10 Best Christmas Markets In France

As winter’s embrace descends upon France, its charming cities and picturesque villages transform into a wonderland of twinkling lights, festive cheer, and the irresistible aroma of mulled wine. Christmas markets in France, known as “Marchés de Noël,” are brimming with holiday spirit and offer a glimpse into the heart of French culture and the magic of the holiday season.

From the fairytale setting of the Strasbourg Christmas market to Christmas markets with a backdrop of UNESCO listed churches, you’ll find markets both big and small that embrace the magic of a French Noël. Here are the best Christmas markets in France.

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1Strasbourg Christmas Market, Alsace

Strasbourg christmas market

Dates: 24th November to 24th December 2023

Strasbourg, often hailed as the “capital of Christmas,” proudly hosts the oldest and one of the largest Christmas markets in France. Dating back to 1570, the iconic Christkindelsmärik has been enchanting visitors for four centuries. The city transforms into a winter wonderland with over 300 wooden chalets creating a picturesque scene over various squares including the beautiful Cathedral Square and Place Broglie. Thousands of twinkling lights and enchanting decorations create a magical atmosphere allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the true spirit of the season.

The market is steeped in history and tradition, showcasing the finest craftsmanship and delicacies of the Alsace region. The joyful ambiance combined with the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread enhance the experience making a visit to Strasbourg Christmas Market one that is truly unforgettable.

Where To Stay: Hôtel Cour du CorbeauIdeally located for anyone visiting the Christmas markets, one of Europe’s oldest hotels and enchanting hotels locate down a long cobbled street.


2Reims Christmas Market, Champagne

Reims Christmas Market

Cyrille Beudot/Reims tourisme

Dates: 24th November to 24th December 2023

A festive wonderland that truly captures the spirit of the season, Reims Christmas Market boasts over 150 charming chalets congregated on the Parvis of the UNESCO-listed Reims Cathedral. Ranked as the third-largest Christmas markets in France, what sets Reims Christmas Market apart is its breathtaking location with an awe-inspiring Cathedral backdrop for the festive celebrations.

At the entrance of the square, a majestic Christmas tree sets the perfect festive tone. One of the standout features of the Reims Christmas Market is the spectacular light show projected onto the facade of the Reims Cathedral. This captivating display often tells a holiday-themed story and is a mesmerizing experience.

The market is not only a haven for traditional holiday shopping but also a hub of joy and merriment complete with a 50-metre Ferris wheel with captivating city views at the top. One of the most picturesque Christmas markets in France, there is no denying that Reims offers an incredible yuletide experience.

Where To Stay: Domaine Les Crayeres a classic French chateau in Reims nestled discreetly in a seven hectare park yet only 10 minutes drive away from the Christmas markets. 


3Colmar Christmas Market

Colmar christmas markets

Dates: 23rd November to 29th December 2023

This northern town in France has been attracting visitors from all over the world due to its architecture, culture and unique atmosphere for many years. The Christmas season is no exception, which is why it is one of the best Christmas markets in France. The Christmas market in Colmar spreads through several small villages that make up the town. Each of the six Christmas markets are themed uniquely, are located right in the heart of the historic town centre. 

Set against a backdrop of fantastical half-timbered buildings and beautifully adorned canals. The lights and decorations will transport you into a Christmas fantasy as you walk among the stalls and wooden chalets. Meander down cobblestone streets and discover craftsmen making wreaths and toys by hand in little workshops. Colmar’s Christmas Markets has a quainter, old-world Alsatian feel about is. It is among the most well-known Christmas market not only in France, but it is also one of the most photographed in Europe.

Where To Stay: La Maison des Têtes One of the best hotels in Colmar, conveniently located for the Christmas markets and offers the perfect blend of Alsatian tradition and modern luxuries. 


4Mulhouse Christmas Market, Alsace

Mulhouse Christmas Market

Dates: 24th November to 27th December 2023

Nestled in eastern France near the German and Swiss borders, the city of Mulhouse puts on one of the grandest and most beautiful Christmas markets in France. Taking place in the heart of Mulhouse within the city’s most important square, Place de la Réunion, this vibrant market is renowned for its vivid decor distinguishing it as one of the most colourful in the region.

One unique feature that sets Mulhouse apart is the Christmas Cloth, a fabric crafted each year to embellish the architectural facades and pedestrian streets tying the market together in seasonal spirit. The centerpiece is a towering 50-foot Christmas tree decorated with over a thousand lights and ornaments. At its base sits a life-size Nativity scene. Surrounding the square, over 90 ornately decorated wooden chalets sell quality handicrafts, toys, decorations, and local Alsatian delicacies. A truly delightful market that is overflowing with heritage, Mulhouse Christmas Market will fill your heart with festive joy.

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5Lille Christmas Market

Lille Christmas Market

Dates: 22nd November to 31st December 2023

Lille, a northern French gem, becomes a vision of festive sparkle during the Christmas season showcasing one of the best Christmas markets in France. Lille hosts this massive market in the historic Grand Place and adjoining streets, the market boasts around 90 chalets offering an array of gifts and exquisite Christmas decorations focusing on the artistry of skilled local artisans.

Visitors will find themselves immersed in the magical atmosphere whilst wandering through the frosty cobbled streets of old Lille with a stunning backdrop of the vibrant Flemish facades of 17th-century merchants’ houses. The market’s charm is further enhanced by Friday night and weekend concerts under the shimmering lights of the market whilst for a breathtaking panoramic view of the festivities, hop on the Ferris wheel and enjoy the sight of Lille’s giant Christmas tree and the twinkling city lights from above.

