How to enjoy Paris during Christmas

Are you planning to spend the holidays in Paris and you are wondering what to do? You’re not alone. What I’m about to tell you is not just a tourist’s thing: Parisians love it and are proud of it! I’ll tell you what the City of Lights has to offer during the holidays, so you can soak up the Christmas spirit on the streets of Paris!

ParisGlamour - Christmas lights in Paris

Every year, from the end of November to the beginning of January, different points of the city have special lights. Here I give you some of the places to enjoy the Christmas illuminations in Paris:

Lights Champselisees

Christmas lights on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées

When: From 20 November 2022 to 2 January 2023. From 5pm to 11.45pm. All night on 24 and 31 December

Where: From Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde, Paris 8th

Lights SGP (2)

Christmas lights on the Avenue Montagne

When: From 19 November 2022 to 2 January 2023

Where: From Champs-Elysées to place de l’Alma, Paris 8th

lights vendome

Christmas lights on Place Vendôme

When: From 22 November 2022 to 2 January 2023

Where: Place Vendôme, Paris 1st

Lights SGP (3)

Christmas lights in the Haussmann District

When: From 12 November 2022 to 15 January 2023

From 4pm to 11.30pm

Where: Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th

Lights SGP

Christmas lights in Saint Germain des prés

When: From November 2022 to January 2023

Where: Saint-Germain-des-Prés District, Paris 6th

If you would like to walk these streets with me, book now your Illuminations tour: Paris by Night.

ParisMagical - Christmas windows displays in Paris

Paris is worldwide famous for its historical shopping centers (the oldest dating from 1838 and the newest from 1894) and, as the festivities approach, it has become a tradition to dress them for the occasion. Both the Christmas window displays you see from the street and the decorations inside are spectacular. 

Unlike the lights, the decor changes every year, but I won’t spoil it for you! I’ll put only the access information here, so you know where to go and be surprised by the creativity of the Christmas windows displays in Paris.

 

Printemps

Printemps Haussmann

Where: 64 boulevard Haussmann – 75009 Paris

What’s around: Opéra – Grands Boulevards – 9e Arrondissement

Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann

Where: 40 boulevard Haussmann – 75009 Paris

What’s around: Opéra – Grands Boulevards – 9e Arrondissement

BHV

Le BHV Marais

Where: 52 rue de Rivoli – 75004 Paris

What’s around: Le Marais – 4e Arrondissement

Samaritaine

Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf

Where: 9 rue de la Monnaie – 75001 Paris

What’s around: Châtelet – Les Halles – 1er Arrondissement

Le Bon Marche

Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche

Where: 24 rue de Sèvres – 75007 Paris

What’s around: Musée d’Orsay – Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Tour Eiffel – Invalides – 7e Arrondissement

ParisCreation - Christmas markets in Paris

This tradition began in Alsace and Germany during the 1990s. No wonder why the Strasbourg market is so prestigious… but here in Paris we do have some super charming Christmas Markets too! So here’s my list of the most popular Christmas markets in Paris: 

Marche Tuileries

The Magic of Christmas

When: From 19 November 2022 to 8 January 2023

Where: Jardin des Tuileries – place de la Concorde, Paris 1st

Marche Abesses

Abbesses Christmas Market

When :From November 2022 to January 2023

Where: Place des Abbesses, Paris 18th

Marche Notre Dame

Christmas Market at Notre-Dame Cathedral

When: From 9 to 26 December 2022

Where: Square René Viviani – 2 rue du Fouarre, Paris 4th

Marche SGDP

Christmas Market on Saint Germain Des Prés

When: From 26 November 2022 to 1 January 2023

Where: Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, Paris 6th

La torre Eiffel Guía

Eiffel Tower Christmas Market

When: December 2022 – January 2023

Where: Quai Branly, Paris 7th

I really hope all this practical information on how to spend Christmas in Paris is useful to you! 

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Dany

I’m a History & Art lover and I am very much in love with Paris…I studied Art History at the Louvre School and I became a professional tour guide because I want to share with you my passion and my love for this city. Get my FREE guide on «How to plan your trip to Paris»  now.

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