If you are planning on spending your Christmas Holiday in Paris, you could not have chosen a place better than The City of Light. Christmas is a spectacular season in Paris with “eye candy” decorations, exquisite strung lights everywhere and a very festive atmosphere for holiday celebrations. Streets, boulevards, buildings and monuments are donning their very finest Christmas apparels.
Whether you are visiting Paris for the first time or have been here many times, there will always be great surprises and breathtaking views. When the Christmas Holidays hits this town, Paris truly lives up to her name “The City of Light”. Here are some wonderful ideas to inspire your Paris visit during this very festive season:
Tour The Christmas Lights & Decorations
It’s traditional for Paris to invite visitors and local alike to join in on the Christmas season with awe-striking decorations and exquisite lights strung throughout the entire city. Paris takes on a magic with thousands of lights twinkling in the night, Christmas trees adorning beautiful decorations and garlands and an atmosphere filled with joy and good wishes.
From mid-November through early January, the Christmas lights and decorations adorn the Champs-Elysees, Avenue Montaigne, Place Vendôme, all the way through the Montmartre district and Bercy Village to make Paris the place to be for the highest festival time of year.
Les Marchés de Noel – Traditional Christmas
Originating in the north of France, in the region of Alsace, the very famous Christmas Markets of Les Marchés de Noel have become the symbols of all Parisian Christmas celebrations. Each year, several outdoor markets and Christmas Villages are set up for a few months to bring the Christmas spirit and a little bit of magic throughout the city.
While visiting Paris over Christmas, you should seriously consider visiting the Marché de Noel at the Champs Elysees. This is considered the largest and most famous Christmas Market in all of Paris. This market is the first annual event in Paris and hosts approximately 15 million visitors within a very short seven weeks!
Some exciting news, this year an entire Christmas Village is going to be erected all the way through January 4, 2016. This wonderful village will extend from Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees to the Place de la Concorde. This is great news for locals and visitors alike, and aside from discovering very authentic gifts and decorations, there will be an amazing ice skating rink. You will also have a great deal of fun with their astonishing wheel of the Concorde.
This village, like something out of a Currier & Ives painting, will offer unusual gifts, absolutely perfect decorations, the famous Christmas tree and an experience not soon to be forgotten.
Chocolate & Christmas Go Hand-In-Hand
Let’s face it, there is nothing more special about Christmas than getting very unique gifts for your friends and loved ones. So much care is put into choosing the very best, for the very best! That said, what friend or loved one wouldn’t love the surprise of a very special box of chocolates comprised of only the very finest chocolate. Although there are many good chocolate providers throughout all of Paris, it’s an art to finding the very finest for such a wonderful occasion.
When it comes to the finest of chocolates, La Maison du Chocolat offers the most refined, assortments of chocolates anywhere. La Maison du Chocolat is world renowned among chocolate shops, offering mouthwatering truffles, chocolate bars and an array of assortments prepared with this spectacular holiday in mind. Pamper your taste buds, find that perfect arrangement for a friend or loved one, you will be a huge hit!
Enchanted Christmas Via Disneyland
Disneyland in Paris is a must visit for both young and old alike. Disney has always been the expert at creating amazing, beautiful fantasies and Christmas is the crème de la crème. The beautiful, romantic backgrounds, brilliant decorations and delightful characters, what’s there not to love! Disneyland will amaze children and adults alike and is a wonderful way to spend a part of your Christmas celebrations. Disneyland’s Enchanted Christmas will run through January 7, 2016, so if you are spending this time of year with your children, you must submerge yourself in the magical, spectacular experience. Disneyland’s forte is enchantment and enchantment is exactly what you will experience!
Notre-Dame Cathedral – Engulf Yourself In Holiday Magic
Notre-Dame Cathedral is probably one of the most visited monuments in all of Paris. During the Christmas celebrations, the cathedral is, even more, enchanting than ever. During Christmas Eve, you will witness the most spectacular visions for the occasion. This glorious cathedral will be adorned in ice-shattering, glimmering lights and breathtaking decorations. There will be a very special Christmas Eve service with special Christmas rituals. While visiting Paris, this is a must to take in during the festivities.
Many activities and events will be going on in Paris during the Christmas Holiday. I am sure you have your favorite events for Christmas and what events in Paris have enticed you to visit France for the holidays. Tell us what you liked the most and what you love doing during the holidays. In the meantime, Have a Very Merry Christmas Everyone!