Of all the Christmas markets in France, this one is hotMetsranks as one of the most popular.You may have heard of Metz because of its beautiful Gothic cathedral or because of the Center Pompidou which opened a branch in the city of Lorraine in 2010. On the occasion of the recent "Christmas trip” in Alsace-Lorraine we visited the Metz Christmas market... this second leg of the trip was so magical. I hope the photos you see below will prove me right!
Why visit the Metz Christmas Market?
For 25 years, the Metz Christmas market in Lorraine has been one of the largestChristmas shoppingin France in terms of visitors, welcoming up to 2 million people. In 2015 Metz went one step further and organized a Christmas market in 5 locations:
- the historySt. Louis-pl– also the original location of the Mets Christmas market.
- Place Saint-Jacques– the site of a merry-go-round and a Christmas village.
- the centrally locatedProcession– where a 60m tall Ferris wheel takes you high above the city's rooftops!
- Comedy Square– the space of a culinary market.
- Democracy Square– there is the iconicChristmas pyramid, the Chalet of the Mosel section and an outdoor ice rink.
The Christmas Villages are connected to three other must-see locations:
- Positioning from the station– a Christmas tree in front of the beautiful train station of Metz i
- Room square– about twenty heated bubbles that form the "igloo village" and mainly:
- Tuin Boufflerswhich houses the enchanting Sentier des Lanternes (Path of the Lanterns).
A charming hotel with a view!
During my stay I was hosted atCathedral Hotel***, gelegen 25 place de Chambre in Metz.
You can't find a better central place to explore the old town and the Christmas market!
As the name suggests, the hotel overlooks Metz Cathedral, a jewel of Gothic architecture.
The hotel is located in a historical monument (no elevator) with beautifully decorated rooms. At the invitation of Agence Inspire Metz, I was lucky enough to have a room on the top floor with a fantastic view of the cathedral.
Metz Christmas Market - Place d'Armes
This square is bordered by the cathedral and the town hall, and features a Christmas village centered around one of the tallest ferris wheels in Europe (60 meters high).
From the top of the wheel, you are spoiled with a fascinating panorama over the old town of Metz.
This is your chance to see the cathedral's architectural features up close... things you wouldn't be able to see from the square!
Enter Metz Cathedral!
Don't forget to enter Metz Cathedral while on the Place d'Armes. You will be amazed by the high domes, one of the highest in churches in France. The stained glass windows take up so much space that the sanctuary was called "the lantern of God".
Metz Christmas Market – Place Saint-Jacques
It is usually occupied by the terraces of cafes and restaurants in the summer, thePlace Saint-Jacqueswelcomes during Advent a village of chalets takes over the place and offers many local specialties and handicrafts.
The square is alive with a beautifully lit carousel that delights the children.
Metz Christmas Market – Place Saint-Louis
The traditional Christmas marketSt. Louis-plwith its 90 chalets, it is located in the middle of the medieval houses bordering the square.
The stands of the Christmas market
He will spoil you with a wide range of local products. Found a Corsican stall and another selling the famous handmade sweets from the Vosges.
The Christmas Mill
Finally a two-storycarouselwith the wooden horses is a highlight for the kids, while their parents can wander around and admire the talented artisans displaying (and selling!) their wares
The Place de la Gare Christmas tree
In the imperial quarter of Metz, the recently renovatedPositioning from the stationit is the home of the exaltedChristmas treewho dominates the gigantic nativity scene.
OfMetz Railway Stationis a historical monument built during the German annexation of Metz (1871-1918). It is often referred to as the most beautiful train station in France.
The station opens in an area built by the Germans: theImperial Quarter.
Metz Christmas Market – Democracy Square
Opened in 1802, theDemocracy Squareis the largest square in the city center of Metz.
In 2021 he became the heart of the Mets Christmas market with theChristmas pyramid, a chair swing ride, an outdoor ice rink and about 30 chalets, including the MOSL Quality Chalet.
Metz's Christmas pyramid
At the entrance to the square stands an elegantChristmas pyramid'' (Christmas pyramid).
This is an important feature of a German Christmas market that is rarely seen in France.
On the ground floor there is a Christmas shop (tree decorations, trinkets...).
Cradle figures occupy the top revolving levels of the structure.
Το MOSL Quality Chalet
The chalet is a space dedicated to excellent agricultural products and crafts of the Moselle department.
