Christmas in Paris is magical. Paris isn’t called the City of Lights for nothing, and especially at Christmas. The bells will ring again for the joy of all of us. A special time of the year in Paris, when days are short. You can enjoy the lights along “the Seine” with a cup of “vin chaud” walking down the streets! The best things not to miss in Paris within a few days!
Let me be your guide for a magical visit!
Paris at Christmastime is a memorable city, because the most beautiful monuments are illuminated. Every street has its own enchantment from the outdoor ice skating close to the Eiffel Tower, the carousel for kids, or the big wheel in the Concorde Place… to the Christmas markets that line the streets. Elegant lights and decorations adorn over 130 streets, as well as department stores.
Let’s begin the visit with the most beautiful Avenue of the world….Christmas lights displays on the Avenue des Champs Elysées, from the Place de l’Etoile to the Place de la Concorde. And this year, some 200 trees lining the avenue will scintillate, I read it. You also can find more than 200 wooden chalets around the Avenue. That tradition of markets dates back to the 1400’s where they began in Alsace, did you know that?
Now, let’s go to the Place Vendome where you will discover a magical Décor. That elegant Place is always festively lit for Christmas! Make a stop and admire the gorgeous and splendid square! Let’s go further to the Avenue Montaigne, which is known for its luxury boutiques and its elegant houses! And now have a look to The Eiffel Tower….. So….close to us!
At the Christmas Village on the Champs de Mars, you can ice skate beneath the Eiffel Tower! The favorite place for kids While kids will ice skate, their parents can admire the beautiful view across the Seine! You also find there wooden chalets where you can buy excellent regional products or gifts to put under your Christmas tree. Let’s walk to the Opera Garnier close to the Paris department stores which all create a window decor and imaginative scenes every winter, such as “le Printemps HAUSMANN”, le Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville and so on…..
But, don’t miss the Galeries Lafayette this year ….for its original window Displays, which are, to my mind, reflections of Paris. The Christmas giant tree they constructed this year is the most amazing one they have ever done. When you arrive at the store, you can see that enormous tree just quietly moving under the glass dome and you can admire a host of funny forms dancing up and down, with gold, turquoise, violet and pink balls. Have a look to the picture!
Every French home displays a nativity scene. And the Christmas meal is called “le Réveillon de Noël” and takes place on December 24th. How does a French Christmas Eve dinner look like? Oysters, lobster and crab appear on the “Menu”. Foie Gras is served with slices of bread as starter with a sweet wine. Escargots and Coquilles St Jacques are served as starters as well. Then on the table you find all kinds of birds or wild fowl. After that you get a cheese course and then the famous “Bûche de Noël”! And no Christmas in France without the bubbly Champagne….
By the way, what time is it now? Around 3 o’clock on Christmas Morning…and French People say: “Joyeux Noël” On Christmas Eve, French children let their shoes to be filled with gifts from “Père Noël”. The Parisians go usually to church to listen to Christmas songs at Notre-Dame Cathedral, or La Madeleine, and when they come back home, they find their presents under the tree. In the morning, children also find sweets, and other small toys have been hung under the tree!
And what about Christmas at MANN+HUMMEL in Paris! We also have our tree….and that one… wears our colors….year after year!