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How to wish Merry Xmas in French

merry xmas frenchIf you plan to spend Xmas in Paris, or if you want to give your Christmas a French twist, you need to speak correctly! Find out how to wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in French.

Everyone has their own way of celebrating, and so does the French. If you want to know more about Christmas in Paris, look at Paris like a local. Today I would like to give you some advice on how to write a perfect Parisian Christmas card and simple phrases for making Christmas wishes in French.

Wouldn’t it be perfect to get a Paris ticket with the perfect French Christmas card?!


How to wish Merry Xmas in French

Whether you’re writing the entire card in French or using a few words to make it interesting, here are some basics for sending your Christmas and New Year wishes in French:

  • Use Cher (for men) and Chère (for women) instead of “dear”;
  • “Joyeux Noel” stands for Merry Xmas!
  •  Bonne année means Happy New Year;
  •  The most complete wish still is “Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année“. It literally means happy holidays and happy New Year’s Eve.

Don’t forget to send kisses writing “Grosses bises” (i.e. Kisses)

If you are looking for something to write on the gift, write “Pour X de la part de Y” (To X, from Y).

merry xmasChristmas markets in Paris

Today I want to suggest to you 2 markets to go to during Xmas time in Paris.

  • The Tuileries Christmas Market is an opportunity to combine fun for children with shopping for grown-ups. In addition, you can admire one of the most famous Christmas gardens in Paris! There are over 100 food stalls for you to shop and eat.
    The Tuileries Christmas Market is open until the first week of January.


  • Montmartre Christmas Market includes 18 food stalls. You can see them around the hill of the Sacre Coeur Cathedral. Opening hours are from 10 am to 8:30 pm. It is usually open from December to January.


Read more about Xmas markets in Paris.