Why not treat you and your loved ones to a very special Christmas in Paris? The City of Light embodies the essence of the Christmas spirit and you’ll find that there’s more than enough to do to keep both grown-ups and kids fully and happily occupied.
Together you can enjoy the pleasure of rides on the Big Wheel high above the enchantingly illuminated city, browse Christmas markets where you can find all kinds of unique items and gift ideas, see the amazingly decorated department stores of the capital and strap on your skates for a fun packed session on the ice. By booking your Christmas break at the Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants you will enjoy a central location offering swift and easy access to all parts of the capital.
What You should not miss at Christmas in Paris
A trip to see the Grands Magasins department stores is a treat for the whole family. The tableaux vivants in the display windows of Printemps and Galeries Lafayette become ever more amazing and cleverly designed with each year. This year Galeries Lafayette invites you to experience a Monster Christmas. There’ll be monsters roaming the store and shaking things up in those windows. They’ll even turn the 25 metre high Christmas tree upside down! Printemps Haussmann offers a magical Christmas journey featuring a little boy called Tom transported by his flying umbrella between London and Paris. It’s a charming story portrayed on the store’s façade.
An essential element of the Parisian Yuletide is the Christmas Market, and the city can offer eleven of these! With its 350 cabins, the market at La Défense is the largest, but the one situated on the Champs Elysées is the most popular, attracting several million visitors each year to the world’s loveliest avenue and its breathtaking illuminations.
Speaking of illuminations, perhaps the best vantage point to see them is from La Grande Roue, the 60 metres high Ferris wheel located on the Place de la Concorde. It will make you feel you have been whirled up high amidst a celestial constellation.
A great way to take some light exercise to burn off those Christmas calories is to enjoy a turn on the open air ice skating rinks of the capital, or perhaps the colossal rink that graces the vaulted interior of the magnificent Grand Palais.
Salon Saveurs des plaisirs gourmands, a wonderful gastronomic trade show
Naturally, as Christmas approaches our minds turn to thoughts of the wonderful gastronomic treats we have in store, and there’s a great trade show that will give you some ideas. The Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands is one of the largest gourmet food festivals in Paris, with regional specialities and produce from hundreds of artisans and wineries, along with celebrity chefs, workshops and demonstrations. The show takes place at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre from November 19th to 23rd, and resumes at the Espace Champerret from December 5th to 8th.
With so much to see and do, you just know your Parisian Christmas break will be a very special treat, especially at Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants!
• Department store windows at Galeries Lafayette: 40 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8e
Metro: Chaussée d'Antin Lafayette station, lines 7 and 9
• Department store windows at Printemps: 64 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9e
Metro: Havre Caumartin station, lines 3 and 9
• Christmas markets in Paris
• Ice skating at Grand Palais des Glaces: december 13 - january 4
Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8e
Tél. 0033 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs Elysées Clémenceau station, lines 1 and 13
• Salon Saveurs des plaisirs gourmands:
November 19-23, 2014 – Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15e
Metro Porte de Versailles, line 12 or Balard, line 8 - Tramway Porte de Versailles, line T3
December 5-8, 2014 : Place de la Porte-de-Champerret, Paris 17e
Metro Porte de Champerret, line 3
Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer Daniel Thierry
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