Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble, France

Marché de Noël in Grenoble France

The Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble, France is magical!

The festive atmosphere with its thousands of twinkling lights strung from tree to tree is sure to get even Scrooge into the Christmas spirit.  Meeting with friends over mulled wine seems to be the highlight for the adults, just like in Germany.  Children have the opportunity to not only meet Saint Nicolas, but also a ventriloquist and even The Bogeyman!  Heck even I want to meet The Bogeyman!  Sadly he was not there during my visit.  If the Bogey man is not your thing, there are also magic shows.

Lights hung from trees illuminate the Christmas Market.

Lights hung from trees illuminate the Christmas Market.
Vendors selling their wares at the Marché de Noël

There are also live performances which run Thursday through Sunday evenings.  The version of “Highway to Hell” shown on the video below was definitely entertaining if not a bit odd.  What do you think?  Either way it drew a big crowd.  Before “Highway to Hell” the rendition of “Eye of the Tiger” was also one of the most original that I had ever heard.

While there were many similarities between theMarché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble, compared to Christmas markets in Germany, there was one notable difference….
Raclette a must try at the Marché de Noël in Grenoble, France

Raclette! Potatoes smothered in ooeey gooey melted cheese!  Pure HEAVEN!  How this has not made it to the German Christmas markets is beyond me!

The Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble is held for 30 days every year and runs until December 24th.  I highly recommend it! And go hungry for the Raclette!

Tourist Tips for VisitingMarché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble:

  • There is also a sit down tented restaurant by the Christmas market.  I had dinner here and really enjoyed it.  There are also space heaters to warm you up on chilly nights.
  • I stayed at the Splendid Hotel Grenoble.  It’s centrally located and just a 10 minute walk to the market.  It’s a three-star hotel, simply decorated, with friendly staff and a cheerful breakfast room.
  • Be sure to check out the Musée de Grenoble, a beautiful art museum during your stay in Grenoble.
  • Contact the Grenoble Tourist Office for more information on Grenoble.

Thank you to Rhone-Alpes for their hospitality.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.



  1. Jennifer December 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I am so jealous! I haven’t been to any Christmas markets yet this year.

    • Laurel December 11, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

      @Jennifer – I have a feeling you will change that very soon.

  2. Sonja @ The {Happy} Travel Bug December 10, 2012 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Those potatoes look delish! And that is one strange version of Highway to Hell. 🙂

    • Laurel December 11, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply

      @Sonja – Incredible! I have to figure out how to make Raclette. Highway to Hell was definitely entertaining.

  3. Zhu December 10, 2012 at 4:09 am - Reply

    Looks cold over there!

    • Laurel December 11, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply

      @Zhu – It was a bit chilly, but that’s what the mulled wine is for.

  4. Italian Notes December 10, 2012 at 7:57 am - Reply

    My, you get around to some Christmas Markets. You own Christmas tree must be full of unusual decorations. And they’re a joy to follow here:)

    • Laurel December 11, 2012 at 9:51 am - Reply

      @italian Notes – Thanks and I try. A lot of my Christmas decorations are animal ornaments so I guess that qualifies as unusual :).

  5. Andrea December 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Yum! My first thought was what sort of special treats the French market would have that the German and Austrian ones don’t – raclette would be so good on a cold night…In Vienna one stall at one of the markets had some kind of melted cheese served on toasts and it was heaven

    • Laurel December 11, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

      @Andrea – Mulled wine and melted cheese are such a good combination on a cold night, must bring this to the German Christmas markets :).

  6. cheryl December 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Ha ha ha. Those are certainly some interesting songs to hear while attending a Christmas market. So much for solumn carols. 🙂

    And I’d want to meet the Bogeyman too!

    • Laurel December 11, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

      @Cheryl – Definitely more entertaining as well 🙂

  7. Leigh December 11, 2012 at 4:02 am - Reply

    You’ve seen your share of Christmas markets over the past few years. This one looks very beautiful and I can see why someone who can’t do gluten can get excited about raclette.

    • Laurel December 11, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

      @Leigh – Last year was 17, this year only 10, but still not too bad. Raclette is a wonderful thing 🙂

  8. Mary @ The World Is A Book December 11, 2012 at 7:19 am - Reply

    I want to meet the Bogeyman too! 🙂 What a wonderful way to spend the night and it’s great that there’s something for everyone. They sure picked some interesting songs. I would love to visit the Christmas markets especially in Germany.

    • Laurel December 11, 2012 at 9:48 am - Reply

      @Mary – Glad to know that I’m not the only one :). Agreed about the songs, especially at a Christmas market, but I loved how eclectic it was. I’m a Christmas market fanatic, can never get enough.

  9. Lyndsay/ Discount Travel Blogger December 11, 2012 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Lucky you, you’re at the right place for the season! I’m in Thailand now and they don’t celebrate Christmas here especially down here at the south. They do in BKK for western expats though, but I’m 12 hours away from there! Enjoy the Xmas fun!

    • Laurel December 12, 2012 at 12:27 am - Reply

      @Lyndsay – I can sympathize. I celebrated 2 Christmas’ in Thailand and missed the festivities. Hope you find some fun way to celebrate.

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