Christmas markets are the perfect way to spend a winter in Europe, and some of Europe's most renowned, attractive and unique Christmas markets are located in France. Christmas market stalls are often set in the Old Town of each city, giving the markets a stunning backdrop of cathedrals and churches, old buildings and world-famous monuments.
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Best Christmas Markets to Visit in France
With stalls selling everything from steaming cups of spiced mulled wine to handicrafts, glasswork and textiles, there is something for every shopper at France's Christmas markets.
1. Strasbourg Christmas Market
Nestled in the stunning eastern region of Alsace, this is not only one of France's best Christmas markets, it is France's oldest. In a tradition dating back to the late 1500s, Strasbourg market's wooden stalls are set against the dramatic backdrop of the town's gothic Cathedral, and its centrepiece is a Christmas tree decorated to perfection standing over 30 metres high.
2. Mulhouse Christmas Market
Perfect for lovers of handicrafts and textiles, Mulhouse has attractive stalls dedicated to local artists, with lights decorating the entire market. Like a few of France's Christmas markets, there are also carousels and other attractions at Mulhouse for the entire family to enjoy.
3. Ribeauville Christmas Market
Step into a medieval past with this Christmas market. Ribeauville dates back to the Middle Ages, making its market the perfect stop for history lovers, as this wine-growing town leans into its heritage and has Medieval-themed attractions and stalls to entertain and delight visitors.
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Best Holiday Shopping Areas in France
Here are our top 3 favorite areas in France to sate any shoppaholic.
France's northernmost major city of Lille offers a range of shopping experiences that reflect its fascinating history and beloved traditions. There are markets in the city center selling goods from local artists including artworks, textiles, and crafted jewellery, as well as luxury and chain stores. Known especially for its fashion shopping, Lille combines traditional-feeling cobblestone streets with a modern shopping experience of high end and mainstream brands, and has something for every shopper.
Despite being one of France's largest cities, Lyon shopping offers the independent, boutique shopping experience often lost in big cities. The main shopping street of Rue de la République has everything shoppers could want, from antiques and vintage shops to major brands, and the neighbouring area named Republique Grolee-Carnot has modern goods for the home and an array of technology stores.
It wouldn't be a list of the best shopping areas in France without Paris. Although famed worldwide for being on the cutting edge of fashion and beauty, Paris does not disappoint when it comes to a diverse range of shopping opportunities. Some fantastic shopping streets or towns include Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Rue Saint-Honoré, and the Marais Quarter.