From 15th November to 31st December 2016
Christmas is coming, with its festive events, illuminations and gifts galore! It is time to enjoy the festive season and rediscover the special magic of Paris at this time of year.
Streets are trimmed up, department store windows come to life and Paris’s finest monuments are illuminated. Christmas is definitely approaching: and Paris is preparing an array of festivities and special events for its visitors.
On the programme: Christmas markets, Nativity scenes, open-air ice-rinks, merry-go-rounds, shows and concerts! And for an unforgettable Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve dinner, Parisian restaurants have once again this year put together some exceptional menus. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christmas markets in Paris
Traditional and popular Christmas markets are a major shopping event and are held from November onwards.
Originating in Germany and the Alsace, Christmas markets have spread throughout Europe since the 1990s. Little by little, they have become an essential festive event during the Christmas season in Paris. They are held all over the capital: in Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés , Place de la Nation on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and in Place du Trocadéro …, and are a great success with passers-by.
These markets made up of wooden chalets create a warm and magical Christmassy atmosphere and are the perfect place to pick up Christmas decorations, festive objects, regional produce and arts & crafts … You will certainly find decorations for your Christmas tree, some original ideas for Christmas presents and ingredients to make your Christmas meals even more delicious. (©paris.info)
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Christmas illuminations in Paris
The spectacular Christmas illuminations in Paris are an eagerly-awaited event for tourists as well as Parisians. The magical colours of the seasonal street decorations create a dazzling sight for visitors from all over the world. Luminous arches, multi-coloured bulbs, incandescent flames and sparkling projections of light deck out the avenues of the French capital in festive splendour. More than ever, Paris lives up to its name ‘City of Light’!
Shopping in Paris
These markets made up of wooden chalets create a warm and magical Christmassy atmosphere and are the perfect place to pick up Christmas decorations, festive objects, regional produce and arts
& crafts … You will certainly find decorations for your Christmas tree, some original ideas for Christmas presents and ingredients to make your Christmas meals even more
Gourmet shopping in Paris
Gourmet food is often part of Christmas shopping whether it be for gourmet gifts or for festive meals and celebrations at home.
Paris boasts numerous fine food stores, caterers, chocolate makers and other confectioners. Several famous fine food stores can be found in Place de la Madeleine but the latest new shopping address is the newly re-located Lafayette Gourmet.