12 Dec Paris at Christmas
There are so many articles across the internet letting you know what’s out there for you in Paris over the holiday period. We’ve chosen a few interesting pointers for you and described the city we love so much in all of its glory at this magical time of the year.
The two largest Christmas markets are at La Défense and on the Champs Elysées, both of which can be accessed from metro line 1. They have hot food and wine, entertainment and rides for the kids, and just like all the numerous other Christmas markets that can be found across the town, they have toys, crafts and most importantly gifts – you’ll be sure to find something here for the ones you love!
Being museum-lovers too, please note that some of them are open on Christmas day and on New Year’s day like the Centre Pompidou, Jacquemart-André, Espace Dali and the Eiffel Tower but some close on Christmas day but are open on New Year’s day like Quai Branly or the Orangerie (closed the morning of the 25th).
The window display of almost every boutique in Paris is transformed over the holiday period, most especially the department stores. All the major streets are lit up and sparkle at this time of the year, the City of Lights living up to its name.
And you can shop in the stores and eat in the restaurants across the town every day, even on Sundays in December, with the exception of Christmas day and New Year’s day, when most of them close.
You can go for a spin on the indoor ice skating rink at the Grand Palais or either of the two outdoor rinks on the Champs Elysées or at the Hôtel de Ville. The huge Ferris wheel at Concorde is worth the visit too, if you’re not afraid of heights, and for the less ambitious, there are free merry-go-rounds dotted across Paris.
There is a Christmas Eve Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral every year but it is always so crowded that the majority of those who come for the service can’t actually get into the cathedral and instead watch from big screens that are installed in the square outside.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no fireworks show in Paris on New Year’s Eve. This is reserved for the 14th July. So don’t wait around the Champs de Mars on the 31st of December only to be disappointed! But, Paris being the buzzing city that it is, has so many clubs and restaurants that you’ll easily find somewhere to ring in the New Year.
Whether you’re visiting relatives in Paris for the holiday season or just passing through at a festive time of the year, we wish you a Joyeux Noël and Bonne Année!!