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The best Christmas markets in France and how days for each city

Hi hello!

Here’s my plan and hope to get some advice.

Some context:
I am going to Brussels for work and I have about 9 days after my work trip for R&R. I will travel from 26 Nov (start of the advent) to catch the Christmas markets. And I have to catch my flight out of Frankfurt.

I would like to visit some cities in France and Germany that are well known for their Christmas markets. I have been to France once and visited Paris only and I have never been to Germany. I heard Amiens and Lillie have nice Christmas markets but I have limited time so I may just focus on Metz and Strasbourg or Colmar. Any recommendations for which cities to visit and how many days to spend (so I have sufficient time to enjoy the cities and all the markets without rushing too much)?

Also, any advice about nice Christmas market/day trip near Frankfurt is welcomed. Thanks!

Tentative Itinerary
Day 1: Brussels -> Paris, check out Paris’ Christmas markets (overnight Paris)
Day 2: Paris to Metz Day 1 (overnight Metz)
Day 3: Metz Day 2 (overnight Metz)
Day 4: Metz->Strasbourg, Strasbourg Day 1 (1.5 hr train, 18 euros) (overnight Strasbourg)
Day 5: Strasbourg Day 2(overnight Strasbourg)
Day 6: Strasbourg->Frankfurt (2.5 hr train, 33 euros) (overnight Frankfurt)
Day 7: Frankfurt Day 1
Day 8: Frankfurt Day 2
Day 9: Frankfurt Day 3 (day trip to another city)
Day 10: Depart Frankfurt

Posted by
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Another vote for Stuttgart and Esslingen Xmas markets! They're great.
Don't expect much from the ones in Paris; focus on other paris attractions instead!

Posted by
2465 posts

@Pat That was a wonderful trip report and I concur on Strasbourg and Rothenburg. Esslingen will definitely be on my list when we go again.

I would add Colmar to the list as it is a short train ride from Strasbourg.

Posted by
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Hi all, thanks for all your help!

Do you recommend heading to Stuttgart and nearby Esslingen markets straight from Strasbourg? And then I can go to Frankfurt for my flight back home.

Also how many days do you recommend at each city: like Strasbourg, Metz, Colmar, Esslingen?

Pat, your trip report is amazing! Thanks!

Posted by
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Wendy, thx, you will have a magical trip!