Christmas in Paris: Top 5 activities to celebrate the occasion

Spending the Christmas Holidays in Paris? Nothing is better than such a special event to spend magical times in the “City of lights” at this very particular season, where elegant lights and eye-catching decorations adorn the Parisian streets and boulevards.

Whether you’re familiar with the city or visiting Paris for the first time, you’ll be amazingly surprised by the wonderful decorations and the exceptional atmosphere the city takes for the occasion, when the “City of lights” lives up to its name.

To celebrate Christmas, Paris turns into a sparkling city, adorned by all kinds of decorations and lights, and of course the famous Christmas tree you find almost everywhere.

Today we’re going to inspire you to spend a memorable Christmas in Paris, follow the leader and let yourself be amazed.

Make the city tour to see the Christmas lights and decorations

It’s a tradition in Paris, every year at this same period, the city invites its inhabitants and visitors alike to immerse in the Christmas atmosphere set through the amazing show of the Christmas lights. The whole city takes a magical look with hundreds of sparkling garlands, colorful decorations, and the famous Christmas tree, that makes part of this special festive atmosphere. From mid-November to early January, the Christmas lights enhance the Champs-Elysees, Avenue Montaigne, Place Vendôme, through the Montmartre district, Bercy Village to make Paris more vibrant than ever.

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Traditional Christmas Markets « Les Marchés de Noel »

Another French tradition originating in the north of France, the Alsace region, the renowned Christmas Markets “les Marchés de Noel”, which soon became a symbol of the Parisian Christmas celebrations. In fact, several outdoor markets and “Christmas Villages” are installed each year for a couple of months on the occasion, bringing a little magic to the city.

While in Paris for the Christmas, consider visiting the Marché de Noel at the Champs Elysees, being the biggest and the most renowned Christmas Market in Paris. It is also the first annual event in Paris that hosts around 15 million visitors in just 7 weeks!

This year, a whole Christmas village will be installed up to the 4th of January 2016, extending from the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees to the Place de la Concorde. The good news is that this year, besides finding authentic gifts, decorations and the famous Christmas tree, visitors will also find a wonderful ice rink where they can have fun, as well as the astonishing wheel of the Concorde.

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Taste the finest chocolate assortments

Nothing says Christmas like a special gift you choose with the utmost care to pamper yourself and your loved ones. And because nothing can beat chocolate, a special chocolate box made by the best chocolatier will enchant the most demanding among you. Though the idea may seem quite ordinary as you can find good chocolate everywhere in Paris, yet, you have to find the finest to mark the occasion.

When it comes to the best chocolates, you’re dealing with the experts, and here’s a must to taste the most refined: La Maison du Chocolat. Offering the finest assortments, La Maison Du Chocolat is a world-renowned chocolate shop, where you can pamper your taste buds with mouthwatering truffles, chocolate bars, and different assortments prepared with the utmost care especially for Christmas.

Disneyland’s Enchanted Christmas

Here’s another Christmas event not to be missed in Paris, Disney’s Enchanted Christmas. As it stands for a unique romantic backdrop, Paris is also the place to be in to enjoy a family holiday. Here’s an exciting event that will amaze kids and adults alike, that will run until the 7th of January 2016 in Disneyland. If you’re spending your Christmas holidays with your children, make sure you assist the Disney’s enchanted Christmas, a wonderful celebration that will immerse you in a magical atmosphere where spectacular settings and decorations will be set to enchant the visitors.

Immerse in the Holiday Spirit at Notre-Dame Cathedral

A major touristic spot in Paris, Notre-Dame Cathedral is even more attractive and enchanting during the Christmas Eve as it takes a special look for the occasion. The glorious cathedral gets adorned with sparkling lights and fascinating decorations, and offers a special Christmas Eve service (if it happens to be interested in practicing some special Christmas rituals).

Well, that was all for our Christmas special events, do not forget to tell us about your favorite ones; and what you liked the most in this selection! Merry Christmas everyone 🙂