theatre and games. Some highlights include a Father Christmas dramatic sketch every Saturday in December of when he "falls" from the 80-metre belfry; the Ferris wheel at Grand Place offering a magnificent view of Lille and on the last Saturday before Christmas there is an orchestra of 450 tubas entertain the crowds with Christmas carols. Plenty of mulled wine, French delicacies and Christmas shopping will ensure you have an amazing time during your visit.

Metz

Place de Chambre is the home of Metz Christmas Market. The stalls line the city square, filling the air with aromas of mulled wine roasted chestnuts and gingerbread. The Esplanade and medieval arcades of Place St Louis are full of Christmas buzz at this time of year. With almost 100 wooden cottages and stalls expect an array of seasonal and artisan gifts: fabrics, ceramics, jewellery, handicrafts, art and more. There are plenty of activities aside from shopping: wooden horse carousel ride, a visit to the Santa Claus village, steam train ride and more. During the month of December Metz is an enchanting place to be, may the lights dazzle you and all your Christmas wishes come true.

Paris

The Paris Christmas Markets are an ideal excuse to visit Paris during the festive period. The twinkling lights along the Seine, the elaborately decorated department stores and shopping areas make Paris a spectacular sight to see during this time of year. There are several Christmas Markets in Paris, offering local gastronomic specialities to traditional arts and handicrafts. The main Christmas Markets are located in the Champs Elysées, in the 6th arrondissement at Saint Germain des Prés and at St Sulpice. There are also many other markets in and around Paris: Montparnasse, the Gare de l'Est, the Place de la Nation and more. Meander through the city shops and Christmas Markets whilst taking in the atmosphere as you admire the lights (at Champs Elysées), decorations (Boulevard Haussmann area) and iconic sights of this truly magnificent city.

Strasbourg

Since 1570 Strasbourg has held its Christmas Market known as the 'Christkindelsmärik' and is the oldest in France. The streets are filled with mouth-watering aromas of spices and cinnamon. The market offers arts, crafts and Christmas decorations. Filled with lights, decorations and Christmas spirit this German-styled market is one of the biggest and interesting in France as it specialises in hand made decorations and Christmas designs. There is music, plenty of food and drink to try, carriage rides and of course shopping!

More Christmas Markets in France

A short hop over the channel makes a coach trip to the Christmas markets in northern France quick and easy, travelling by Eurostar is a great option too. And with so much choice when you get to France, here are a few more Christmas markets that you can visit on festive breaks that give you free time to explore independently: