Create Your Own Parisian Christmas Market Break

Aptly named the City of Light, visit Paris in the winter to see it irradiating with all manner of festive illuminations. The romantic French capital turns into a picture perfect winter wonderland with markets, amazing decorations and charming traditional displays. ​There are Christmas markets across Paris throughout the festive season, with varying dates, but so long as you visit between 22 November 2018 and 10 January 2019, you’re in for a treat.

Our 4 routes from the UK to Europe make accessing Paris incredibly easy and affordable. Plus, there’s no luggage restrictions, so you can bring back as much as you like. ​​

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Marches de Noel

Marchés De Noël

Paris’ Christmas markets are unrivalled for their magical beauty. Champs-Ely perhaps hosts the most notable festive market. 200 authentic wooden houses stretch up the entirety of the street, from the ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde, to the dazzling Arc de Triomphe. For a smaller market, visit Notre Dame. A glorious tree stands at the foot of the cathedral, with stalls in the surrounding area.

Food to Try

Foods to Try

Comfort food is a staple during the holiday season, and Paris Christmas markets do not disappoint. French onion soup will warm you to the core, as will Aligot (mashed potatoes with garlic and cheese) and Raclette (more potato and cheese combinations). There’s also fancier options, such as salmon sandwiches and even champagne.

Our crossings

Our Crossings

You’ve 4 options to choose from when travelling from the UK to Europe with DFDS. Our Dover-Dunkirk and Calais crossings plant you in northern France in 2 hours and 90 minutes, respectively. Slightly longer is our Newhaven-Dieppe crossing, taking 4 hours, but Dieppe is our closest port to Paris. 

Finally there’s our overnight Newcastle-Amsterdam crossing. This is ideal if you’re travelling from the north or Scotland. Take your car and drive to Paris, or travel as a foot passenger and hop on the train from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station.​

Onboard experience

Onboard Experience

Each of our crossings offer different experiences. All come with bars, restaurants, an onboard shop and children’s play area as standard, making sure you can enjoy the pleasure of ferry travel at any age. Our Dover-France routes also boast a luxurious Premium Lounge, stocked with prosecco, soft drinks, sweet treats and more. Our Newhaven-Dieppe route has a quiet lounge, as well as cabins available for a surcharge. Our Newcastle-Amsterdam route also has a nightclub, cinema, casino, 2 restaurants and cabins are included in the price.​

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