Paris in the snow at Christmas- it’s rare, but when it arrives, magnificent. In any case, there will still be avalanches: presents, lights and celebrations!
Christmas Eve is also an institution which is deeply embedded in French society, and the capital takes this chance to guarantee its status as the City of Light with a constant effort to keep up with the times. In effect, thanks to technological innovations, the decorations are more beautiful every year, but also more energy efficient.
The department stores compete in ingenuity and beauty in their windows displays. Roam around the two temples of fashion and luxury, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps; the magic works on adults as well as on children.
In December the ice rinks prosper in all four corners of Paris but few visitors know that you can also skate 58 metres above ground, on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. The Christmas markets are no longer the privilege of the towns in the East, in particular Strasbourg. Elsewhere the famous Alsatian Christmas market trades in the capital for a month at the Gare de l’Est. At the Champs-Elysées, at La Défense, and on the terrace of the Hotel de Ville, mulled wine with cinnamon is a main feature.
Christmas in Paris offers visitors a chance to enjoy a typical Christmas Eve dinner in the best Parisian restaurant, but also on board a cruise of the Seine, snugly seated in front of panoramic windows, admiring the most beautiful Christmas lights and decorations as they go past. We suggest however that you venture onto the bridge of the boat to feel the deliciously icy breeze at the water’s edge. On the 24th December, the capital’s cabarets are also a wonderful option for warming up after a day shopping on the Champs-Elysées or strolling through the parks of Paris.
To celebrate Christmas Eve on a boat, in a restaurant, or in a cabaret, discover all our Christmas offers.