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It’s holiday shopping season! It’s almost Christmas folks, and Paris has some of the best Christmas markets to offer this December. It might be the best time to find some unique Paris vintage goods, toys, artisanal jewellery, etc and pack up your gifts already. And your kids will love the fairyland atmosphere.

Here’s our selection of Christmas markets for the second week of December.

1. The Montmartre Christmas Markets
Located on Place des Abbesses, in the heart of Montmartre, one of the markets nested on the hill, is a place where it feels good and warm to be. Parisians who live in Montmartre like this moment of the year, more lively, more colourful and filled with Christmas scents. The other market, in front of the cathedral, is more touristic, but is definitely worth a glass of warm red wine and a view over Paris. Metro stops: Abbesses (Line 12) or Anvers (Line 2). When? All december long.

2. OILL, the small local creators market
In an art gallery in Le Marais district, the center of Paris, local artists will display their unique creations (jewellery, fashion, painting, photos, and toys for kids) for three weeks. It’s now the seventh edition of OILL (On Investit Les Lieux, meaning, We Take Over The Place), and it has always been a success. Perfect for finding rare affordable jewels made in France. When? From December 4 to 21, 2014. Where? Galerie du Cheval de Sable, 17 rue François Miron, 75004 Paris. Metro stop: Saint-Paul (Line 1).

3. Noël Vintage, your vintage Christmas market
If you want to be sure to find an item nobody else will have, head to this pop-up market in Le Marais district: vintage clothes, shoes, sunglasses, toys, vinyls, etc. Where? Espace d’Animation des Blancs Manteaux, 48 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris. Metro stops: Saint Paul (Line 1) and Hotel de Ville (Lines 1 and 11). When? From Friday December 12 to Sunday December 14 (from 11am to 8pm).

4. The Alsatian Christmas market, in East Paris
Discover a typical French gastronomy. The place to find and taste the best produces from Alsace, the French eastern region: bretzel, gingerbread, delicious Alsatian biscuits called “Brédele”, cooked and smoked meat, foie gras, red and white wines. When? From December 4 to 19, 2014. Where? Gare de l’Est (railway station to go to Alsace) parvis, 75010. Metro stop: Gare de l’Est (Line 4).

5. The Champs-Elysées Christmas market
Not the place the Parisians like the most (be careful there, safety issues usually noticed), but the magical fairyland of this large market on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées (Metro stops: Concorde (Line 1, 12) or Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (Line 1 and 13)) and its Christmas lights is worth it. A picture of the Christmas lights on the most famous avenue in the world and the viewpoint on the Place de la Concorde are a can’t-miss when visiting Paris (especially the first time). When? From November 14, to January 4, 2015.

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