Top Christmas Activities in Paris

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Paris is enchanting any time of year but particularly so around Christmas. There is something magical about seeing the city come to life with festive cheer and light up under the holiday season glow. With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it time to share the Top 10 Christmas Activities in Paris with you.


Christmas Shopping at Lafayette

This luxury department store is the best place to come Christmas shopping, not only because you can buy every one of your Christmas gifts under one roof but also because of the festive decorations. The enormous Christmas tree which hangs from the ceiling always take centre stage and is a sight to behold. This year the 27 meter high tree will hang upside down and will be decorated in rich colours with thousands of brightly coloured jewels.


Christmas Window Displays at Printemps

The window displays at Printemps are a yearly ritual. Every year crowds gather to watch the grand launch of the Christmas windows where a celebrity is always picked to present them. A favourite year was 2013 when the windows came alive with dancing Prada bears which mesmerized children and adults alike. This year Burberry is taking over the windows recounting a story of a  little boy who leaves London to celebrate Christmas in Paris.

Champs - Eylees Christmas market

Champs-Elysées Christmas Market

Of all the Christmas markets around the city, the one which takes place along the Champs-Eylsées is probably the most famous. This famous avenue lights up with stands selling homemade chocolates, soaps and other such trinkets. Perusing the market whilst sipping on mulled wine is a very fun way to get into the festive spirit.


Ice Skating at Hôtel de Ville

When the ice skating rinks are open in Paris, you know it’s that time of year. The most popular spot is the ice rink at Hôtel de Ville which is located in front of the iconic city hall and next to a couple of fairytale carousels to add to the magic of skating under the stars. (Image source: Erasmus of Paris)

Hot chocolate

Drink Hot Chocolate

Christmas in Paris simply isn’t Christmas until you’ve had your first hot chocolate of the year. One of the joys of winter is curling up with a luxuriously rich and thick hot chocolate in the tearoom at Angelina and feeling yourself thaw out.

Place Vendome

Place Vendôme

Place Vendôme is an enchanting square in Paris any time of year. Home to the Ritz hotel and plenty of high-end jewelry stores, it’s a beautiful spot for a stroll. Come the holiday season the architecturally-rich square looks even more beautiful with Christmas trees lining the shop fronts and fairy lights hanging from above.

Yule log Laduree

Ladurée Yule Log

At this time of year all of the top pastry shops in Paris offer a limited edition Christmas menu. The Yule logs at Ladurée come in a variety of festive flavours and are as delicious as they are pretty. A Christmas-inspired pastry pause is good way to whet your appetite for all the festive food to come.


Christmas Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle

La Saint Chapelle is one of Paris architectural gems; it’s a 14th century chapel with the most breathtaking and intricate stain glass windows. Come Christmas, the place reverberates with classical music concerts where you can listen to works by famous composers such as Vivaldi & Bach. (Image source: the Guardian)

Pont Neuf

Christmas Dinner Cruise on the Seine

Christmas is the time of year to treat yourself a little more than you might throughout the rest of year. Dining along the river Seine is a wonderful experience, particularly so at Christmas when the menu is full of festive dishes and the atmosphere is cheerier than any other time of year.

Place Vendome

Christmas Lights

The only thing better than passing by all of Paris’ monuments is seeing them decorated with sparkling fairy lights. A great activity is to simply walk around the city and take in the atmosphere of the holiday season in Paris and don’t forget to look up at all the magical Christmas lights around you.

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    February 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    yes paris is an awesome place to be around christmas, it fills you with utmost pleasure by looking around the surroundings and the lights, busy streets and the finger licking food

    Priti Singh
    January 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Amazing place to welcome the festival of Christmas! Paris itself is so enticing and attractive and the beauty of the place during the Christmas festive is so fascinating. Thanks for sharing great tips that will be really helpful to the one’s who are planning a trip to Paris for the festival.

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    December 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    And hope for the snow to cover the city with a stunning white coat… 🙂

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    November 28, 2015 at 3:05 am

    This post makes me feel so festive! I’m so excited for the Christmas season. Thanks for putting this list together, it’s such a unique idea to write about!

    Milana I The Backpackers
    November 27, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Paris looks like a fairytale city for Christmas! I really enjoy visiting European capitals during the Christmas holidays, they look like completely different places with all the decorations and that Christmas spirit.

    Paris and Vienna are my favorites when it comes to winter holidays, and this year I’m heading to Prague. Can’t wait!

    November 27, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Dreamy post! I love your tips. Galeries Lafayette and markets are always good idea, but after reading this I’m especially tempted by ice skating. It looks like a fairy tale!

    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    November 27, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Christmas in Paris sounds like a dream! Definitely bookmarking this, thanks for sharing.

    Happy travels 🙂

    November 27, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Hopefully, Paris can and will be festive as usually at this time of year!

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    November 26, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Paris is always a good idea!:)

    November 26, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    A year ago I was in Paris with my boyfriend just before Christmas. I’m so glad I went, Paris is the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to!

    Id recommend going up the eiffel tower at night, as it was so magical around christmas time, with mulled wine or hot chocolates being sold and a big christmas tree and ice rink on one of the floors. It was AMAZING.
    Heres my top tips in paris:

    November 26, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Paris is really very festive during Xmas. But may be, this year there will be more security.

    November 26, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Wish I was in Paris for Christmas x

    November 26, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Yes pleases to each of those!

    Kim (Groene Pumps)
    November 26, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Hopefully, Paris will be festive as ever this year. #jesuisParis

    Photo Editor In Online
    November 26, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I’m planing lots of things upcoming this Christmas.

    November 26, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Exept the concert and the dinner cruise, I do the exact same thing each year Paris. And it still looks stunning !

    Really good idea ! I’m looking forward for your next article, your job is amazing.