About twenty artisans, local farmers and depositors offer Lorraine specialties: chocolates, jams and honey, local beers, AOC wines from the Moselle, Boulay macaroons, spritz (small Christmas cookies).
But also "Made in Moselle" gift ideas: glass art, original decorative objects, scented candles with mirabelle plums, Christmas-scented soaps and the inevitable Christmas ornaments from Meisenthal.
The Christmas market at Place de la République
Metz Christmas Market – Place de la Comédie
In theComedy Square, not far from the cathedral, is a gourmet Christmas market. You will find gourmet foods such as oysters, foie gras, snails, sweets and pastries, Moselle wine, coffee and more.
The Mets' Christmas lights
We suggest you stay overnight in Metz to enjoy itChristmas lightsestablished in the streets of the old town. The main monuments of the cities are carefully illuminated at night, such as the magnificent cathedral, visible from afar like a golden crown above the city.
Several places in Metz are worth visiting at night.
Explore the old town of Metz by walking aroundFasianou StreetInPalace Streetbefore reaching its shopping areaRue des ClercsInrue Serpenoise.
Great times at the Mets!
You'll see some great shop windows - I especially like the pastry shop ones!
Then head to the banks of the Moselle River. Withmiddle bridge, you have a romantic view of Metz with the Temple-Neuf and the cathedral in the distance.
Its romantic squareComedy Squareis located on an island where you can see one of the best sights of Metz lighting: theCathedral, the opera house and the Temple Neuf.
Nearby is another Metz must-see before heading to your restaurant or hotel: the Path of Lanterns!
The fairy-tale path of the lantern
This is definitely the most magical Mets Christmas attraction! The place that takes you back to your most beautiful childhood memories.
OfPath of lanterns(Sentier des Lanternes) takes place in the Jardin de Boufflers behind the Palais de Justice.
The magical path takes you on a walk through a fairy-tale arctic forest - in the world of Santa Claus. At night, 400 lanterns are scattered throughout the park, creating a magical circuit.
You will meet Santa's toy soldiers, elves and reindeer surrounded by a multitude of colorful hearts, stars, gingerbread, teddy bears and rocking horses.
Don't forget an array of delicious sweets from candy to lollipops!
You will be greeted by Santa next to a beautiful Christmas tree with a lantern.
Each version of the trail is different. In 2018, the grand finale was a mountain of Christmas presents waiting to be shipped!
One last look at his CathedralMets at nightbefore it's time to go to the hotel!
Sinterklaas celebrations in Metz
Sinterklaas is mainly celebrated in the north-east of France, in the regions of Alsace and Lorraine. His holidaysSaint Nicholasit is usually held on December 6, commemorating his death.
In Metz and other parts of Lorraine,Saint Nicholashe goes around the city visiting schools so that every child can get candy and lollipops from him.
Sint-Niklaas celebrations in Metz take place with a magical parade and procession consisting of many magical floats. The parade starts from the train station and traditionally ends atProcessionin front of the cathedral.
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Practical information on the Mets Christmas market
Read more about holidays in Metz atofficial webpageof Christmas in Metz. There you will find all the dates and hours of operation of the Christmas markets and events.
Discover Christmas in Metz and Lorraine:
- The parties ofChristmas in Lorraine
- Why you should discover the cityMets
- Our article in Frenchfor Christmas in Metz
- OfMetz Tourist Office website
Book your stay in Metz!
My advice: don't wait too long to book your stay in Metz, especially during Christmas!
The Metz Christmas market attracts many people and availability of hotels/short term rentals is often very fast.
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Make Metz your base for Christmas!
Located 1:20 from Paris Gare de l'Est, the city of Metz is a good base to visit the other Christmas markets in the surrounding cities and regions:Homosexual(40 minutes by train),Strasbourg(1 hour by train only), Luxembourg (50 minutes by train) and Germany: Trier (1 hour 50 minutes by train) and Saarbrücken (1 hour by train).
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A huge thank you to youAgence Inspire Metzto welcome me during this unforgettable stay in Metz. This was a great opportunity to discover the holiday season in Metz. This article is an account of my stay and I hope it encourages you to come and discover this beautiful historic town in Lorraine.
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Bûche de Noël Yule Log Cake
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La buche de Noël – the Yule log.
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