Christmas markets in France have their origins in the northern Alsace region, which has belonged to Germany at various periods of time, and has therefore drawn on German Christmas market traditions dating from the 14th century.
If you want to taste some pre-Christmas spirit, you should visit the Christmas Village on Champs-Elysées, the largest within Paris’s city limits. There you’ll find yourself immersed in all things Christmas – from tasty treats (chocolates with Xmas messages, traditional mulled wine, tasty hams and cheeses and lustrous shining candy apples) to Xmas paraphernalia – like lights and lamps, decorations, gifts and even a friendly looking deer!
Go after 5pm to admire the evening glitz of of the blue fairy lights in the trees and the sparkly decorations altogether! You will love it!
Open: From November 16th, 2012 through January 6th, 2013
Location: Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Place de la Concorde
Metro: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau or Concorde
Other big Christmas markets you might want to visit:
Christmas Market at La Défense, Christmas Market at the Montparnasse Tower, Christmas Market at the Place des Abbesses (very close to Les Studios de Paris office).
Enjoy the pre-Christmas spirit!