The weeks leading up to Christmas in Paris are some of the most festive and make for a great time to be in the city. Whether you plan on traveling to the city for a family vacation, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo trip to the city, Paris is the perfect destination for visiting during the Christmas and New Year season. Here’s how to spend the perfect Christmas in Paris (after you have found your perfect accommodation in Paris, of course): Christmas lights Christmas Light Paris
Spend Time In Paris On The Christmas Day
All over town, you will find areas that have been lit up with beautiful lights and light up the dark December evenings. The Parisian department stores are very well decorated as well with special Christmas themed decor on the window fronts. If you walk down the districts with several department stores, you will find window fronts with displays of penguins, elves, polar bears and other Christmas themed animals or characters. If you are traveling with small children, they will be especially delighted by these scenes. One of the more popular department store windows is the Galeries Lafayette which sees throngs of tourists and locals admiring its shop windows. Christmas lights around Paris are usually on from 5 PM every evening till 2 AM at night. Christmas Markets Christmas Market Paris
One of the best things to do during the Christmas season is to visit the various markets that pop up around town during this time of year. One such market is the Bercy shopping village which offers plenty of lights and is decorated during this time of year. The Santa Village theme prevails in most markets and one of the most popular ones is the Christmas market (Marche du Noel) that is held in the Northern Alsace region of France. At these seasonal Christmas ‘villages’ visitors can buy all things festive including wine, gingerbread, Christmas decorations, artisanal gifts and more. Ice Skating Ice Skating Paris
At this time of year, it is inevitable that an ice skating rink will crop up near you somewhere in Paris. Most of the time these rinks are free to enter but can often incur a cost of 5 Euro to rent the skates. Small children can skate for free. You will find special variants of the skating rink too, for example, a sledding area that is available for children in the Hotel de Ville ice rink.
The Christmas Meals In Paris You Can Try
This time of year is not perfect without the right type of Christmas food and that’s exactly what you will find at various restaurants around Paris. It’s important to book a table in advance. Make sure you see which restaurants are open on Christmas Eve and book ahead. Some restaurants need to be booked a month or two in advance because the spots tend to fill up quickly. Since the end of the year attracts the most tourists, its best to be prepared for a large number of diners for every table. Competition is high, so book early. Some of the fanciest restaurants in Paris are Le Meurice, Le Bristol, Le Relais du Plaza Athenee, and Armanda.