Top 6 of the Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in France
Each year, the Christmas markets transport us to an enchanting and magical world. ✨ The illuminations of the streets, the Christmas carols as well as the gourmet smells perfume our hearts and make us fall back into childhood: the Christmas magic works! With family or friends, it's the perfect outing to immerse yourself in the spirit of the end-of-year celebrations, stroll around pretty wooden chalets, discover the creators locals and enjoy small sweet treats. Many cities in France offer their own version of the market between tradition and modernity. We share with you below an overview of the best Christmas markets in France! ⭐🎄
1. Strasbourg: the largest Christmas market in France
The most famous in France, but also around the world: the Christkindelsmärik of Strasbourg! Elected several times the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe, it attracts millions of visitors every year who stroll through the wonderfully decorated alleys of the city! Impressive in size, it extends over several districts in a warm and festive atmosphere.
Dubbed the Christmas Capital, Strasbourg sets the bar high for celebrating the holidays in style and offer the best experience to its visitors. Many fun activities for young and old are offered: shows, bike night parades, manual workshops, ice skating, exhibitions, etc. Hundreds of chalets have also been set up to discover local craft products: ideal for the last Christmas gifts! 🎁
2. Colmar: 6 markets decorated in the image of fairy tales
In Colmar, in the Grand Est, not 1, but 6 markets are set up in different squares! The Christmas spirit blows through the whole city for several weeks! Once night falls, magnificent garlands dress the trees, buildings or even facades and bring a touch of magic. 💫
Visitors can take an illuminated tour to discover all the markets, where each one offers a unique experience. Local merchants and passionate craftsmen await you in their little houses to offer you Alsatian specialties. Also find beautiful wooden toys, clothing made in Alsace as well as jewelry and other accessories. Children will enjoy magical entertainment in the La Petite Venise district: rides, ice rinks, shows, etc.
3. Reims: a market offering multiple activities
Each year, the 3rd largest Christmas market in France invites you to Reims at foot of the illuminated Notre-Dame cathedral. On this occasion, the city in the Champagne-Ardenne region puts on its clothes of light as well as its many stands in a warm and family atmosphere during a month of festivity.
On the program: more than hundred chalets offering local products (notably the pink biscuit), gastronomic tastings, street entertainment, exhibitions, parades, an ice rink, a small train for children, a live nativity scene and a Ferris wheel to fly over the market. Savor a moment with family or with friends and live an extraordinary experience under the sign of sharing and celebration! 👪
4.Sarlat: a friendly and family market
In the heart of one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Aquitaine, a market takes place every year in December to celebrate the
Every Christmas, the city honors a destination. It is then adorned with colors in the image of this country. In terms of entertainment, you won't be bored: parades, toy libraries, ice rink, craft workshops, horse-drawn carriage rides, concerts or even Christmas carols. Children will be able to meet Santa Claus in person as well as discover the elves' toy factory! 🎅
5. Metz: one of the most famous Christmas markets in France
At the beginning of December, Metz is transformed into a gigantic fairy-tale village ! 🌟 No less than 80 wooden chalets take place to celebrate Saint-Nicolas under the sign of tradition. Renowned as being one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in France, it welcomes many tourists who come to enjoy the festivities and admire the city during this magical period.
In terms of scenery and attractions, Metz will dazzle you with a light show on the facade of Saint-Etienne Cathedral (video mapping), gigantic ice sculptures inspired by the world of Disney (ice magic), a Ferris wheel offering an exceptional view of the market, a path lit by lanterns, an ice rink, concerts, dance shows, tastings or solidarity stands.
6. Bordeaux: a market under the sign of generosity
Every year at the end of November, in the Allées de Tourny in Bordeaux there is a Christmas market mixing traditions and solidarity. It is unquestionably the largest in Aquitaine! For 4 weeks, the city is adorned with its most beautiful red and green illuminations and decorations.
Because the end-of-year celebrations rhyme with generosity, the market brings together several associative chalets, toy collections for children at Restos du Cœur, solidarity face-painting, etc. 💖 You will also discover the creations of artisans and regional products on sale on the stands to stock up on gifts as well as many activities for the little ones (Ludi'land): treasure hunt, musical workshops, inflatable planetarium, carousel or even meet Santa Claus.So, which of these 6 most beautiful Christmas markets in France appeals to you? Head to one of these cities to experience a taste of Magic Christmas with your loved ones!