For over 20 years, the Orléans Christmas Market has been a key fixture of the holiday schedule in France’s beloved Loire Valley.
With an exciting Christmas program including a large ferris wheel, multiple market chalets, and beautiful festive projections on the city’s cathedral, thousands of visitors from France and beyond come to Orléans during the festive period to enjoy its enchanting atmosphere… and world famous wine, of course!
If you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what Orléans Christmas Market is like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of Orléans Christmas Market, with official dates, hotel recommendations, and locations.
NOTE: This is a Christmas market we haven’t personally visited yet, so all the information below is taken from official sources for your reference! If you have any personal tips from first-hand experience to add, let us know in the comments so we can improve this guide!
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Orléans Christmas Market Dates
According to this official city page, the 2023 edition of the Orléans Christmas Market will take place from Dec 1 – 30.
Orléans Christmas Market 2023 Hotels
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Orléans Christmas Market Locations
You can typically find Christmas market stalls in Orléans at the following locations:
Place de la République et Rue Royale
This is the main section of the Orléans Christmas Market, featuring 30+ wooden chalets selling gifts and Christmas market food and drink, like mulled wine and candied nuts.
Of course, there is a special emphasis on gourmet gifts in this area, with lots of tasty food products to purchase from all over the world, from Madagascar vanilla to Québécois poutine.
Place du Martroi
Another must-see part of the Orléans Christmas Market is Place du Martroi, which is home to a special artisan showcase, with 16 chalets showcasing the work of creators.
Here, you’ll find a variety of unique displays and vendors, many of which are showcasing their craft, whether it’s leather goods and mosaics or handmade jewelry and watercolors.
Place de la Loire
For a more unique twist on Christmas market vendors, be sure to visit Place de la Loire, which is home to a fun program with an eco-friendly theme, from upcycling workshops to second-hand vendors and ‘zero waste’ artisans.
There is also space here for local producers and farmers to sell their wares, including the wine that this region is so famous for!
Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d’Orléans
Last but not least, for those seeking an extra magical experience, don’t miss the light projections at the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d’Orléans, which take place every evening.
Official Orléans Christmas Market Website
For the most up-to-date information and announcements, be sure to visit the event’s official website.
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