Countdown to Christmas in Paris

November20, 2017
by Yetunde Oshodi-Fraudeau

Countdown to Christmas in Paris

Christmas France

Everywhere you look, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And that is not just some song. In early November once, Halloween was over (and it seems the French are now getting into Halloween), the Christmas candy came out at the supermarket. Yikes! Picture me, covering my son’s eyes and running past the aisle of junk.

Every year it seems we start the holiday season earlier and earlier. I’m pretty sure that once the Summer sales end on of these years, we will already be seeing Christmas trees and decoration in the stores. Crazy! Some try to stay reasonable and not start until mid-November but now it is at a fevered pitch to get everything up and out as the countdown to Christmas begins.


I think back to last Christmas – no, not the Wham song. Last year was the first year where my then 3-year-old son, asked for a specific item for Christmas – thank you TV commercials (no one to blame for that but us I guess). While last year he wanted a robot dog (what the!?) – we have not decided if he will get one. This year it is just about everything he sees in the toy store with the words LEGO being uttered more often than not. But I do want him to feel the joy of the season after a rather tough start to our fall I think we all need it.

2017 Christmas in Paris has already kicked off with some controversy. For one, there will be no Christmas market in the Champs Elysées! Hold your gasp! It seems that the mayor has decided to cancel the contract of the guy who had the monopoly on the most beautiful avenue in the world. This guy is also the one we can thank for the Grand Roue near the Tuileries Gardens. Paris wants better quality, the mayor’s office says. So next year, they will be back – we hope. But don’t worry Paris has other things to offer and the lights still shine on the avenue.

Paris still needs you! While the numbers of tourist visits improved some sectors did not quite recover. Cooking classes in Paris (in my opinion), should be on your to-do list, as well as guided tours and eating in fabulous restaurants and staying in lovely accommodations.

If you are planning to be in Paris this holiday season December, you’ll surely want to check out some of the lovely Christmas Markets throughout the city. They are not all created equal, I will admit, but I’m sure you’ll find your bonheur as they say in French (your joy), and even if you don’t have some mulled wine and I’m sure it will all go really well. Speaking of mulled wine, I’ve included a recipe for one at the end of this post so if you can’t come see us, you can bring a little bit of what we’ll be enjoying this season into your homes.

Paris Christmas Markets

Champs-Elysées Christmas Market
Sorry, not this year folks. If you see stands there, they are not here legally.
Check back next year. But do visit the avenue all the same to behold the lovely Christmas lights.

Christmas market La Défense
Parvis de la Défense, 92
Metro: Esplanade de la Défense
from November 23rd till December 28th
Open daily from 11 am to 8 PM

Christmas village Montparnasse
Below the Montparnasse Tower block, Paris 15
Metro: Montparnasse Bienvenüe
December 10th till the 31st

Christmas market St Germain des Prés
Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris 6
Metro: Saint Sulpice. RER: Saint Michel – Notre Dame.
November 13th till January 8th, 2018
Open daily from 10 am to 8 PM

Made in France Christmas
Oh now, this sounds interesting!
Canal St Martin
Metro: Place de la Répubique
December 16-18

Montmartre Christmas Market
Place Saint-Pierre
Metro: Saint Sulpice. RER: Saint Michel – Notre Dame.
December 2-4 2017
Only 3 days to catch the 30 stands

Vegan Christmas Market
La REcyclerie – 83 Boulevard Ornano, Paris 18
Grab your vegan Christmas treats here.
December 16 – December 17, 2017

So enjoy this magical holiday season. And come see us in Paris!

For more Christmas Market information for Paris, visit the Paris info website.

Bring that Paris Christmas Market feeling home with you with this delicious Vin Chaud (Mulled Wine) recipe

Here’s a Christmas gift idea for you! Why not purchase a Cooking Class gift voucher for your fav foodie?


Yetunde Oshodi-Fraudeau

blogger yetunde, team 2017

Yetunde Oshodi-Fraudeau heads the Sales & Marketing for both our Paris and Uzès schools. Food, travel and photography (and her son), are her passions. Catch her posts and photos throughout the site.


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