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What to do in Paris at Christmas?

Christmas will soon be upon us. Every year in Paris the streets are brought to life with lights, decorations, and the countless different events and activities that are organized. What is there to see and do in Paris for Christmas 2017?

The Christmas Markets

marché de noel paris

There are a number of Christmas markets, each with its own character. Some are enormous, whilst others are more local and more cozy. A magical atmosphere is guaranteed!

The Rides

manège à paris

Whatever people say, Christmas is above all a festival for children. The holidays are a great opportunity to introduce your children to the magic of Christmas.
This city of Paris embraces this, with countless fairground rides set up so that children of all ages can enjoy themselves.

The Roue de Paris

Grande rue paris la concorde

For the festive season and beyond, a huge feris wheel is installed on the Place de la Concorde. Sometimes it’s kept up for longer than expected. For young and old, this is an essential attraction for those who want to spend some time with friends and family (even without children)! Here you can enjoy a wonderful view across Paris!

The Department Stores

noel Galeries Lafayette

Yes, Christmas is all about presents, and so you’ll probably want to visit the big department stores to buy these gifts. Ever the major stores are beautifully decorated for the occasion and all try to out-do each other.
Furthermore, all the stores are found on major streets, like the Champs-Élysées, have wonderful displays of different decorations…

The windows of these department stores certainly won’t disappoint you. These stunning displays will entrance you and fill you with festive cheer. If ever there were a time for the French expression «lèche-vitrine (figuratively meaning window shopping, but literally meaning window-licking)», it would be during the Christmas festivities!
There are plenty of ways to enjoy Christmas in the City of Light, which is perfectly named during this period! It must be said, Paris is truly wonderful at this time of year.
There’s a nip in the air, so make sure you wrap up warmly… there might even be some snowflakes in the capital, who knows? So, most importantly, don’t let the cold hold you back and make the most of the festivities in the French capital!
If you want more advice on celebrating Christmas in Paris, check out our article on the best Christmas markets in Paris! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!