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 first 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).
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. Toymania, for vintage toys
What is it with people and vintage toys these days? With the big exhibition in North Paris, inside the Saint-Ouen flea market, and now this one day vintage sale, toys from the past will please the young and the old generation. And we love it. The main theme of this year sale is “motorcycle”. Expect a classy soldier figurine driving an old Harley Davidson. Where? Palais des Congrès, 2 place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris. Metro stop: Porte Maillot (line 1).
4. The Japanese Christmas Market
Looking for some out of the box French-Japanese gifts (home deco, gastronomy and fashion)? Go there on Thursday at 7:45pm for a special travel night. Dinner after or before? Head to rue de Saint-Anne for the best Japanese restaurants in town (Hokkaido restaurant is one of the best). From December 3 to 6, 2014 (10:30am/7:30pm). Where? Espace Cinko: 12 -18 Passage Choiseul, 75002 Paris. Metro stop: Pyramide (Lines 7, 14).
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 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.