France

Our pick of Christmas markets to visit in the capital

Get into the spirit of the festive season at these marchés de Noël

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Hôtel de Ville

One of the most atmospheri­c Christmas markets to be found in the French capital is in front of the grand Hôtel de Ville building in Le Marais.

Every year, the square to the front of the prestigiou­s building is filled with a miniature Christmas village, with chalets selling handcrafte­d gifts and delicious traditiona­l food and drink including mulled wine, raclette, roasted chestnuts, gingerbrea­d men, waffles and crêpes. In previous years, the Hôtel de Ville has been lit up giving the whole area a magical glow by night. Visitors can also expect to be surrounded by an enchanted forest filled with decorated trees and twinkling lights and can take their pick from a host of free family activities including merry-gorounds, a ferris wheel and a visit to le Père Noël himself.

The market usually opens in mid-December and runs through to early January, open from 11am to 9pm each day.

It is a great place to pick up a one-of-a-kind present ‘made in Paris’ along with gourmet foods to share with family over the festive period, with everything from regional sausages and terrines to cheese and nuts for sale. Once you’ve enjoyed shopping and feasting, there is also a curling track for those who want to give the winter sport a go and activity days where you can try your hand at knitting and even making your own Christmas wreath.

Place de l’Hôtel de Ville

4th arrondisse­ment

Métro: Hôtel de Ville (Line 1)

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