Many who frequent holidays to France will argue that their markets are some of the best in Europe. This is taken to a whole new level at Christmas when the decorations are unearthed from storage and trees and buildings are lined with sparkling lights. Christmas markets in France always feel traditional and aim to provide visitors with gifts, food delicacies and entertainment that will keep them coming back year after year.
The big three Christmas markets in France can be found in Paris, Lille and Strasbourg. However, you don't have to stay north to feel festive. The Christmas markets in Avignon, Dijon, Orleans and Montelimar all have something unique and Christmassy to offer. Those heading to Paris can follow the bright lights of the Champs-Elysee before losing themselves in the wooden huts, while visitors to Lille can be immersed in a more modest but equally as exciting atmosphere.
Like many other Christmas markets in Europe, those found in France typically run from the second or third week in November. While some just stay open until the 23rd December others, including the Paris Christmas markets, stretch until New Year's Eve. Exact times vary between cities but there will normally be stalls open between 11am and 9pm.
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Christmas markets in France offer everything from ice skating for the adventurous, treats for the foodies and plenty of arts and crafts for the shoppers. In Paris you can take some time out from exploring the Christmas market to ride the huge Ferris wheel in the centre. From the top you can see an extraordinary view of the city that can only be experienced at Christmas. Across in Lille, the impressive ice rink is fantastic for all of the family.
It's impossible to leave France without some local wine. At the Christmas markets, you can find bottles of the stuff, in particularly mulled, ready to take home. Make sure to stock up on some French Christmas cards, you can guarantee your friends won't end up with two the same that way.
Going on holiday to France with easyJet holidays is fantastic any time of year but heading there for the Christmas markets is a really unique experience. Choose a flexible deal that suits you and save some more money by booking the flight and hotel together. Joyeux Noel!