One of the lesser known of the two dozen or so Paris Christmas Markets dotted across the French capital is that of Paris Canopée des Halles Christmas Market. Taking place under the grand and covered space between the shops at Châtelet les Halles, the festive event features Bavarian-style chalets selling everything from vin chaud (mulled wine) to crafts and gifts. Here’s how to visit as well as what you need to know before you go!
Address | Passage de la Canopée, 1st arrondissement, Paris
Best-known for its selection of artisanal gifts (though for those who are truly looking for something extra special, I recommend skipping the Halles Christmas Market in favour of that held in Square René-Viviani), the Châtelet market is much smaller than many of the other markets to be found across Paris and was only started in 2018.
Visit during Christmas time and you’ll soon notice that taking centre stage, in the very heart of the shopping complex, is the towering and ever so glittering Christmas tree. Spanning the height of three floors, the green fake fir is adorned with Christmas baubles and stands at a staggering 20 metres tall.
How to visit the Paris Canopée des Halles Christmas Market
In 2019, the Canopée des Halles Christmas Market will be held from the 14th of November up until the 29th of December. In total, some 75 vendors will gather at the festive event, selling food, drinks, and of course plenty of artisanal products. The opening times are as follows; Monday & Tuesday: 10 – 20h30, Wednesday to Saturday: 10 – 21 and Sunday: 11 – 20.
Largely protected and undercover thanks to the vast architecture of Les Halles, the market is free to visit and is open to all ages. With this being said, I would highly recommend heading to the market mid-week and earlier in the day if possible, so as to avoid the worst of the crowds.
Nearby to Châtelet (where the Canopée des Halles and Westfield Forum des Halles form one of the biggest and undercover shoping complexes in Paris), there are plenty of attractions and things to do. After all, the illustrious first arrondissement of the city boasts the imposing rue de Rivoli, the Louvre museum, and of course, the former palace turned government complex Palais-Royal.
Head in the other direction, past Église Saint Eustache, and you’ll soon discover rue Montorgueil, a largely pedestrianised shopping street best-known for its many cafés and brasseries. Wander around half way along this street, and you’ll also soon discover Stohrer, the oldest patisserie in Paris where you can stroll in and purchase a delicious sweet!