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Crowds at the Christmas Village on the Champs-Elysees. Metro: Concorde.
The Christmas season in Paris is in full swing. 

Head to the Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysees and you will quickly get into the holiday spirit. 

The cold didn't keep away the crowds at the market this weekend. The village had a little bit of everything for every age--shopping, music, rides, food, and Santa Claus. 

Christmas music set the mood in between the Rond-Point des Champs Elysées and Place de la Concorde where some 130 vendors were selling handmade crafts, chocolate, and food.

Christmas cookies, chocolate and candy
Visitors can expect a variety of crafts including Christmas wreaths, soaps, clothing, toys, Paris souvenirs, jewelry, holiday cards, and decorative objects.

Kitsch was definitely a theme throughout the show with live food and craft demonstrations.

There was an impressive selection of French cheese, sausage, wine, caviar, chocolate, traditional holiday cakes, and candy. 

The village is filled with food options for lunch or dinner including well-priced crepes, waffles, sandwiches, soup, pastries, breads, hot wine, hot chocolate, and more.

This is definitely a family event where kids can ride on the Ferris wheel at Concorde, the mini roller coaster, the child-sized luge, or the carousel. Try to go back during the evening for a different experience. The village and Ferris wheel sparkle at night with white lights. 

The Marche de Noel des Champs-Elysées closes on January 2. It's free and open daily. Metro: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau or Concorde.

Highlights: A Fabulous Mix of Food, Crafts, & Rides

more holiday markets to visit.....
Christmas trees at the Marche de Noel des Champs-Elysees. Metro: Concorde.
Paris is known for its markets. So, if you plan on visiting Paris during the holiday season, try to go to one of these Christmas-themed markets.

Christmas Market at La Défense Market features 350 vendors. Open daily until Dec. 27. Metro: La Défense.

Christmas Market and Ice Rink at Trocadero Ice skating and 120 vendors. Open until Jan. 2. Location: Place de la Trocadero, across from the Eiffel Tower. Metro: Trocadero.

Christmas Market and Santa's Village at Saint-Sulpice Open daily from Dec. 3 to Jan. 2. Location: Place Saint-Sulpice. Metro: Saint-Sulpice.

Christmas Market and Santa's Village at Saint-Germain Open every day from Dec. 3 to Jan. 2. Location: Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Christmas Market at Place de la Nation Open daily from early December. Location: Place de la Nation. Metro: Nation.

Christmas Market at the Place des Abbesses This market will be open every day in December. Location: Place des Abbesses. Metro: Abbesses.

Christmas Market at Gare de l'Est Open from December 3rd-December 18. Location: Gare de l'Est. Metro: Gare de l'Est.