Last Updated on 20th October 2022 by Sophie Nadeau
One of the most charming and off the beaten Christmas Markets in Paris is that of Alésia-Leclerc, which is tucked away in the very heart of the city’s 14th arrondissement. Known as Marché de Noël Alésia-Leclerc, here’s how to visit the Alésia-Leclerc Christmas Market, as well as things to know before visiting.
Alésia-Leclerc Christmas Market dates: 3, 4, 5th December 2022, 10 AM – 8 PM
The Alésia Christmas Market comprises of around a dozen set of stalls set under the shadow of the 18th-century built Saint-Pierre-de-Montrouge (Église Saint-Pierre-de-Montrouge) in the 14th arrondissement.
As well as little tents selling various wares from custom furniture to unique jewellery pieces to luxury clothing, there’s Christmas specific highlights such as a Father Christmas wandering around and Christmas illuminations.
Nearby, another wonderful location to see beautiful Christmas lights is on rue Raymond Losserand (which in turn is known for its many independent vendors such as greengrocers, boulangeries, and speciality cheese shops).
Though there is not much by way of Christmas Market food (the market is, indeed, particularly tiny), there’s vin chaud on offer, as well as a selection of other warming beverages.
How to visit the Alésia Christmas Market
The Christmas Market is located between two métro stations: Alésia and Mouton-Duvernet, both of which are on metro line 4. The line 4 cuts its way through the centre of Paris and so these metro stations are easily reached from the heart of the city.
When visiting most Christmas Markets in Europe, cash is king. While more and more vendors are starting to accept card payments, many still have minimum card payments. As such, come prepared with a bit of cash in case you want to purchase food or drink.
As when visiting any Christmas Market, be sure to keep an eye on your valuables and belongings at any given moment. One of the most common tourist scams in Paris is the sheer number of pickpockets! I highly recommend bringing along a bag that zips up and personally always wear a crossbody bag like these ones.