Where To Stay: L’Hermitage Gantois



6Metz Christmas Market, Lorraine

Metz Christmas Market

Christmas market place Saint-Louis © Philippe Gisselbrecht – City of Metz © Benoît Lapray

Dates: 24th November to 30th December 2023

Metz historical central marketplace comes alive over the festive season with its enchanting Christmas markets spread across Metz’s six main squares. The city transforms into a charming village featuring over 150 wooden chalets offering a delightful shopping experience selling traditional handicrafts, festive decorations and gourmet delights. The big wheel is the star attraction offering a mesmerising panoramic view of the town as the entire festive scene unfolds below showcasing the vibrant lights, bustling markets and the cosy winter atmosphere.

Vendors dressed in traditional Lorraine outfits serve up local fare like mulled wine, sweet crêpes, macaroons, and Mirabelle plum products. Strolling through the market squares, become fully immersed in the magic of the season whilst surrounded by the joyful atmosphere, the aroma of seasonal treats and the joyous sounds of carolers. Metz Christmas market is the true essence of Christmas and a beautiful way to enjoy the French holiday celebration. With its German influence and historic backdrop of the Saint-Etienne Cathedral and the 16th century City Hall, the Metz Christmas Market is one of the most enchanting Christmas Markets in France.

Where To Stay: La Citadelle Metz MGallery Located in a green setting by the Moselle and Seille rivers, Citadel enjoys a privileged location in the historical and cultural heart of Metz.


7Montbeliard Christmas Market 

Montbeliard Christmas Market 

Pays de Montbéliard Tourisme

Dates: 25th November to 24th December 2023

The quaint town of Montbeliard in eastern France is famed for its captivating Christmas Lights, known as “Lumières de Noël.” This tradition in Montbéliard beautifully revives the Württemberg heritage, transporting visitors to a magical wonderland during the holiday season. The town comes alive with a dazzling display of festive illuminations creating a mesmerising atmosphere of enchanting lights adorning facades, trees and public spaces.

Over 130 wooden chalets line the streets of the old town, centered around the imposing 16th century Château de Montbéliard. With its medieval charm, unique Franche-Comté crafts and food, and festive entertainment, the Montbéliard is one of the best Christmas markets in France.

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8Amiens Christmas Market

Amiens Christmas Market

Marche de Noel d’Amiens

Dates: 25th November to 30th December 2023

A cherished tradition since 1997, Amiens Christmas Market unfolds with over 135 charming chalets stretching for more than 2 km. This market transforms the heart of Amiens into a festive wonderland inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the joyful ambiance of the holiday season. The market is set up beneath the imposing Gothic Amiens Cathedral, which provides a majestic backdrop to the festivities. As the sun sets, the cathedral is illuminated, creating a truly mesmerizing atmosphere.

The labyrinth of chalets offers an array of delightful gifts, crafts and regional specialties making it a prime destination for festive shopping. A visit to the Amiens Christmas market is not complete without trying some of the local Picardy cheeses and enjoying a cup of mulled wine, or “vin chaud,” to keep warm during the winter chill. The mix of medieval architecture and festive wonder make Amiens one of the must visit Christmas markets in France.

Discover: Hotels in Amiens



9Arras Christmas Market

Arras Christmas Market

Dates: 24th November to 30th December 2023

Arras Pays d’Artois 

A spectacle set in the grandeur of the Grand’Place, Arras Christmas Market is an awe-inspiring sight as this beautiful UNESCO-listed square transforms into a magical winter wonderland during the festive season. Over 100 stalls in lovely wooden chalets enchant visitors offering an array of delightful goods, gifts and festive treats. Local artisans and vendors sell quality gifts and souviners. You can find traditional Artois products and purchase handmade lace from the famous Lens-Béthune area.

Numerous events will be held across the city: the Elves’ Village on the Place du Théâtre, shows and performances as well as local brass bands every Friday. With its quaint wooden chalets, twinkling lights, and lively events against the backdrop of the ornate 17th century Flemish buildings, the Arras Christmas Market is one of the most picturesque Chirstmas Markets in France.

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10Toulouse Christmas Market

Toulouse Christmas Market

Marche de noel Toulouse

Dates: 24th November to 26th December 2023

Arguably one of the best Christmas markets in France, Toulouse Christmas Market offers a festive spectacle that captures the essence of the holiday season. In the heart of Place du Capitole, the grand and enchanting facade of the town hall serves as a picturesque backdrop for the Christmas Village, where traditional chalets are beautifully decorated.

Just a stone’s throw from the Capitol, you’ll uncover the Christmas Market at Square Charles de Gaulle. It features a delightful array of exhibitors and designer chalets. The market features an array of stalls, each brimming with unique and handcrafted gifts, decorations and delightful seasonal treats. With an assortment of entertainment including carol singers, street performances and joyful parades.

The decor of Toulouse Christmas Market is nothing short of magical as the city is adorned in twinkling lights, festive displays and beautifully decorated trees. The charming wooden chalets set against the backdrop of the Pink City’s architectural splendour add to the market’s allure making it a must-visit during the holiday season.

Where To Stay: La Cour des Consuls Hotel the hotel is a haven of peace yet in close proximity to the Christmas markets. 


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