- Travel in France
- Where to go
What to see and do
- the connoisseur's guide to France
shopping & Christmas markets in France 2022
shopping in France
- CHRISTMAS MARKETS ARE BACK !!
For the past two years, Covid cancelled most Christmas markets. But in
2022, Christmas in France is more or less back to normal.
Christmas shopping trip can provide the ideal excuse for a short trip
to France. Paris and other
French cities are places that go to great lengths to make sure that the
Christmas shopping experience is something to be remembered - a gala of
lights, sounds and old seasonal traditions. And there are plenty of
bargains to be had.
As is the practice throughout Europe, retail prices
displayed always include tax
; i.e. French
sales tax does not have to be added to the price displayed.
SHOPPING IN PARIS
market stall in Paris
In Paris, the most popular Christmas
lights are those decorating the Champs Elysées; but they are
just the icing on the cake. The streets and the big shops in all the
shopping areas, notably the department stores such as Galeries
Lafayette, in the Boulevard Haussmann area, vie with each other to
produce the most elaborate Christmas decorations and Christmas windows.
Big stores and stores selling up-market French
luxury goods such as fashionwear or perfume
can be guaranteed to put on particularly lavish
and impressive window displays ; however bargain hunters should not
expect to find a lot of really good buys, as winter sales
France cannot start before the first week of January.
markets in Paris 2022
French capital offers a
"traditional" Christmas markets - Les Marchés de
- offering a wide array of art and craft
products, as well as local specialities and special gastronomic
delights for the Christmas dinner table.
The main Christmas markets in Paris are located at....
- Place de la Concorde / Jardin des Tuileries: The
Market is now established in the Jardins des Tuileries,
other side of the Place de la Concorde. Runs until 8th
Other Paris Christmas markets (dates to be confirmed)
- Saint Germain des Prés
(Latin quarter) Santa's village, Metro Saint
Germain des Prés.
- Notre Dame cathedral.
This small market, specialising
in arts and crafts, has about 40 stalls. It takes place on the piazza
in front of the Cathedral, a unique setting, and runs
from 9th December
until 26th December 2022, with evenings on Wednesday,
- Eiffel tower Christmas
market. Runs 16th
December until 2nd January
(Place des Abbesses) - 10 am to 5pm.
locations in Paris with Christmas markets include
Montparnasse, the Gare de l'Est (an Alsace-themed market) , the Gare
Saint-Lazare, and the Place de la Nation .
for Paris good
value hotel guide
- a choice of Paris hotels offering best
value for money.
Strasbourg Christmas market - 25th
November - 24th December 2022
market in Strasbourg - Photo © CRTA / Meyer
The Capital of Alsace
, in eastern
France, is reputed to be the home of Christmas festivities; and the
or Christ-child- market, held around the ancient cathedral in the heart
of the historic quarter, is the most famous Christmas market in France,
if not in Europe. It was first held in 1570. Today the event draws
hundreds of thousands of visitors, who come to wander through the
narrow streets, and admire and buy from the hundreds of stalls offering
traditional Christmas wares, craft products, and gifts of all shapes
Strasbourg can be reached
by motorway or by train. Click here for Strasbourg
city and hotel guide
There are many more Christmas markets
in Alsace, notably in Colmar
(late November - late December ) , in Hagenau
(late November - late December) and
in some of the picturesque small
towns such as Riquewihr
(late November - 22nd December).
FRENCH CITIES -
French cities pull out the stops for Christmas, specially those with
historic centres, where the Christmas lights traditionally bring in
large numbers of shoppers and admirers. The tradition of Christmas
Markets has been taken up in many French cities, notably in Eastern
France, in towns such as Besançon
Nancy, which hold big events. But there are also big Christmas markets,
open for at least three weeks up to Christmas, in Clermont
Ferrand, Bordeaux, Lille (late November - late December),
and elsewhere; other towns and cities
put on smaller, shorter Christmas markets.
opening times in France before Christmas
In city centres
pre-Christmas period is the busiest time of year for shopping in
France; many shops extend their
opening hours, notably
by staying open
at lunchtime, and - during the last three weekends before Christmas,
opening on Sunday afternoon. Sunday opening is particularly common in
towns and cities that have Christmas markets. Generally speaking, all
shops that do a brisk trade in the runup to Christmas stay open until
at least 7 p.m.
Out of town supermarkets and shopping centres tend
to remain open slightly longer in the period before Christmas, and in
particular are open on Sundays (typically from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m - but
it is always important to check locally).
, the Carrefour
supermarket in the Cité
the Channel tunnel exit is open 8.30 a.m. to 10 p.m
six days a week, and 9 a.m to 8 p.m on Sundays during the pre-Christmas
period; there are special Christmas events in Calais, including a
Click for general information on shop
opening times in France
French wine for
If buying in France, check out the About-France.com guide to buying
not in France, or visiting without a car, buy online for
to the UK or other parts of Europe (except CH, IRL, SE and N) see French wines direct
school Christmas holiday periods 2022 - 2023
From Friday17th December 2022 after classes
to Sunday 3rd January 2022 inclusive
Click here for other
French school holiday dates