Making New Traditions With Mulled Wine in Paris

It was nearly Christmas, a few months after I had first moved to Paris, and I was dating my first French boyfriend. On a weekend trip to his hometown, we had somehow found ourselves entangled in a group of locals—friends and friends of friends from the area—spending the afternoon hanging around the flower farm where […]

Typical French Christmas Foods to Enjoy This Holiday Season

Raclette is a typical French Christmas food at the markets.

Devoid of a feast-focused holiday like Thanksgiving, France pulls out all the stops at Christmastime, with a multi-course meal and more than enough specialties to enjoy in the days leading up to the festivities.  Here is just a touch of what you can expect on the table at Christmastime in Paris and beyond. These French […]

The 6 Best Christmas Markets in Paris You Should Visit This Winter

One of the best Christmas markets in Paris on the Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower

A tradition that originated in France’s Alsace region to the east of Paris in the 16th century, Christmas markets have grown in popularity in recent years.  Each year, France’s dozens of markets—with their quaint wooden stalls, flowing mulled wine and overpriced nativity scene figurines—bring in an estimated 27 million visitors, including 2 million at the […]