Les marchés de Noël


My husband and I are savers and planners. We are not given to flights of wild spontaneity. So, we still can’t believe that we’re off to Paris for Thanksgiving. Our daughter has other plans for the holiday and we had a bunch of frequent flier miles that were soon going to expire. I’ve never seen the City of Light all decked out for Christmas. In the last couple of years, les marchés de Noël (lay marshay duh nowell), or the Christmas markets of Alsace have come to Paris. The little wooden huts offer typical Christmas decorations and artisanal products that represent the best of France. I can’t wait to check some of them out, although only a couple will be open while I’m there.

Here’s where to find them:
Village de Noël des Champs-Elysées
From November 15, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Located where the Rond-point des Champs-Elysées meets the Avenue des Champs Elysées – 8th Arrondissement


L’Arche de Noël à la Défense
From November 27 to December 28, 2013
Located beneath the Arch in the business district of Paris

Marché de Noël Européen du Trocadéro
From December 12, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Located at the Place du Trocadéro (opposite the Eiffel Tower on the other side of the Seine) – 16th Arrondissement


Marché de Noël du Montparnasse
From December 4, 2013 to January 2, 2014
Located at the shopping center by the Montparnasse train station – 15th Arrondissement

Marché de Noël Place de la République
From December 7 to 15, 2013
Located on the Place de la République – 3rd Arrondissement

Marché de Noël du Mail Branly
From December 14, 2013 to January 6, 2014
Located near the base of the Eiffel Tower – 7th Arrondissement

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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11 Responses to Les marchés de Noël

  1. Ellen A. says:

    A spontaneous trip to Paris… now that is something to be truly thankful for! Enjoy the mulled wine and raclette at the Christmas markets. People say that November is so dreary in Paris, but it is wonderfully atmospheric and dense with history and emotion. Such a great time to indulge in long cozy dinners in wood paneled rooms.
    Perhaps you can inquire about something I find a great mystery: are fireplaces illegal in Paris, or not? Years ago, it seemed many restaurants (and even a few private apartments) had roaring fires going in winter, but then there was a period of time when we read that they had been banned for reasons of air pollution, and they do seem scarce. Hope you and your husband can find at least one to savor on a chill night. Bon voyage!

  2. Inquiring minds want to know says:

    How does Santa say Ho Ho Ho in French?

    • I’m not sure that Père Noël has an equivalent utterance. I’ll check with my French friends and get back to you. If anyone else has the definitive answer, I’d be happy to hear it.

      • I checked with my friends and, indeed, Père Noël does NOT say “ho, ho, ho,” nor does he say “Merry Christmas.” My sources say that only the bells make a sound as they ring and drop their presents to land in the children’s shoes.

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  4. rklowrie says:

    I attended the Christmas Eve mass last year at the Notre Dame Cathedral. It was one of the most meaningful worship services I have experienced. There are several masses and in different languages as well. Thanks for your posts! Joyeux Noël!

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